Simon Manley, who will be speaking at the Bulletin breakfast in Palma tomorrow.

29-03-2017Kiko Huesca, Efe

More than 70 leading British businesspeople will be attending the event on Friday. It is one of the first big events to take place at the Palacio de Congresos.

The British ambassador to Spain and Andorra, Simon Manley, will be speaking at a Bulletin breakfast at the new Melia hotel at Palma's Palacio de Congresos convention centre tomorrow. This is the first major event to be staged at the new centre, which opened earlier this month.

Among those attending will be the delegate of the national government in the Balearics, Maria Salom, the president of the Majorca Hoteliers Federation, Inma Benito, the president of the Chamber of Commerce, Josep Lluis Roses, and the director-general of tourism. Others guests include the owners or managing Directors from leading British and Majorcan companies on the island.

The British ambassador will be speaking about the importance of trade following the Brexit vote and also underlining the importance of ties between Britain and Spain.

The breakfast will take place in a private room of the new hotel which is managed by the Melia Group. Afterwards the 80 guests will receive a guided tour of the convention centre, ending at the exhibition area where there will be a display of British-built Jaguar and Landrover vehicles. The fact that it is St. George's Day on Sunday (Sant Jordi in Catalan-speaking areas and San Jorge in Spanish ones) will also be marked, with all ladies attending the event receiving a red rose. To underline the British nature of the event a bagpiper will be on hand at the end of the event to give guests a real Scottish send-off.

Bulletin managing editor Jason Moore says: "I would like to thank Simon Manley for speaking at the event and Consul General Lloyd Millen for his help in organising the breakfast. The British government has made it clear that trade is vital and this is one of the reasons why we have organised this event. Our thanks go to the Melia Group, Blevins Franks International Wealth Management, Quality Centre Jaguar/Landrover, Bufete Feliu-Bellapart and Caixa Bank for their support in organising this event."

The British ambassador will also be meeting leading local authorities after the event on Friday.