Transatlantic British Businesses Acknowledged by U.S. and UK Government at Virtual Roundtable
28 January 2021
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London – Today, the Chargé d’Affaires of the U.S. Embassy in London, Yael Lempert, and UK Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart, welcomed a group of business representatives from across the UK to discuss their ambitions and achievements as businesses who have made the transatlantic corridor a key element of their growth story.
The businesses present served as examples of the growing number of businesses and stakeholders who participate in the UK-wide trade campaign Champions of Trade.
Developed by BritishAmerican Business, in partnership with the U.S. Embassy in London, Champions of Trade brings together UK businesses from a range of sectors and sizes, as well as further trade stakeholders, to showcase the businesses, products and people that are passionate about, and contribute to the strongest bi-lateral trade and investment relationship on Earth.
At this afternoon’s virtual roundtable session, business leaders had the unique opportunity to showcase their products, stories and ambitions directly to the Chargé d’Affaires and UK Minister for Exports and talk to them about how transatlantic trade and investment is part of their future growth, bringing investment, innovation and growth to UK, the U.S., and the local communities in which they operate.
Chargé d’Affaires, U.S. Embassy in London Yael Lempert said:
“U.S. and UK businesses have deep and broad relationships that provide millions of jobs for workers in both countries. In the wake of the pandemic, those partnerships will be more important than ever. This has been a tough year for our businesses, and we intend to do everything we can to help more U.S. and UK companies cross the Atlantic, find new opportunities and come back from this pandemic even stronger than before.”
UK Minister for Exports, Graham Stuart said:
“Delighted to meet the Champions of Trade which includes some of the 32,000 Small and Medium-sized Enterprises across the UK already exporting to the U.S.
“From food to finance, UK exporters are showcasing the best of British in the U.S.
“The government is committed to making it easier for UK businesses to export goods and services to the U.S., particularly as we begin the economic recovery from COVID-19.”
BritishAmerican Business CEO, Duncan Edwards said:
“The businesses that attended today’s roundtable are but a snapshot of the tens of thousands of companies across the UK who play their role in bringing the transatlantic trade and investment relationship to life, supporting communities, bringing innovative British products to American consumers, and creating millions of jobs on both sides of the Atlantic. We would like to thank all of our participants in the Champions of Trade project for their enthusiasm, and to the Chargé d’Affaires and Minister Stuart for their support.”
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Notes to editors:
- The transatlantic trade relationship is valued at £88.9 billion ($121.5 billion) annually for the United Kingdom.
- It also directly supports over 1.24 million jobs in the UK.
- Currently, 31,600 British SMEs export to the United States, representing 25% of the total goods exported there from the UK.