British Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson

A reminder: Tomorrow will bring a bit of Euro glamour to Our Fair City via opening events for the British Pop-Up Consulate.

The pop-up consulate is scheduled to run from March 11 through March 15, with a number of business and education outreach events in Louisville.

(The Pop-Up Consulate office will be in the PNC Tower for the week at Fifth and Market. To confuse matters, most locals call it by its original name, The National City Tower. It’s a long story.)

It appears there are still ticket available for tomorrow’s luncheon with British Consul General Robert Chatterton Dickson, who is based at the British consulate in Chicago.

The luncheon, sponsored by the World Affairs Council, is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. at Vincenzo’s, which is at Fifth and Market Streets downtown.

Dickson will speak on “Britain and America: Partners for Prosperity and Security,” according to a British Consulate news release.

Tickets are $50 per person for the luncheon, and you can order your tickets here.

After the luncheon, there will be a free pop-up workshop, ” Doing Business in Britain,” scheduled for 2 p.m. at the PNC Tower, which is just across Fifth street from Vincenzo’s at 101 S. Fifth St.

There’s a significant amount of commerce between Kentucky and Great Britain, with figures courtesy of the consulate.

  • In 2011, Kentucky exported more than $1.5 billion in goods to the United Kingdom, making Britain Kentucky’s second largest international customer (behind Canada).
  • British companies employ nearly 9,000 Kentuckians (third behind Japan and Germany).
  • The United Kingdom has invested over $1.2 billion into Kentucky’s economy (second only to Japan).

 Learn more about the British-American trade relationship here.

Other events scheduled are:

  • a bourbon vs. Scotch tasting event with Greater Louisville International Professionals and Young Professionals Association of Louisville
  • a performance by The Band of the Scots Guards And The Pipes, Drums, Highland Dancers of The Black Watch 3rd Battalion
  • an open house for high school students interested in studying in the United Kingdom

We’ve never persuaded anyone to connect the dots on whether the arrival of Robert Chatterton Dickson here – doesn’t that sound like a Downtown Abby character? – is connected to Matthew Barzun’s rumored posting to the United Kingdom as United States Ambassador.

About Robert Chatterton Dickson: Robert Chatterton Dickson has been British Consul General in Chicago since July 2010. He is responsible for representing the United Kingdom and promoting political, trade, investment, economic, and cultural relations between the US and the UK across thirteen states in the middle of the US – one of which is the Commonwealth of Kentucky.



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