Immediate expert insights into the implications of the Budget were given at Budget Live, hosted by Tees Valley Unlimited, as part of its Tees Valley Business Summit.
George Osborne’s Budget, the first under a majority Conservative Government for 18 years, was broadcast during a keynote session at the Summit, a well-established networking and B2B opportunity, which was back for its fourth year.
The Budget broadcast was followed by a debate by an expert panel comprising TVU managing director Stephen Catchpole, NECC policy director Ross Smith, Teesside University chairman Alastair MacColl, British Business Bank Venture Capital Solutions director Grant Peggie and Entrepreneurs’ Forum chief executive Gillian Marshall.
Mr Catchpole said: “As part of our goal of helping stimulate economic growth and job creation, it is important that TVU engages with business leaders and when better than on key dates in the business calendar?
“This Budget was of particular note with it being the first driven by a majority Conservative Government for nearly two decades.
“It was interesting to see the immediate reaction to George Osborne’s announcement at Budget Live.”
Philippa Snare, UK Marketing Director from Microsoft, opened the Summit, which was held at Teesside University’s Olympia Building, with the morning’s keynote address.
Microsoft also showcased its ‘Technology Experience Bar’, where delegates were able to try out the company’s and its partners’ latest cutting edge devices and learn about cloud and productivity platforms for small and medium-sized enterprises.
The Summit attracted nearly 1,000 registered delegates and 100 exhibitors and included a wide range of presentations and workshops covering themes such as supply chain opportunities, existing funding streams and supporting your workforce. There also were extensive networking opportunities
Mr Catchpole added: “Tees Valley Business Summit now is firmly established as a flagship event in the area’s business events calendar.
“The 2015 Summit has continued to build on the success of previous years and was even bigger and better than ever.
“It provided an ideal platform to network and build new relationships, helped showcase the business talent and skills available in Tees Valley and enabled delegates to glean useful sector knowledge and intelligence from industry experts.”
Video highlights of Budget Live and Tees Valley Business Summit will be available on the Tees Valley Unlimited website: www.teesvalleyunlimited.gov.uk
• Pictured (above): Stephen Catchpole, Ross Smith, Gillian Marshall, Alastair MacColl and Grant Peggie.