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New event series takes deep dive into big economic questions


Framing the Future is a new series of events by the Chamber featuring expert speakers taking a look at big economic questions affecting the North East. Below Jonathan walker takes us through what to expect in the new series, and introduces the first topic.

The coronavirus pandemic has not only led to an abrupt and costly pause in economic activity, but it has also caused many of us to think and reflect on the longer term impacts it may have on our ways of living and working.

The Chamber wants to be part of that thinking. Big questions such as how we protect the most vulnerable in society, what our towns and cities will look like in the future and how we adapt to a more digital world all need addressing. We know that businesses will have a part to play in the solutions to these challenges and we want you to be able to engage with, and influence, debate at the earliest possible stage.

Our new Framing the Future events will help you do just that. We will be bringing together leading thinkers in areas such as education, transport, sustainability and technology to share their thoughts and stimulate discussion. The first of these takes place on Tuesday 21 July, where we’re delighted to be joined Maja Gustaffson (Resolution Foundation) and Anna Round (IPPR North) to talk about what needs to be done to prevent a ‘lost generation’ of young people being shut out of the labour market as a result of this crisis. Please join us for what should be a fascinating discussion.

You can register to attend the first event on Zoom HERE.