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London Launches Ambassador Programme to the Capital’s Medical Elite

London & Partners, the official promotional organisation for the capital, has officially unveiled its inaugural ambassador programme to an audience of the city’s leading medical experts at the Museum of London’s event space yesterday (Tuesday 21 January 2014). Celebrating London’s reputation as a thriving centre for life sciences and medical research, the event underlined the Mayor of London’s commitment to establishing the city as a global hub for medical advancement and discovery.

At the event, Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners, invited guests to join the London Ambassador Programme and champion the city within the medical community and life sciences sector. Potential Ambassadors were told of how they could utilise the expertise of London & Partners Convention Bureau to bring their congresses and events to the city, and the role they could play in shaping the future development of London as a city of medical and life sciences hub.

Speaking at the event, Kit Malthouse, Chairman of London & Partners and Deputy Mayor of London for Business and Enterprise, said: “London has a long history as a place of medical and scientific discovery. Today, as the home to some of the finest medical and research facilities, it is a world leader in life sciences and medical innovation. This hugely important sector is one of the Mayor’s upmost priorities for the city and as such we are driving forward an ambitious programme of investment and infrastructure into London’s life sciences eco-system, underlined by the opening of the Francis Crick Institute in 2015.”

An exciting new chapter

Gordon Innes, Chief Executive of London & Partners, added: “The London Ambassador Programme is an exciting new chapter in the work of London & Partners. By launching this initiative we are recognising the vital role that our industry leaders play in promoting the great city of London on the global stage. Through this exclusive programme we are not only creating a city-wide network of expertise, we are working in partnership with senior professionals and academics to raise London’s profile internationally and help attract industry events and congresses to this city of innovation and expertise.”

At the event, Professor Francis Hughes, Chair of the Europerio Congress, shared his experiences of bringing an international event to London. He said, "There really is nowhere better to host your event or congress than London. Not only is hosting an event in your own city a fantastic opportunity to build the profile of your discipline nationally, it is a wonderful chance to showcase your home city - and its culture, heritage and of course scientific innovation - to colleagues from around the world. Though the prospect of bidding for a congress or event is daunting, working with London & Partners makes putting together a bid not just feasible, but a real pleasure. I hope you will be inspired to help bring your discipline's event to London and like me can look forward to welcoming friends and colleagues to our wonderful city in the not too distant future."