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Small British tech firms invited to explore the gateway to Asia

Published on Monday, 21st August 2017

A trade mission aimed at helping innovative British digital and tech firms access new markets in Asia via Singapore, has been announced.

Small business support group Enterprise Nation is set to take a curated delegation of companies that use tech creatively to tap into the highly sophisticated Singaporean economy that already has strong historical trade links with the UK.

According the World Bank, Singapore is ranked number two globally for ease of doing business and is the UK’s largest trading partner in South East Asia, and a third of its investment comes from the UK.

The three-day mission to Singapore on September 20 is set to include practical workshops, introductions to buyers and agencies who can help on the ground, meetings with corporate venture capitalists keen to invest in British talent as well as access to British creative tech firms who have already found success in Singapore.

The trip is part of a curated suite of missions that will offer small companies the chance to experience at first-hand sector-specific, subsidised trading opportunities to Beijing, the US West Coast, and Dubai, kicking off later this month with a food and drink expedition to Paris.

The missions are sponsored by International delivery firm UPS and global translation and content experts SDL Managed Translation along with HSBC and leading UK professional services firm KPMG.

Emma Jones, founder of Enterprise Nation, said: “Singapore is well known in business as the gateway to Asia for British brands.  Its historical and cultural links, common business language and ease of trade make it an important springboard for any UK-based brand looking to export into Asia.

“Singapore is already a tech titan but its tech eco system is still very much on the rise. It is very much open for business and we want to demonstrate first-hand the opportunities that exist for home-grown talent.

“The impact of exposure to this dynamic eco-system cannot be underestimated.”

As the official airline sponsor of Enterprise Nation’s Go Global mission to Singapore, Singapore Airlines General Manager for UK & Ireland Mr Sheldon Hee, said: “At Singapore Airlines we’re passionate about connecting people with new places and experiences so we’re thrilled to be able to partner with Enterprise Nation’s Go Global initiative to help connect start-ups and SMEs with new markets beyond the UK.

Singapore has long been recognised as a leading commercial hub thanks to its business-friendly regulations, and as the UK’s largest trading partner in South East Asia, Singapore offers the perfect environment for emerging talent to thrive.”

The mission will include meetings with a tech accelerator, detailed information on Asian expansion from the ASEAN Council, information around tax and regulations, intellectual property and a tour around KPMG’s Digital Village and guidance about how to access contracts with the Singaporean Government via its Economic Development Board and the one stop e-procurement portal, GeBIZ.

There will also be a chance to visit British brands already working successfully in Singapore including creative agency Iris Worldwide, Tim Webb, MD at digital marketing firm Sequebb and Margaret manning from Adelphi Digital.

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