TheCityUK’s 2019 National Conference, took place in Wales on Thursday 21 November.
Held at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff, it brought together senior business leaders and policymakers for speeches and discussions focused on promoting the strength and opportunity of the industry hubs across the UK’s regions and nations. Wales, the financial and related professional services industry employs 61,000 people, with 21,810 of these jobs in Cardiff alone.
Among the speakers; the Welsh Government was represented by the Minister for the Economy, Ken Skates AM, who addressed delegates with a keynote speech focused on Wales’ credentials and specialist offering as an industry hub. Richard Theo, the UK Government’s FinTech Envoy for Wales, and CEO of Wealthify, talked about the thriving Welsh start-up community. In conversation with Andrew Kail, PwC’s Head of UK Financial Services, Lord Heseltine reflected on developments across the regional and national devolution agenda, later in the day.
Panel discussions involving representatives from the British Business Bank, Cardiff Capital Regional City Deal and Cardiff University discussed the industry’s contribution to the economy and wider society, alongside leaders of companies including confused.com, Eversheds Sutherland and Lloyds Banking Group.
This was TheCityUK’s third National Conference held in as many years, following successful events in Manchester and Birmingham. It is the flagship event of a dedicated Regions & Nations programme, led by a network of seven City Chairs who represent the two-thirds of the UK industry jobs located in clusters outside of London. Next year, Leeds will host the National Conference on 19 November 2020. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in attending.