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Next steps for freeports in the UK - priorities for implementation, extending the benefits across the nations, and wider UK port operations

Morning, Tuesday, 5th April 2022


It will examine next steps for freeports in the UK, discussing priorities for development and growth and the lessons learned since the launch of the Government’s freeport programme.


We are pleased to be able to include keynote contributions from:

  • Ivan McKee MSP, Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Scottish Government
  • Justin Atkin, Representative UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp; Managing Director, Ragged Edge Consulting; and Non-Executive Director, Portico Shipping
  • Richard Ballantyne, Chief Executive, British Ports Association

The agenda will bring out latest thinking on opportunities, challenges, and outstanding issues - looking at implementation, impact on the national and local economies, and areas such as taxation and cooperation across the UK nations.


The conference will also be an opportunity to discuss implications for international trade and the UK’s relationship with the EU, including level playing field rules set out in the EU-UK Trade and Cooperation Agreement.


Further sessions consider the role of and opportunities for freeports in the context of the broader UK policy landscape, including climate change, net-zero objectives, and environmental protection, as well as the Government’s Levelling Up agenda and economic recovery from the disruption caused by the pandemic.


The discussion is bringing together stakeholders with key policy officials who are due to attend from the Border Force; the Cities & Local Growth Unit; the Defra; the DCMS; the DIT; the Department for the Economy, NI; the DfT; the GLD; HMRC; the Home Office; Maritime and Coastguard Agency; ORR; the UK Space Agency; and the Valuation Office Agency - as well as parliamentary pass-holders from the House of Commons.



Keynote Speakers

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Justin Atkin

Representative UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp; Managing Director, Ragged Edge Consulting and Non-Executive Director, Portico Shipping

Keynote Speakers

Ivan McKee MSP

Minister for Business, Trade, Tourism and Enterprise, Scottish Government

Justin Atkin

Representative UK & Ireland, Port of Antwerp; Managing Director, Ragged Edge Consulting and Non-Executive Director, Portico Shipping

Richard Ballantyne

Chief Executive, British Ports Association

Speakers

Diana Holland

Assistant General Secretary, Transport Equalities, Unite the Union

Alexandra Herdman

Public Policy Manager, Logistics UK

Tim Morris

Chief Executive Officer, UK Major Ports Group

Peter Mason

Partner, Addleshaw Goddard

Catherine Barnard

Professor of European Union and Labour Law, University of Cambridge

Ben Houchen

Elected Mayor, Tees Valley Combined Authority

Steve Roberts

Associate Director, Ports & Marine, AECOM

Senior speaker confirmed from Mott Macdonald

Lucy Hudson

Principal Policy Officer, Freight and Logistics, Transport for the North

Richard Gutsell

Client Director, Borders, Identity and the Digital Economy, Atkins