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Dear Members and friends,

Picking up the baton from last week’s newsletter, I am delighted to introduce six new members into the Strategy International network. From rail and telecommunications to technology and temporary power, they perfectly reflect the type of industry diversity that makes our network so valuable. Whilst the injection of new faces and expertise is much needed to sustain any proprietary corporate network, it is also rewarding to see some former members returning to the fold. I am sure you will join me in welcoming each of these companies to the membership. We look forward to getting to know them all over the course of the year and beyond.

Aggreko
Aggreko are global leaders in temporary power, heating and cooling, and from urban development to unique commercial projects and even humanitarian emergencies, they bring their expertise and equipment to any location, from the world’s busiest cities to some of the most remote places on earth.

Eversholt Rail Group
Eversholt Rail have over 20 years of experience in through–life rolling stock asset and project management, owning approximately one quarter of the UK’s passenger rolling stock market. Benefitting from established strategic relationships throughout the rail industry, Eversholt Rail are able to secure value for money and quality on behalf of its customers as well as offering tailored solutions to meet their specific needs and preferences.

Navigant
Navigant is a specialised, global professional services firm. Teams apply experience, foresight, and industry expertise to pinpoint emerging opportunities to help build, manage, and protect the business value of the clients they serve.

Rapid Solutions
Rapid Solutions is an innovative engineering business focused on delivering outstanding solutions within the Oil and Gas, Industrial, Commercial, Marine and Telecoms Sectors. They are a leading provider of electrical and instrumentation services, building services, hydraulic and valve repair and maintenance services, motor rewind, repair and maintenance services, IT, telecommunications and marine services and engineering design solutions.

T-Systems
T-Systems in the UK delivers cloud, digital and network services to companies in a wide variety of industries including manufacturing, transport and logistics, fast moving consumer goods, oil and gas, utilities, as well as to public institutions. With offices in over 20 countries and global delivery capability, the Deutsche Telekom subsidiary provides support to major companies in all industries. It has more than 50,000 employees who combine expertise with ICT innovations to add significant value to customers’ core business all over the world.

Vodafone
Vodafone UK is a provider of telecommunications services in the United Kingdom, and a part of the Vodafone Group, the world's largest telecommunications company with more than 500 million customers in over 30 countries around the world.

Business has very much returned to normal here at Strategy International, with a couple of events this week on two diverse but equally significant topics. On Tuesday, the UK Export Finance team shared insights into the various opportunities available to UK plc to access financial support, ensuring that no viable UK export fails for lack of finance or insurance, while operating at no net cost to the taxpayer. With some £50bn allocated to UKEF to enable it to support UK companies finance overseas projects and operations, it is surprising that many companies have not yet explored or taken up this offer: if you would like to know more, the UKEF team are well known to British Expertise and we would be delighted to support your engagement with them.

On Wednesday, BEI hosted a consultation workshop ahead of the DFID summit on Sexual Exploitation, Abuse and Harassment planned for October this year. The summit, focusing on four strategic shifts, aims to see commitment from development aid stakeholders to a set of actions which would ensure sufficient safeguards are in place to prevent sexual exploitation, abuse and harassment from occurring and respond appropriately when it does.

Our events programme is of course of paramount importance to what we do here at 23 Grafton Street, both as a means of member engagement and in creating an environment for candid, positive conversation between you, our members, and your key stakeholders. However, as we move closer to Brexit D-Day, it is inevitable that we will see some cancellations, especially from speakers representing HMG. One of the advantages of our new, extended programme is that we are now able to plan contingency for this: we will endeavour to ensure that for these ‘high-risk’ names we can field a back-up with equal expertise on the subject.

Best Wishes,

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James Jones, Director, Account Management


Event highlights:

Tuesday 2nd October – D Group Lunch
How can the UK up its game in the Middle East?
Ed Husain, Global Fellow – Middle East Program, The Wilson Centre & Author of The House of Islam

Thursday 4th October – CATBIG Meeting
CATBIG Kazakhstan: meet the British Ambassador
H.E. Mike Gifford, British Ambassador to Kazakhstan

Tuesday 9th October – BEI Meeting
EBRD Infrastructure & Procurement – Working and Delivering on Projects
Sue Barrett, Director for Transport & Jan Jackholt, Director for Procurement, European Bank for Reconstruction & Development