Thames Valley business leaders debate what the election result means for the region

Thames Valley business leaders debate what the election result means for the region


Author: Kellie Young

Business leaders from across the Thames Valley gathered at the Hilton Hotel in Reading last week for the Thames Valley Business Leaders' Dinner.

Thames Valley Business Dinner
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L-R: Andrew Morgan, Emma Gibson, Robin Barnes and James Naughtie

The dinners are an important platform for local business leaders to exchange views, share best practice and learn from each other.

Over 150 guests attended the event, which was sponsored by Shoosmiths, KPMG and RBS.    

Attendees at the event were addressed by political journalist and broadcaster, James Naughtie who discussed the shock results of May's general election and what they mean for UK businesses.  

Emma Gibson, a highly regarded corporate partner at Shoosmiths, listed in The Lawyer's Hot 100, said: 'The businesses we speak to want to know what's next for them and what the next parliament will offer.  Creating a business friendly environment to attract investment and enable growth is fundamental to the prosperity of the region and the UK.'  

Andrew Morgan, Thames Valley senior partner at KPMG, said: 'Businesses want certainty and stability to enable them to make long term investments and plan for the future.  Most are relieved to have avoided the prospect of a weak minority or unstable coalition government and the inevitable delay of forming such an administration.  The Conservatives promised to cut National Insurance, removing the cost altogether for under 25s, and to fund three million apprenticeships. We hope to see these policies now becoming reality and small businesses given encouragement and support - which must be a top priority for our new Government.'  

Robin Barnes, regional director of Solent & Thames Valley for RBS, said: 'We were delighted to bring together so many business leaders from across the region to discuss what the election result means for them and hear their concerns and hopes for the future.  The region has tremendous growth potential and, underpinned by a stable Government, is well placed to capitalise on the opportunities this year presents.'  

Shoosmiths' corporate team advises public and private companies, management teams, investors and debt providers through the business life cycle. Shoosmiths works with businesses from start up and first round finance through to mergers and acquisitions, MBO and MBI transactions, development funding and on exits, whether by way of sale, listing or private equity investment.