Business in Sport and Leisure (BISL) is staging its annual conference on Thursday 7 November entitled The Value of Leisure.

Marston’s chairman Roger Devlin will speak on ‘the value of leisure business’, Olympic athlete and coach Darren Campbell MBE will speak on ‘the value of sport’ and the chief executive of Springboard UK, Anne Pierce MBE, will deliver her talk on ‘The Value of People in the Hospitality Industry’.

Additionally the Shadow Minister for Small Businesses and Regulation, Toby Perkins MP, will offer the opposition view of the leisure industry.

There will also be analysis on the state of the leisure sector by management consultant Chris McMillan from Oliver Wyman (authors of State of the UK Leisure Industry) the economic outlook from leading economists Ernst and Young and a view of today’s political language by Sky News political editor Adam Boulton.

The one day conference will also include sessions on both gambling and sport featuring a range of leading figures across both industries.

BISL conference chairman, David Teasdale, said: “The leisure industry is one of the most important industries in the UK.

“Expenditure on leisure exceeds £200 billion annually and employs 2.6 million people.

“The industry is also a great provider of jobs for young people which are more important than ever in today’s economic climate.

“The conference is an important aspect of the sport and leisure calendar.

“We are looking forward to welcoming delegates and listening to a range of speakers on important aspects of the value of leisure.”

The conference is sponsored by Sky.