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Businesses join the Mayor to look to the future

News release 10050, published on 29 Oct 2021
More than 60 business representatives joined the Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Onnalee Cubitt’s Looking to the Future event yesterday (Thursday 28 October).  

The event, at the Ark Conference Centre in Basingstoke, was aimed at supporting the local business community in a post COVID-19 world.  It was an opportunity to explore key themes businesses, the borough and its residents will face in the future, including economic recovery, climate change action, changes in global markets and customer demand and the growth of the virtual world, as well as supporting job prospects for young people.  

Cllr Onnalee Cubitt was joined by former Global Strategist for Allianz Global Investors and regular contributor to Radio Four’s Today Programme Neil Dwane, Wing Commander Mark Trevena, Squadron Leader Peter Hitchings and civilian instructor Amy Husband from the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Wing Air Training Corps who discussed the benefits of adult volunteering, and Leader of Basingstoke and Deane Borough Council Cllr Ken Rhatigan who spoke on the council’s action plan to support the borough’s economic recovery. 

The Mayor of Basingstoke and Deane Cllr Onnalee Cubitt said: “The event was a great opportunity to bring together local companies and employers to focus on the issues the business community is facing as it looks to the future, especially following the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Our strong line-up of speakers did an excellent job of outlining some of the challenges, changes and opportunities for our local businesses in the year ahead.

“It was also an opportunity to explain the benefits businesses can get from supporting their employees to volunteer as cadet leaders, which in turn will give more of our young people the chance to learn vital life skills as employees of the future.

“I would like to say a big thank you to all those business representatives who took the time to come along and I hope they found it useful and thought-provoking.” 

One of the Mayor’s aims for her year in office is to encourage more adult volunteers to support the cadet movement in the borough. There are five cadet organisations in the borough - Army, Air, Sea, Police and St John Ambulance – that all have long waiting lists of young people wanting to join as there are not enough volunteer leaders.

For more information on the Mayor’s cadet volunteers campaign see

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