Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will host UK House: The Commonwealth Business Hub

  • Scheduled to be one of the UK’s leading trade and investment conferences since the World Investment Summit, more than 1,500 businesses from across the Commonwealth are expected to attend in person and online
  • UK House will demonstrate ‘The Commonwealth Advantage’ for all nations
  • Announced as Prime Minister attends Commonwealth Heads of Government meeting in Rwanda ahead of Commonwealth Games in Birmingham

Register to attend UK House: The Commonwealth Business Hub has officially opened and the event takes place over eight days during the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games, between Thursday 28 July and Monday 8 August 2022.

Building on the cooperative spirit of the Commonwealth Games and the UK’s climate leadership at COP26, UK House is a platform to bring business and government leaders together to uncover opportunities for international partnership and innovations for sustainable growth.

Led by the UK Department for International Trade and in partnership with the region’s official economic development agency, the West Midlands Growth Company, the event is a key part of the Commonwealth Games Business and Tourism Program (BATP) – the first economic legacy program of its kind aligned with the Games, and the first to operate before and after a major sporting event.

International business delegations from around the world will be hosted at The Exchange in Birmingham. Visiting delegates will broker business relationships with investment experts, government officials, thought leaders and SME exporters from seven sectors in which the West Midlands and the UK demonstrate global leadership.

Each day at UK House will focus on opportunities in one of seven sectors: food and drink, education, data-driven healthcare, sports economics, creative and digital technologies, future mobility and tourism. The daily program will expand virtually, with sessions accessible to online delegates who cannot attend in person.

On July 28, a Commonwealth Business Forum at the nearby International Convention Center will bring together business leaders from across the Commonwealth to develop future business relationships and discuss how to support each other as we ‘build back better’ after the global pandemic.

Mike Freer, MP, UK Export Secretary at the Department for International Trade, said:

As an independent trading nation and a global champion of free trade, the UK drives growth by attracting international trade and investment from around the world to our vibrant regions, while helping businesses thrive and build back better.

We see UK House as a unique opportunity to take advantage of the 33 trade agreements we have with our Commonwealth members, celebrate the power of friendship and sport and negotiate more trade – just a stone’s throw from the Birmingham Commonwealth Games 2022.

Coinciding with UK House is the unique opportunity for businesses and investors to participate in Presentation days of the West Midlands sectorwhich will include visits to sites in the West Midlands.

MP Nigel Huddleston, Minister for Sport and Tourism at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport, said:

This major summit will leverage the global profile of Birmingham 2022 to stimulate new trade and investment in the UK, helping to grow our economy and improving access to jobs and opportunities. We look forward to welcoming international investors and policy makers to see the vast economic potential available on our shores.

Andy Street, Mayor of West Midlands, said:

Here in the West Midlands, we have captured the world’s attention as the UK’s leading foreign direct investment destination outside of London for four consecutive years.

I am delighted that we are hosting ‘UK House’ – made possible by the business and tourism program we helped set up – ensuring an economic legacy of the Games. We look forward to showcasing our cutting-edge innovation and offering a warm and sporting welcome to business and government leaders from across the Commonwealth.

The West Midlands economy is worth £157billion. It is officially recognized as the UK’s fastest growing tech sector and leads world-class R&D in areas including future mobility, low-carbon technologies and healthcare data-based. Home to nine universities and three major UK cities – Birmingham, Coventry and Wolverhampton – the West Midlands business-friendly environment is supported by the leadership of the Mayor-led West Midlands Combined Authority.

To participate in the Commonwealth Business Forum, West Midlands Sector Showcase Days or UK House sector days, in person or online, business leaders and senior policy makers are invited to express their interest on: www.ukhouse2022.co.uk

BATP is sponsored by E.ON, Airbnb, Reckitt, University of Birmingham, Bruntwood and Gowling WLG.

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NOTES TO EDITORS

Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games

The Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games will be the biggest sporting and cultural event to be held in the UK for a decade, and it will be the biggest event ever held in the West Midlands region. Source: BATP.

In July 2022, Birmingham will host the XXII Commonwealth Games, the biggest multi-sport event held in England for a decade. Around 6,500 athletes and team officials from 72 Commonwealth nations and territories will come together for a 12-day celebration of sport and culture. Events will take place in Birmingham and the West Midlands, entertaining over one million spectators and reaching a global broadcast audience of over one billion.

The 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 United. The program will leverage the global profile generated by the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games to highlight the wealth of opportunities and experiences available in the region and in the UK. An accredited program of the Games, it has been developed by a partnership of regional, national and international organisations, all aiming to maximize the benefits that the Commonwealth Games will bring – and to generate economic growth.

A coalition forged between government, the private sector and regional organizations brought together national and regional expertise to deliver the program activity. The West Midlands Growth Company (WMGC), Department for International Trade (DIT), Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS), West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA) and VisitBritain are working with the Organizing Committee of the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games and the partnerships between the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGF) and the Commonwealth Games Federation (CGFP) to deliver the BATP.

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