All Party Parliamentary Group

The Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP) and British Parliamentarians launch All Party Parliamentary Group on Relocation in historic meeting, ‘signalling a new era of partnership between politicians and relocation experts in the interests of Britain.

In a landmark step forwards for the relocation sector, an All-Party Parliamentary Group has been established in British Parliament to represent the interests of relocation. The inaugural meeting elected its Officers, with Sir Robert Syms MP as the first Chair of this group. Other officers include Mark Pritchard MP, Greg Smith MP and Neil Coyle MP, thereby ensuring the group is properly constituted.

Sir Robert Syms said ‘I’m very pleased to be able to play my part in promoting the benefits of inward investment, in which relocating employees here is clearly an absolutely central element of the equation. This All-Party Group is a team that will take the sort of action this country needs to make itself the go-to destination for firms with options. I am confident that the relocation sector will play a central role in making our shores the most attractive to base new business and more business. It’s good news at a time the country certainly needs reasons for some economical optimism.’

Tad Zurlinden, the Chief Executive Officer of the Association of Relocation Professionals (ARP), commented: ‘this is the first time in the sector’s 40-year history that we’ve had a formally constituted All Party Group working for our interests. It’s a huge step forward and I’m delighted we have such high calibre Officers, including Sir Robert Syms as its Chair. We already have a good idea of the key areas of work we need to cover. These include visa issues, the tax threshold for relocations, technical issues associated with the processes to make sure we’re the most attractive nation on earth to relocate to. We’re determined to play our part in getting Britain moving farther and faster than it’s ever been before, with relocation as a vital benefit in the UK offer to those looking for a great place to base their firms.’

The ARP is also working with the Department for International Trade to assist with the Government’s determination to attract global business to the UK’s shores. Relocation is set to play a key role in offering the competitive advantage over other countries in the calculation made by business – and the ARP is determined to ensure the UK wins when that calculation is made.