Parson highlights successful trade mission to UK and Ireland – Newstalk KZRG


(JEFFERSON CITY, MO) – Earlier this week, Governor Mike Parson wrapped up his latest international trade mission, which included visits with key officials, businesses and organizations in the UK and Ireland. During the trade mission, Governor Parson participated in several meetings to build international relationships while promoting Missouri as an ideal business location and trading partner.

“Showcasing Missouri’s strengths is always exciting, and this trade mission was a huge success in showing international partners what the Show-Me State has to offer,” Governor Parson said. “Missouri has significant cultural and economic ties with the United Kingdom and Ireland, and we appreciated the opportunity to strengthen our relationship. Missouri is an ideal place to do business, and this mission has allowed us to promote further our state’s benefits to global business leaders.

Trade Mission Highlights – UK and Ireland

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Governor Parson met with the Irish Department of Foreign Affairs’ Global Ireland team to discuss common Missouri-Ireland industries and priorities, in addition to ways the state can partner with Ireland from on an ongoing basis to support Missouri businesses in Ireland and Irish businesses in Missouri. Ireland is a key Missouri trading partner with over $130 million in exports in 2021.

Churchill War Rooms

Governor Parson had the honor of visiting the Churchill Museum at the Imperial War Museums and presenting Senior Curator Nigel Steel with an entry ticket to former British Prime Minister Winston Churchill’s famous ‘Iron Curtain’ speech, delivered in Fulton, Missouri, in 1946. The gift serves as a token of the special relationship and related mission shared by the Churchill War Rooms in London and the US National Churchill Museum at Westminster College in Fulton.


Governor Parson met with Frederick Dutrenit, Senior Vice President of the Reckitt Benckiser Group, a multinational consumer goods company headquartered in Slough, England, and the makers of Lysol. The meeting included members of Reckitt’s senior team, who discussed the company’s presence in Missouri and the potential for future investment in the state. Reckitt management also discussed issues affecting their Missouri employees and expressed interest in Missouri workforce training and apprenticeship programs.

British American Affairs

Governor Parson promoted Missouri’s economic strengths at a roundtable hosted by BritishAmerican Business. The discussion included representatives from 14 companies evaluating expansion in the United States or already employing Missourians. BritishAmerican Business is a business network dedicated to promoting the economic development of British and American businesses with transatlantic business interests.

GlaxoSmithKline (GSK)

Governor Parson met with Brian McNamara, CEO of GSK Consumer Healthcare, and Bart Darde, Global Head of Quality and Supply Chain for GSK Consumer Healthcare. GSK, a UK-based global healthcare company, is the maker of Tums tablets, which have been produced in St. Louis for over 90 years.

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Governor Parson participated in an agricultural technology roundtable held in Cambridge, UK, and met with members of Agri-TechE, an organization focused on agricultural productivity, profitability and sustainability. The meeting was hosted by NIAB, a crop science organization. Governor Parson and Department of Agriculture Director Chris Chinn met with Agri-TechE members to discuss innovation in agriculture and agtech, Missouri competence in the industry and opportunities for future cooperation.

The trade mission was funded by the Hawthorn Foundation, a Missouri nonprofit.


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