The Council for Business with Britain organized a breakfast meeting with the new British High Commissioner, His Excellency Mr. John Rankin on Thursday June 02, 2011 at the Hilton Colombo Residence. The aim of the meeting was to offer members an opportunity to meet with the High Commissioner to establish contacts by introducing themselves and their company products and services and also to share views for further development of trade between Sri Lanka and UK.

Addressing the gathering with the theme: Growth Through International Trade and Investment, His Excellency Mr. Rankin said, "I am delighted and honoured to be appointed as High Commissioner to Sri Lanka, The United Kingdom and Sri Lanka have close and long-standing links, and I look forward to furthering the partnership between our two countries." He went on to say: "the UK is very much open to investment from Sri Lanka and to partnership between UK and Sri Lankan companies. The British High Commission remains committed to providing assistance to Sri Lankan companies wanting to do business in the UK, and we will always be keen to put CBB members in touch with UK companies interested in setting up a partnership".