CTN Communications appointed by the FCO to help stage the G8 Summit 2013


CTN appointed for G8 Summit

CTN Communications has been appointed by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on behalf of Her Majesty’s Government, to help stage this month’s G8 Summit at Lough Erne, in County Fermanagh, Northern Ireland, on 17/18 June 2013.

The United Kingdom currently holds the presidency of the G8. The Summit, to be hosted by the Prime Minister, will be an opportunity for G8 leaders to have frank and open discussions about the important global issues of the day, especially how we can drive global economic growth.

CTN will manage all production aspects of delivering the Summit at the Lough Erne Resort – accommodating the leaders, their delegations and accredited media.   CTN will also provide the conference and media filing facilities for the Summit.  It will act as host broadcaster, providing pooled television pictures and the facilities necessary to help UK and international broadcasters cover the event.

CTN is a leading UK corporate communications and events agency, based in London. It has more than 20 years’ experience working with global businesses and brands, including more than fifteen FTSE 100 companies. CTN has extensive experience working with Government and is currently engaged by the Ministry of Defence and the Foreign Office on separate assignments. The CTN team delivering the G8 also produced the Thames River Pageant last year as part of the celebrations to mark The Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

Bringing the G8 to Lough Erne will showcase to the world a modern Northern Ireland with huge potential for investment and tourism. CTN will work with more than twenty-five Northern Ireland based SMEs to help source the people and services necessary to stage the Summit.

Stephen Watson, Chief Executive of CTN Communications said;

‘CTN is delighted and honoured to have been asked to help produce the G8 Summit. This is a hugely important and high profile undertaking, which needs to be delivered to a very high standard, on time and within budget. Lough Erne is one of the most beautiful locations in the UK. It will be our task to help create a Summit that has an intimate feel in this breath taking location, while accommodating the people, facilities and infrastructure necessary for an event of this nature.’

 The G8 (Group of 8) is made up of Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Japan, Russia, the USA and the UK. The EU is represented by the President of the European Commission and the President of the European Council.

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The importance of Britain to Germany – a view from CTN chief executive Stephen Watson

Britain has emerged as Germany’s most important trading partner, overtaking France. British exports to Germany are up 20%.

Trade in goods and services between the UK and Germany has been soaring, with both imports and exports booming at double digit rates. It’s turning out to be one of the fastest growing trade relationships in the developed world.

This is great news for British companies. It is also great news for jobs. Many UK suppliers are deeply integrated into German business and manufacturing. As Germany exports more globally, British business benefits.

For German companies, the UK is now also their biggest investment destination. All this means that our two economies are becoming increasingly close. The UK-German business relationship is now pivotal.

It’s something many of the corporate members of the British German Association (of which I am chairman), including some of the biggest German companies operating in the UK, are very alive to.

So does the prospect of a UK ‘In-Out’ referendum on Europe put all of this at risk? Does the apparent rise in popularity of UKIP and anti-Europe rhetoric mean that Britain may turn its back on Europe and possibly risk its successful trade relationship with Germany?

In Berlin, there is understandable angst. While a serious, grown up debate about Britain’s place within the EU should be welcomed, there is a real danger that anti-EU hysteria, backed by a press frenzy, could see the UK head towards the exit.

Few business leaders would want this. With the benefits of our close union with Germany and the EU so evident, surely it’s now time for business to make its argument and engage forcefully in the debate.

These latest trading figures, confirming as they do the scale and value of the relationship between the UK and Germany, should be a wake up call for everyone who has an interest in deepening the link between our two countries. Our future prosperity could depend on it.

Stephen Watson