Quarterly Business Report Q3 Briefing Breakfast: Innovation in Greater Birmingham

24 September 2020

This event is hosted by Greater Birmingham Chamber of Commerce. You can view the official event page here.

The Quarterly Business Report offers an up to date snapshot of the performance of the Greater Birmingham business community.  Our flagship economic publication, it is the most comprehensive regular report of its kind in the city-region.  Underpinning our report is data gathered from quarterly surveys completed by businesses from across the Greater Birmingham area and focusses on indicators such as sales, exports, investment intentions, Brexit and the workforce. This event will launch our QBR Report for Q3 and click here for more information on the report itself and previous launch events.

The advent of the Coronavirus has precipitated a crisis unlike any seen in a generation and as part of the GBCC’s Keep Business Moving campaign, this event will specifically focus on the steps the business community needs to put in place to set upon a path of economic recovery. The Quarterly Business Report is sponsored by Birmingham City University (Julian Beer, Deputy Vice Chancellor at BCU regularly contributes to the written report) and the breakfast briefings which we use to launch each report have become a well established feature in the business calendar as these high quality briefings usual attract a senior level audience of c.80 for networking, discussion and intelligence sharing.

The GBCC are committed to keeping business moving during this time and as such we will be adapting this event to broadcast it across our digital platforms, so that ‘attendees’ can participate remotely in the discussions. Full details will be provided in advance on how to ‘attend’ the session. We have now held two Quarterly Business Report webinars which have had over 300 attendees in total (click here to access). The first event covered the steps that businesses were putting in place to deal with the fallout from Coronavirus and the second event centred on the next phase of development as we emerged from the lockdown period. The upcoming event will focus on the role that innovation and technology will play in helping to stimulate an economic recovery.


8am Welcome and Introductions
Compered by Paul Faulkner, Chief Executive, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
Introduction by sponsor: Jo Birch, Director of Innovation, Enterprise, Employability & Business Engagement, Birmingham City University
8:10am Presentation 1: Quarterly Business Report Q3
Raj Kandola, Senior Policy & Patron Advisor, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
8:20am Presentation 2: Birmingham City Council – Adapting to the post lockdown landscape
Dr Justin Varney, Director of Public Health, Birmingham City Council
8.35am Presentation 3 – The Importance of embracing innovation in a bid to stimulate an economic recovery
Simon Strothers, Director, 3P Innovation
8:50am Group discussion session (audience will digitally pose a series topical questions to discuss followed by feedback from the panellists)
9:15am Summary & Close