May 9-15, 2015
Promoted and executed under the Trade Team PEI and Invest PEI brands, this Business Mission to the United Kingdom advanced the province’s trade and investment interests in this market, featuring two distinct cohorts working in partnership with two UK-based consulting (“matchmaker”) firms.
Under the Aerospace/Advanced Manufacturing/Marine cohort, nine (9) participating organizations represented the private, institutional and municipal sectors – Vector Aerospace, Portsmouth Atlantic, Tronos Jets, Aspin Kemp & Associates, Atlantic Advanced Power Technologies, University of PEI, Holland College, City of Charlottetown and City of Summerside. Under the coordination of Fraser International, a 2 ½ day business conference was hosted in Newport, Wales that brought PEI delegates together with 25 firms based in the UK and Netherlands. Day 1 of the conference was dedicated to the introduction of all participating Canadian and UK/European delegates and plenaries allowed for a strengthened appreciation of core competencies and business interests. Day 2 consisted of business one-on-one meetings between each Canadian and UK/European delegate. Outreach visits by Canadian delegates to the facilities of UK delegates rounded out the week’s itinerary for this cohort.
Under the other cohort, six (6) firms representing the technology, manufacturing and food export sectors engaged with the consultancy Kinetic Cubed in the development of their customized meeting programs. Timeless Medical Systems, Adeptio, WorkLinks and DI Jenkins & Associates executed meetings tailored to their objectives in the London area. Accreon and Top Dog Manufacturing are anticipating market visits later this summer.