International Trade Newsletter | Upcoming Events and Opportunities

The last quarter of 2018 is shaping up to be a very active period at techUK. We have a busy agenda with many opportunities for your involvement. Please see below for upcoming opportunities and events.

We are particularly excited about the launch of two new working groups at techUK, the UK-India Tech Forum and the UK-Japan Tech Forum. The UK-India Tech Forum is designed to bring together a broad group of stakeholders interested in influencing or understanding the policy landscape impacting the technology sector trade relations, and the market opportunities and challenges in India and the UK, while the UK-Japan Tech Forum brings Japanese tech companies operating in the UK to engage with key stakeholders in government and business. Hosted by techUK, the working groups will bring together representatives from business, government and other stakeholders for collaboration in the technology sector. If you are interested to learn more about our newly established Forums, please do get in touch.

In the meantime, techUK has been working with DIT to help scope and define the future trade relations with countries outside the EU. The DIT has launched four new consultations to inform the UK’s future trade relationship and potential trade negotiations with the United States, AustraliaNew Zealand, and the accession to the Comprehensive Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP). Please follow the links if you want to complete the consultations individually. Please note the response deadline of 26 October is fast approaching! techUK will also be reaching out to our members for input into our joint response to the trade consultations so watch out for our emails.

Finally, we are pleased to organise and support a range of partner events and business opportunities across a number of countries and regions, including Turkey, Poland, Japan, the US, the UAE, India, South Korea, Baltics & Nordics region, East Asia, and others.

Please do get in touch if you want to learn more or take part in our upcoming activities!

All the best,



US ready to negotiate free trade deal with UK 'as soon as' Britain quits the EU, says Trump envoy
The US President has formally notified Congress of his intention to initiate negotiations on a trade agreement with the UK. The letter to Congress on Britain said it planned to start talks “as soon as it is ready” after Britain exits the EU on 29 March.

WTO Public Forum daily diary – day 1, day 2, day 3
Giles Derrington, Head of Policy, reflects on techUK’s successful time at the WTO Public Forum in Geneva and what businesses can take away. The techUK team hosted a panel exploring what the rise of data flows and technologies such as additive manufacturing (3D printing) mean for global trade. Check out the highlights under the hashtag #techUKatWTO.

HM Treasury and HMRC invest in customs training and automation
HM Treasury and HMRC have designed a package of measures, including an investment of £8 million, to support the intermediaries sector ahead of March 2019. The investment will involve a procurement process to establish contracts with training providers for creating and delivering new training courses and/or expanding material for customs brokers; a grant scheme to support intermediaries and/or traders with the upfront costs of training their employees; and a grant scheme to support investment in automation in the sector.

WTO, IMF, World Bank seek ‘urgent’ international trade reforms
The World Trade Organisation, International Monetary Fund and World Bank issued an emergency call to reform the multilateral trading system as the U.S. retreats from prior agreements. According to the multilateral bodies, the slow pace of reforms since the early 2000s, fundamental changes in a more interconnected modern economy, and the risk of trade policy reversals call for urgency to reinvigorate trade policy reforms.

EU-Singapore trade deal could be extended to UK post-Brexit
Singapore’s Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong said he would be prepared to extend the terms of Singapore’s recently agreed trade with the EU to the UK.


24 October - Joint event with IAC for Turkish Tech
techUK is pleased to invite Turkish technology companies to a joint event, organised by techUK & Iron Arrow Consulting, which will highlight the opportunities for the Turkish tech community in the UK and showcase how techUK can help them accelerate their growth.

25 October - Innovation Partnership Seminar - Grow your business in Japan
The aim of this event is to provide an opportunity for businesses to meet with Japanese enterprises actively looking for promising startups, learn about the attractiveness of Japan's ecosystem for innovation and discover your potential in Japan. This seminar is targeted towards innovative overseas startups, in the fields such as fintech, cybersecurity, medical IT, AI, logistics IT.

31 October - Meeting with Richardson (Texas) Chamber of Commerce
We’d like to inform you about the upcoming opportunity to meet with Mike Skelton who represents the Richardson Chamber of Commerce as the Vice President of International Business Development. Mike would be keen to speak with UK businesses which are seeking to enter or expand in the US tech market. Interested companies will have the chance to learn about the business opportunities in Richardson (part of the Dallas Metroplex, Texas) region, which is known as the ‘telecoms corridor’ due to the concentration of large telecoms companies, as well as ask questions about the practical steps which are needed for entering/expanding in the US.

1 November - Global Trade 2018
Hear from DExEU, DIT and the European Commission at Global Trade 2018. This conference at Chatham House will examine the current state of international trade, who the systemic players are, and the potential for new trade agreements to alter the landscape now and in the longer term.

5 November - Expo 2020 Dubai: Creative Supplier Forum
Hosted by the Department for International Trade, the Creative Supplier Forum invites the participation of export-ready companies that can provide cutting-edge technology and creative content and services into contractors working on projects related to the Dubai 2020 World Expo. Further information on the exact areas of opportunity for UK suppliers and details of the locally-based Dubai contractors and UK companies can be found here. If you are interested in joining us at this event, please apply here.

6 November - UK-India Tech Forum
The UK-India Tech Forum is a platform to allow businesses to engage with key stakeholders in government and business in areas of UK-India trade, policy and market growth in both countries. The forum is for representatives of businesses, government and other stakeholders interested in influencing or understanding the policy landscape impacting the technology sector, trade relations, and the market opportunities and challenges in India and the UK.

