Autumn Statement 2016: What it Means for Business

The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond, will deliver his first Autumn Statement to Parliament on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 12.30pm.

The Autumn Statement is an important annual event, on par with the Budget, as it sets out the government’s taxation and spending plans. It will also be the first opportunity to assess the state of the UK economy following the EU referendum in June.
Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Alliance (HIBA)HIBA is pleased to announce that it will be holding an event for its members on 28 November 2016, 4.00pm – 6.30pm at the University of Southampton Science Park, Innovation Centre, which  will look at the current state of the UK economy and the challenges faced by UK businesses and consumers.

We have secured a number of acclaimed guest speakers and panel experts, including:

  • Stewart Dunn – CEO, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce
  • Richard Hall – Director of Tax, KPMG
  • John Denham – Chair of Southern Policy Centre, Former Minister of State
  • Anne-Marie Mountifield – Chief Executive, Solent LEP
  • Lee Hopley – Chief Economist , EEF Manufacturers’ Organisation
  • Ken Moon – Wessex Regional Chairman, Federation of Small Businesses
  • Lizz Clarke – Director ,Logical Creative Marketing

The eight partner organisations of the Business Alliance and the business member organisations represented on the Alliance’s Forum will meet to:

  • Look behind the announcement and understand the real impact of the proposed changes to business
  • Outline the Chancellor’s strategy for delivering inclusive growth
  • Comment on the latest proposals

HIBA represents the collaboration of two Chambers of Commerce, two local business networks, plus the local branches of 4 national business organisations, namely: Isle of Wight Chamber of Commerce, Hampshire Chamber of Commerce, Business South, Southern Enterprise Alliance (WSX Enterprise) plus British Marine, EEF – the Manufacturers’ Organisation, Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) and the Institute of Directors (IoD).

HIBA was set up in order to deliver coordinated, enhanced and simplified business support to businesses throughout Hampshire and the Isle of Wight. The Alliance will also work to provide LEPs and Local Authorities with an effective single point of contact, and allow local businesses to influence the economic strategy for the area. HIBA would like to see the simplification of the planning process, release of land for employment use and to aid all businesses to invest and create local jobs across all sectors but particularly in Marine, Aerospace, Technology, Pharmaceuticals and Creative Industries, and support long term local business investment.

FREE to attend. Refreshments sponsored by Southern Society of Chartered Accountants.


Spaces are limited – those interested in attending the event, please contact Roxana Andrusca (Hampshire and Isle of Wight Business Alliance Co-ordinator) directly on:


Download flyer for the event here.