Twenty foreign business and trade partners attached to UK embassies and consulates across the globe visited Brighton for a two day visit to explore the city’s business offer as a place for foreign inward investment.
The Economic Partnership and Wired Sussex hosted the visit which was part of a longer UKTI sponsored trip to London and the south-east. The delegates, from USA, Canada, Japan, South Korea, India, Brazil, China, France, Australia, Germany, Spain, Italy and Singapore, were particularly interested in the tech and digital offer in the city.
They were welcomed by the Mayor, Cllr. Bill Randall, on the first morning at the start of a meeting held in the newly refurbished Sovereign House office block in Church Street; the location of an debate the previous week on Brighton's potential to be a supercity [see earlier story]. They were then given an overview of the local economy by Executive Director of the Economic Partnership Tony Mernagh and an overview of the digital cluster in the city by Wired Sussex MD, Phil Jones. Will McInnes of Nixon McInnes and author of Culture Shock spoke about new 21st Century business models.
Both of the city’s universities were visited and also Sussex Innovation Centre [SInC] where four of the companies housed at SInC gave quick fire presentations of their work at the cutting edge of digital applications.
In the evening the delegates were treated to fireworks at the County Cricket Ground to celebrate Bonfire Night; some of them unsure whether Britain celebrates Guy Fawkes attempt to blow up the Houses of Parliament in 1605 or his failure!
The next day, the party had visits and presentations from COGAPP, Plug-in Media, Brightwave and iCrossing, the latter being part of the giant Hearst Corporation; all are Brighton companies engaged in global exports of digital products.
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