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The Spectator Breakfast Club: Making the most of Europe

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March 9, 2016

8:15 am

Ham Yard Hotel, 1 Ham Yard, London W1D 7DT


Martin Vander Weyer, business editor, The Spectator

Gerard Grech, CEO, Tech City UK

Damian Green MP, member of parliament for Ashford; chair, European Mainstream

Michael Hayman, co-founder, Seven Hills and StartUp Britain

Vicky Pryce, chief economic adviser, Centre for Economics and Business Research


Guests attended The Spectator Breakfast Club on 9 March 2016 at the Ham Yard Hotel for a discussion over breakfast.

The Spectator, in association with easyJet, held a lively breakfast discussion at the Ham Yard Hotel, Soho, on the subject of making the most of Europe, and specifically how SMEs can maximise EU opportunities.

Every ambitious UK business needs to look beyond our own shores. We may argue about political relationships with Brussels, but the continent of Europe — with more than half a billion consumers — will always be our closest and most promising overseas market. At The Spectator Breakfast Club, the panel discussed  how small companies can gain the advice, the access and the sales impact they need to prosper in Europe.

The Spectator’s business editor, Martin Vander Weyer, chaired a panel of knowledgeable and passionate speakers, spanning the political, economic and business worlds. They included Damian Green MP, chair of European Mainstream, the EU Remain campaign group and Vicky Pryce, the chief economic adviser at the Centre of Economic and Business Research. Also on the panel were Michael Hayman MBE, co-founder of campaigns firm Seven Hills and Start-up Britain, and Gerard Grech, chief executive of Tech City UK, a not-for-profit entity that channels public funds to support the growth of digital companies.