A ten company, sixteen-member trade delegation from Britain will visit Barbados from 8-13 June 2011 to participate in the Barbados Manufacturers Association’s annual trade exhibition, BMEX.

Delegates will also pursue appointments with various businesses and Government Departments ahead and around BMEX. The British High Commission’s stand at BMEX 2011 will be located on the first floor of the Lloyd Erskine Sandiford Centre.

The majority of the delegation is coming from the West Midlands Region. Those delegates are visiting under the auspices of the Coventry & Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce and their visit is being part-financed by the European Regional Development Fund. Other members of the delegation are coming from London and surrounding areas. UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), the Government organisation that helps UK companies succeed in the global economy and assists overseas companies to bring their high quality investment to the UK, is supporting the visit.

The British High Commission in Barbados will host a stand at BMEX for the first time, in which delegation members will showcase their products and services to a Caribbean audience, with a few delegates making presentations as part of an overall promotion of the UK with some emphasis on the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

The delegation’s leader is Mr Brian Mountford, International Trade Adviser at the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber. Delegation members are involved in: accountancy, training and consultancy services to charities, SMEs and not-for-profit organisations; working with and training young elite sports persons in conjunction with local schools and the Ministries of Health and Education; wealth management, project finance and legal business service consultants; asset management/investment consultants; franchise partner operating/health and fitness clubs; arts management consultancy; innovative and creative thinking training, accredited leadership and IT development; supplying environmental monitoring instrumentation, systems and networks; enterprise business development agency partnership building.

Mr Paul Brummell, British High Commissioner to Barbados and the Eastern Caribbean, has welcomed the UK delegation’s visit to Barbados: “BMEX is a two-way street; it is an important vehicle to promote trade and investment between the UK and Barbados in both directions. We welcome such activities as the seminar on exporting to the UK being organised by the BIDC this week as well as the visit to Barbados of a delegation of British companies keen to export here. Such activities are all part of the development of international trading links, to the benefit of all.”

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