South West companies urged to go down under

Martin Thatcher (left) and Tim Cooper

Martin Thatcher (left) with Tim Cooper of Australian brewery, Coopers

UK Trade and Investment South West are inviting businesses in the region to a breakfast meeting to talk about the benefits of doing business in Australia and New Zealand, with Richard Harper, Commercial Officer at the Sydney High Commission, giving an informed overview of the two markets.

Attendees will also hear from regional companies already enjoying success in these markets, including North Somerset’s Thatcher’s Cider and Bristol-based Pulse Roll.

The event is designed for companies that are either new to these potential export markets, or wish to further develop their business in Australia and New Zealand.

The visit will enable delegates to explore and develop commercial opportunities in each country and meet face-to-face with potential buyers, agents and prospective business partners. Participants will also have access to vital market research to help identify the appropriate opportunities and maximise the value of the visit.

Ranked by the World Bank as the 10th easiest country in which to do business, Australia is the fifth largest economy in the Asia-Pacific region and the 14th largest economy in the world. Over 1,000 British businesses operate in Australia, including well-known brands and hundreds of small and medium sized companies. Meanwhile, New Zealand has a strong, stable economy with an educated and sophisticated consumer base, which makes it an ideal test market for niche and high value products and services.

The meeting will take place at Mercure Bristol Holland House Hotel on Tuesday, 15 July.

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