Key business leaders have gathered to discuss the opportunities and commercial impact of the Mayflower 400 anniversary for the City of London and beyond.
The Mayflower 400 Business Networking Event, supported by transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson and The City of London, saw business leaders meet to explore how business might further work with the anniversary for transatlantic opportunities.
The Mayflower 400 commemoration programme in 2020 will comprise over 400 events that will span four nations – Britain, US, Netherlands and Wampanoag – and is anticipated to yield a significant £440m impact on the business turnover across the UK Mayflower Compact destinations.
Charles Hackett, CEO Mayflower 400, comments: “2020 is the 400th anniversary of the Mayflower voyage, one of the most influential journeys in global history and a defining moment in the shared history of Britain, the US and the Netherlands.
“The city of London and business is central to this history, so we are encouraging businesses to consider how they can work with the anniversary, the international connections that it highlights, and the programme of heritage and culture that is being created.”
The event welcomed representatives from the US and Dutch Embassies to the UK, business leaders from major transatlantic corporations, Members of Parliament and of the House of Lords, to deepen the engagement with the City of London’s leaders and other key city organisations and stimulate consideration of the various opportunities and business potential that the Mayflower anniversary provides.
Mark Wheatley, Common Councilman in the City of London Corporation, said: “I am convinced that we must honour the great achievement of the Mayflower voyagers and shared heritage their enterprise gives us with the Netherlands and United States. The tourism and entertainment plans for 2020 are inspiring. The legacy projects planned for education and the environment are vital. This is good for our great City and the rest of the UK. I am delighted to be a firm supporter”.
Jonathan Blair, UK Managing Partner of transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson commented: "We're delighted to be part of the Mayflower 400 initiative and to be involved in the highly anticipated event at The Guildhall to celebrate the voyage of this iconic ship that shaped the history of the world and continues to be an integral part of our heritage.
"400 years ago The Mayflower sailed from Plymouth where we have one of our eight UK offices and landed in Boston where we opened in the US last year following our combination to create transatlantic law firm Womble Bond Dickinson. It couldn’t be more appropriate for us to be supporting this excellent initiative celebrating the ties between the US and the UK. ”
Graham Taylor, retired history lecturer whose forthcoming book, ‘The Mayflower in London’, will be published in 2019 comments: “London and the City of London, is central to the Mayflower story. The City's Merchant Adventurers organised and backed the expedition, with members of livery companies among the shareholders, and it was in London that the majority of passengers embarked. The ship and the crew came from Rotherhithe, the Pilgrim Church was based in Southwark, and London is where the Mayflower first set off from, taking the pioneers and pilgrims to North America.”
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