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Connecting your business with the Commonwealth

The Cheshire Commonwealth Association is delighted to bring you our first live virtual event of 2021 with the theme of Connecting your Business with the Commonwealth. Our panel will discuss the wide variety of means and methods for Cheshire businesses to explore the opportunities in exporting to the Commonwealth. We are joined by some illustrious guests from Cheshire and members of the Commonwealth from around the globe.


  • 09.30am Welcome - David Briggs, CVO, MBE, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association09.40am “Commonwealth Talks” – Gyles Brandreth, Writer, Broadcaster, Actor, Chancellor for the University of Chester and Ambassador for The Royal Commonwealth Society
  • 10.10am Keith Scott, British High Commissioner to Papua New Guinea
  • 10.40am Gavin Hepburn, Managing Director, ATG Access and Northern Powerhouse Export Champion
  • 10.55am BREAK
  • 11.10am “Tackling Climate Change: The role of industrial decarbonisation” - Professor Joe Howe, Executive Director of the Thornton Energy Research Institute at the University of Chester
  • 11.35am “Building a network for Commonwealth business” - David Maisey, OBE, DL, Chief Executive of ICC Solutions and Chair, Cheshire Commonwealth Association
  • 11.45am “A South African view – links across Commonwealth countries, and trade and investment opportunities” - Marc Jürgens, Counsellor for Multilateral Affairs, South African High Commission
  • 12.10pm “Rebuilding our Commonwealth trading ties – old friends, new (and significant) opportunities” – Baroness Fairhead, former Minister of State for Trade and Export Promotion
  • 12.35pm “Why you should grow your business in the Commonwealth Caribbean” – Darren Henry, MP, Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to the Caribbean
  • 1.00pm Closing remarks - David Briggs, CVO, MBE, KStJ, Lord-Lieutenant of Cheshire and Patron, Cheshire Commonwealth Association

Please register here. (Please note: You will receive the link to join the event a week beforehand).

Please email if you have any queries regarding this event.


Thursday, April 22, 2021 9:30 am - 1:00 pm
Microsoft Teams
United Kingdom
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