New England Trade Mission to Drive Links with Northern Powerhouse

Posted July 14, 2017

BOSTON, MA -- A September trade mission to three UK cities aims to bring business to Boston and New England from the UK following the recent upheavals of the Brexit vote.

A weakened pound and European trading uncertainty has led to increased interest in the US market from UK companies, most of which are based in the historic birthplace of the Industrial Revolution in Northern England.

The mission, which will be led by the British American Business Council of New England (BABCNE), and accompanied by the British Government’s Consul General to New England, Harriet Cross, will see a number of New England-based media, digital and legal firms make the trip to Manchester, Leeds and Newcastle on September 16th.

The Northern Powerhouse region of the UK comprises a total of six cities, has a population of over 10 million people and 4.5 million workers, with 23 universities and hundreds of thousands of businesses based in the area.

“The historic industrial cities across the North of England are famous for their innovation in the 19th century, but they are once again leading in new high-tech industries and there is a huge opportunity to make New England the natural landing place for British firms there looking trade with North America, and also to those looking to joint venture in the US,” said Kenneth J. Vacovec, Chairman of the Trade Mission.

The mission, which will see the delegation received by senior business and civic leaders and Government representatives in the three major UK cities, is still open for delegate businesses who want to travel with the 15-strong group, who will benefit from tailored meeting programs during the seven-night trip.

“The relationship between the UK and USA has never been more important for businesses on both sides of the Atlantic, and we are seeing a huge wave of trading both ways to take advantage of the opportunities Brexit presents,” said Consul General Harriet Cross.

 “There is a great deal of interest in the mission from the UK side. BABCNE’s network will give US companies invaluable fast-track access to a wide range of contacts and to market knowledge that simply wouldn’t be available to businesses making their own way alone.  We’re excited to see just how much trade results from the visit,” she added.

Companies interested in joining the trade mission should email business@babcne.org for more details.