More than a hundred business leaders attended the inaugural East Midlands Business Leaders' dinner last night in Nottingham, to hear a message of strength from one of the country's top CEOs, Tony Cocker, of E.ON.
Tony Cocker spoke of his business journey at the head of a multi-billion £ company and how he helped E.ON re-engage with its customers. He explained that, based on his experience, the key to business success is first and foremost understanding customer needs and the way a business is perceived by its customers. Good customer relations will then inform dialogue with government and underpin strong relationships with employees and other stakeholders.
The dinner was jointly hosted by 3 of the region's leading professional services firms - Shoosmiths, RBS and KPMG - together with Nottingham University. The dinner also contributed several thousands pounds to Impact, the university's charitable fundraising campaign.
It is the first time the four organisations have worked together to create a platform for their business clients and contacts from across the region to share views and perspectives on the East Midlands and national economy.
The high turn-out on Wednesday evening of more than 100 top executives - from leading local employers including Alliance Boots, Dassault Systemes, Nottingham City Homes and Rolls Royce - showed it was a winning formula.
The dinner took place in the prestigious Trent Building at Nottingham University, located at the highest point of University Park, Nottingham.
Head of Shoosmiths' Nottingham office, Andrew Pickin, said: 'This was a fantastic event which brought together business leaders from across the region to share experiences and hear from one of the country's most inspirational CEOs.'
Fellow-host Adrian Fern, regional director, corporate & commercial at RBS agreed. 'The evening evidences the strength and potential of businesses in the region and has given us the opportunity to put a well-deserved spotlight on wealth creators who are helping us recover from recession.'
Mark Flanagan, director of KPMG, added: 'It was great to have so many business leaders from the East Midlands together in one room and particularly exciting to hear so many success stories and optimism for the growth of the region in the future.'