Rethinking Wales: Business after Covid


November 5


02:00 pm - 03:00 pm

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Institute of Welsh Affairs (IWA)

The IWA’s #RethinkingWales series explores the challenges we face because of Covid-19, and work out the opportunities for change.

An open, politically independent and inclusive space for discussion and debate is the best way to identify the challenges we face in Wales because of Covid-19, and work out where the opportunities for real change are.

We are well placed to bring those voices together, and the IWA’s #RethinkingWales series (supported by the Carnegie UK Trust) will explore how various sectors need to respond to this crisis and how we need to start thinking differently.

As part of the IWA’s Rethinking Wales series, we have invited Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales, to hear views and take questions from representatives of businesses across Wales.

In response to the Covid-19 crisis, Chris Nott, as vice chair of the ministerial advisory board, was asked by the Minister to establish ‘Ffenics’, an ad-hoc advisory group which brings together a cross-section of senior representatives from the business community to provide independent advice about the shape that Covid-19 recovery might take and what policies the government should consider implementing.

Attention is now turning to how Wales’ economy will recover after Covid-19 and in particular how Welsh businesses can be supported through the crisis, and build back better afterwards.

For this event, the IWA’s panel will be made up of business people from across Wales and will explore the following issues with the Minister:

  • The immediate impact of Covid, and what has been more and less effective in the Welsh Government’s support for businesses during the crisis.
  • Whether clearer long term trends are starting to emerge, and what the Welsh Government can do to help businesses respond and adapt to them.
  • How businesses in Wales can thrive in a post-Covid, post-Brexit, global economy, at the same time ensuring that the way we do business contributes to wellbeing, strong communities, and flourishing the foundational economy.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to submit their own questions.


  • Welcome / Introduction – IWA Chair or an alternative rep (Approximately 5 minutes)
  • Minister – Introduction / overview (approximately 10 minutes)
  • Q&A with panel (Approximately 30 minutes)
  • Public Q&A session (questions submitted electronically) (15 minutes)


  • Ken Skates MS, Minister for Economy, Transport and North Wales
  • Chris Nott, Deputy Chair, Economy Ministerial Advisory Board
  • Adrian Emmett, The Lion Pub, Treorchy
  • Charles Dark, The Wynnstay, Machynlleth
  • Emina Redzepovic, freelance PR and communications specialist
  • James Wilson, Deepdock Ltd, Holyhead
  • Sally Stephenson, The Pencil Case, Cowbridge

This is an hour long panel discussion on Zoom chaired by the IWA Director, Auriol Miller, and attendees will be able to engage in debate and ask questions on the live chat.

The Rethinking Wales series has been kindly supported by Carnegie UK Trust.