Doing Business in Wales: The Changing Landscape


June 30


08:45 am - 02:00 pm

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Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)


Wales Millennium Centre

Bute Place, Cardiff Bay, CF10 5AL

Cardiff Bay, GB, CF10 5AL

The Institute of Welsh Affairs, in partnership with Capital Law, are holding a half-day conference entitled “Doing business in Wales: The changing landscape”.

The event will consider the implications of the 5th Assembly for business and aim to discuss and explore the perceived obstacles to doing business in Wales.

Opening with Sion Barry in conversation with a Welsh Government representative as keynote speaker, the event will also feature breakout sessions on the impact of tax raising powers, city regions, the Planning Act and Environment Bill, and Welsh language standards.

Through open discussion with key industry professionals, this event will get to the heart of the perceived barriers to investment and explore opportunities for growth in Wales.


Draft Agenda

08:45 – 09:30 Registration

09.30 – 09.35 Chair (Elin Pinnell, Managing Partner, Capital Law) to open Conference

09:35 – 09.45 Opening plenary session (Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure)

09.45 – 10.45 Sion Barry, Business Editor, Western Mail in conversation with Ken Skates, Cabinet Secretary for Economy and Infrastructure)

10.45 – 11.15 Coffee break

11.15 – 11.55 Breakout sessions:

Breakout 1: Planning Act and Environmental Bill
 – Speaker: Dr. Emyr Roberts, Chief Executive, Natural Resources Wales
 – Speaker: Mark Hand, Head of Planning, Monmouthshire County Council
 – Chair: Chris Sutton, Chair, CBI Wales

Breakout 2: Welsh language standards: killing the myth
 – Speaker: Bethan Webb, Deputy Director, Welsh Language Division, Welsh Government
 – Chair: Iestyn Morris, Partner, Capital Law

11.55 – 12.00 Movement to next breakout session

12.00 – 12.40 Breakout sessions:

Breakout 3: Fiscal powers
 – Speaker: Gerald Holtham, Managing Partner, Cadwyn Capital LLC
 – Speaker: Lynn Pamment, Partner, PwC

-Chair: Ed Gareth Poole, Lecturer in Politics, Wales Governance Centre at Cardiff University 

Breakout 4: Impact of City Regions

 – Speaker: Ann Beynon, Chair, Cardiff Capital City Region

 – Speaker: Steve Phillips, Secretary, Swansea Bay City Region

 -Chair: Chris Nott

12.40 – 12.45 Close of Conference

 – Helen Molyneux to close Conference in breakout session

 – Chris Nott to close Conference in breakout session

12:45 – 14:00 Networking lunch and departures