DOUBLE Olympic Gold Medalist and IAAF President Sebastian Coe is set to be a keynote speaker at the first Big Business Lunch in Coventry and Warwickshire in March.
Sebastian Coe, will be speaking at the Chamber of Commerce Big Business Lunch at the Ricoh Arena, Coventry.
After his career as a top athlete and mid-distance runner, Lord Coe moved into politics and became an MP before he took on the role of leading the bid and, ultimately, delivering the hugely successful London 2012 Games.
Event organisers see him as an “ideal” keynote speaker as Coventry approaches its year as UK City of Culture in 2021 and Birmingham hosts the Commonwealth Games in 2022, which will also see events taking place at the Ricoh Arena and in Leamington Spa.
It is the Chamber’s first Big Business Lunch and will take place on Thursday, March 26, from 10am until 3pm.
The event will combine a morning expo with a prestigious networking lunch, featuring Lord Coe’s keynote speech, and with nearly 200 tickets booked already is expected to be the largest networking event of the spring for the region.
Louise Bennett, chief executive at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce, said: “We are absolutely thrilled to be able to announce Sebastian Coe as our keynote speaker at our first ever Big Business Lunch.
“Even without his role in London 2012, he would be a major draw for business people as he is an important British figurehead, one of our greatest ever athletes and has gone on to have a successful career after retiring as a sportsman.
“However, the fact that he led the team that delivered the Olympics in London which was a phenomenal, global success means he is absolutely the ideal person to speak in our area right now.
“There is less than a year to go to UK City of Culture and, after that, the Commonwealth Games which will bring massive opportunities to Coventry and Warwickshire.
“So we are delighted that we can offer businesses the chance to hear from Lord Coe at this fantastic new event for Coventry and Warwickshire, which will provide one of the biggest networking opportunities for firms across the region this spring.”
Coe, who won four gold medals and three silver medals at Olympics and European Championships – setting 12 world records over four distances is now President of The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
For more information, to book ticket to attend the lunch or secure an expo stand, go to cw-chamber.