The International Chamber of Commerce United Kingdom is today announcing Lord Bilimoria of Chelsea has joined its board.
Lord Bilimoria has served as a crossbench peer in the House of Lords since 2006. He has been a consistent and passionate voice for business, calling on successive governments to invest in UK SMEs to give the country a competitive edge on the global stage.
The Hyderabad-born entrepreneur has advocated on behalf of businesses across the UK as a former president and current vice-president of the CBI.
Lord Bilimoria has first-hand knowledge of what it takes to grow a company from inception to iconic international brand, gained from his experience since founding Cobra beer in 1989. He continues to serve as the company chairman.
Lord Bilimoria is also chancellor of University of Birmingham, appointed in 2014, and is the first Indian born Chancellor of a Russell Group university in Great Britain.
Lord Bilimoria said:
“It is a privilege to join the board of the ICC UK and work with the ICC, the world’s largest business organisation. The UK has historically been a great trading nation and a country with a truly global outlook. Through the ICC I look forward to helping the UK go from strength to strength in trade, business and investment globally.”
Paul Drechsler, chairman of ICC United Kingdom, said:
“Lord Bilimoria understands the essential need for strong global trade partnerships to drive shared prosperity at home and abroad.
“His vast wealth of experience from the worlds of both business and politics gives him the deep and detailed perspective to support companies and help to give the UK a competitive edge on the global stage.
“I look forward to working with him to further support UK businesses through these challenging times.”
ICC United Kingdom is the UK representative office of the International Chamber of Commerce, the largest world business organisation representing 45 million companies in 100 countries. ICC’s mission is to promote inclusive, sustainable and green trade. Its rules underpin $25 trillion of global trade.