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New Horizons: what’s next for the UK and British Business?

Wednesday 04 Mar 12.00 - 14.00


Members: ¥6,500

Non Members: ¥8,500

Written by Noriko Mita

The UK has left the EU. A transition period is now in effect until the end of 2020, and new rules will apply from January 1, 2021. What does it all mean for the future of British business?

The BCCJ is very pleased to be partnering with the CBI to deliver this luncheon event on March 4.

According to the CBI’s latest economic forecast, the UK’s GDP growth in 2020 will be 1.2%, with a brighter outlook for next year, when growth is expected to pick up to 1.8%. This is based on the assumption that having now exited the EU, the UK will have a clear line of sight to an ambitious trade deal, involving alignment with certain EU rules.

The main risk to the outlook of course remains continued uncertainty around Brexit, particularly the threat of a No Deal scenario.

Join us for ‘New Horizons’ and hear the latest view from Deputy Director-General of the CBI, Josh Hardie, who will share:

  • Perspectives on the new government and business sentiment post-Brexit;
  • Business priorities for the new government at a domestic level, looking at sustainability, infrastructure, etc;
  • Business for the UK’s international agenda, including a view on the EU and Japan trade negotiations.

The CBI (The Confederation of British Industry) is the UK’s premier business organisation, providing a voice for firms at a regional, national and international level to policymakers that helps business create a more prosperous society.


Josh Hardie, CBI Deputy Director-General

An experienced corporate affairs specialist, Josh joined the CBI in 2016 and leads the CBI’s overall policy development, media and campaigning work.

From Brexit and global trade to Industrial Strategy, regional growth and the CBI’s new campaign, Everyone’s business, all Josh’s focus is aimed at helping business to tackle inequality and raise living standards.

This involves working with the 190,000 businesses the CBI represents to understand how they can drive prosperity forward across the UK, working with Government to ensure their policy supports this and communicating with stakeholders to help demonstrate the impact business can have.

Josh joined from Tesco, where he was Group Director for Corporate Responsibility. This role focused on leading on the integration of social and reputational issues into the international retailer’s business strategy and developing a new approach to campaigning with customers, the Government, stakeholders and the media on issues including health, employability and sustainability.

Josh has also held Exec-level roles at EdComs Ltd creating behavior change strategies and campaigns for businesses, government departments and the voluntary sector, and an educational charity, Education Extra, campaigning with schools and working with the Government on educational issues.


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Cancellation policy:
Paid reservation by February 25 after which there can be no refunds on cancellations.
No-shows will be charged.
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A 3 course lunch is included in the ticket cost.
Please indicate any specific dietary requirements at the time of booking.

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