The inaugural meeting of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association trade and business group met at Mills and Reeve law firm on 16.07.2014. The group, chaired by Peter McClintock, partner and Head of the firm’s Africa desk, welcomed local business people; professional services; the Federation of Small Businesses; Birmingham City Council; and Marketing Birmingham to the meeting. Under the aegis of Sir Albert Bore’s ‘Distinctly Birmingham’ strategy, the group began to explore some of the key issues encountered when working with Commonwealth countries, what benefit this engagement may bring to Birmingham, plus began to consider how the group would manage its aspiration most effectively going forward. The group articulated a keen desire to learn more about the Commonwealth itself and wish to identify opportunities that engagement with it may bring. The meeting concluded when Dr. Christopher A Johnson presented the Chair with a copy of his book, ‘British Caribbean Enterprises: A Century of Challenges and Opportunities’. The next meeting will convene on September 10th.