APPG Trade & Investment
In October 2015 Geoffrey Clifton-Brown MP and I took over as Co-Chairs of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Trade and Investment. The APPGTI was established to research and inform debate over how best to support British exporters, particularly SMEs, and encourage foreign direct investment into the UK.
We promote trade and enable links between parliamentarians, industry and government in the UK and abroad and work closely with trade representatives and bodies such as UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and UK Export Finance.
Although the group is chaired by myself and Geoffrey, both Conservative MPs, the Officers of the group are from different parties and we are a strictly non-party political group.
The reconstitution of the APPGTI was marked by Lord Maude, Minister of State for Trade and Investment, who addressed the group and set out the Government’s priorities in this area.
In December we hosted an extremely successful reception with the Secretary of State for Business, the Rt. Hon Sajid Javid MP which was widely attended by our sponsors and advisory panel.
We came away from the function with some ambitious ideas for the APPG’s 2016 programme and for proposed actions by Government through UKTI.
April 13th marked the launch event in Parliament for the International Festival for Business 2016 (IFB2016). We were very fortunate to be joined by Paul Lindley, one of the UK’s most successful entrepreneurs and founder of Ella’s Kitchen. Paul shared his experience of going from a father with a small business idea dreamt up in his living room, to a multi million pound exporter selling his product internationally. We were grateful to Paul for his insights; the UK have some fantastic companies ripe for entering the export market, but require assistance in making this move happen.
Ian McCarthy, Festival Director at IFB2016, and I were delighted with the positive feedback we received after the reception. The profile of IFB2016 was raised amongst parliamentarians and prominent members of the business community, many of whom have subsequently made contact with the festival organisers to find out further information.
Geoffrey Clifton-Brown and I would like to thank David Christopher Events for once again providing superb catering for our APPGTI reception.
If you are a local exporter, or a business looking to export, then please do get in touch with me to find out whether there is anything the APPGTI can do to assist you.
More information about the group can be found on our website: http://trade.appg.co.uk/