A US trade delegation has learned more about Liverpool city region’s exporting and inward investment opportunities in a two-day visit hosted by Liverpool Chamber
Liverpool Chamber of Commerce has hosted a trade delegation from the US, offering them an insight into exporting and inward investment opportunities in the city region.
The US Embassy, Department for Commerce and Select USA were represented by Brenda VanHorn, commercial counsellor and Gus Franklyn-Bute, senior investment advisor. They took part in site visits, briefings and meetings with businesses and partners organisations.
Among those businesses visited by the delegation were Clarke Energy, Yanco, Liverpool Film Office and Sciontec in the Knowledge Quarter. They also enjoyed a briefing meeting with representatives of Peel Ports, Liverpool Freeport and a collection of organisations who are currently exporting to the US.
The chamber also hosted a roundtable event attended by businesses based in the city region, where delegates shared practical information and intelligence around issues such barriers to growth and trade, regional differences between individual states, city tax compliance, hiring talent and understanding how to access programs and incentives.
Freeport director John Lucy said: “We now have established channels for any future trade enquiries from Liverpool businesses about the US market.
“The Liverpool city region is now on the radar with US Embassy trade commissioners and we will be involved in future US trade missions held at the US Embassy, in Liverpool or indeed they can arrange visits directly to the US for our regional businesses.”
Paul Cherpeau, chief executive of Liverpool Chamber, added: “Demonstrating Liverpool’s proposition as both a destination for inward investment and as a global supplier of goods and services is a responsibility and privilege for local chambers.
“We were delighted to work with a wide and diverse selection of our private and public sector partners to showcase the city region’s exciting opportunities and strengths in innovation, health, logistics and culture to our American trading partners.
“Liverpool has the capacity, capability and opportunity to be at the epicentre for UK trade and investment with our largest trading partner and there is no doubt this visit reinforced those credentials.”