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04 Oct 2018

Mayoral & Vision

International businesses announce support for the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit

Businesses from around the world have signed up to support the Global Parliament of Mayors Annual Summit which takes place in Bristol later this month (21-23 October).

Dinner sponsor for the event will be electric scooter hire company, Bird. The California based scooter sharing start-up hires out urban, electric scooters via a smartphone app and has recently launched in Europe.

Other international firms such as development consultants Mott MacDonald and Arup, the legal firm Womble Bond Dickinson and IT provider, NEC Corporation, have stepped forward to support the summit alongside local organisations including the University of the West England (UWE).

First West of England has added a specially decorated bus to their fleet ahead of the summit which will promote the event as it travels around the city.

Over 80 Mayors from around the world including Asia, Africa, North and South America and Europe have now registered to take part in the summit.

Together they will be looking to address key global challenges which many cities experience at a local level including migration, urban security and resilience, public health and harnessing high tech and innovation.

As the host, Bristol will be showing itself as a centre for progressive international and national discussions whilst encouraging more investment into the city.

The summit will showcase the best of local, UK and global industry and will be an opportunity to develop new trade and investment links.

Marvin Rees, Mayor of Bristol and treasurer for the Global Parliament of Mayors, said: “Businesses, both local and international, have seen the opportunity in supporting the Global Parliament of Mayors summit and it is great to have such widespread support. It also puts Bristol at centre stage for nurturing city links, closer international trade relationships and investment opportunities during uncertain political times around the world.

“This summit is the biggest and most ambitious yet for the GPM and a chance for city leaders to affect real change. City leaders are on the front line of delivery across the world and are faced with the realities of similar issues on a daily basis. International frameworks need to pay attention to the voices of cities if they are going to solve the challenges we face.”

Organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and the British Council will help deliver a programme of key note speakers with industry experts to help inform the debate between mayors.

More information about the conference can be found on the GPM website along with a copy of the programme and a list of some of the attendees.

For media enquiries please contact GPMmedia@bristol.gov.uk +44 0117 922 2650Embedded imageEmbedded image. Media are welcome to attend and cover the Global Parliament of Mayors Summit in Bristol 21 – 23 October. Please apply for media accreditation here: http://gpm.eventreference.com/press

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