The WSTA will hold its annual conference in the UK next month

The WSTA will hold its annual conference in the UK next month

The Wine & Spirit Trade Association in the UK has recruited Sir Howard Davies to make the keynote address at its annual conference next month.

Sir Howard is a former director of the London School of Economics. He has also been chairman of the Financial Services Authority, deputy governor of the Bank of England and director general of the CBI.

Miles Beale, the WSTA's chief executive, said: "Howard Davies is a very experienced economist. He's unusual (for an economist) in that he has plenty of practical experience of business as well. We're looking forward to hearing his macroeconomic view of the world." 

The event, which will look at “growth in a low growth environment”, will be held in London on 26 September and hosted by the trade body's chairman, Nick Hyde. 

The conference will also focus on “the challenges facing businesses in the drinks sector amid a deepening recession at home and continuing economic crisis in the Eurozone”, the WSTA said.

Tickets for the conference are available to WSTA members for GBP174. Non-members may buy tickets for GBP348. To book a place, contact Louise Vaux at, or click here to access the booking form.