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Vince Cable named as keynote speaker for the BHTA Conference 2013

1st August 2013

Preparations for the annual British Healthcare Trades Association conference are continuing, and more details are slowly being revealed. The latest big announcement for the conference is that Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has been announced as the most recent addition to the keynote speaker line-up.

The British Healthcare Trades Association (BHTA) was founded in 1917 and is now the largest and oldest healthcare association in the UK. The members of the BHTA manufacture or sell assisted living technology and products that help people live more independently, ranging from stairlifts and wheelchairs to continence products and communication aids for those who have difficulty speaking.

The BHTA Conference will see many of the biggest names in the assisted living industry come together on 3 October to listen to the thoughts and advice of speakers such as Vince Cable on the future of assisted living. It will also present a chance to meet with each other to discuss everything from the latest technology found in new rise and recline chairs to what those who are looking for mobility or communication solutions will be demanding in the future.

Back in October 1999, Vince Cable joined the Liberal Democrat Shadow Cabinet as Spokesman on Trade and Industry and has since occupied the roles of Shadow Chancellor, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats and is now the Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills. His knowledge of the trading industry in the UK will make him a valuable speaker at the BHTA conference, and he will be joining the likes of Leon Livermore, Chair of the Trading Standards Institute, and Baroness Glenys Thornton, Shadow Minister for Health in the House of Lords and Shadow Equalities Minister as a speaker.

The opportunity to share ideas about the latest developments, emerging technologies and nationwide impact of the independent-living aid industry is a great way for the industry to move forward as a whole, providing increasingly safe, affordable and technologically advanced ways for people with mobility or communication difficulties to live fulfilling lives independently at home. The addition of Vince Cable MP to the list of keynote speakers for the BHTA Conference shows just how important this event is to the development of the industry, something which is sure to benefit users of independent living aids just as much as those who are members of the BHTA.

More details about the BHTA conference 2013 can be found here.


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