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: