Norfolk Business Community to Quiz MP’s as The Big Debate Returns

The Norfolk Chambers of Commerce event, The Big Debate, is back for 2022 in its first face-to-face format since 2020!, the tenth annual event, The Big Debate brings together Norfolk MP’s and local business leaders to discuss the key topics that matter to the Norfolk business community.

Taking place on Friday 4th February at The Halls in St Andrew’s Plain, Norwich, the event will be split into four debates focussing on the areas that the Norfolk business community have identified are the priorities and issues that local businesses are facing right now.

The big debate gives businesses a real opportunity to put their questions and opinions directly to the people that can influence change on their behalf. Featuring high calibre panellists such as Chloe Smith MP, Clive Lewis MP, James Wild MP and George Freeman MP, plus senior representatives from Norfolk businesses, education providers and local authorities such as Aviva, Turning Factor, Konect Bus, City College Norwich and Norfolk County Council, the four topics on the agenda are people, skills and wellbeing, transport and infrastructure, growth and innovation and climate change.

Norfolk Chambers of Commerce Chief Operating Officer, Nova Fairbank, said: “The Big Debate is a key date in the commercial calendar and is crucial to the Chambers mission to connect, support and give voice to every business in Norfolk. We’ve been listening to our members and have recognised the most important topics on the business community’s agenda.

“By bringing together decision makers, business influencers and business leaders we can provide the platform for our local community to air their views, ask their questions and feel heard.”

The Norfolk Chambers are conscious that many people may be wary at booking and attending face-to-face events following the increase in covid infections due to the Omicron variant. Therefore the Chambers continue to implement their Covid Co.nfidence policy. Part of the policy includes a ‘no cancellation fee’ promise to anyone having to cancel their ticket at the last minute due to testing positive for Covid, having Covid symptoms or having to self-isolate. The Chambers hope that the policy will provide reassurance to all delegates that they take their responsibility to attendees and the public very seriously, by putting together a set of rules which will be adhered to for every Chambers run event.

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