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Sir John Peace to headline Love Business Expo 2024

Sir John Peace to headline Love Business Expo 2024

Sir John Peace CVO CStJ, one of the region’s most celebrated business leaders, will lead an exclusive seminar on business growth at this year’s Love Business Expo.

Sir John, Midlands Engine Chair, will be the special guest of multi award-winning KuKu Connect co-founders Stephen Goddard and Philip Brooks-Stephenson, who will host the session about raising the ambition of businesses in our region. Their seminar will focus on how Derbyshire, Leicestershire and Nottinghamshire businesses can attain global standing in the business world and showcase the Midlands. It will also introduce the King’s Awards for 2024 and encourage businesses to apply.

Sir John, who also chairs Midlands Connect and is the Lord-Lieutenant of Nottinghamshire, has a long and distinguished business career at the highest levels, covering the technology, financial services and retail sectors. He is a founder, former chairman and chief executive of Experian plc, former chief executive of GUS Plc, former chairman of Standard Chartered plc and, until July 2018, was chairman of Burberry plc. He was knighted in 2011 for services to business and the voluntary sector.

Philip Brooks-Stephenson said: “We’re delighted to welcome Sir John as our special guest to speak to businesses from across the region as part of Love Business Expo 2024.

Events like this are crucial for bringing businesses from the East Midlands together to share their experience and ideas as we move into 2024.

“This part of the UK – the Midlands Engine – has been renowned for many years as a key driver of economic growth and prosperity and has a vital role to play in the years ahead as we look to further establish the UK’s reputation on the global stage.”

This year’s Love Business Expo takes place at the Holywell Park Conference Centre, in Loughborough, on Thursday 15 February.

The theme for 2024 is ‘Blast to the Future’, and the event will take a closer look at what’s on the horizon for businesses. It will explore the technology landscape in detail, looking at how AI and digital tools will drive business growth and how best to introduce the next generation of talent into the workforce. An ‘AI village’ will showcase some of the latest tech and innovations from our universities and cutting-edge companies, while local experts will share their views on how businesses can harness these innovations to support their growth and success.

The Chamber is the event’s headline partner. It will host a Question Time-style panel discussion alongside co-sponsor SMB College Group, about ‘Strategic thinking for business growth’. It will feature leaders from the further education, business support, digital technology, regeneration and creative sectors. The panel will tackle a range of topics, all of which will focus on what business leaders need to be considering for the future growth of their business, and the region’s growth.

And if that’s not enough, visitors can grab a selfie with a replica of the DeLorean DMC-12 – the iconic time machine from the Back to the Future movie trilogy – courtesy of Derbyshire visitor attraction Great British Car Journey.

Love Business Expo is free to attend, and you can book your delegate ticket here.

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