LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - It's a British invasion for 2013. The government of the United Kingdom is setting up shop in Louisville, but just temporarily. A so-called "pop up" consulate is coming to town in hopes of luring Kentuckians to visit and do business in Britain.
"It's sort of an experiment for us, but the first signs are that it's an experiment that's working well," said British Consul General for the Midwest Robert Chatterton Dickson. He covers 13 states for Her Majesty's government and said this pop up consulate allows them to come to an area they don't get to visit much.
Never heard of a pop up consulate? "No one has because we've never done it before," said Vice Consul Jonathan Daniel, "and not just the British government, but as far as we're aware, any other government."
For a week, the consulate that operates the rest of the year in Chicago is moving to Louisville, hoping to drum up business by showcasing British brands Mini, Triumph and Richard Branson, while also recruiting Bluegrass business.
"We're helping companies that are the iconic brands in Louisville and in the state to do business in the United Kingdom," Daniel said.
"We feel that Northern Kentucky is a place where there's economic potential," said Chatterton Dickson. "There's quite a lot going on here already, but we feel there's potential to do even more."
They're looking to meet the political and business movers and shakers, but they're also here to show what they have to offer even to you and me.
"Stop in, meet some British representatives, have a cup of tea or coffee," said Daniel.
The pop up consulate will be here through Friday in the National City Tower.