It was announced today (27 August) that the CEO of British independent cable technology manufacturer, Tratos, has been appointed to the Department for International Trade’s British Manufactured & Consumer Goods Group.

Dr Maurizio Bragagni joins other industry leaders advising Government in an initiative introduced by Secretary of State for International Trade Liz Truss aimed at bringing key industries closer to trade negotiations which saw eleven new trade advisory groups formed covering a range of key sectors.   The Government has been focused on inviting insight and expertise from top businesspeople to inform the UK’s negotiating position and deliver deals that benefit the whole country

Launching the new Trade Advisory Groups (TAGs) today, International Trade Secretary Liz Truss is pushing for a major new business engagement drive designed to support the UK’s ambitious trade negotiations.

As trade talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand intensify, the Trade Secretary is stepping up engagement with key industries across Britain, including farming, manufacturing and automotive.

Business leaders’ advice will be used to help inform the government’s negotiating position and deliver key industry asks that benefit the whole UK, including securing new market access on products like ceramics, cars, steel and beef, and agreeing cutting-edge digital trade rules.

The new groups set out to attract the best and brightest businesses people from all parts of Britain as part of DIT’s efforts to ensure trade deals benefit all regions and devolved administrations.

Dr Bragagni, who is also Hon Consul to San Marino, has worked extensively to broker closer and mutually beneficial trade relationships between the UK and Italy over the last decade.

He said: “As a stakeholder in UK manufacturing and the business economy who has a global business in Britain I was very keen to be involved in offering advice and insight as the country continues its trade negotiations.

“My own industry is international and also a core enabler for so many others that trade across the globe, so I am well-versed in bringing negotiations, often with participants from multiple nations, to a successful conclusion.  Bringing advisors from business on board is the right move by the Government and I look forward to joining my TAG colleagues in supporting the delivery of the best deal for Britain.”

Liz Truss said: “This is about bringing business closer to the negotiating table and using their expertise to help secure the best possible deals that deliver jobs and growth across Britain. Talks with Japan, the US, Australia and New Zealand are entering their crucial latter stages, so it is only right that we step up engagement with vital industries to utilise their technical and strategic expertise.

“I want business in Britain to feel engaged and informed about the work we’re doing to build an independent trade policy and how it impacts them. As we recover from Coronavirus we want to strike deals that benefit every part of the country so we can build back better and deliver a fairer country for all.”

Dr Bragagni’s company, Tratos, won a Queen’s Award for Enterprise: Innovation last year.

TAG Members have been selected to provide a breadth of knowledge and experience serving across:

List of 11 Trade Advisory Groups: 

  • Agri-Food
  • Automotive, Aerospace and Marine
  • British Manufacturing and Consumer Goods
  • Investment
  • Life Sciences
  • Tech and Telecoms
  • Chemicals
  • Financial Services
  • Professional Advisory Services
  • Transport Services
  • Creative Industries

A list of members will be published on gov.uk

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