Bank of England Governor Mark Carney and Virgin boss Sir Richard Branson are heading to Glasgow for a high profile conference taking place in advance of the Commonwealth Games. More than 200 business chief executives and heads of government from throughout the Commonwealth are expected to attend the event.
The conference, which is being held at Glasgow University is being organised by the UK and Scottish governments, UK Trade and Investment and Scottish Enterprise.
The Commonwealth Games is an international, multi-sport event involving athletes from the Commonwealth of Nations. The event was first held in 1930 and has taken place every four years ever since, except 1942 and 1946 which were cancelled due to World War II. Apart from many Olympic sports, the games also include some sports that are played mainly in Commonwealth countries, such as ‘lawn bowls’, and ‘netball’.
The team at Glasgow 2014 comprises everyone who has a role in delivering the Games, which includes contractors, suppliers, stakeholders and volunteers.
UK Minister for Trade & Investment Lord Livingston said: “The Commonwealth is a ready-made business network and includes some of the world’s fastest growing economies. The conference will provide an exceptional platform to promote greater trade across the Commonwealth and the UK as a leading trade and investment destination”.