Mersey firms invited to question Government minister

Graham Stuart

Businesses in the Liverpool City Region are being invited to submit questions to a Government trade minister ahead of a virtual global trade summit.

Mersey Maritime, which represents the city region’s £4bn maritime sector, is co-hosting the Global Trade and Maritime Virtual Summit with Western Union Business Solutions and Maritime UK, on Tuesday, June 9.

It is the first of a three-part series of events looking at the impact of COVID-19 on international trade.

UK Department for International Trade’s Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart will speak, along with Western Union chief executive Hikmet Ersek.

Chris Shirling-Rooke, chief executive of Mersey Maritime, said they were keen to hear questions from business owners across the city region, particularly on issues relating to international trade and the UK’s recovery from the coronavirus crisis.

He said: “We are in the midst of a once-in-a-generation event that is impacting every country on the planet.

“We face massive economic challenges in the coming months, but I also believe there will be huge opportunities for businesses to innovate and grow.

“This summit offers an opportunity to hear direct from Government about its plans to facilitate our economic recovery.

“Key issues include, what additional support will be available for businesses, how can we boost exports and what benefits can freeports offer the Liverpool City Region?

“We don’t just want to see questions from maritime businesses, we want to see questions from businesses across all sectors. This is a great chance for people to address the Government directly.”

The seminar will also include a presentation from Oxford Economics who will offer their economic outlook, followed by a panel discussion.

The deadline to submit questions is 5pm, Monday, June 1. Email them to and to sign up for the seminar click here.