The innovative South West businesses hoping to make it big in America

Kye Parkin
Communications Executive | Business West
3rd June 2019

A handful of innovative businesses from across the South West are heading stateside this week to generate interest in their products and services as part of a delegation led by Business West’s award winning international trade team.

Businesses including Sparkol and YellowDog will embark on a whistle-stop tour of the East Coast’s major business and financial centres to network, learn about the latest business opportunities and potentially find new clients.

As the most populated costal area in the United States, the North-Eastern Seaboard and Chicago are home to some of America’s most admired companies and is the driving force behind the national economy. Factor in that 7 of America’s top 10 universities, 2 of its busiest airports and the seat of the federal government are all located there, the United States’ North-Eastern Seaboard and Chicago present a compelling market opportunity for growing and ambitious UK businesses

During the 7-day visit, companies will engage with the Boston and Chicago business ecosystem with a view to accelerating their trade with the States, in addition to learning about the support on offer from the UK government abroad.

Discussing the potential opportunities America has in-store for his business, Chief Commercial Officer at YellowDog James Stevens said:

“We are hugely looking forward to joining up with the best and brightest start-ups and scale-ups from the South West to explore new relationships plus cement existing partnerships. With some of the world’s leading companies headquartered Boston and Chicago this trade delegation comes at a pivotal time for YellowDog as our unique solution increases momentum in the financial services and life sciences sectors, together helping crack some of the toughest challenges.”

Managing Director of Chippenham’s Chipside Paul Moorby said:

“We are looking forward to speaking with like-minded innovators, policy makers and private businesses to share best practice and to learn from each other. We are excited to be supporting the mission and to being able to promote the excellence of the South West.”

Jack Churchill, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Westbury-based Scanning Pens said:

“Scanning Pens are looking to foster closer ties to the Boston Education & Technology sector. We provide technology that allows students and adults who have reading difficulties such as dyslexia or English as a second language to access printed text, anywhere anytime.  Pen scanner technology is already being used in schools, colleges and in the workplace across the US.”

Richard Gee, Co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Rixxo said:

“As an established digital agency, we've been recognised as being a unique, experienced team of creatives and technologists that thrive on challenge. Bristol is an amazing city full of great tech talent and the Rixxo team is no different. We can't wait to join the delegation and continue to build our roster of US based clients, whilst showing more of the world why Bristol is such a great city to do business with.”

Business West’s Market Specialist for the US, Ameeta Virk, who is leading the visit, comments:

“There is no substitute for getting out into the target market and meeting target customers and partners face to face. This, along with a host of supporting meetings with local innovation centres and business leaders, is exactly what we'll be doing.”

Running parallel to the visit led by Business West, who are responsible for delivering the Department for International Trade (DIT) contract for the South West of England and who generated over £650 million of export sales for the UK economy in 2018, is a delegation spearheaded by Bristol’s city Mayor Marvin Rees and West of England Metro Mayor Tim Bowles.

Accompanied by city leaders from University of Bristol and Destination Bristol amongst others, the visit aims to ensure maximum impact through collective profile-raising, shared resources, and a strong and coherent story about the benefits of partnering with, investing in and trading with Bristol and the South West.

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