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: What Did We Learn From The Pandemic?

Astor Suite: 9.30am - 10.15am

Ben Thompson will be looking at the resilience of business during one of the most unprecedented periods of social and economic upheaval and how businesses - particularly smaller, more nimble firms learned to do things differently. 

Against this backdrop of widespread social and economic change, this 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.

 Benefits of attending this keynote session:

  • A focus on fundamentals is key - good customer service, care for staff, building loyalty, local connections, harnessing technology. 


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


Opening Times:
09.00am - 4.00pm

Networking Breakfast:
07.30am - 08.50am

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