Invest Midlands: Hear from the entrepreneur who has just sold his company for £200m

Alan Barratt

Invest Midlands will celebrate the diversity of the Midlands economy – and those working within it.

Now, the programme for the Invest Midlands conference has been unveiled ahead of the landmark event on May 26.

The virtual conference aims to set the agenda for what comes next in the Midlands and has a stellar line up of speakers. Tickets are now available.

Invest Midlands will kick-off with a keynote address from Business Secretary Rt Hon. Kwasi Kwarteng who will outline the ambition for the Midlands and look towards its post-pandemic future as a real engine of growth.

He will be joined by leaders from across the region, including Midlands Engine chairman Sir John Peace and the winner of the West Midlands Mayoral race to be held earlier in May.

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Alan Barratt, the founder and CEO of sports nutrition firm Grenade, will take part in an interview on how he built and sold the company to multinational giant Mondelez.

Ken Cooper, managing director at the British Business Bank, will lead a panel discussing how to fund SME growth through post-pandemic recovery.

Meanwhile, Claire James, MD of East Midlands Airport, Dave Penney of Network Rail and Maria Machanchoses will debate whether the Midlands Engine is joined up – or two separate islands, in a much-needed debate on transport in the region.

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Reshma Sheikh of Octavian UK, Sarah King of We Are Radikl, Anita Bhalla OBE of the West Midlands Leadership Commission and Tru Powell of Aston Performing Arts Academy will take a look at the importance of diversity and how businesses should place it at the heart of growth.

The vastly-important automotive sector will be debated by John Russell of Norton Motorcycles, Charlotte Horobin of MAKE UK and Chris Reeves of Horiba Mira.

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The Big Ideas to Change the Midlands session will see Matheu Parr of Rolls-Royce, Christopher Ware of Conygar and Ricky Sandhu of Urban Airport outline their vision for the future of the region.

The full agenda – which can be viewed here – puts the spotlight on the issues that will transform the economy in the years ahead and represents the very best of the Midlands.

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