London has always been a financial hub. The city is home to the Bank of England, the world’s second-oldest bank, while the London Stock Exchange was the global centre for commerce in the 19th century.
The capital has been a draw for firms for centuries, and it retains its appeal today, with over eight million residents, 40 universities, and hundreds of global businesses headquartering here.
While the pandemic has created many financial challenges, there are measures in place that are designed to keep companies afloat right now. Plus, businesses across London are adapting to networking online and incorporating social distancing where possible, allowing for forums to take place in a new, exciting and safe way.
Here are some of the forums and events that are coming up to look out for.
Online until 17th September 2020
CFO Connect hosts a series of global events that give professionals the opportunity to meet with and learn from financial leaders that have experienced challenges and can give an insight into key issues. These events take place in locations such as London, San Francisco, Berlin and Barcelona.
There are also online events and members can sign up to get an insight into topics such as SaaS finance for CFOs and international tax and compliance.
London, 22nd October 2020
This one-day event takes place at etc. venues on Liverpool Street in the City and is packed with informational talks hosted by experienced keynote speakers. Themes around financial forecasting, finance transformation, planning and analysis will be covered.
Talks will include ‘How to Get Finance Fit for the Future’ and ‘The Role Of FP&A in the Wider Finance Organisation’, which will be led by Tristan Phillips, Head of Finance at Marks & Spencer.
Social distancing measures will be in place throughout the day and it’s worth booking overnight accommodation if you’re travelling from outside of the capital. Serviced apartments in London are a good choice if you’re seeking a Covid-safe self-catering option.
Online, 22nd-23rd October 2020
For a jam-packed virtual event, the AI World Congress is set to be an interactive 48 hours. There are 25 speakers from leading names including IBM, Capgemini and Samsung poised to give their insight into the world of AI.
Symon Garfield, Digital Strategy Advisor (Financial Services) for Microsoft will talk about
‘The Role of Responsible AI in a Post Covid-19 World’, while day two of the event will see Sandy Ghuman, SVP Data Strategy at Silverbullet discuss ‘Truly Unlocking the Potential of Your Data Assets & Technology’. Take your pick from a diverse agenda.
London, 1st-2nd June 2021
Looking ahead to next summer, the World Business Forum is set to take place over two days at London’s Barbican Centre. Key aspects of business will be covered, from finances and innovation to leadership and creativity and the event is designed to provide inspiration for attendees.
Well-known names are scheduled to share their insights. Steve Wozniak, co-founder of Apple, will cover ‘Innovation from Within: On Creativity, Wits and the Story of Apple’. Meanwhile, future of work and organisational behavior expert, Lynda Gratton, will discuss ‘Leading Organisational Change’.
There are plenty of opportunities to access networking opportunities and attend events in London in the coming weeks and months. If you are looking for inspired ideas, take your pick from the forthcoming forums now.