LONDON | COBCOE | Annual Conference 2018

Following the EU referendum vote we have experienced a renewed interest in developing deeper trade and investment links with the 53 countries in the Commonwealth. 

According to the Commonwealth Secretariat in a recently published trade report, countries in the Commonwealth can do a lot more to expand their business activities with the UK and Brexit can clearly act as a catalyst for this renewed strategy. 

Indeed, the UK government is proactively seeking to agree trade agreements with Commonwealth markets and has pinned a great deal of hope on the success of these negotiations in truly developing its Global Britain initiative. 

There is no doubt that the Commonwealth can offer a real value proposition for international trade and business development. Many large, well-known international brands are already benefitting from their expansion into the region as are several major country players. 

What is the conference about? 

Our event will explore how the UK can reconnect with the Commonwealth in its future trade policy and be a valuable link between Europe and the region. It will also look at what opportunities are evolving in the region and how technology, innovation and AI can create jobs and increase productivity enabling the region to become a real force for global investment and trade.

Keynote speakers and an expert panel of speakers will discuss:

  • How UK will reconnect with Commonwealth in its future trade policy 
  • The UK as a link between Europe and the Commonwealth 
  • Opportunities for UK and European companies in projects across the Commonwealth 
  • Examples of innovation as a catalyst for change, growth and the future of work, driving competitive advantage 

Invited speakers include: 

  • Lord Anthony Bamford DL, Chairman, JCB
  • Lord Karan Bilimoria of Chelsea CBE DL FCA, Chairman, Cobra Beer • Philip Bouverat, Director, JCB 
  • Julie Hotchkiss, Director, Europe & Americas, ACCA (confirmed) 
  • Helen Kennett, Director, UK Government Relations, Rolls-Royce
  • Lord Marland of Odstock, Chairman, Chairman, Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (confirmed)
  • Claire Mason, CEO, Man Bites Dog (confirmed)
  • Adam Marshall, Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce (confirmed)

Conference Sponsors

We are delighted to confirm that Eversheds Sutherland are the sponsors of our conference and will be hosting the event at their offices in the City of London.

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A conference overview can be found here. If you would like any information about the conference, please contact Adam Szpala

Registration can be done via the widget at the bottom of this page or here.

To make your company or brand known at this or any of our other Annual Conference events, there are openings for sponsors from all sectors. For those in the food and drink sector, there are also opportunities to supply the Annual Conference and Awards Dinner. Download Partnership Pack here.






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