This article was published before we became the Chartered Institute of Export & International Trade on 10 July 2024, and this is reflected in references to our old brand and name. For more information about us becoming Chartered, visit our dedicated webpage on the change here.

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We’re delighted to announce two brilliant speakers for two of international trade’s most prestigious annual events this autumn.

Speaking at the Queen’s Awards Winners Gala Dinner on September 27 will be Cathy Newman, the first female co-anchor on Channel 4 News and one of the nation’s most recognisable and popular journalists. Having also regularly written on politics and business for The Telegraph, Financial Times and a number of high profile political magazines, Cathy will certainly have plenty to say about the UK’s dealings with the world in trade and politics.

A regular panelist on shows like Have I Got News For You, we’re looking forward to hearing her wit first hand at what is always a great evening of celebration with the winners of the Queen’s Award for Enterprise – a prestigious accolade awarded for outstanding achievements by some of the UK’s most innovative businesses.

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It has also been confirmed that Michael Portillo will be speaking at our annual Members’ Dinner on November 8th. Since serving as a cabinet minister and MP for over three decades, Michael has often been described as the greatest leader the Conservative party never had and remains an insightful and precise political commentator. He’s gone on to become an accomplished and prolific broadcaster, loved for his many BBC documentary series on railways and for his appearances on political discussion show This Week.

We’re certainly looking forward to having such a renowned keynote speaker at what is always a fabulous evening celebrating all the year’s achievements and hard work in international trade. This event will highlight the success of the Institute and is both a celebration and a way to recognise its members' dedication to professionalism in international trade.

You can book tickets now to either or both of these events for champagne receptions, wonderful 3 course meals, fantastic speeches and inspiring award ceremonies, all taking place within two majestic venues.

The Queen’s Award Winners Gala Dinner is taking place at the prestigious Royal Horseguards Hotel – a landmark Victorian building that hosts the spectacular Gladstone library in which we will be dining. Tickets cost £95 (plus VAT) and £855 (plus VAT) for tables of 10 - Book Now

The Members’ Dinner is taking place under the watch of Big Ben at One Great George Street - a magnificent Grade II listed, four-domed, Edwardian building with rich neo-Palladian and Baroque interior. At £80 for members and £120 for non-members, it’s certainly good value - Book Now

We’re on the look out for sponsorship for the both of these events. As a charitable organisation, sponsorship plays not only a key part in our events programme but also reflects your commitment to being part of the future growth of professionalism for UK PLC.

Sponsorship includes an extensive package of branding opportunities, media support and coverage. Our team will work with you throughout the year to ensure strong brand positioning and messaging throughout, giving your brand exposure to the audiences that you want to do business with.

See our event sponsorship packages.

Contact the team to discuss your requirements or phone us on +44 (0)1733 404400