Robert Tuttle, the United States Ambassador to the UK, is visiting Birmingham next week as part of an "outreach tour" around the country.

His trip to the West Midlands will see a dinner in his honour, organised by the British American Business Council, sponsored and hosted by law firm Wragge & Co.

The event, taking place on Thursday, will be attended by over 100 business leaders.

The aim is to highlight the "vital" relationship between the US and UK, which is the largest economic partnership between any two countries in the world.

Ambassador Tuttle himself is no stranger to the world of business as he is co-managing partner of Tuttle-Click Automotive Group.

He has also served on the boards of several prominent civic organisations, including the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library Foundation and the University of Southern California Annenberg School of Communication.

Mr Tuttle began a second career in the public sector when he joined the White House staff in 1982 as assist-ant to President Reagan. In 1985, President Reagan appointed him director of presidential personnel, a position he held until the end of the administration.

A native of California, Mr Tuttle was sworn in as US Ambassador in July last year and this will be his first visit to Birmingham.