Shrewsbury School

Shrewbury School's inaugural Economics and Business Conference

Friday 18 October 2019

There was an audible buzz in the air as over 240 Sixth Form students gathered for Shrewsbury School’s first Economics and Business Conference. The audience included students from The Marches, Shrewsbury High School, and Oswestry School.

Talks were delivered in the morning on a range of topics including business ethics (Mr Will Kenyon, ex-PWC), the gender pay gap (Dr Jack Cao, Keele University), and inequality and poverty in society (Karen Williams, Barnabas Trust).

These were followed by a lively Question Time session in the afternoon. On the panel, morning speakers Will Kenyon and Karen Williams were joined by Julian Dean, Green Party councillor for Port Hill (Brexit remainer) and Old Salopian Simon Richards (eminent Brexit leaver). Mr Zafar was charged with keeping order as both questions from the audience, and answers from the panel were expressed with appropriate, but always civilised, passion.

The whole event was supported ably by a small army of Economics students who introduced and looked after speakers (Layth Salman, Hattie Haynes, Maddy Hollins, Carrie Zhou and Freddie Norval) and chaperoned visiting students (Mary Lees, Ben Hulme, Emily Luo, Lillian Wilcox, Ruby Read, Izzie Jeffries, Ella Fox-Davies, and Hiroake Shu).

By the end of the day, the future 'movers and shakers' of the audience left a little more able to 'move and shake' in years to come.

Mr Zafar

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