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Manchester: International Links and Ambitions

On Monday, 3rd February 2020, the British Foreign Policy Group hosted a roundtable event and panel discussion on Manchester’s international links and ambitions, in partnership with Deloitte and Manchester Metropolitan University. Part of BFPG’s National Engagement Programme, the event connected representatives from business, government, arts and culture, higher education and civil society sectors to discuss how Manchester can best leverage its international priorities after Brexit. The discussion explored key themes in Manchester’s international ambitions as well as identified opportunities for collaboration on international engagement between Manchester stakeholders and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

The National Engagement Programme aims to develop BFPG and FCO thinking on how best Government might engage with the international priorities of cities and regions across the UK through a combination of regional events and research.


Peter Jones CMG, Chief Operating Officer at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

Joanne Roney OBE, Chief Executive at the Manchester City Council

Prof Jennifer Watling, Pro-Vice-Chancellor International at Manchester Metropolitan University

Rhys Whalley, Executive Director at the Manchester China Forum

Sophia Gaston (Chair), Director at the British Foreign Policy Group


You can listen to the event below. If you would like to receive updates about our National Engagement Programme, research and other events, please sign up to our newsletter.

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