BCA Conference – Today’s Commonwealth: Exploring Export Opportunities

Join the Birmingham Commonwealth Association’s (BCA) Conference on Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST) in Birmingham and follow the Commonwealth Road to global export success.

Further information and registration here.

53 countries, a common language and legal structure, 2.1 billion people, a cost saving of between 10-15% on trading with Commonwealth countries compared to similar dealings with non-Commonwealth countries of comparable size and GDP. This conference is designed to give business a road map to optimising opportunities within the Commonwealth. Certainly the economic case for strengthening our relationship with the Commonwealth is clear in light of the EU referendum result.

Speakers and Panel Discussion Members:

  • Ruth Lea, CBE: Patron of the Birmingham Commonwealth Association; Economic Adviser, Arbuthnot Banking Group
  • Deborah Leary, OBE: Director, Commonwealth Businesswomen’s Network; CEO, Forensic Pathways and Commonwealth First Mentor
  • Ian Stokes: Managing Director, StadiArena
  • Keith Stokes-Smith: Chairman, Birmingham Commonwealth Association
  • Lord Marland: Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council
  • Professor Louise Toner: Associate Dean, Birmingham City University
  • Mark Sankey: Head of International Trade Team, Greater Birmingham Chambers of Commerce
  • Martin Levermore, MBE: Chairman, Birmingham Commonwealth Association’s Trade and Business Group; CEO, Medical Devices Technology International Ltd.
  • Mike Murray: International Affairs Manager, European and International Affairs Team, Birmingham City Council
  • Paul Kehoe: CEO, Birmingham Airport
  • Peter McLintock: Corporate Partner, Mills & Reeve, Solicitors
  • Sir John Peace: Chairman, “Midlands Engine”; Standard Chartered plc. and Burberry Group plc


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Find the detailed programme here.