Margaret Manning invited to the Catalyst group of business leaders

02/10/2012

Catalyst is a new global network of business leaders, who will champion the UK as a world class trading partner. Margaret Manning has been invited to join an elite group of 100 influential business people in a group set up by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI).

Speaking at the launch, Lord Green, Minister for Trade and Investment, said: “I am delighted that this network has attracted such an impressive line-up of business leaders. British firms will benefit greatly from access to these individuals, who can bring a wealth of experience and international business nous to the table.

Members will promote the UK internationally by speaking at UKTI events and discussing their insights and views with businesses. They will also provide practical support; mentoring UK SMEs and entrepreneurs who are taking their first steps into international markets. Current members are drawn from all business sectors, including life sciences, ICT, advanced engineering, creative industries, energy and finance.

“Catalyst UK will speak up for Britain, providing a credible voice across a diverse set of markets and sectors. The network will help showcase the best of what Britain has to offer; helping to attract foreign investment and encourage more UK companies to grow internationally.”

Margaret Manning added: “As a member of Catalyst UK, I am really excited working closely with companies from all disciplines that want to take that leap into the international business arena.”

The Catalyst UK network will complement the work of UKTI’s Business Ambassadors Network, which was established in 2008 to promote the UK’s excellence internationally but from a British base.

The Business Ambassadors Network, which comprises leading names such as Lord Darzi, Lord Digby Jones, Tamara Mellon and Dick Olver, has already provided an impressive impetus to the UK’s trade and investment activities. Since its creation, it has encouraged UK companies to explore overseas business opportunities through more than 100 events in more than 30 countries and has been influential in securing inward investment projects.