Post-Brexit impact to be examined at BPMA event

The BPMA is bringing together an expert panel on the eve of Merchandise World to debate the impact of Brexit.

On 29th March 2019 the UK will leave the EU.

With Britain leaving the EU, whatever the outcome of the Brexit negotiations, business with traditional partners in Europe will never quite be the same. 

The BPMA recognise the challenges this may bring to the Industry and have invited three key speakers to give you an insight of what could happen and for them to share their knowledge to prepare you for changes that will affect the promotional merchandise industry. 

Guest speakers:

Allie Renison – Head of Europe and Trade Policy
Lesley Batchelor – Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade
Tom Brake – Tom Brake – MP Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington

Keynote Speakers

Allie Renison – Head of Europe and Trade Policy

Devising recommendations and representing the voice of members on EU reform matters and helping to provide the link between business and Government on increasing international trade. She also routinely provides advocacy for the IoD on a range of regulatory issues in Brussels.

She was previously Research Director at Business for Britain, the campaign focused on renegotiating the UK’s relationship with the EU. Prior to that, she advised a number of parliamentarians in both Houses on EU legislative issues, with a particular focus on trade and employment policy areas.

Allie holds a Master’s Degree in the political economy of emerging economies in the post-Soviet space.


Lesley Batchelor – Director General of the Institute of Export & International Trade

Lesley Batchelor is a champion of UK exporters, with a powerful track record in enhancing the performance of hundreds of businesses.

Appointed director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT), an education foundation providing qualifications and support for business for over 10 years.  Active on the APPG Advisory Panel on Trade & Investment, the APP Manufacturing Group and provides evidence to the House of Lords Select Committee on Government support for SMEs. A director of International Business & Diplomatic Exchange and of the International Association of Trade Training Organisations Lesley is often a leading light in thought leadership issues connected with international trade.

After 15 years working with blue-chip giants including Fujitsu Europe, Canon, Ciba-Geigy and Coca-Cola, Lesley set up CMC Marketing in 1992 to develop inspirational overseas strategies and international training programmes for SMEs. In 2007 she joined the Institute of Export where she has forged influential partnerships with many national and international associations. In 2014 she was appointed CEO of Open to Export a digital platform for new and inexperienced exporters set up as a collaborative CIC with FSB, UKTI, HSBC & the IOE&IT which has now become an exciting addition to the IOE&IT portfolio of services.

Lesley is a graduate of the Institute of Export qualifications and the Chartered Institute of Marketing. She has invaluable expertise in intellectual property, global licensing and marketing. Awarded in the OBE in the 2014 Birthday Honours List and recently judged to be the CBI Real Business First Woman in Business Services for 2015.


Tom Brake – MP Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington

Brake was elected as a Councillor in Hackney, before moving to Carshalton where he was elected as a Councillor soon afterwards in 1994, consolidating Lib Dem control of Sutton Council.

Brake stood as the Parliamentary Candidate for Carshalton and Wallington successfully in 1997, having overturned a Tory majority of 10,000.

From May 2015 to June 2017 Brake served as Liberal Democrat Chief Whip and Foreign Affairs Spokesman.

In June 2017 Brake was appointed Liberal Democrat Spokesman for Exiting the European Union and International Trade and Shadow First Secretary of State.

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