Professor Edward Peck will chair Chamber bicentenary debate

A Major debate and reception chaired by Professor Edward Peck and involving leading business figures will launch Birmingham Chamber’s bicentenary celebrations in February. The debate and reception will take place at the offices of Pinsent Masons in Colmore Circus on Wednesday, February 6 and is free and open to all members and non-members.

The Chamber was founded in July, 1813, and a series of events for which the University of Birmingham is a sponsor are being lined up during the year, including a gala dinner in April involving key ministerial and business figures.

A special commemorative book, written by University of Birmingham historian Pete Bounous, has been produced and will be available through the 12 months.

Jerry Blackett, chief executive of the Chamber, said: “Several events and projects will take place to mark the Chamber’s bicentenary during this year. Birmingham Chamber has a combination of local and international status that makes it special.

“The Chamber brand unlocks doors all over the world. Some of our fiercest competitor countries, such as Germany, have for decades used the Chamber brand to open up export markets. Chambers are independent, business-led entities with, in Birmingham’s case, 200 years of experience in helping local businesses prosper.”