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British Influence on Central Florida Business, Tourism & Culture

A joint panel discussion hosted by the Central Florida International Trade Office will explore the United Kingdom’s vibrant commercial and cultural relationship in and around Orange County.

Mr. Chris Leggett, Program Manager for the Central Florida International Trade Office, will moderate a panel discussion featuring Orange County Mayor Jerry L. Demings, British Consul General Nicolette Brent and Mr. Adrian Jones, Development Director for Merlin Entertainment.

This discussion aims to highlight the importance of the UK as a driver of tourism and trade in the region – the UK is Central Florida’s biggest trading partner outside the Americas, with $122 million in exports. At the same time, the UK is also a trusted partner in the special relationship that has resulted in Central Florida being home to arguably one of the largest British expat populations in the world.


Date: Feb. 6, 2020

Registration: 2:30 p.m.

Presentation: 3:15 – 4:15 p.m.

Networking Reception: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Venue: National Entrepreneur Center located at 3201 E Colonial Dr Suite A-20, Orlando, FL 32803

RSVP: The event is free but tickets are required


Orange County Mayor Jerry L. DemingsOn August 28, 2018, Mayor Demings was elected the first African-American Mayor of Orange County and was sworn in as Mayor on December 4, 2018. He is the chief executive for over 8,000 county employees, with a budget of over $4 billion.

Her Majesty’s Consul General Nicolette Brent, MBENicolette took up her appointment as Her Majesty’s Consul General in Miami in August 2018. As Consul General, Nicolette leads the Government’s work promoting UK economic, commercial, political and consular interests in Miami, the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.

Mr. Adrian Jones – Global New Concepts Development Director at Merlin Entertainments | Chairman of the Board Visit Orlando. Adrian Jones is currently the Global Concepts Development Director for Merlin Entertainments. A graduate of Nottingham Trent University, BSc (Hons) Industrial Management in England, he’s been employed by Merlin Entertainments Group for over 30 years, working in various theme parks, city centre (Midway) attractions, and corporate development roles with increasing scope and responsibility.

Moderator – Mr. Chris Leggett, Program Manager, Central Florida International Trade Office. The Central Florida International Trade Office (CFITO) provides a single point of contact for navigating international trade resources available in the region. As Program Manager, Chris leads efforts to help businesses in Central Florida take advantage of the opportunities available from importing and exporting.

Corporate Sponsors: The Grove Resort & Waterpark // Merlin Entertainments

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About Orange County Government: Orange County Government strives to serve its residents and guests with integrity, honesty, fairness and professionalism. Located in Central Florida, Orange County includes 13 municipalities and is home to world-famous theme parks, one of the nation’s largest convention centers and a thriving life science research park. Seven elected members make up the Board of County Commissioners, including the Mayor, who is elected countywide. For more information, please visit or go to Orange County Government’s social media channels.

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