24 Jan Manchester’s International Ambitions in a Time of Change
The British Foreign Policy Group is proud to be partnering with Manchester City Council, Northern Powerhouse Partnership and Manchester Metropolitan University to host ‘Manchester’s International Ambitions in a Time of Change‘ event on 1st March.
This event will highlight Manchester and the region’s growing international reach and ambitions and place these within the wider shifts in the UK’s international position. Senior figures across Manchester’s local government, business, higher education and cultural sectors, as well as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will engage with a wider audience of stakeholders from across the city and region on key issues regarding Manchester’s growing global links and profile, and how these relate to regional, as well as wider national initiatives to protect and promote the UK’s prosperity, security and influence.
The event will also see the launch of a new report – ‘Manchester: A Soft Power Entrepreneur’, which examines how and why the city has been uniquely successful in promoting a strong national and international identity and tying that to its ambitions to promote its trade, cultural engagement and wider soft power.
Order of Events
Registration – 0.945am
Welcome – Tom Cargill, The British Foreign Policy Group – 10.10am
Keynote address – Sir Richard Leese, Leader Manchester City Council – 10.15am
Interactive Panel Discussion -10.30 – 11.30
Cllr Sue Murphy – Deputy Leader & International Lead Manchester City Council
Lewis Neal – Director Economic Diplomacy, FCO – TBC
Sir Howard Bernstein – Strategic Advisor, Deloitte –TBC
Prof Abigail Gregory – Pro Vice Chancellor Arts & Humanities, Manchester Metropolitan University – TBC
David Adam – Report co-author
Close and reception – 11.30am
The report and event is part of the work of the Soft Power Group, a new initiative to better support, understand and defend the independence and values of the UK’s Soft Power by some of the UK’s largest internationally minded actors including the Premier League, Universities UK, British Standards Institute, City of London, Association of Certified Chartered Accountants, Victoria & Albert Museum, British Museum, Scottish Government, Welsh Government, Wilton Park and the British Council, in partnership with the Foreign & Commonwealth Office.