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As patrons of Doncaster Chamber of Commerce, members of our team were delighted to attend the British Chambers of Commerce Global Annual Conference last week at QEII Centre in London.

Lucy Crapper, Group Communications Manager and Mark Pepper, Group CEO and Director at Doncaster Chamber of Commerce joined delegates from across the UK and beyond, all with an interest in ensuring the businesses and economy of Britain continues to prosper.

This year’s theme was Building British Business, a theme which is woven intrinsically through the business activities of Carlton Forest Group, a privately owned company that continues to push the boundaries of developing renewable projects in the UK alongside its successful 3PL division.

With an opening from Ayesha Hazarika MBE, Columnist and Broadcaster the day began with insights in the way Ayesha is an advocate for British business and the aim of the day.

During the event, several other keynote speakers provided inspiration for delegates and additional breakout sessions were hosted covering Trade, Economic Growth, Green Innovation, and Skills.

Our five biggest challenges

Shevaun Haviland, Director General, British Chambers of Commerce spoke of the ‘Power of the Collective’ and the five biggest challenges that British Businesses are facing.

· Digital Revolution and why we need to be ready for change

· Getting people back to work and offering them the support to do so

· The Green Agenda and why it’s important not to lose focus

· Our economy and why we need to make sure the UK is a great place to invest

· The future of our high street and how we bring them back to life

Mark Pepper, CEO, Carlton Forest Group commented; “What an insightful and inspiring day we had, chatting with like minded business owners and employees all who are working hard to ensure their British businesses prosper both in the UK and on a global platform.
“Britain has a great manufacturing and industrial heritage which is being restored thanks to 21st century business ventures, investment from global companies and a next generation vision which is pushing boundaries and investing in a greener and incredibly exciting future. Thanks to all the speakers and we look forward to welcoming Shevaun to Doncaster in a few weeks’ time for our conference – Doncaster, What’s Next.”

The Purpose Economy

The day was concluded by the enigmatic and hugely passionate Linzi Boyd, Founder of One Earth and author and global speaker.

Discussing the role of the ‘Purpose Economy’ and how it will shape all our business activities, Linzi provided valuable insights into why we must all be aware of it and the effect it has.

With six clear statements, Linzi highlighted how they would drive the purpose economy and why businesses need to be aware of the following:

· Transparency in Supply Chains

· Calling out Greenwashing

· Fairtrade Labour

· Who is leading change

· People buy from purpose businesses

· When the customer feels hear

Lucy Crapper commented; “Linzi’s alternative way of looking at what the next economy would be was enlightening, and gave us all something to think about.
“It was an inspired conclusion to a day that brought people together and provided a firm platform on which to ensure British Business continues to grow and prosper.”

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