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HC AlliottHanrick Curran is, through its membership of Alliott Group, a Commercial Partner in the Commonwealth Trade Initiative, strengthening and building relationships in Commonwealth countries. The initiative will help our clients to expand to and operate more successfully in the 53 countries of the Commonwealth.

We are pleased to announce that on the 18 May 2016 our international affiliate Alliott Group confirmed a Commercial Partnership with the Commonwealth Trade Initiative (CTI).

The commercial partnership agreement positions Alliott member firms and our clients as preferred suppliers to thousands of organisations trading within the Commonwealth.

The CTI has been set up by the Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council (CWEIC) which facilitates trade and investment throughout the 53 countries of the Commonwealth and supports private sector companies and governments to promote economic activity. The CWEIC works with its member companies to expand their businesses and to help them invest in Commonwealth countries.

At the heart of the CTI is the Commonwealth Trade Platform, a digital business platform that has been designed to connect thousands of buyers and suppliers across Commonwealth markets to enable them to gain access to up to date market intelligence and seek advice from experts such as those within Alliott Group’s membership who can help to unlock new trading opportunities.

Oliver Everett, Chief Executive Officer at CWEIC comments: “The Commonwealth presents an enormous growth opportunity for global businesses looking to expand into new markets and the launch of this new initiative could not come at a better time. The engagement we’ve seen prior to its launch, demonstrates clearly the extent to which global businesses can see the value of Commonwealth markets as an important growth engine.”

James Hickey, Chief Executive Officer of Alliott Group adds: “Alliott Group’s decision to partner in the CTI demonstrates our commitment to building strategic alliances on behalf of our membership with high profile international organisations that are focused on cross border trade. Involvement in the CTI will connect our members to thousands of senior decision makers at businesses across the Commonwealth who need access to the specialist expertise offered by our carefully selected alliance of accountants, tax advisers and lawyers not only across the Commonwealth, but also in many countries outside the Commonwealth. Alliott Group will play an important role in connecting internationally focused businesses with international business professionals working at medium sized professional firms who can work together to provide clients with joined-up solutions at rates well below those charged by the large international firms and with greater levels of personal service.”

The Commonwealth Trade Initiative official launch event was held on 18 May at Marlborough House on Pall Mall in London, with Lord Marland, Chairman of the Commonwealth Enterprise & Investment Council and Commonwealth Secretary-General, Rt Hon Patricia Scotland QC welcoming CTI participants including Paul Marmor, Head of International Services at London law firm member Sherrards Solicitors and David Gibbs, International Corporate Tax Partner at London accounting member Alliotts.

Hanrick Curran is one of the 170 member firms of the Alliott Group in some 70 countries. The Alliott Group offers independent, midsize accounting, law and consulting firms the opportunity to extend nationally, regionally and globally with their clients through access to other firms of like-minded professionals who are committed to providing the highest standards of service. Members exchange, benchmark and share know-how and best practice information at both the technical and practice management levels.

Hanrick Curran Taxation Partner, Jamie Towers, is the Asia Pacific Chairman of the Alliott Group and has only recently returned from the Alliott Group’s Asia Pacific Conference with Asian Business Development Manager.  Only weeks earlier, Jamie attended the Alliott Group Board Meeting and the Europe Middle East and Africa (EMEA) conference in Lisbon and Portgual.

If you require assistance expanding your international reach speak with your usual Hanrick Curran adviser or call 07 3218 3900 and ask for Jamie Towers or Peter Maletz.


Please note that this publication is intended to provide a general summary and should not be relied upon as a substitute for personal advice.