Heart of the Community

17th October 2017
Church House, London
12:00pm - 6:00pm
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ACS’ unmissable political event, Heart of the Community 2017 offers you unrivalled access to key MPs and Ministers and is the best opportunity for you to raise your concerns with Parliamentarians about current key issues currently affecting the sector.

This year's conference will feature an address from High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP, who will outline the Government's plans to support high streets and local partnerships.

ACS Heart of the Community will be followed by an exclusive drinks reception on the House of Commons Terrace. Places are limited at the reception, to confirm your place please email Steve Dowling at steve.dowling@acs.org.uk

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Event Speakers

Cathy Newman (Chair)

Cathy will be the chairperson for the 2017 Heart of the Community Conference. 

Cathy is a studio presenter for a mainstream news network, previously working as a journalist for the Financial Times and the Independent.

She has appeared as a guest panellist on Have I Got News For You and blogs for the Daily Telegraph and Economia magazine.

High Streets Minister Jake Berry MP

Jake Berry MP is MP for Rossendale and Darwen and Minister for High Streets within the Department for Communities and Local Government.

His ministerial responsibilities include; high streets, local growth policy, mayors and devolution, Local Enterprise Partnerships and community rights.

Nadia Broccardo, London Bridge BID

Nadia is Chief Executive of the London Bridge BID and has overseen its work to actively raise the profile of the London Bridge area generate trade for local business.

The BID has improved signage and planning and development communications and provides community recycling services locally.

Kate Carroll, Nisa

Kate is Head of Charity for Nisa Retail’s charitable foundation, Making a Difference Locally (MADL).

She is experienced in commercial partnerships, governance stakeholder engagement and brand communications.

MADL has now donated over £8m to local causes through 9,000 donations since it was launched in 2008.

Liam Hetherington, Co-operative

Liam will talk about how the Co-op engages with trading standards teams and supports stores with due diligence and food and non-food safety and standards issues. 

Mick Whitworth, Guild of Fine Food

Mick has worked for the Guild of Fine Food as Editorial Director of the Fine Food Digest since 2005.

Mick has also worked as deputy editor of market-leading weekly The Grocer and editor of Food Manufacture, as well as contributing to a host of food trade publications.

Georgie Barnard, National Business Crime Centre

Georgie is a Detective Chief Inspector at the Metropolitan Police with responsibility for the new National Business Crime Centre (NBCC).

The NBCC has been established this year as a centre of excellence to coordinate national activity police support for business.

The NBCC intends to standardise the interactions between police and business, share best practice and strengthen partnerships.

Edward Woodall, ACS

Edward is ACS Head of Policy and Public Affairs and represents the sector within Parliament and Government on the policy issues that matter to local shops, including business rates, employment costs, deposit return schemes, retail crime, product regulation and many more.