This week I am in the UK conducting a roadshow with various Chambers of Commerce and UKTI branches. Today (15th July) I am in Liverpool for the International Festival of Business, 2014.
The importance of this event to the UK government can be described by stating that 30 of the 41 Overseas British Network (OBN) international partners are in Liverpool, as are representatives from most of the UK British Chambers of Commerce. The rest of the sell-out audience is made up of British SME exporters and companies looking at overseas expansion.
The feeling I take from the event so far is that Britain is changing gear, really pushing SMEs to export and build success. We’ve seen practical examples from companies that have already expanded, as well as talks from OBN partners about specific markets. This afternoon is my turn as I champion the ever growing opportunity of the Middle East, the UAE specifically.
Interestingly, Barclay’s & Santander both gave examples of how export businesses are better clients because they are more resilient and four times less likely to go bust in a downturn.
Tomorrow I’ll be meeting with 8-10 companies through the Liverpool Chamber of Commerce, interested in learning more about UAE company formation.