A very Happy New Year to everyone!

As the world emerges from its seasonal slumber, though some of us have been back a week already, we return rested, re-energised and ready to put into practice those lofty New Year’s resolutions we swore to uphold two weeks ago. The resolutions may well fall by the wayside, along with your “Dry January” or new gym membership, but what should remain constant for us all is the ambition to seek out new opportunities for growth and prosperity in 2019. Those opportunities may well be harder to spot and even trickier to close, but with the right insights, and connections to the key decision makers we hope we can help all of our members shorten those odds to success.

With our events programme not swinging in to top gear until next week, I thought this would be a good time to draw your attention to some of the other activities we have coming up over the next few months.

Firstly, we invite you to join us next Wednesday, 16th January, for the Private View of the next exhibition in D Contemporary’s calendar, 'step BY step', featuring a showcase of contemporary artworks by artists from Belarus. Please click here to view the exhibition catalogue, and RSVP here to attend.

In March we are running a cross-sector trade mission to Bishkek, capital of Kyrgyzstan (11-13 March 2019). Kyrgyzstan is an early transition country with significant investment needs in professional services, information technology, renewable energy, education, infrastructure, tourism, mining and agri-business sectors. All meetings will be targeted and relevant to the delegation. Our last trade mission there, in February 2018, featured meetings at the Ministry for Economy; Ministry of Education and Science; State Committee of Industry and Subsoil Use; State Agency for Architecture, Housing, and Communal Services; Agency on Banks Reorganisation and Debt Restructuring; and Ministry of Culture, Information and Tourism. Please find the flyer here and for more information please contact Alexandra.

Finally, our biggest event of the year, the annual British Expertise International Awards. In just 10 weeks we showcase the Best of British Infrastructure at this year’s ceremony on the 17th April. Celebrating over 21 years of British excellence in global infrastructure, the Awards provide a one of a kind platform convening government and the private sector as we come together and move forward in a post-Brexit Britain. This year, the ceremony takes place just three weeks after the UK may leave the EU and is the perfect time for HMG and the private sector to come together and affirm their partnership in exporting the best of the UK’s professional services and engineering skills.

We would like to take this opportunity to thank all our partners for their outstanding contribution to this year’s Awards. The calibre of the entries has been unprecedented and we cannot wait to showcase your outstanding work.

Have a good weekend,


James Jones, Director of Account Management

Event highlights:

Monday 21st January – D Group Lunch
Human Capital: How reform of HM Treasury can unlock Britain’s potential
The Rt Hon Justine Greening MP, Member of Parliament for Putney

Thursday 24th January – D Group Lunch
Why is Russia doing so well?
Michael Howell, Managing Director, CrossBorder Capital

Monday 28th January – D Group Lunch
UK-Japanese co-operation; Trade, Defence, Aid
HE Koji Tsuruoka, Ambassador of Japan

Tuesday 29th January – BEI Meeting
How to Design Better Development Programmes in Complex Systems
Andrew Koleros, Director of Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Palladium
Mark Oldenbeuving, Senior Expert, Monitoring, Evaluation and Learning at Integrity

British Expertise International Awards:

Wednesday 17th April 2019 – BEI Awards
British Expertise International Awards 2019