Visit of the Ambassador for Germany in UK to Greater Manchester

Agusta Thorarinsdottir Honorary Consul for Iceland and Vice President of the MCA represented the association in a meeting organised by Andy Burnham the Mayor of Manchester.

Agusta Thorarinsdottir Honorary Consul for Iceland and Vice President of the MCA represented the association in a meeting organised by Andy Burnham the Mayor of Manchester.

The MCA was delighted to be invited to attend a lunch, organised by the Greater Manchester Combined Authority and the Mayor of Manchester Andy Burnham to welcome Dr. Peter Wittig Ambassador for Germany to Manchester. Along with other guests from local councils and within business we participated in constructive talks where Manchester Mayor Andy Burnham confirmed the cities commitment to international relations.

Manchester’s International Ambitions in a Time of Change

Friday 1st March at HOME Manchester, 2 Tony Wilson Place, 09.45 – 12.30

The British Foreign Policy Group is partnering with Manchester City Council, Northern Powerhouse Partnership and Manchester Metropolitan University to host ‘Manchester’s International Ambitions in a Time of Change‘. 

The event will highlight Manchester and the region’s growing international reach and ambitions and place these within the wider shifts in the UK’s international position. Senior figures across Manchester’s local government, business, higher education and cultural sectors, as well as the Foreign & Commonwealth Office will engage with a wider audience of stakeholders from across the city and region on key issues regarding Manchester’s growing global links and profile, and how these relate to regional, as well as wider national initiatives to protect and promote the UK’s prosperity, security and influence.

The event will also see the launch of a new report – Manchester: A Soft Power Entrepreneur’, which examines how and why the city has been uniquely successful in promoting a strong national and international identity and tying that to its ambitions to promote its trade, cultural engagement and wider soft power.

 

Order of Events

Registration – 09.45am

Welcome – Tom Cargill, The British Foreign Policy Group – 10.10am

Keynote address – Sir Richard Leese, Leader Manchester City Council – 10.15am

 

Interactive Panel Discussion - 10.30 – 11.30

Cllr Sue Murphy – Deputy Leader & International Lead Manchester City Council

Lewis Neal – Director of Economic Diplomacy FCO

Sir Howard Bernstein – Strategic Advisor, Deloitte

Prof Jenny Watling – Pro Vice Chancellor International, Manchester Metropolitan University – TBC 

David Adam – Report co-author

Close and reception – 11.30am

 

For tickets please sign up via Eventbrite. If you would like further information about this event, please email Edward Elliott at: Edward.Elliott@bfpg.org.uk

Crimestoppers

The MCA welcomed Gary Murray, North West Regional Manager of the Charity Crimestoppers to it's business meeting, held at the Greater Manchester Chamber on the 6th of June.  The meeting was very informative for the members as Gary discussed the role Crimestoppers have in keeping our communities safe and how they give members of the public the option of reporting crime anonymously.  This has had great positive outcome in bringing criminals to justice and giving a safe channel for people to report criminal activity without the threat of repercussion.  To find out more information www.crimestoppers-uk.org

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National Day of Norway

The MCA had a wonderful evening celebrating the National Day of Norway at Cheetham School of Music on the 17th of May.  Hosted by Alexandra Stewart the Honorary Consul of Norway guest, which of many were dressed in the National Costume of Norway, enjoyed wonderful music performed by the talented students of CSM as well as very elegant canapés and drinks.  

Alexandra Stewart Honorary Consul of Norway and Chris Rostron Honorary Consul of Finland and the President of the MCA

Alexandra Stewart Honorary Consul of Norway and Chris Rostron Honorary Consul of Finland and the President of the MCA

The Cheetham School of Music provided excellent entertainment, performing pieces by the celebrated Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg

The Cheetham School of Music provided excellent entertainment, performing pieces by the celebrated Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg