Major EU debate comes to Sheffield

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Leading names from industry, finance and economics will argue for and against the European Union at a city region summit in Sheffield.

‘The Quarterly Economic Survey Breakfast: The EU Referendum and What it Means for Business’ will hear from former finance lawyer Ian Baxter, wealth intelligence expert Alex Story and economist Bill Robinson in a line-up designed to relate the EU arguments to the local and national economy and give businesses a greater understanding before they vote.

Organised by the city region chambers, with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership and Sheffield University Management School, the flagship event on Tuesday April 12 will also share the results of the latest Quarterly Economic Survey.

Richard Wright, executive director of the Sheffield Chamber, said: “Listening to the debate you might think that staying in or leaving the EU is a political decision. It’s not – it’s about the economy.

“But how many of us in the business world truly understand the economic realities of the decision and its effect on our local economy?

“We hope local firms will come and hear the arguments on both sides and leave in a position to make a more informed choice at the referendum.”

Ian Baxter, chairman of Baxter Freight, is a former finance lawyer who led his business to become a market leader before starting Baxter Freight in 2014, which has an annual turnover of £10m.

Alex Story is the head of European business development for Wealth-X, a wealth intelligence business. He will be providing an economic argument for leaving.

The summit is from 8am on Tuesday April 12 at The Edge, 34 Endcliffe Crescent, Sheffield, S10 3ED.