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Today’s Commonwealth: Exploring export opportunities

Birmingham Commonwealth Association (BCA)

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

Today’s Commonwealth: Exploring export opportunities

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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 roadmap 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.

Keynote speakers include: Sir John Peace, Chairman of the Midlands Engine, Standard Chartered Plc and Burberry Group Plc, Lord Marland, Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council; Peter McLintock, Mills & Reeves, Solicitors; Paul Kehoe, Birmingham Airport; Ruth Lea, CBE, Patron of the BCA and Economic Adviser for Arbuthnot Bank and Mark Sankey, Department for International Trade (DIT).

53 countries, a common language and legal structure, 2.1 billion people. The market is open. Join us on the 18th October and follow the Commonwealth Road to global export success.



Speakers and Panel Discussion Members:

See below the full panel of speakers:

  • 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.
Keith Stokes-Smith Ruth Lea, CBE Martin Levermore, MBE Deborah Leary, OBE
Lord Marland Sir John Peace Paul Kehoe Peter McLintock
 Professor Louise Toner  Ian Stokes Mark Sankey  



Click here to access the conference programme, with all its activities, speaker topics and much more.

Please note that there will be ample opportunity to ask questions to our panel of guest speakers, plus other networking opportunities.  If you have any specific questions you would like to put forward to the speakers, please get in touch.


1. Who should attend this conference?

Companies, big and small, wanting to export; universities and colleges; business leaders; professional bodies; export agencies and NGO's.

2. Why should I attend this conference?

Britain is open for business. Now more than ever is the time to re-engage with Commonwealth countries and seek out export/inward investment opportunities. This is your chance to get practical advice on how to make these connections as well as engage with business and political leaders who are keen to help take this agenda forward.

3. What is the closest car park?

The closest car parks to the Council House are the Town Hall car park (B5 4AF) in Brunel Street, the Lower Lionel Street car park (B3 1AT) and Snow Hill Station car park (B3 2BJ) by Snow Hill train station.

4. What if I have difficulties with online payment?

If you are having dificulties with online payment, please email the Birmingham Commonwealth Association or call (0) 121 303 4670.

5. Can I exhibit through the conference?

Exhibition space will be available. For more information, email the Birmingham Commonwealth Association or call (0) 121 303 4670.

6. Where can I contact the organiser with any questions?

For further details email the Birmingham Commonwealth Association or call (0) 121 303 4670.

Do you have questions about Today’s Commonwealth: Exploring export opportunities? Contact Birmingham Commonwealth Association (BCA)

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Council House
Victoria Square
B1 1BB Birmingham
United Kingdom

Tuesday, 18 October 2016 from 09:00 to 16:30 (BST)

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