The importance of understanding what global factors will impact your business has never been so important.

Our first-ever international trade conference will focus on what the recasting of trade relationships in a post-Brexit world means for business, the role of trade in the economic recovery, and the importance of international cooperation in boosting global trade. The importance of understanding what global factors will impact your business has never been so important. Join us to learn how you can navigate your way on international trade through these turbulent times.

Why attend

  • Gain insight on new trade policy to help you understand how you can make it work for your business.

  • Learn from senior representatives on how to trade successfully in a post-COVID and post-Brexit world.

  • Share best practice with other senior business leaders who are facing the same challenges as you.

Our Speakers

Confirmed speakers include:


Conference Sessions

Highlights include:

Conference Programme

  • 10:00
    Antonia Romeo
    Antonia Romeo

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    Hear from the top civil servant at the Department for International Trade about the government’s approach to championing UK businesses abroad. We will also be covering the Department’s plans for supporting exports including how the impact of the global pandemic can be further mitigated for businesses trading goods and services overseas.

     

    Speakers
    • Antonia Romeo
      Antonia Romeo Permanent Secretary, Department for International Trade (DIT)
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 11:00
    John Edwards
    John Edwards

    Panel discussion: The UK-China relationship and business priorities

    On-demand content

    Join a debate about the opportunities and challenges for the UK-China trading relationship in a changing landscape, understand more about what the future holds for Chinese investment into the UK, and learn about what’s needed to overcome current supply chain issues.

     

    Speakers
    • John Edwards
      John Edwards HM Trade Commissioner for China and Hong Kong
    • Patrick Horgan
      Patrick Horgan Director Global Government Relations, Rolls Royce
    • Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles
      Sir Sherard Cowper-Coles Chair, China-Britain Business Council
    • Guy Dru Drury
      Guy Dru Drury Head of Group, Beijing, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 14:00
    Katherine Bennett CBE
    Katherine Bennett CBE

    Panel discussion: The economic benefits of trade and the importance of international coordination

    Live session

    Hear unique insights and perspectives on the economic benefits of trade and the importance of international coordination on trade policy from companies operating in the aviation, pharmaceutical, and technology sectors, and the UK Ambassador to the WTO.

     

    Speakers
    • Katherine Bennett CBE
      Katherine Bennett CBE Senior Vice President, Airbus in the UK
    • Catherine Graham
      Catherine Graham CFO, Darktrace
    • Ben Osborn
      Ben Osborn UK Country Manager, Pfizer
    • Julian Braithwaite
      Julian Braithwaite UK Ambassador to the WTO
    • Rain Newton-Smith
      Rain Newton-Smith Chief Economist, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 15:00
    Natalie Black
    Natalie Black

    Panel discussion: How trade might change in the post-COVID recovery

    On-demand content

    Gain insight into the need to reconfigure supply chains and/or potentially reduce reliance on overseas operations and suppliers because of the impact of the global pandemic this year. This session will also focus on how some leading companies have reacted to the changes we have seen in consumer behaviour due to COVID-19.  

     

    Speakers
    • Natalie Black
      Natalie Black HM Trade Commissioner, Asia Pacific
    • Janice Charette
      Janice Charette Canadian High Commissioner to the UK
    • Jeff Walters
      Jeff Walters Managing Director and Senior Partner, Hong Kong, Boston Consulting Group
    • Simon Paris
      Simon Paris Chief Executive Officer, Finastra
    • Josh Hardie
      Josh Hardie Deputy Director-General, Policy and Campaigns
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 17:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    Join the discussion with the Senior Cabinet Minister responsible for striking new trade deals for the UK. This will be a unique opportunity to hear about the UK’s long-term trade strategy and what it means for UK businesses, as well as to hear the very latest developments and gain insight into the ongoing trade negotiations. We will also be focusing on the importance of utilising the UK’s Presidency of the G7 next year.

