The BPMA are interested to hear your concerns regarding Brexit. 

The feedback they receive from this survey will be discussed at the BPMA Brexit Summit on 11th September at Farnborough Convention Centre, the day prior to Merchandise World.

Please take a few minutes to fill out this 20 question survey:




The BPMA is bringing together an expert panel on the eve of Merchandise World, Tuesday 11th September 2018 to debate the impact of Brexit. This event is free, for BPMA members only.


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.

  1. Nearly two-thirds (63%) of EU businesses expect to move their supply chain out of the UK (CIPS, taken July 2018).
  2. Diageo, as the largest company in the Scotch whisky industry, is “very forcefully” impressing on the UK government the need for the best  possible Brexit deal, Ivan Menezes, the chief executive says (, Jan 2018).


The BPMA recognise the challenge Brexit will bring to the Industry and have invited four key speakers along to this event to help you prepare for the changes and give you further insight by sharing their knowledge with you.


Guest speakers include:

Allie Renison – Head of Europe and Trade Policy for the Institute of Directors

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

Tom Brake –  MP Liberal Democrat for Carshalton and Wallington

Christopher Mills – Global Entrepreneurial Businessman


Venue – Farnborough Exhibition Centre

1.00pm                      Refreshments (coffee/tea)
1.20pm                      Introduction and findings from member survey – Gordon Glenister
1.50pm                      Allie Renison
2.20pm                      Q & A
2.30pm                      Refreshments
2.50 – 3.20pm       Lesley Batchelor
3.20pm                      Q & A
3.30 – 4.00pm       Tom Brake MP
4.00 – 4.10pm       Q & A
4.10 – 4.40pm       Christopher Mills
4.40pm                      Q & A
Finish at 4.50pm


Separate event:
BPMA Suppliers Leaders Debate – State of the Industry – to follow @ 5pm


Speaker Profiles:

Allie Renison – Head of Europe and Trade Policy for the Institute of Directors

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 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

Appointed director general of the Institute of Export & International Trade (IOE&IT).  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.

Worked 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.

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 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.


The new 4th speaker: Christopher Mills – Global Entrepreneurial Businessman

Christopher is a global entrepreneurial businessman who has over the past forty years helped build two multi-billion pound businesses (WH Energy Services and Oak Industries).  Christopher has also funded and created several businesses each of which is worth in excess of £100 million.  He sits on the boards of approximately twenty-five companies where he either has significant influence or total control.  These businesses employ over 3,000 people, have profits in excess of £200 million and the business are worth and well over £2 billion.

Christopher has significant charitable interests and is currently Appeal Chairman for Action on Hearing Loss the new name of The Royal National Institute for the Deaf.

Christopher is also the Business spokesman for the United Kingdom Independence Party.


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