Annual Reception 2015

Caribbean Council Annual Reception at the House of Lords


Since its inception in 2004, The Caribbean Council’s annual reception at the UK Houses of Parliament has grown and developed a reputation as being one of the best receptions on the UK Parliamentary Calendar. This year’s event took place on Tuesday 24 March 2014.

The reception is well known for being a well-planned and enjoyable event and so we are sure that this year we will enjoy another excellent turnout. The prestigious House of Lords Terrace has been chosen once again as the venue for the event for because not only is it a fantastic venue for a reception but it is also an exclusive venue that is able to command a high level audience. In his capacity as President of the Caribbean Council, Rt Hon The Lord Foulkes hosts the reception. The Caribbean Council has been holding the reception in parliament for the past ten years, and attendance has gone from strength to strength, offering an unique opportunity to network with MPs, Peers, High Commissioners, Ambassadors, UK Civil Service, NGOs, the Caribbean community in the UK and of course business people invested in or working with the Caribbean region.

The reception welcomed around 300 guests, the majority of whom were from Parliament, government and the business community.

UK Guest Speaker 

As a standard, the Caribbean Council seeks to secure one UK and one Caribbean Minister as guest speaker at the reception. This year, we were delighted to invite as our guest speaker the Hon Alden McLaughlin, Premier of the Cayman Islands.


Most people recognise music as an important part of Caribbean cultural heritage. With this in mind, the reception has always taken place to the background music provided by a steel band. This has always been a popular and unique feature of this parliamentary event given that music is not traditionally permitted and Lord Foulkes has to request special permission for this to be allowed.

Rum Punch

Besides the unique entertainment, the House of Lords also gives special permission for the Caribbean Council to supply Caribbean rum for use in a rum punch. The Caribbean Council believes that it is important that Caribbean products are promoted at the reception, and rum punch is obviously a great way of promoting Caribbean Rum!

Prize Draw

Each year those attending the reception are entered in to a free prize draw. The top prize is a Caribbean holiday. In order to secure the prize, the ticketholder must be present, and so this ensures a high level of attendance throughout the entire event.


The reception would not be possible without the support of our generous Corporate Sponsors. If you would like more information about sponsoring next year’s event, please contact


The reception is for members of the Caribbean Council’s membership organisations and partners. However, there are sometimes a limited number of tickets available for sale to non-members. If you would like to become a member please contact