Some 50 senior figures from business and the policy field in France, Germany and the UK gathered in London on 10 October to discuss and highlight the specific contribution that intermediate-sized enterprises were making to the economies of these three countries.
This seminar was held at the Oxford and Cambridge Club (Princess Marie Louise Room) and organised in collaboration with the Cercle d’outre-Manche.
The first speaker, Frédéric Coirier, co-President of the French association of intermediate-sized enterprises (Meti) and President of the Poujoulat group, outlined France’s approach to this category of companies and recent legislative developments to support them. The second speaker, Dr Bernd Atenstaedt, Chairman and CEO of German Industry UK, gave an insight into the success of the German Mittlestand,and particularly its long tradition of vocational training. The third speaker, Martin McTague, Policy and Advocacy Chairman at the Federation of Small Businesses, presented the UK perspective.
The discussion was chaired by Arnaud Vaissié, Chairman and CEO of International SOS and co-Founder of the Cercle d’outre-Manche.
Participants included: Uwe Hanneck (Deputy Chairman, German Industry UK); Thomas Schultz (Head London Office, Noerr LLP); Felix Dane (Director, Konrad Adenauer Stiftung UK & Ireland); Greg Conary (Head of Strategy – UK & Ireland – Schneider Electric); Simon Duckworth (Deputy Policy Chairman, City of London); Michael Maclay (Chairman of the Club of Three); Mathew Jellings (Business Development Director, Engie UK & Ireland); Douglas McWilliams (Deputy Chairman, Centre for Economics and Business Research); Guillaume de Pommereau (CFO, Hitachi Europe); Stéphane Rambosson (CEO, Vici Partners); Mathieu Rosey (Managing Director, MRoc Ltd); Thierry Rodier (Executive Director, Maystone Capital); and Jean-Hugues de Lamaze (Senior Partner, Tortoise Advisors).