International Trade seminar – The Festival of Sustainable Business, Grant Thornton, Tuesday, 17. September 2019

The Future Economy Network is proud to be presenting this seminar with subscribers and sponsors Prolectric. They will be joined by the West of England Combined Authority Mayor (WECA) & the Department for International Trade.

Sustainability is something that can be hard to achieve when looking at expanding from being a national to international. What have businesses learned on their journey from going ‘local to global’? What considerations need to be made around international transportation of goods? How can scope 3 carbon emissions be effectively addressed?

Mayor Tim Bowles, WECA: The role of Sustainable Business in the development of the West of England Economy
Andrew Fraser, International Trade Adviser, Department for International Trade

9:30 – 9:55 – Registration and coffee
9:55 – 10:00 – Introduction from The Future Economy Network
10:00 – 10:10 – Introduction from Grant Thornton
10:10 – 10:30 – Representative from Prolectric
10:30 – 10:50 – Mayor Tim Bowles, WECA
10:50 – 11:10 – Andrew Fraser, Department for International Trade
11:10 – 11:30 – Speaker tbc
11:30 – 11:55 – Panel Discussion
11:55 – 12:00 – Closing remarks
12:00 – 12:30 – Networking
After 12:30 – Visit exhibition and have lunch at Millennium Square (see below)

As part of your ticket, you will receive a lunch voucher to exchange at our Sustainable Food Zone at Millennium Square. 


Tim Bowles, West of England Mayor
Tim was elected as the first Mayor for the West of England on May 4, 2017. During his career, he has combined international business roles with public service in the West of England. Born in East Africa, and raised in Somerset, before settling in Winterbourne, he has international experience working in business development, exports, sales and marketing. Having worked with small and medium-sized enterprises and global players, he is committed to supporting businesses of all sizes to achieve their full potential. His business background means he is passionate about the need to promote the West of England and its unique offering, including its global connections and a highly-skilled workforce, nationally and internationally. Before his election as Mayor, Tim was part of South Gloucestershire Council’s leadership team, working across the organisation with particular focus on policy and resources. He was also a parish councillor, and chairman of Winterbourne Parish Council for many years. He served 12 years as a governor of one of the largest secondary schools in the region, which led to his passionate belief that children should be encouraged to reach their full potential from a young age. He also sees lifelong skills development for all as essential to driving economic growth in the region. On a personal level, Tim is committed to promoting the work of the Alzheimer’s Society and encouraging more people and organisations to sign up to become Dementia Friends. He is a very active member of his local community.  

The Future Economy Group are working with carbon offset provider, The Converging World to calculate Festival attendee’s carbon footprint. Attendees for the seminars have the option to add this to their ticket price when completing their Eventbrite booking, with a suggested donation of £1 per attendee. It is hoped that this will help those attending to consider their carbon footprint in their everyday activities. For those who decide against offsetting their carbon, The Future Economy Group will make their payment. All payments will be made to our chosen charity, The Converging World. Find out more information here.

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Tuesday, 17. September 2019, Grant Thornton, International Trade seminar – The Festival of Sustainable Business

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