Price Bailey attends the opening of the CWEIC’s Singapore Hub

April marks the opening of The Commonwealth Enterprise and Investment Council’s Singapore Hub, with the launch event hosted by the British High Commission in Singapore, uniting business leaders from across the globe.

06 April 2023

The Hub is now expected to provide on-going support for CWEIC Strategic Partners in the Singapore and ASEAN region, through in-market activities and facilitating introductions and opportunities.

Simon Blake, Partner in the Strategic Corporate Finance team at Price Bailey Chartered Accountants attended the launch event alongside international focussed UK law firm Irwin Mitchell.

Simon comments: “The launch of the Singapore Hub reflects the CWEIC’s on-going commitment to increase global awareness of the Commonwealth advantage.

“The Commonwealth represents the world’s largest emerging markets, in Africa and the Indian sub-continent as well as in Asia.

“Many of our clients already operate across these regions with opportunities for many more clients in the future.

“It was great to visit Singapore and build on our relationships within the CWEIC, supporting our clients orientated towards growth in international markets, as well as global clients looking for support with their UK business”.

Rob Cowling and Bryan Blesto from Irwin Mitchell, Niro Cooke and Tulsi Wallooppillai from the CWEIC, Simon Blake from Price Bailey, Guy Dru Drury, Chief Representative for the CBI in China, NE & SE Asia.

Pictured from right to left: Rob Cowling and Bryan Blesto from Irwin Mitchell, Niro Cooke and Tulsi Wallooppillai from the CWEIC, Simon Blake from Price Bailey, Guy Dru Drury, Chief Representative for the CBI in China, NE & SE Asia.

Simon continues: “As an organisation, Price Bailey invests heavily its international relationships, with partners attending meetings and conferences pro-actively across the world and supporting our global clients from overseas offices such as our Dubai office.

“Recently, Price Bailey has been appointed to act for a multijurisdictional African based client who is looking to expand globally through a London based holding company and ultimately, to go on to list on the UK stock exchange.

“This opportunity was won directly through our involvement with CWEIC and reflects the real business value of involvement with the association, cultivating improved international relations and offering opportunity to connect with businesses from across the Commonwealth.

CWEIC benefits both international clients looking to access UK markets and the growth of our organisation as a whole.”


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About Price Bailey:

Established in 1938, Price Bailey is an award-winning top 30 accountancy and business advisory firm, providing expert financial, tax, and strategic support to individuals and companies both nationally and internationally.

With over 30 specialist partners, Price Bailey understand the importance of providing a modern servicing model, while complementing the traditional accounting needs of contemporary business.

Price Bailey have several dedicated teams covering tax consultancy, corporate finance, strategic planning, private wealth management, employment law and more.

About Simon Blake:

Simon is a specialist adviser for owner managed business, advising on the lifecycle of a client’s business from a corporate finance and M&A (mergers and acquisitions) perspective.

Simon trained with Price Bailey and returned to the business in 2009 to build our Strategic Corporate Finance Team, which he now leads today alongside acting as a member of the Executive Board at Price Bailey.

The focus of Simon’s work is usually at the board room table, acting as principal advisor, his areas of expertise include assessing, identifying and sourcing funding requirements, whether for organic growth, acquisition or re-financing; business valuation for both M&A activity, dispute resolution, tax purposes (share schemes, probate, restructuring); investigative services, including due diligence and forensic work.

Simon is also part of Price Bailey’s international business development team and regularly travels to Europe and the US as an active and regular speaker at corporate finance conferences and events across the world.


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About Price Bailey

Price Bailey is a top 30 accountancy practice specialising in providing accountancy and business advice to enable the growth of regional, national and international businesses. In addition to traditional accounting services, the firm has a range of specialists in many areas, which combine to provide a complete, integrated business offering. These include tax consultancy, corporate finance, strategic planning, insolvency & recovery and employment law.

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