The Champagne Launch Reception for LISW 2015 will take place on the evening of Tuesday 9 September 2014 overlooking the Thames and the City of London from the spectacular Terrace at the offices of Norton Rose Fulbright, one of the main sponsors of LISW 2015.
The Launch Reception will set the scene for LISW 2015, revealing the theme, the main speakers and sponsors and providing details of some of the 100+ events that will take place during the week of 7-11 September 2015. It will be preceded by a major press conference.
Invited guests will include UK government ministers and MPs, foreign ambassadors, leaders of the navy, shipping, legal, insurance, port and related maritime industries and services, the LISW Steering Group and Advisory Board and the main supporting organisations.
Space is strictly limited to a maximum of 150 guests, on a first come first served basis. All LISW sponsors will be given priority for at least one representative to attend, but there no guarantee that non-sponsors or those not involved with organising LISW 2015 will be able to join.
Sponsors who are signed up ahead of the Launch Reception will benefit from substantial marketing coverage, in the lead up to, during and after the Launch Reception, right through to LISW 2015 in September next year.
London International Shipping Week (LISW) has appointed a new Chairman of its Steering Group as it looks forward to the 2015 event (September 7 to 11).
Jeremy Penn has been Chief Executive of The Baltic Exchange since 2003 and was a member of the LISW Steering Group for the highly successful inaugural event in 2013. Jeremy is a non-executive Director and Treasurer of Maritime London and Vice-Chairman of Maritime UK.
Other members of the LISW Steering Group include Doug Barrow, Chief Executive of Maritime London; Guy Patten, Chief Executive of the UK Chamber of Shipping; Simon Bird, Deputy Chairman of the UK Major Ports Group and Vice Chairman of UK Maritime; Jonathan Roberts, Head of Communications at the UK Chamber of Shipping; Linda Willson, Head of Maritime Commerce and Infrastructure, Department for Transport; Dan Torjussen-Proctor, Commercial Director at TheCityUK; Llewellyn Bankes-Hughes and Sean Moloney, Directors at Shipping Innovation, organisers of the event.
Mr Penn had 20 years’ experience with Reuters Group PLC where he held a wide range of positions specialising in technology and marketing related to financial information. He was Managing Director of Reuters Asia and was appointed to Reuters Executive Committee in 1996. He has lived and worked in France, Zimbabwe, Morocco, Hong Kong, Australia, Singapore and the USA as well as the UK.
The programme for London International Shipping Week 2015 is already coming together and key sponsors and maritime organisations have pledged their support, including: The Baltic Exchange, The UK Chamber of Shipping, The City UK, Maritime UK and Maritime London.
Organised by Shipping Innovation Limited, a partnership between Elaborate Communications and Petrospot, the event will benefit maritime charities and also Great Ormond Street Hospital, and will once again culminate in a glittering gala dinner at the Grosvenor House Hotel on Thursday, September 10, 2015.
Events created ‘a buzz well beyond expectations’ The main aim was to tell the world that the UK is open for maritime business.
EARLIER this month, I was privileged to be part of the inaugural London International Shipping Week, a hugely successful initiative supported by Maritime UK and the Department for Transport to bring together the international maritime community and remind us all how great the UK maritime offer really is.
Given the government’s desire to grow and promote the UK maritime industries, ministers from the DfT and other departments were pleased to support as many of the week’s events as possible.
Our main aim was to tell the world that the UK is open for maritime business.
High-profile industry figures and government representatives from more than 50 countries attended over 60 events during the week.
These included a wide range of themed seminars, receptions, visits and dinners, in locations as varied as 10 Downing Street, the London Stock Exchange, a Royal Navy frigate, a boat on the Thames and too many others to mention here, but all significant in scope and well organised.
The government kicked off International Shipping Week on the Monday with a ministerial and industry roundtable attended by Prime Minister David Cameron.
That morning, the DfT published its ports and shipping strategic partnership plans, showing how government and industry are working together to promote growth.
Secretary of State for Transport Patrick McLoughlin then announced a 25% increase in SMarT, the maritime training budget funded by government.
We also published Open for Maritime Business, a joint industry and government publication setting out what the UK has to offer the global maritime community.
Tuesday further underlined how government and industry are already working closely together. I co-hosted a lunch with the International Maritime Organization to discuss the future availability of low-sulphur fuel to drive down pollution from ships.
That evening Patrick McLoughlin helped to host a hugely successful welcome reception at Lancaster House with Maritime UK, attended by international maritime industry leaders, fellow ministers David Jones, Michael Fallon, Simon Burns and Norman Baker, and London Mayor Boris Johnson.
The event created a lively networking opportunity for business leaders, many guests clearly relishing the opportunity to engage with influential industry professionals.
Wednesday was a day to welcome our international guests at a shipping reception hosted by Secretary of State for Wales David Jones. That evening I also gave a reception for international delegates on board the impressive HMS Northumberland, bringing guests together with government and industry heavyweights to discuss the benefits of doing business in the UK.
Attendees included the Greek minister of merchant marine Miltiadis Varvitsiotis and senior representatives from China, France, Italy, Russia, India and the US.
The week ended for me on the Thursday with the pleasure of addressing the Shipping Week conference. This was a great opportunity to listen, debate and learn, hearing from professionals across maritime industries and from across the globe.
The grand finale was a gala dinner, a 600-strong gathering to celebrate everything the week had to offer and its resounding success.
Feedback has been excellent, many delegates, visitors and UK maritime leaders enthusing about the positive exchanges during the week and the opportunities created.
Very simply, it was an outstanding success, creating a buzz well beyond expectations. I am sure this will resonate for some time to come.
Nothing breeds success like success and maritime has again become a real success story for the UK economy: the UK merchant fleet, employment in shipping and the size of the service sector have all grown strongly despite the downturn.
We are determined that the UK should remain the world’s pre-eminent maritime centre and develop further as a most attractive environment for maritime investment.
This can only be achieved through a strong partnership between government and industry, based on mutual respect and a shared commitment to growth — and that is precisely what we are developing here in the UK.
The body of ministers and industry champions that I chair is already generating positive initiatives and I am proud of what we have already achieved. The strength of this active collaboration was vividly on show throughout the week and I look forward to building further on these important achievements in the future.
By Stephen Hammond
Lloyd’s List, Wednesday 2 October 2013
Stephen Hammond is the UK shipping minister