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Countdown to Global Annual Conference with......Minister Graham Stuart
Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020 he was appointed Minister for Exports. Minister Stuart will be speaking at BCC's Global Annual Conference on 16 and 17 June 2021.
Ahead of the event, we asked Minister Stuart some questions about what influenced him to speak at this year's virtual event and what he is most looking forward to over the two day virtual conference.
What are you most looking forward to during the 2-day Virtual Conference?
Speaking to businesses in every region and every sector of the UK alongside members of your international network. It’s the sheer breadth of BCC membership which makes it such a special organisation.
What would you particularly like to bring awareness to/cover?
The opportunities, benefits and fun in selling internationally. The enormous contribution that exporting makes to national life, including 6.5 million jobs, and the fact that the UK brand is so valued by foreign buyers.
What are two key takeaways you hope to give the audience?
First that businesses with international sales tend to be more resilient and profitable and second that we at DIT are lowering barriers through FTAs and BCC members should take advantage.
What influenced you to agree to speak at the Global Annual Conference?
The BCC represents the grassroots heart of UK business. It’s an honour to be invited.
What do you hope to gain from attending the Global Annual Conference?
I want BCC members to engage with DIT, discover new opportunities and contribute to an export-based recovery.
Graham Stuart was elected as the Member of Parliament for Beverley and Holderness in 2005. He joined the Department for International Trade in January 2018 as Minister for Investment. In February 2020 he was appointed Minister for Exports.
Graham was born in Carlisle. He attended school in Scotland before going to Selwyn College, Cambridge to read philosophy and law. At Cambridge he chaired the Cambridge University Conservative Association, and founded ‘What’s On in Cambridge’. After university, Graham developed a successful career in publishing, and was a member of Cambridge City Council from 1998 to 2004.
In Parliament Graham:
- chaired the Education Select Committee (2010 to 2015)
- was Assistant Government Whip with responsibility for the Department of Health, and later for HM Treasury and the Ministry of Defence (2016 to 2018)
Connect with Minister Graham Stuart
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/grahamstuart
- LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/grstuart/
- DIT Twitter: https://twitter.com/tradegovuk