GA boss to attend pre-Brexit govt talks

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The Genesis Initiative* has invited The Giftware Association’s CEO Sarah Ward to the meeting at the House of Lords on 13 March, two weeks before the UK is due to leave the EU.


Ward will be among the Genesis parliamentarians and academic commentators coming together to discuss and update on the UK’s current situation two weeks before Brexit. The meeting aims to cover legislation in areas including agriculture, trade and customs, and issues concerning SMEs and the home and giftware industries.


On the agenda for the meeting are:


  • Brexit state of play discussion and messages to government
  • Brexit regulatory update including agriculture and transport legislation
  • Relations with visiting trade missions and embassy high commissions
  • Developing an access to finance breakage services to improve deal flow
  • Possible US trade visit to Washington
  • Apprenticeships and workplace skills project


Sarah Ward stated: “It is great for us to be at these events and to pass on the information to our members.


“I’m sure the mood will be very interesting around parliament, with two weeks to go before Brexit day, but we will hopefully come away with some positive and encouraging news and information.”


* The Genesis Initiative


The Genesis Initiative was formed to improve the quality of the debate on SMEs and create economic reform, driven by SMEs and supported by Parliamentarians.


The Senate meets at least three times during each Parliamentary session, normally in March, June and October. It involves highly professional and qualified representatives of Entrepreneurs, SME Academia, Parliaments and Assemblies and SME organisations within the UK (some 117 representing around 1 million members).


This combination of entrepreneurial zeal, concentrated research and commitment from experts working on behalf of SMEs is linked with All Party support across the House of Lords and Commons.

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