Business Opportunities from UK Trade Deals

Trade deals with New Zealand and Australia are coming to their fruition. The Government is seeking to improve the EU-UK Trade Cooperation Agreement (TCA) and join the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).

Amanda Brooks CBE, Department for Business and Trade, will join us to explain how these trade deals are progressing.

William Bain, British Chambers of Commerce, will share what Chambers of Commerce members are telling us from across the UK.

The session will answer these important questions:
How are businesses utilising the deals already in place?
How can you benefit from them?

This event will be chaired by Liam Smyth, Director of Trade Facilitation – British Chambers of Commerce / Managing Director – ChamberCustoms

Liam Smyth
Liam is Director of Trade Facilitation at the British Chambers of Commerce (BCC). He is responsible for the delivery of trade facilitation services across the UK Chamber Network and engages with government on matters related to future trade policy. He represents the Chamber Network on various Government working groups, contributes to consultations and he is the BCC delegate to the International Chambers of Commerce (ICC) Technical Committee on Origin. More recently he has led the development of a new customs clearance, training and consultancy service being delivered through our Chamber Network. ChamberCustoms is the first UK Customs Broker to offer clearance of goods through every inventory linked port in the United Kingdom offers traders high standards of assurance and compliance in moving goods across the UK border. Prior to joining the BCC in 2017, Liam was Deputy CEO at Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce where he led a number of trade missions to Mexico, Iran and East Africa. He has also held several commercial and non-executive roles in the media and retail sectors.

William Bain
William is Head of Trade Policy at the British Chambers of Commerce, joining in June 2021. William has worked for the last seven years with a wide range of companies, from global retailers to SMEs to the most innovative start-ups, professional services providers and a huge range of others, advocating and advising on the policy and implementation processes around EU exit, the Protocol on Ireland/Northern Ireland, the end of the transition period, and the UK’s new trade policies and trade negotiations. Prior to that, William spent 10 years as an academic lawyer lecturing on Constitutional and EU law with a focus on the EU Single Market, and five and a half years at Westminster as an MP (Glasgow North East constituency), including time as Shadow Minister for Defra, Transport and Scotland and as a member of the Business, Innovation and Skills Select Committee (including trade policy).

Amanda Brooks CBE
Amanda became Director General for Trade Negotiations in June 2021, after joining DIT (now known as Department for Business and Trade) in August 2016. Her responsibilities to date have included leading the US negotiations, bilateral trade relationships, multilateral fora on trade such as the WTO, G7, G20 and Commonwealth, trade remedies and disputes, and export controls. She had previously worked on trade negotiations, notably the Doha Round, earlier in her career. Amanda is head of DBT’s policy profession and the Departmental champion of learning and skills. Prior to joining DBT, Amanda spent much of her career in the Department for Business, for example leading work on innovation, industrial strategy, and growth policy. She has also served overseas as the Deputy High Commissioner and Director of Trade and Investment in Singapore. She has an MBA from Imperial College.


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