With only a few days to go until the long-awaited BCC Annual Conference, business leaders and senior politicians from across the UK are gearing up for an exciting events programme, crammed full of insightful speeches and debates.

Businesses owners up and down the country will have a unique opportunity to quiz some of the UK’s top ministers on the pressing issues facing British business today. The Government understands that businesses will be at the heart of any sustainable recovery, and this is their chance to challenge senior decision-makers to unleash the strength and confidence of the private sector.  

This year, the Conference boasts an impressive lineup of speakers, including political heavyweights Rt Hon George Osborne MP, Rt Hon Dr Vince Cable MP; Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP and Rt Hon Ed Miliband MP, alongside some of Britain’s most influential businesspeople, such as Ken McMeikan, Chief Executive of Greggs; Sahar Hashemi, co-founder of Coffee Republic; and Lord Wolfson, Chief Executive of Next. 

Commenting, David Frost, Director General of the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) said:  “Businesses must be able to flourish to ensure that 2011 is a Year for Growth. We are expecting to hear some interesting insights at this year’s conference as to how the Government plans to deliver this. This is a one-off opportunity for companies of all sizes to influence senior decision-makers at the highest level on their policies for business growth. “This year, we want to see less regulation, and help for entrepreneurs and start-ups to boost jobs and wealth creation. We’ve seen some encouraging rhetoric in recent weeks, but now businesses are demanding some long-term measures of substance to ensure the UK recovery continues throughout 2011 and beyond.”