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BMF MEMBERS’ DAY Vince Cable to speak at Members’ Day Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for the Builders Merchants Federations Members’ Day in September The Future Belongs to the Bold, is the theme for this year’s Builders Merchants Federations (BMFs) Members’ Day, which is set to take place at St George’s Park, Burton on Trent on 26-27 September. Sir Vince Cable, the leader of the Liberal Democrats and MP for Twickenham, is the first headline speaker to be confirmed for the event. A former chief economist at Shell, Mr Cable was the first UK politician to warn of the impending financial crisis of 2008. He now believes that a hard Brexit could create serious and prolonged economic difficulties ahead. As leader of the Liberal Democrats, his top priorities are fighting to make sure the UK remains at the heart of the EU, building an economy that works for everyone, investing in high-quality public services and a good welfare system, and building a mass movement that can win elections and make the UK more liberal and more democratic. Vision for the economy Between 2010 and 2015, as the coalition government’s Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills, Mr Cable created a distinctive Liberal Democrat vision for the economy. He created a long-term industrial strategy, promotion of science and innovation, a banking reform, the creation of the world’s first Green Investment Bank, support for young people through apprenticeships, and the promotion of socially responsible capitalism. John Newcomb, chief executive officer of the BMF, said: “We are delighted that Sir Vince Cable will address BMF Members’ Day this year. He is not only one of the country’s senior politicians, but also a highly regarded economist who is not afraid to express bold, and sometimes contrarian, views. This sits well with our Members’ Day theme, and I know that everyone will be keen to hear from him.” John added: “Having a leading political speaker has long been a tradition at our bi-annual All- Industry Conference. Last year, we reintroduced this element to Members’ Day with a well-received presentation from the Housing Minister at the time, Alok Sharma. With Vince Cable on this year’s stage, we are building on that success and taking it to the next level.” Networking over two days The business conference at this year’s Members’ Day, and the black-tie awards dinner, which celebrates the achievements of young people working in the industry, will both take place on September 27. The annual golf tournament and other social activities will be held on September 26. For more information on the two-day event, visit www.bmf.org.uk/events or contact: june.upton@bmf.org.uk. Sir Vince Cable will address BMF Members’ Day, which will be held at St George’s Park in September


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