The APPG for Trade & Investment hosted its Summer Reception in Parliament on the 9th of July, to celebrate its first year of work and to show its gratitude to all of its dedicated members for their support.
Margot James MP, Chair of the group, thanked everyone for attending and for their support in making the APPG such a success after just one year. She highlighted a few of the success of the past year; including a visit to Tech City, the group’s first regional visit to the West Midlands, undertaking research with the IoD into the barriers to exporting, and holding the APPG’s first Trade Mission to Southeast Asia in conjunction with UKTI, the UK-ASEAN Business Council, Asia House, Prudential, and Barclays.
Guests of the reception ranged from MPs and Peers to Ambassadors, trade associations, banks, and businesses of all sizes. Well over one hundred and fifty people attended the event which was held on the House of Lords Terrace overlooking the River Thames.
Lord Green of Hurstpierpoint, Minister of Trade & Investment, thanked everyone for their enthusiasm with the group, and spoke about how it is more important than ever that British business looks abroad to aid the country’s economic recovery. He also called for a greater British presence in emerging markets across the board, not only from businesses but also from the various business support agencies that operate globally.
The reception was made possible by the kind support of Prudential.