GREAT Festival of Innovation
The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong is proud to have been a supporting partner for 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 that took place this year and brought with it a number of key industry leaders, entrepreneurs, and thought leaders who shared valuable insight on the future of business.
Below is an overview of all our events. Click here to see photos from the events.
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
Kicking off the GREAT Festival of Innovation, The British Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong hosted its first Satellite Event on Wednesday 21 March, with Charles Bowman, Lord Mayor of City of London Corporation. The Lord Mayor explained that he had 5 key objectives during this trip to Hong Kong, Shenzhen, Shanghai & Beijing:
1. To reassure and confirm London will continue to be a global hub for financial and professional services
2. To enhance City of London-China and City of London-Hong Kong ties, especially in relation to green finance and the Belt and Road
3. To further develop the relationship between the UK and China
4. To promote London as an innovative, forward-looking city
5. To boost two-way investment between the UK and Hong Kong and the UK and China.
The Lord Mayor hopes to see more collaboration between the City and Hong Kong working on mutually beneficial FinTech projects and that these successful partnerships will transform the financial & professional services sectors for years to come.
Alex Cruz, CEO and Chairman of British Airways, joined us on Friday 23 March for our distinguished speakers breakfast, sponsored by KPMG China, to discuss the importance of innovation and technology in the aviation industry and how this is redefining the way people will travel.
“As a consumer brand we are challenged every day to live up to our customers’ expectations”. Disruption is forcing British Airways to constantly adapt and modernise its products. It’s responding to fast-evolving technologies and is providing creative solutions to offer the best travel experience possible. With a heavy focus on digitalising, travellers can expect high quality on board Wi-Fi and biometric boarding gates to enhance and speed up the boarding process in the future.
Cruz said, “To continue the legacy of being a disruptor in the industry, we will continue to invest in research and development to transform the airline with innovations and technology and would work even more closely with partners to unlock opportunities that will turn British Airways into a smarter, leaner and faster airline."