In the 12 months since the provisional implementation of the EU-Canada Comprehensive Economic and Trade Agreement (CETA) in September 2017, UK exports of goods to Canada have increased to £6.15 billion – a rise of 13.7%.
East-Coast companies are increasingly targeting international expansion as a means for strategic growth, with informed investors drawn to the UK’s science and technology hub as their destination of choice.
Cultivating and maintaining relationships are important, especially as the Thames Valley and Silicon Valley are two of the world’s leading places to start and scale a business, the two regions having strong synergies across several sectors.
Inward investment from Australia and New Zealand grew 19% in the 7 years to 2017 and was the source of 95 new projects in 2017 alone.
The region has particularly strong synergies with Guangdong Province and its 21 cities; which have proved an active source of Chinese investment.
The UK and India are joined by a living bridge, with businesses, people and technology going back and forth between the two nations.
Recent Middle Eastern inward investment include the Abu Dhabi Investment Authority’s acquisition of Slough’s Queensmere and Observatory shopping centres.
Considered one of the most economically vibrant and well-connected communities in the UK, the Thames Valley is home to some of the world’s most successful global brands, innovative small businesses, and novel new generation entrepreneurs. The ability to work within a networked business community has helped many foreign-owned companies to quickly expand into an established marketplace.
The region attracts investment from across the globe. Companies from North America are very well represented in the region, most notably the United States. As the single most popular origin for new investments and expansion projects entering the Thames Valley, this market has continuously been high-performing. The primary locations for inward investment include both the East and West Coast regions, particularly Silicon Valley and the Boston-metro area. That said, secondary city locations are becoming increasingly active, resulting in investment opportunities emerging from British Colombia and Ontario.