Leigh Turner

Leigh Turner

Consul General and Director-General for Trade & Investment for Turkey, Central Asia and the South Caucasus

15th February 2013 Istanbul, Turkey

Florence Nightingale goes to London

My recent (cheeringly popular) blog ‘Why is everyone investing in the UK? why aren’t you?’ noted the brilliance of Britain as a top destination for European HQs for businesses from Turkey and elsewhere.

One recent example of this is the recent decision by the Turkish Group Florence Nightingale to set up its European HQs in London, in the famous medical district of Harley Street.

Group Florence Nightingale has three general hospitals, a medical centre, a teaching hospital and a clinical research centre, making it one of the largest private hospital groups in Turkey.  By establishing its European HQ in London it hopes more swiftly to be able to access wider European markets.  It is also keen to start knowledge partnerships with UK universities and has already established relationships with King’s College School of Nursing and Midwifery to help train Turkish nurses and midwives.

Why is everyone investing in the UK?  Why aren’t you?

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About Leigh Turner

I hope you find this blog – about Turkey and the UK and things
that link us together – interesting and, where appropriate,
entertaining.  You can also follow me on twitter – @leighturnerFCO.
About me: I arrived in Istanbul in August 2012 for five weeks of
full-time Turkish immersion before taking up my responsibilities as HM
Consul-General and Director-General for Trade and Investment for Turkey,
Central Asia and South Caucasus the following month.
Further back: I grew up in Nigeria, Exeter, Lesotho, Swaziland and
Manchester before attending Cambridge University 1976-79. I worked in
several government departments before joining the Foreign Office in
Keen to go to Africa and South America, I’ve had postings in Vienna,
Moscow, Bonn, Berlin, Kyiv and now Istanbul, plus jobs in London ranging
from the EU Budget to the British Overseas Territories.
2002-6 I was lucky enough to spend four years in Berlin running the
house, looking after the children (born 1992 and 1994) and doing some writing and journalism while my wife worked at the embassy.
To get to know the great city of Istanbul and the rest of the
fascinating and dynamic country that is Turkey is a privilege and a
pleasure. I hope this blog reflects that.

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