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Playdale Playgrounds’ North West based MD attends Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London

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Playdale Playgrounds’ Managing Director Barry Leahey was in London attending the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2018 (CHOGM).

As one of the leading providers of children’s outdoor playground equipment Playdale’s export business already spans almost 50 countries worldwide. Amongst their many awards and accolades, Playdale has also recently been given the status of Commonwealth First Export Champion.

CHOGM brings together representatives and leaders from the worlds of business, civil society and government to address the shared global challenges Commonwealth countries face. Actions are then formed and agreed on, to create a better future for all members. Barry makes up an impressive Commonwealth Business Forum delegation of 800 senior business leaders and Heads of Government from across our Commonwealth.

Barry told us, “As the UK starts to realign for a post Brexit era, I believe CHOGM is a crucial moment for the continued strengthening of our relationship with the Commonwealth. I hope for increased support for intra-Commonwealth trade, to help maximise opportunities for growth for all members. The ‘Commonwealth Advantage’ allows businesses like Playdale to experience success in Commonwealth markets, which in turn helps to grow intra-Commonwealth trade and the UK economy.”

“Due to the similar trading conditions and laws, we realised, early on in our export journey, the benefits of exporting to distributors in Commonwealth countries. This has helped us secure the future of our business, but has also given boosts to our local UK supply chain. I encourage any business not yet exporting, to work with the DIT and explore their exporting potential”.

Highlights from the week include talks from many inspirational figures including Prime Minister Theresa May, Secretary of State Liam Fox, Prince William, Bill Gates and the Duke of York  about delivering a prosperous Commonwealth for all and the Commonwealth leading the world in catalysing growth and championing free and fairer trade. There was particular focus on the rising business talent that must be supported and given opportunities; 2.4 billion people live in the Commonwealth, 60% of whom will be under 30 by 2020.

Barry spoke at the SME (small and medium-sized enterprises) Trade Forum – another inspirational session where the buoyant UK export market is proven to be even more successful to UK business when trading with Commonwealth countries – ‘The Commonwealth Advantage’.  It is estimated to be 19% cheaper to do business in Commonwealth countries.

This was then followed by a banquet at London’s Guildhall with the City of London Lord Mayor and 650 fellow guests including the South African President, Philip Hammond and Bill Gates amongst the guests.