Ben Thompson

BBC Business Reporter & Presenter, BBC


Ben Thompson is a BBC business reporter and presenter. He hosts BBC World’s flagship business daily BBC Business Live, and also covers business matters every Friday on BBC Breakfast.

Covering everything from the latest stock market and economic news to the breaking business developments around the world, Ben also interviews leading figures and entrepreneurs. He looks at new tech start-ups, multi-national company results, and the outlook for individuals, nations and businesses around the world.

Ben lived and reported from New York and Dubai serving as North America Business Correspondent and Middle East Business Correspondent. Prior to working in front of the camera he was a BBC business producer.

Session Details

Opening Keynote: Roaring Twenties or a Long Road to Recovery?

Astor Suite: 9.45am - 10.15am

Emerging from the seismic shocks of Covid-19, Brexit and Trump’s downfall, the next few years cannot fail to be a defining era for the economies of the UK, Europe and the rest of the World. With the Brexit transition period over and a last-minute trade deal agreed, there is also some much-needed clarity on the UK’s future relationship with Europe – but it’s still too early to early to tell whether the lasting impact of 2020 will be a drawn-out recession or a rapid bounceback to better times, as global lockdowns are relaxed.

Against this backdrop of widespread social and economic change, Ben Thompson’s opening keynote will present a unique perspective on the outlook for British businesses and their ability to meet the forthcoming challenges and opportunities that are likely to emerge over the coming decade.

Want an even more frank and uncensored view on what the future might hold for UK business in a post-Brexit world? Ben Thompson will be doing an exclusive Q&A immediately after his keynote, 10.15 - 11.00. Operating under Chatham House Rules to ensure an honest and free-flowing discussion, this is an unmissable opportunity to ask specific questions within a more intimate environment than the main keynote room. Click here to apply for your place



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