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Thursday, 1 October 2009

BCC Question Time: Monday 5th October

Chamber members are invited to get involved in the debates around the Conservative Party Conference at a Question Time style debate about the economy at an event being organised Greater Manchester Chamber and the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) at Manchester Art Gallery at 12.45pm on Monday 5 October.

The panellists leading the debate are Philip Hammond, Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury, Gerard Lyons, Chief Economist at Standard Chartered Bank, Ian King Deputy Business Editor of the Times and Peter Heginbotham OBE, Senior Partner at Davis Blank Furniss Solicitors and President of Greater Manchester Chamber.

The event will be chaired by Adam Marshall, Director of Policy at BCC and companies are invited to put questions to the panel about any issue affecting businesses. Likely topics for discussion include public finances and how any future government will seek to reduce the national debt, the banking system and how businesses can get access to finance, and how to tackle employment and infrastructure issues during the economic recovery.

Peter Heginbotham President at Greater Manchester Chamber said: " We're delighted to be supporting the event. This is a great opportunity for local firms to hear from influential business figures and key shadow ministers on the issues that really matter. The Conservative Party Conference is a perfect backdrop to debate the current state of the economy and we hope that local firms take the opportunity to get involved."

The event is scheduled to last one hour and is FREE to attend. There is no need to book in advance but for further information, please contact Chris Potter Policy Advisor at BCC on 07793893572 or email: c.potter@britishchambers.org.uk

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