- Set to be one of the UK’s major trade and investment conferences since the Global Investment Summit, more than 1,500 companies from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend in person and online.
- UK House will display ‘Commonwealth Benefits’ for all countries
- Announced that the Prime Minister is attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Rwanda preceding the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham
Register for the UK House: The Commonwealth Business Center is officially open with the event taking place over eight days during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, between Thursday 28 July and Monday 8 August 2022.
Building on the collaborative spirit of the Commonwealth Games and UK climate leadership at COP26, UK House is a platform for bringing business and government leaders together to explore international partnership opportunities and innovations for sustainable growth.
Led by the UK’s Department for International Trade and in partnership with the region’s official economic development agency, West Midlands Growth, the event is an essential part of the Commonwealth Business Tourism and Business Program (BATP) – the first economic heritage program to have a game-compatible genre, and the first of its kind Before and after a major sporting event.
International trade delegations from all over the world will be hosted at The Exchange in Birmingham. Visiting delegates will broker business relationships with investment experts, government officials, thought leaders and export SMEs from seven sectors in which the West Midlands and the United Kingdom demonstrate global leadership.
Each day at UK House will focus on opportunities in one of the following seven sectors: food and drink, education, data-driven healthcare, sports economics, creative and digital technologies, future mobility and tourism. The daily program will extend approximately, with sessions being made available online for delegates who are unable to attend in person.
On July 28, the Commonwealth Business Forum at the nearby International Conference Center will see business leaders from across the Commonwealth come together to develop future working relationships and discuss how we can support each other while “building back better” after the global pandemic.
Mike Freer, British Export Secretary at the Department for International Trade, said:
As an independent trading nation and global champion of free trade, the UK is driving growth by attracting international trade and investment from around the world to our dynamic regions, while supporting businesses to thrive and build back better.
We view the UK House as a unique opportunity to capitalize on our 33 business deals with Commonwealth members, to celebrate the power of friendship and sport and to broker more trade – a stone’s throw from the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022.
The synchronization with the UK House is a unique opportunity for companies and investors to participate in exclusive West Midlands Sector Show Days, which will include site tours throughout the West Midlands.
Nigel Huddleston, MP, Minister for Sports and Tourism in the Department of Digital, Culture, Media and Sport said:
This major summit will enhance the global profile of Birmingham 2022 to drive new trade and investment into the UK, helping to grow our economy and raising access to jobs and opportunities. We can’t wait to welcome international investors and policy makers to see the huge economic potential available on our shores.
Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands said:
Here in the West Midlands, we have been attracting global interest as the UK’s leading FDI destination outside of London for four consecutive years.
I am delighted that we will be hosting the ‘UK House’ – made possible by the Business and Tourism program we helped secure – to ensure an economic legacy of the Games. We look forward to showcasing our cutting-edge innovations and offering a warm sporting welcome to business and government leaders from across the Commonwealth.
The West Midlands economy is worth £157 billion. It is officially recognized as the UK’s fastest growing technology sector and is a global leader in research and development in industries including future mobility, low carbon technologies and data-driven healthcare. Home to nine universities and three major UK cities – Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton – the pro-business environment in the West Midlands is supported by the leadership of the West Midlands Joint Authority led by Mayoral.
To participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum, West Midlands Sector Presentation Days or British House Sector Days, either in person or online, business leaders and senior policy makers are invited to register interest at: www.ukhouse2022.co.uk
BATP is sponsored by E.ON, Airbnb, Reckitt, University of Birmingham, Bruntwood and Gowling WLG.
Notes to editors
Commonwealth Games Birmingham 2022
The Commonwealth Games in Birmingham 2022 will be the largest sporting and cultural event to be held in the UK for a decade, and will be the largest ever in the West Midlands region. Source: BATP.
In July 2022, Birmingham will host the 22nd Commonwealth Games, the largest multi-sport event held in England for a decade. About 6,500 athletes and team officials from 72 countries and territories across the Commonwealth will gather for a 12-day celebration of sport and culture. Held across Birmingham and the West Midlands, the events will entertain over a million spectators and reach a global broadcasting audience of over one billion people.
Business and Tourism Program (BATP)
The UK House is part of the Business and Tourism Program (BATP), designed to attract more investment, trade, visitors, events, businesses and students to Birmingham, the West Midlands and the UK. The program will enhance the global image generated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to highlight the wealth of opportunities and experiences available in the region and the UK. An accredited gaming programme, developed through a partnership of regional, national and international organisations, all aimed at maximizing the benefits that the Commonwealth Games will bring – and generating economic growth.
An alliance formed across government, private sector, and regional agencies brought together national and regional expertise to deliver program activity. West Midlands Growth (WMGC), Department for International Trade (DIT), Department of Culture, Media and Sport (DCMS), West Midlands Joint Authority (WMCA), and VisitBritain are working with the Birmingham 2022 Organizing Committee and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF)/ Commonwealth Games Federation (CGFP) partnerships to deliver BATP.