Dear Members and Friends,

This week has been rather blissfully quiet on the events front as we gear up to multiple meetings a day for the rest of the month. The two exceptions include the insightful all-day session we held with visitors from Nigeria and the private view launching the latest D Contemporary show of sculpture by David Millidge.


We were delighted to welcome a delegation from two new urban developments in Lagos for a two day trade mission co-ordinated in tandem with Kemi Williams of the British High Commission. On Tuesday, we provided the platform and speakers for a series of wide-ranging briefings, including a range of business opportunities in the new developments and presentations to the group from members Mott MacDonald, PwC, Mace and from UKEF. Our visitors also had the chance to meet potential investors over a networking lunch and one-to-one discussions. This was followed on Wednesday by a visit to the innovation park at BRE, which is a fantastic showcase of British expertise in action. Everyone should visit!


We are also delighted to welcome Gabriela Krasteva who has joined our Account Management team. A recent graduate from Cass Business School, Gabriela will be managing a number of our larger corporate accounts and meeting many of you over the next couple of months. We have yet to allocate her to a specific Working Group but will do very soon, and we are about to have a photography session here to update the website with new imagery. No doubt this will send the team into a spin of hairdressing appointments.



Short notice, but a quick reminder that all are welcome at the BEI and BRE (another plug) evening reception on Monday to discuss business opportunities in, and the forthcoming mission to, Chile. Peter Bonfield, CEO of BRE will be speaking alongside visitors Nihn Hao on Doing Business in Chile, Orivaldo Barros on the new Innovation Park in Chile, DIT and Paul Oakley on the forthcoming trade mission focusing on BIM. Please contact Melina if you would like to join the session.

There are a couple of places at the Wednesday lunchtime session on the new Cold War and its ramifications for the UK. Speaker Professor Black’s views on what the UK could and should do about its own defence posture will be of considerable interest not just to those in the defence and security industries, but to all business leaders with a stake in global stability and prosperity.

All of our other events are listed on this website. I look forward to welcoming you to Grafton Street soon.

I wish you all a great week.



Tracey Smith - Deputy Chair, Strategy International

Tracey Smith - Deputy Chair, Strategy International