It was a busy and exciting schedule for Radisurf and DPOAdvisor. But everything that’s good unfortunately comes to an end. And as for the Go Grow’s trip to the UK this is no different. On Friday the 8th, two of our Digital Growth Path startups came back from an exciting Market visit to the UK.
But what is the foreign market visit? What did our startups do for a week in Leeds and London?
The trip started off in Leeds, where the companies spent two days in the Interreg North Sea and Leeds Beckett University Region Lean Landing event, exploring the Leeds market and discovering if Leeds can offer the right environment for the business export journey.
Leeds City Region economy is the largest outside London, worth over £62billion, with 119000 businesses, and a workforce of over 1.9 million. Leeds has also been named as the best city in Britain for quality of life! There are over 1,350 digital companies based in Leeds, they have the highest number of scale-up digital companies outside of the South East and 50% of all UK manufacturing takes place within a 2-hour drive of Leeds.
On Day 1 the companies got a welcome introduction in Cloth Hall Court, where they took part in a matchmaking event with businesses relevant to their product. After lunch, the companies heard from the Enterprise Europe Network with an update on Brexit in relation to business regulations. During the day the two startups also got to speak to the International Trade Manager from Leeds City Region Enterprise . And of course, the day could not come to an end without a visit to a local pub and a dinner.
Day 2 in Leeds started off with a visit to the Halifax University Business Centre. There, Jo MacIntosh froM Calderdale Council spoke about the opportunities in the Calderdale region and the network contacts who can help in that region. After Lunch, the companies went to Cloth Hall Court where Martin Frost and Ben Clay talked about International and UK M&A and Intellectual Property and Commercial Law. The talk finished with Arif Khalfe giving a presentation on immigration law and the considerations for working in the UK.
In London, two common meetings where held with London & Partners, connecting the companies to the ecosystem, and PWC, going through how partnership/distributor/license contracts may be affected by Brexit.
The individual agenda for Radisurf, who supplies a nanotechnological coating for manufacturing, included a meeting with marketing agency Fox.Agency, which specializes in industrial B2B marketing. Additionally, two meetings with Manufacturing Technologies Association and Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders.
DPOAdvisor, supplying a plug’n’play solution for GDPR compliance, had individual meetings set up with marketing agency Incisive Edge, specialized in marketing of SaaS solutions and tech companies, and UK’s large trade organization for recruitment industry, APSCo. Also eastablished contact to GDPR training company and potential reseller, ITGovernance.
DPO Advisor praised CSE for the trip and mentioned some insightful meetings they were able to attend during the market visit. “I think in total we talked with 9 Solicitors/Lawyers during the week, 2 Associations and 5 different people whose primary focus was to get some business to the UK, and would love to help us with both the practicals, like office and hiring employees, as well as ensuring that the business has knowledge about the government supported initiatives.”
The fruitful visit led the companies to come home with direct concrete leads and useful awareness of the market. “The UK has definitely shown to be an obviously interesting market for RadiSurf, with lots of relevant industries (…)We will definitely continue to look into the UK market. Our next steps will be to follow-up on direct leads and contacts with universities and potential development partners to get a deeper understanding of the possibilities and willingness to invest in new materials technologies. “- Radisurf