Manchester's International Ambitions in a Time of Change

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


For tickets please sign up via Eventbrite. If you would like further information about this event email Edward Elliott at:

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.

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Nadia Khan

Nadia is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. Nadia is a graduate in International Relations from Queen Mary University of London. Prior to joining BFPG Nadia worked in Vienna and Kosovo on Human Rights issues around post-conflict state resolutions. She has a keen interest in British foreign policy, in particular the role played by international Space programmes in fostering cooperation between states to achieve the UN sustainable development goals. Nadia is fluent in Hindi, Urdu, and Gujarati.