The Freeths Debate Series

Freeths debate Is the EU good or bad for British business? Wednesday 15 April 2015, 5.30pm - 7.30pm

Event date: Wednesday, 15 April 2015 at 5.30 PM

An evening of inspiring discussion and debate with high profile business leaders on Britain's future in Europe and how any change could impact your business.


University of Derby

Kedleston Road site


DE22 1GB

About this event:

With the election fast approaching and the parties all offering a different vision of Britain’s relationship with Europe this is a must attend event for senior business leaders, consultants and professional advisors in the East Midlands.

This is the first of a series of debates which we will be running with leading UK law firm Freeths.

  • Networking and refreshments from 5.30pm (for 6pm start)
  • OL1 lecture theatre, University of Derby, Kedleston Road site, Derby Campus
  • Free parking is available on site


Alan Halsall - Silver Cross and Business for Britain

Alan started his professional life following in his grandfather’s footsteps as a qualified lawyer, but a hankering for something more exciting led him to join his family’s toy company, Halsall’s, in 1979. With his strategic direction and brother’s skill as a trader, they built up the business to become the UK’s largest privately owned toy company, with a turnover of £72 million, offices in the UK and Far East and a staff of 120, before it was sold in 2006. Alan is now the owner of Silver Cross, a UK based manufacturer of baby products, and one of the oldest nursery brands in the world.

Chairperson - Mike Copestake, Freeths LLP

Mike has been a partner at Freeths LLP Derby for over 15-years and has extensive knowledge of the challenges facing the East Midlands business sector through his experience in commercial legal practice. He has advised many medium and large scale enterprises in Derbyshire on their expansion plans, including listings on the Alternative Investment Market of LSE. Mike is also a Member of Derby and Derbyshire Rail Forum, the Midlands Aerospace Alliance and Deputy Chair and Founder of Marketing Derby.