International Update - March 2016

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04 Mar 2016

The LEP’s trade and investment team has continued its ongoing work engaging the key international markets in North America and beyond as you can read below and throughout this update.

North America

Sector leads from both the health and innovation and the financial and professional services sectors have recently visited the United States to meet with potential investors and showcase the opportunities available across Leeds City Region at a number of leading industry events.

The health and innovation sector focused upon both wound care and medical technology and included a joint presence with the University of Huddersfield at the Symposium for Advanced Wound Care Fall as well as meeting with potential investors from Chicago, San Francisco and Boston; this has already resulted in discussions to bring a new international wound care conference to the region. Similarly the City Region’s attendance at Finovate Fall in New York included targeted meetings with potential investors in the FinTech sector, one of the most significant growth opportunities for the UK economy, and the promotion of Leeds City Region as a centre of excellence for financial and professional services.

To find out more information about Leeds City Region's health and innovation proposition please contact David Moore. If you are interested in finding out more information about about the City Region's digital and financial services propositions please contact Tony Macdonald.

Wider activity

The trade and investment team has also been involved in the launch of UKTI's new Financial Centre of Excellence initaitive which has been created to raise awareness of the opportunities within the financial and professional services sector outside of London for oversears firms. To read the document click here.

The LEP is also preparing for MIPIM 2016, where it will lead its largest public and private sector delegation to date, to showcase a programme of activity that focuses on driving smart growth for the City Region. If you'd like to find out more information about MIPIM please contact Rachel Allen.