THE ACTIVITY IN BRIEF
On March 25, our guest experts will address several aspects of doing business in the United Kingdom. Come evaluate this market’s potential for your company.
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A UNIQUE OPPORTUNITY TO…
- Identify business opportunities for your firm in the United Kingdom
- Assess your development strategy for the British market
- Hear entrepreneurs discuss their experience on this market
- Meet potential partners and key stakeholders for your projects in the United Kingdom
- Evaluate the market’s potential for your business
- Understand the challenges and issues for Quebec companies
WHY THE UNITED KINGDOM?
In 2013, the United Kingdom was the world’s sixth largest economy and the third largest economy in Europe. This dynamic market offers multiple business opportunities for companies to seize.
It goes without saying that, within the European Union, the United Kingdom is one of the priority markets in Canada’s Global Commerce Strategy. It boasts numerous attractive features for Quebec companies: a large and rather well-off population, a democratic government, and a ranking of 8 out of 189 on Doing Business’s ease of doing business list for 2015.
The United Kingdom—and especially its capital, London—is a world financial stronghold. The automotive, biotechnology, aerospace, and even textile sectors are also very important. The British economy is therefore stimulated by strong banks, as well as by many multi-nationals that are leaders in their fields.
Not surprisingly, Great Britain is Canada’s second-largest international trade partner. Around 4,000 Canadian companies are already doing business with the United Kingdom. Out of all Canadian provinces, Quebec is ranked third in terms of exports to Great Britain. In fact, Quebec companies’ interest in Great Britain is growing steadily: over 900 companies actively export to the U.K.
|The United Kingdom in brief:
- A current population of close to 64 million inhabitants, the majority of whom are between the ages of 25 and 50—active, rather well-off, in good health, and educated
- The third largest economic power in Europe with several multinationals around the world
- A country that is easily accessed by boat, by plane, or by road thanks to many recent and efficient infrastructures
- A country that still has strong manufacturing and agricultural industries
- A country that puts a lot into research and development, and benefits from cutting-edge industries in many sectors
- A country that, given the decline in its energy resources, will be inclined to import energy in the coming years, and to focus on new technologies
WHO SHOULD ATTEND?
All companies seeking to develop their business in the United Kingdom or to learn more about this market. This activity will be of particular interest to companies in the following sectors:
- Engineering companies/firms
- Investors and financial institutions
- Construction and infrastructure
- Biotechnology/life sciences
- Green technology
- Information technology and telecommunications
- Oil and natural gas
- Mining and metals
- International project management advisors
- Companies with experience on the British market