    Guest speaker will be confirmed soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 10:00
    Sally Jones
    Sally Jones

    Panel discussion: How the UK trade agenda can support business growth

    Live session

    Leading business figures from sectors covering e-commerce, food and drink, professional services and telecommunications will be speaking about what they believe is needed to ensure future UK trade deals work for business. Join them to understand more about how the UK can utilise its multi-lateral role to champion trade and how the government can support UK business to solve market access issues. 

     

    Speakers
    • Sally Jones
      Sally Jones UK Trade Policy Leader, EY
    • Wilson Del Socorro
      Wilson Del Socorro Global Director of Government Affairs, Diageo
    • Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL
      Lord Karan Bilimoria CBE, DL President, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 11:00
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    On-demand content

    As a former UK Business Secretary, President of the Board of Trade and European Commissioner for Trade, Lord Mandelson will be offering expert opinion on all major global trade issues including the progress being made on the UK’s new trading policy and the impact of current tensions between the US and China.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 14:00
    Kiran Haslam
    Kiran Haslam

    Panel discussion: Trade as a vehicle for prosperity and job creation across the UK

    Live session

    Join a discussion about the importance of making sure the UK’s trade policy benefits all UK regions and nations. Speakers representing different parts of the UK will be debating how to ensure regional priorities are at the heart of the UK’s trade negotiations, and the important need for the UK Government to work in collaboration with regional and devolved governments.

    Speakers
    • Kiran Haslam
      Kiran Haslam Chief Marketing Officer, Princess Yachts
    • Ivan McKee MSP
      Ivan McKee MSP Minister for Trade, Investment and Innovation
    • Henrietta Jowitt
      Henrietta Jowitt Deputy Director-General, Commercial
    • Lucy Winskell
      Lucy Winskell Chair, North East LEP
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 15:00
    Emily Thornberry
    Emily Thornberry

    In Discussion with...

    Live session

    Join the session for an opportunity to hear from and question Labour’s Shadow Trade Secretary who will be speaking about the vital role of Parliament in developing trade policy, how we can make trade policy inclusive so the whole of society benefits, and how trade can help meet wider societal goals such as reducing carbon emissions. 

    Speakers
    • Emily Thornberry
      Emily Thornberry Shadow International Trade Secretary
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 15:30
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
    Dame Carolyn Fairbairn

    In Discussion with...

    Hosted by Dame Carolyn Fairbairn, Director-General, CBI and Daisy McAndrew.

    Insights include:

    • The role of Parliament in developing trade policy  
    • Making trade policy inclusive and for the whole of society 
    • How do we ensure future trading terms support wider societal goals such as reducing carbon emissions.

     

    Guest speaker to be announced soon.

    Speakers
    • Dame Carolyn Fairbairn
      Dame Carolyn Fairbairn Director-General, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host
  • 17:00
    Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis
    Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis

    Panel discussion: The latest on the UK/US trade deal

    Live session

    Gain insight into the progress of the UK-US trade deal in this concluding conference session. We will be discussing the prospects for a deal, how business can influence the negotiations, and how UK businesses can trade more with US states.

     

    Speakers
    • Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis
      Ambassador Eleni Kounalakis Lieutenant Governor of California
    • Karen Betts
      Karen Betts Chief Executive, Scottish Whisky Association
    • Antony Phillipson
      Antony Phillipson HM Trade Commissioner, North America
    • John Dickerman
      John Dickerman Head of Group, Washington, CBI
    • Daisy McAndrew
      Daisy McAndrew Host

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Access to full programme
Access to policy reports and survey results
Exclusive access to CBI, speaker and partner insight, intelligence, and thought leadership
Entry to all virtual networking and exhibition rooms
Access to selected sessions across 2 days (daily at 10:00, 14:00, 17:00)

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This is an online event.

Live and pre-recorded sessions will become available at the times specified in the programme. You will receive joining instructions the week prior to the event.

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