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Keeping a room of the region’s most prominent accountants and financers entertained after work is a tall order – but Sheffield University Management School’s lecture rose to the challenge on Wednesday 12 March.

A lively programme of speakers, headed up by Lloyds Bank’s Head of Macroeconomics Adam Chester, followed networking in the School’s new business engagement space.

As the first public lecture held since the refurbished Management School building, on Conduit Road, opened its doors, Professor Anthony Fretwell-Downing officially cut the ribbon to his namesake lecture theatre and spoke to the audience about businesses adjusting to change in a challenging economy.

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe (pictured above, centre with Prof Fretwell-Dowling), also spoke on the evening. He said of the event: “It was a privilege to host such a highly regarded assembly of guests at the School. Complemented by a number of our students who chose to attend, the evening’s networking had a fantastic buzz, and the speakers were very well received.

“As the inaugural lecture in our Fretwell-Downing Lecture Theatre, we were delighted with the turnout and welcome others to attend our future events, such as Graham Honeyman’s approaching lecture on the ups and downs of building Forgemasters.”

“Adam Chester’s talk, discussing whether the economic recovery is sustainable, was extremely current and provided a fascinating insight into where Lloyds Bank see the country’s future in economic terms. A lively question and answer session was a fitting conclusion.”

Over 100 guests attended the lecture, 20 of whom went on to a roundtable event at the University of Sheffield’s Inox Dine restaurant.

Head of External Relations, Ian Proctor, said: “This was the first of many exciting events that we have planned at the School. We were delighted to hear Professor Fretwell-Downing speak in the theatre made possible by his generous donation.”

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