Last Tuesday 17th November we held the networking reception “The UK’s Industrial Strategy” in collaboration with the Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce. The event took place at the premises of the High Commission of Canada, just steps away from Trafalgar Square.

The Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce (CFCC) represents the interests of more than 10,000 member companies, 80% of which are based in London and Greater London. There are currently around 40 international chambers participating as CFCC members whose main role is to promote bilateral trade and investment between their respective countries and the United Kingdom.

Mr. Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at BIS Department, duing his speech.

Mr. Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary at BIS Department, duing his speech.

H.E. Mr. Gordon Campbell, High Commissioner for Canada, welcomed the guests to Canada House and opened the proceedings with a special mention to the Guest of Honor, Mr. Martin Donnelly, Permanent Secretary of the Department of Business, Innovation & Skills.

Next, Mr. William Swords, President of the Canada-UK Chamber of Commerce, who acted as the event host on behalf of the Council of Foreign Chamber of Commerce, took the floor to introduce Mr. Greg Houlahan, Senior Trade Counsellor of the High Commission of Canada, who addressed the audience for the opening remarks.

It was then the turn of the keynote speaker and guest of honour, Mr. Marting Donnelly. During his address, he went over current and future plans for the United Kingdom and outlined opportunities for foreign direct investment.

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From left to right: Ms. Liz Merchant (British Argentine Chamber of Commerce), Mr. Martin Donnelly (BIS), Mr. Igor Urra (Spanish Chamber of Commerce), and Mr. Philippe Sauvage (Belgian and Luxembourg Chamber of Commerce).

Additionally, he also highlighted the specific challenges that different markets pose to investors and shared his insights on the current economic situation. The subsequent Q&A session proved very engaging as the audience had the opportunity to explore further the points raised by Mr. Donnelly’s speech.

Before the event closure, the attendees had the opportunity to mingle and enjoy further discussion over a glass of wine and canapés.

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Attendees had the opportunity to discuss further during the drinks reception.

We would like to thank the Council of Foreign Chambers of Commerce for organizing this event and our sincere gratitude to the High Commission of Canada for kindly hosting this activity.

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