GREAT Festival of Innovation

The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is proud to be supporting the GREAT Festival of Innovation by hosting a number of satellite events alongside the main conference itself. The GREAT festival is the UK government’s single largest international event this year and will be bringing with it a number of key industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who will be sharing valuable insight on the future of business.

British Chamber Satellite Events Calendar

  • Wednesday 21 March: Distinguished Speaker Breakfast with Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman
  • Thursday 22 March: Business Angel Programme Pitch Event
  • Thursday 22 March: Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP
  • Thursday 22 March:Tradition and Innovation: Fortnum & Mason’s 300 year legacy 
  • Friday 23 March: Captains of Industry Breakfast with Alex Cruz, CEO of British Airways
  • Monday 26 March: A Guided Tour - Infrastructure Imagination: Hong Kong City Futures 1972-1988



Distinguished Speaker Breakfast with Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Charles Bowman

Wednesday 21 March, 8:00am - 9:15am | Victoria Suite, The Hong Kong Club, 1 Jackson Road, Central


During the 10 years the City of London has had a presence in the region, Asia has become the clear leader of global growth. At this key time whilst the City of London is developing its “Asia Next Decade” strategy, we are delighted to welcome the Lord Mayor of the City of London on his trip to Hong Kong. The Lord Mayor will seek views on priorities, as the corporation looks to deepen partnerships and take advantage of Asia’s rapidly developing digital economy and the regional focus on infrastructure spending.

Alderman Charles Bowman is the 690th Lord Mayor. He was a senior partner with PwC and Alderman of the Lime Street Ward and served as Sheriff of the City of London in 2015/16. Click here for more.



Business Angel Programme Pitch Event

Thursday 22 March, 8:00am - 10:00am | Eaton Club, 5/F Champion Tower, 3 Garden Road, Central

The Business Angel Programme, sponsored by Baker Tilly is an initiative that aims to bring entrepreneurs and investors together to create exciting new partnerships. 

The start-up applicants go through a rigorous vetting process, led by a committee of industry professionals. The top 5 entrants are then selected and given mentoring and presentation training, and are invited to present their exciting investment opportunities to angel investors at this Pitch Event. Click here for more.



Distinguished Speaker Luncheon with Sir Martin Sorrell, CEO of WPP

Thursday 22 March, 12:45pm - 2:15pm | Salons, Mezzanine, Grand Hyatt, 1 Harbour Road, Wan Chai

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Sir Martin Sorrell is Chief Executive and architect of WPP, the world’s largest advertising and marketing services group. Collectively, WPP employs over 205,000 people (including associates) in more than 3,000 offices in 112 countries. Clients include 360 of the Fortune Global 500, all 30 of the Dow Jones 30 and 78 of the NASDAQ 100.

Join us to hear from one of the most influential figures in advertising today. Click here for more.



Tradition and Innovation: Fortnum & Mason’s 300 Year Legacy

Thursday 22 March, 7:00pm - 9:00pm | Jamie's Italian, 2/F Soundwill Plaza II, 1 Tang Lung St, Causeway Bay

Founded in 1707, the beloved London store Fortnum & Mason has gone through a renaissance of late, with its brand of teas, biscuits and other luxury items cementing itself as firm favourites amongst London’s finest. We’re delighted that the man driving this change, CEO Ewan Venters, will be joining us for this GREAT Festival Satellite Event to share the reasons behind the store’s success, and the innovative strategies being used instore and online to meet the demands of the 21st century consumer. Click here to read more. 



Captains of Industry Breakfast with Alex Cruz, Chairman & CEO of British Airways

Friday 23 March, 8:00am - 9:30am | Island Ballroom, Island Shangri-La, Pacific Place, Supreme Ct Rd, Admiralty

Alex Cruz will talk about the current situation in the civil aviation industry, including traveller trends around the world, full service airlines and low-cost carriers, the increasing demand and costs for facilities that support the industry, and the importance of innovation and technology in enabling industry operators to run their business with much more cost effectiveness and efficiency. Click here for more.



A Guided Tour - Infrastructure Imagination: Hong Kong City Futures 1972-1988

Monday 26 March, 12:30pm - 2:00pm | City Gallery, 3 Edinburgh Place, Central

Infrastructure is at the heart of the physical, social and economic foundations of the modern city, and plays a key role in facilitating economic development and the shaping of everyday urban life. Understanding how Hong Kong’s public and private sectors responded to geographical, social and political challenges in the past will allow us to better understand the social formation of Hong Kong, and the community’s collective aspirations for the future.

This special exhibition featuring images from the Heather Coulson Photograph Collection showcases a number of major infrastructure projects completed in Hong Kong in the 1970s and 1980s. Join us for a special guided tour of the exhibition with photographer Heather Coulson, and engineer Colin Coulson. Click here for more.