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Midlands Economic Summit Q1 2021: Regional recovery amid Covid and Brexit impacts

Organiser: ICAEW



Date & Time: 11 Mar 2021 - 8:00 am-9:30 am

Event information

With Covid-19 lockdown restrictions again creating business challenges, and many companies also navigating changes to their operations following the end of the Brexit transition period, this is an incredibly pivotal time for the Midlands region.

This event will feature key speakers giving their insight into economic recovery across the Midlands – and provides an opportunity for you to get involved in the discussion.

Chaired by ICAEW’s Director for Business and Industrial Strategy, Iain Wright FCA, our expert speakers will provide their viewpoints, creating a lively and informative discussion about the pandemic and Brexit, the impacts and opportunities of the combination, and how local and regional economies can move forward stronger than ever.

Our panel speakers include:

  • Margot James, Executive Chair of WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group).
  • Kevin Harris FCA, ICAEW Chartered Accountant, Board Member at Midlands Engine, Chair of Leicester and Leicestershire Economic Partnership (LLEP) and Managing Partner (Leicester Office) at RSM.
  • Dr Mick (Michael) Carling, Head of Partnerships – Midlands, Department for International Trade.

ICAEW’s Regional Director for the Midlands, Dr Sophie Dale-Black, will provide a short overview of the latest research findings on business confidence at a regional and national level, using ICAEW’s newly published Business Confidence Monitor (BCM) data.

A breakout format will be used following the panel session, focusing on four themes of importance during these challenging times: People, Supply chain management, Customs procedures and VAT/Taxes. Each breakout room will feature an introductory speaker to stimulate themes for discussion among attendees and discussions will be briefly reported back to all attendees to close the event:


  • Chaired by Rachel Underhill, ICAEW’s Senior Business Strategy Manager
  • Introductory speaker – Gerwyn Davies, Senior Labour Market Analyst, CIPD.

Supply chain management

  • Chaired by Johnathan Dudley FCA, Chair of ICAEW’s Manufacturing Community advisory group and Midlands and South West Managing Partner and Head of Manufacturing Business at Crowe UK
  • Introductory speaker – Charlotte Horobin, Region Director for the Midlands and East of England at Make UK.

Customs procedures

  • Chaired by John Boulton FCA, ICAEW’s Director for Technical Policy.
  • Introductory speaker – Paul Edwick FCA, Chief Executive of Lucy Locket (Fairy Glam Ltd).


  • Chaired by Praveen Gupta ACA CTA, National Head of Tax at Azets.
  • Introductory speaker – Frank Haskew FCA, ICAEW’s Head of Tax.

This event is open to members and non-members at no charge, and will be held via Zoom.

Event enquiries

Contact: Rebecca Salari, ICAEW Midlands Senior Regional Executive


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