• BCC Annual Conference: 10th February 2015, QEII Conference Centre, London
  • Speakers include senior cabinet ministers, Nick Boles MP, Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Decoded, Jules Quinn, Founder of The *TeaShed and Margaret Mountford, Chair of the Bright Ideas Trust
  • To register for a free press pass please contact the press team on 020 7654 5813 / 5817 or register via the website.

The British Chambers of Commerce Annual Conference will feature an inspiring panel session, with young entrepreneurs, Nick Boles MP, and former apprentice judge Margaret Mountford, on developing the talents of the next generation and promoting entrepreneurship. The discussion will focus on helping young people jump over the gap between education and work, how the UK can support young entrepreneurs, and the role of businesses in helping young people achieve their ambitions.

The young person’s panel supports the BCC’s wider ambitions over the next year, and the work already happening across Chambers all over the country, to bridge the gap between the world of education and the world of work. This will help to provide businesses with a pipeline of talent and get more young people into work.

Speakers include:

  • Senior cabinet ministers
  • Nick Boles MP, Minister of State for Skills and Equalities
  • Kathryn Parsons, Co-Founder and Co-CEO of Decoded
  • Jules Quinn, Founder of The *TeaShed
  • Fraser Doherty MBE, Founder of SuperJam
  • Angus Thirwell, CEO and Founder, Hotel Chocolat
  • Margaret Mountford, Chair, The Bright Ideas Trust and former judge on BCC’s The Apprentice
  • Penny Power, Founder of Digital Youth Academy
  • Chuka Umunna MP, Shadow Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • John Longworth, BCC Director General

Tickets are available by visiting the Annual Conference website: http://www.bccconference.co.uk/

Commenting ahead of the Annual Conference, John Longworth, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce, said:

“We have a multitude of new entrepreneurs in the UK, and the great news is that young people in particular are really going for it. Young people are also our future leaders but far too many remain unemployed. At our Annual Conference we’ll be discussing how we can develop the talents of the next generation and promote entrepreneurship. It is a core theme from our manifesto, as it is crucial to businesses all around the country and to our future prosperity as a nation.

“Our Workforce survey showed that firms face skills shortages, and believe young people are unprepared for the world of work. We’re using that insight as a springboard for activity across the Chamber network that will bridge the gap between the worlds of education and work. This will help create a pipeline of talent for growing firms and get more young people into work. What better way to inspire the next generation than to hear from young entrepreneurs themselves, who have gone from start-up to successful global business.”