13 November - Tech Opportunities in South Korea
Department for International Trade in partnership with techUK and Intralink are delighted to invite you to attend a session to introduce Tech Opportunities in South Korea. DIT in Seoul has recently produced 4 go-to-market reports on the key platform technologies that are enabling the fourth industrial revolution (4IR) in South Korea, namely AI, data analytics, information security and the IoT. We hope to meet you at the session where you can find more about the reports and 4IR opportunities in South Korea.

15 November - Space Exports Forum
In partnership with the Space Growth Partnership and UKspace, techUK is pleased to host the 5th meeting of the Space Exports Forum. This is part of a new series of events supporting the UK’s Industrial Strategy, specifically helping any companies with an interest in space products and services to improve export performance. Companies from outside the space sector, but who use space and satellite services are especially welcome.

16 November - UK-Japan Tech Forum
Hosted by techUK, the UK Japan Tech Forum is a platform to allow Japanese tech companies operating in the UK to engage with key stakeholders in government and business. The forum is for representatives of Japanese companies in the UK interested in influencing or understanding the policy landscape impacting the technology industry.

4 December - Trade and Customs Compliance Group meeting
At the next trade and customs compliance group meeting, we will continue to focus discussion on concerns related to international trade, following the decision to exit the EU, as well as updates on licensing and SPIRE/LITE development.

10-11 January 2019 - NASSCOM International SME Conclave 2019 (NISC)
NISC 2019 is the first edition of NASSCOM International SME Conclave, which is scheduled to take place in Kolkata, India. Members of techUK are invited to partner and participate in this mega conclave. The conclave is aiming to create the platform for the Global SME Community to Connect & Collaborate. The Global SME Platform thus created can help them to keep pace with the changing trends and remain meaningful in the dynamically changing IT industry.


Trade Consultations – Have your say on the UK’s future trade negotiations
As part of the government commitment to inclusive and transparent trade, DIT has launched four online public consultations. All four consultations are open for a period of 14 weeks, and they welcome contributions from members. They include consultations on new trade deals with the US, Australia and New Zealand, and the possibility of joining the Comprehensive and Progressive Trans-Pacific Partnership (CPTPP).
26 October, Online

US / eCommerce International Expansion
With Brexit looming and the US economy still booming there has never been a more vital time to expand into North America. GTM Global, in association with techUK and the Department for International Trade, is offering a free deep-dive one-to-one suite of events on US / eCommerce International Expansion. These events explore a variety of go-to-market strategies and the solutions to challenges you’ll face in market entry strategy, brand strategy, customer acquisition and much more. Places are limited, so if successful US/ International expansion is top of your agenda, register now to meet in-country US mentors and other specialist international trade experts.
30-31 October, London, UK

HealthcareUK competition
Take part in HealthcareUK’s competition for the best Artificial Intelligence (AI) healthcare solutions in the UK. The competition will provide part-funding for organisations to run pilots of their solutions in India. The Department of International Trade will award funds through grants to successful organisations.
1 November, London, UK

Baltic and Nordics FinTech Mission to the Northern Powerhouse
The four-day programme will showcase the UK’s Northern Powerhouse cities of Liverpool, Manchester and Leeds. This programme of events and networking opportunities will connect innovative and fast growing FinTech businesses to people and organisations that can support their entry to the UK and create opportunities for future development in the lucrative UK market. UK attendees will be primarily senior decision makers from UK financial services industry players including banks, building societies, mortgage lenders, insurance companies and other product and service providers.
4-7 November, Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, UK

6th China Outbound Conference
Organised by the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), the 6th China Outbound Conference is the largest event in China focusing on attracting investment to the UK and promoting UK-China partnership in third countries. This year’s conference is expected to attract over 400 businesses, government bodies, intermediaries and Chinese investors. The conference is the ideal platform to showcase projects and meet with potential Chinese investors. The conference will include a panel session on tech/innovation as well as a dedicated one-to-one matchmaking and pitching sessions for UK project owners to engage with investors. As part of the conference the CBBC is currently looking for UK companies which are on the lookout for Chinese investment. If you are interested in attending the conference and finding relevant Chinese investment opportunities, please connect with
8 November, Shanghai, China

Digital Health Trade Mission to Poland
The Department of International Trade is recruiting British Healthcare innovators to join the digital health mission. It is a great opportunity to connect and meet with Polish and Central & Eastern European businesses. Taking place in November, this event brings together Ministers in healthcare, policy makers, stakeholders and healthcare professionals. 
26-28 November, Warsaw, Poland

UK trade mission to the AI Summit
The UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) is offering UK-headquartered AI companies the opportunity to showcase their expertise to the US market and meet top influencers in the New York tech ecosystem. The AI Summit will include networking events, group visits, and meetings with buyers. Previous missions have seen UK companies learn best practices about US expansion strategy, generate sales in the US market, and network with top-level industry executives.
3 December, New York, USA

Trade Missions to the Future Tech Festival in Delhi
The FutureTech Festival was announced as part of a wider India-UK Tech Partnership. This festival of business engagement and tech thought-leadership will host more than 100 of the very best UK and Indian tech companies, exploring AI/Data, Future Healthcare, future mobility, fintech, createch and cyber security. Interested companies will find opportunities to participate in the Future Tech Festival as well as take part in one of the four trade missions: agri-tech Mission, createch mission, healthcare and life sciences mission, and technology and future cities mission.
9-15 December, New Delhi, India

  • Simon Spier

    Simon Spier

    Head of International Trade
    T 020 7331 2008
  • Dominykas Broga

    Dominykas Broga

    Programme Manager | International Trade
    T 07931 565 239

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