Board of Trade

The UK Board of Trade champions exports, inward investment and outward direct investment to deliver economic growth and prosperity across the whole of the United Kingdom.

The Board of Trade engages with the whole of the UK on the UK’s global trade and investment agenda. The board and its advisers take a collaborative approach, focused on promoting the UK regions as destinations to trade and do business with.

The President of the Board of Trade is the Secretary of State for Department of International Trade.

Advisers to the Board (September 2021)

The advisers are:

  • Secretary of State for Scotland
  • Secretary of State for Northern Ireland
  • Secretary of State for Wales
  • Minister for Trade Policy
  • Minister for Investment
  • Minister for Exports
  • Minister for International Trade
  • The Hon Tony Abbott
  • Karen Betts
  • Lord Hannan of Kingsclere
  • Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt
  • Emma Howard Boyd CBE
  • Michael Liebreich
  • Rt Hon the Lord Mayor of the City of London, William Russell
  • Dr Linda Yueh

Board of Trade meetings

The Board of Trade meets quarterly, with meetings held around the UK, guaranteeing all have the opportunity to raise issues most important to them.

It brings together leading figures from business, academia and government as advisers to the Board of Trade, representing the business voice from across the UK

The board has met in the following locations:

  • Glasgow (July 2021)
  • Virtual (March 2021)
  • Virtual (October 2020)
  • Belfast (May 2019)
  • Durham (February 2019)
  • Swansea (November 2018)
  • Coventry (September 2018)
  • Stirling (May 2018)
  • Preston (March 2018)
  • Bristol (October 2017)