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UK Delegation To Do Business At BMEX 2011
Published on June 7, 2011 by BMEX
It has been said that “Britain is open for business”; and when you take a look at the delegation that is coming to Barbados from the UK  for BMEX 2011, it is clear that the British High Commission here in Barbados is putting this into action.  Approximately 16 participants representing ten different companies have already begun to land on the island in anticipation of what BMEX 2011 has to offer.  

Paul BrummellCommenting on the delegation, High Commissioner Paul Brummell
noted “This is the first year in which the British High Commission will host a booth at BMEX. It is an opportunity to demonstrate the importance of bi-lateral commercial relations between Barbados and the UK.  The delegation from the UK covers a wide range of services from training young elite sportspersons to wealth management and environmental solutions.  BMEX is a two-way street; it is an important vehicle to promote trade and investment between the UK and Barbados in both directions”.

One of the companies forming part of the delegation is Initiative for Social Entrepreneurs C.I.C. Representatives Emma Kemshall and Jennifer Jones-Rigby explained “ISE aims to work with partners to establish a local social enterprise business development agency. We have already done some analysis on health, social deprivation and unemployment and we are keen to meet with public sector professionals responsible for strategy and policy and also local community organisations to understand if there is a need for social enterprise development on the island. Our objectives for the visit are to meet national and community health planners and policy makers, specialists in unemployment, education and skills development and key community organisations that have an interest in health, unemployment and poverty. We also want to develop awareness of the social enterprise model and how it can address social issues such as health”.

Other members of the delegation include Harris & Harris Accountancy Services which offer accountancy, training and consultancy services to charities, SMEs and not-for-profit organization; Alpha Sports Academy who work with and train young elite sports persons in conjunction with local schools, the Education and Health Ministries; LSW LaBassiere Sawyers Wall LLP – Wealth management, project finance and legal business services consultants; Tph-Consulting – Asset Management/Investment Consultants and Canefield Ltd. Also note worthy is Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce; Portable Training Services Ltd; Enviro Technology Services and Aspirational Arts Partnership Ltd – an Arts Management Consultancy.

When asked about the delegation, Head of Trade & Investment Section at the High Commission and co-ordinator of the delegation, Hadford Howell explained “We are delighted to have a UK delegation visit and participate in BMEX for the first time.  We have recently launched our new Trade and Investment Strategy for UK Trade and Investment, an initiative designed to facilitate trade; and we see BMEX as an extension of that strategy. Through this opportunity, we are bringing UK business people to the Barbados market to explore possibilities of doing business or investing in both directions.  We see this as a win-win situation – a two-way street.  Trade is vitally important in these economic times and we are glad to be able to facilitate this mission."

Look out for the British High Commission booth at BMEX 2011, Innovation through Inspiration – June 10th to 13th, Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre (first floor), 10:00 am to 10:00 pm daily.

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