New British Ambassador In Madrid

By Editorial 31 October, 2013

The UK's new Ambassador to Spain has said that he is impressed by British Consulates' "excellent job" of assisting British nationals in the country, in comments in which he also highlighted business links between the UK and Spain.

Simon Manley CMG took up his post in Madrid this week. He observed that 800,000 British nationals live in the country either permanently or for part of the year, and that the UK remains the largest foreign investor in Spain's property market. He also noted that more than 13m Britons visit Spain every year, generating 1 percent of Spain's GDP.

Manley described Spain as one of the UK's "most important trading partners." He said he was "delighted" that around 400 Spanish companies are registered in the UK, and that investors such as Santander, Telefónica, Iberdrola and Ferrovial have made Spain the UK's sixth-largest inward investor. Spanish investment in the UK totalled GBP40bn of Foreign Direct Investment stock at the end of 2011, while UK companies exported GBP8.27bn of goods and services.

He added that he was looking forward to working with established companies and new entrants in both countries, and he was "excited" by prospects for cooperation in sectors such as energy, car manufacturing and life sciences. Noting that both countries have strong Atlantic ties, he described the UK and Spain as sharing a common commitment to securing an "ambitious trade agreement" between the European Union and the United States.

Manley was formerly Director Europe at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office (FCO), where he was responsible for policy towards the EU, bilateral relations with the UK's European partners, and the FCO's European network. His FCO career has also included leading the FCO's counter-terrorism and anti-narcotics efforts, and heading its EU Economic, Central Europe and Ireland department. He has also previously been posted to the UK's Mission to the United Nations, and been seconded to the EU. His Twitter account is @SimonManleyFCO.

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