Nottingham set to be at the forefront of future business innovation as leading businesses show the way

Delegates at the latest Nottingham Partners lunch learnt of the need to adopt an innovative approach towards change, utilise talent and technology and recognise transformative opportunities when unleashing the potential presented by the evolving business environment.

Nottingham Partners, an arm of Marketing NG, the official Place Marketing Organisation for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire, held their most recent lunchtime event at the Crowne Plaza Nottingham. The Royal suite filled with attendees from an array of the city’s leading businesses.

Steve Thomas, Managing Director of Strategy, Experian UK & Ireland, shared invaluable insights into how new regulations within the banking sector are changing the consumer landscape.

Thomas detailed Experian’s new software developments that would more efficiently collate consumer data leading to better financial health and a more informed understanding of the products available to them.

Thomas said: “Experian has long been committed to Nottingham, and we’re proud to be a part of a City with such strength in digital innovation.

Open Banking will drive a positive and transformational digital experience for consumers and we want to help the business community in Nottingham to recognise the sizable opportunities that will exist.”

Steve Thomas, Experian

Paul Norbury, East Midlands Office Senior Partner, PwC, highlighted the potential for Nottingham as a key location for future innovation.

Norbury said: “According to the Institute for the Future, 85 per cent of the jobs that will exist in 2030 haven’t been invented yet. Whilst PwC’s latest Global CEO survey, reported almost 70% of UK CEOs are forecasting that emerging technologies like AI, Blockchain and robotics will disrupt their business over the next five years.

“At PwC, we are committed to bringing our people, talent and technology together to deliver a broader range of services in a way that best suits what our clients want.

“After technology and talent, the third challenge for us is to nurture and develop our regional private business network. The government’s Industrial Strategy has a focus on the potential of family-owned and owner-managed SME sector. That’s a sector we know well and a sector where considerable untapped potential remains.”

Paul Norbury, PwC

David Clements, General Manager, Crowne Plaza Nottingham, as host of today’s lunch welcomed attendees to the hotel and highlighted the continuing regeneration in the city.

Clements stated: “Nottingham is such a positive place for business, there has been so much change over the last five years and that momentum shows no sign of stopping.

I am delighted to host today’s lunch and to see so many attendees. It is imperative to drive forward with one cohesive voice and these events ensure that the positive momentum continues across the city.”

David Clements, Crowne Plaza

Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG said: “Nottingham Partners is about celebrating what’s great about Nottingham and making the connections between our businesses that will power future growth for our city.”

L-R Emma Connolly (Crowne Plaza) Natalie Williams (Nottingham Partners), Steve Thomas (Experian), Paul Norbury (PwC), Brendan Moffett (Marketing NG), Richard Donovan (Experian), Paul Southby (Marketing NG/Geldards LLP), David Clements (Crowne Plaza).

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