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James Bond, conspiracy theories and the Welsh Secret Service

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Amongst the snippets of “what will happen in 2015?” news earlier this year I saw one piece of news sure to please many people. A new James Bond 007 Film, “Spectre”, will launch in November. People are fascinated by secret services.  Some are more secret than others.  My blog of December 2010, “I can burn your face”, expressed my admiration for the Dutch secret service, the AIVD, for the fact … Read more »James Bond, conspiracy theories and the Welsh Secret Service

UK and Turkey: doing good business

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Next week promises to be a big week for UK-Turkish trade and investment.   Lord Livingston, the British Minister of State for Trade and Investment, will visit Turkey from 22-25 February.  The Minister will open a GREAT Technology event; hold formal high-level talks with Trade Minister Zeybekci; meet British investors in Turkey, and Turkish investors in the UK; and meet top representatives of sectors of Turkish business with which the … Read more »UK and Turkey: doing good business

Business in Turkey: the rules of the game

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British people are often accused of using too many sporting metaphors.  Expression such as “a good innings” (doing well but nearly finished) or “a sticky wicket” (a hard-to-defend situation) come from cricket.  Others, eg “game, set and match” (the contest has ended) or “ the ball’s in your court” (it’s up to you to make the next step) come from tennis.   Others come from football: we all know the … Read more »Business in Turkey: the rules of the game

#REASONSTOLIKEISTANBUL: My Top 5 Tips

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  A conservatively-dressed couple sit quietly in a park, kissing.  A valet pilots Range Rovers outside a posh business restaurant.  A transvestite burlesque dancer belts out a song to a packed house of, mostly, women.  A pale new moon rises over a mosque between two skyscrapers.  A band of pigeon-fanciers clusters round a wooden cage of prize birds. The thrilling, turbulent mega-city of Istanbul houses many of the world’s most … Read more »#REASONSTOLIKEISTANBUL: My Top 5 Tips

Helping to build Istanbul’s Grand Airport and keep it safe

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I work for UK Trade and Investment (UKTI). UKTI is the part of the British Government which helps British companies to trade internationally, and which helps overseas companies to set up shop and invest in the UK. International trade is one of the best ways to help countries become more stable and prosperous. Check out the correlation between the countries of the world which trade most (and least) and the … Read more »Helping to build Istanbul’s Grand Airport and keep it safe

Turkey 2023: why the UK welcomes Turkish success

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  Let’s imagine a Turkey almost 10 years from now, in 2023. The years since 2015 have been tough for the Turkish economy, as for all countries. But the people of Turkey have risen magnificently to the challenge. Buoyed by high rates of economic growth for each of the last eight years, nominal GDP has more than doubled. Turkey has powered up the league table of world economic giants. Turkey’s population … Read more »Turkey 2023: why the UK welcomes Turkish success

Top Turkish entrepeneurs – in London

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Take five brilliant Turkish entrepreneurs. Add Turkish and British venture capitalists, round-trip tickets to London, consultancy services by accountants and lawyers on setting up in the UK, work visas and tax issues; mentoring sessions; and a guided tour of London’s “Tech City” technology hub.  Mix thoroughly and turn out. Result: a host of terrific business opportunities for the Turkish entrepreneurs.  Good luck to them! I wrote last July about our … Read more »Top Turkish entrepeneurs – in London

Festive 50: From “Every Little Bit Hurts” To “Stay With Me”

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It’s a delicate business judging how much personal stuff to put in a blog.  In the past I’ve written official blogs with a rich mix of personal and work entries.  Then Twitter came along and much personal material, such as my famous series #reasonstolikeIstanbul, was swept away into the Twitterverse. I’ve so far tweeted out around 270 #reasonstolikeIstanbul, by the way, on @leighturnerFCO. Many people like personal material in official … Read more »Festive 50: From “Every Little Bit Hurts” To “Stay With Me”

How to get (even) more investment in Turkey

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I recently had the honour to speak on a panel at a Financial Times Conference on International Financial Centres in Istanbul. The conference included an interesting presentation by Turkey’s Investment Support and Promotion Agency (ISPAT) on Turkey’s powerful economic fundamentals and the potential benefits for foreign businesses in investing here. British companies have been paying attention.  According to Turkish figures, there are over 2,500 British companies already active in Turkey … Read more »How to get (even) more investment in Turkey

Turkey, the EU and NATO

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I wrote a blog last year called “Why Turkey can be confident”. The point of that blog was to say that, given that Turkey was a large country with a trillion-dollar economy playing an influential role in world affairs, I couldn’t understand why some people argued that events inside Turkey were determined to a large extent by external actors. I was reminded of the reasons why Turkey should feel confident, … Read more »Turkey, the EU and NATO