Regional Director – Southeast
Having spent almost 10 years working in international trade and investment, I can honestly say our commercial agenda has never been as important. We stand on the cusp of a new trade deal with the United States, and as we shift our focus from resiliency to post-COVID recovery, the focus is ever more on our “Global Britain” agenda.
Here in the Southeast US, we have a unique opportunity to work together to harness the collective power and reach of groups like the BABC-GA and Scottish Business Network, and amplify the story UK plc has to tell as an innovative, diverse and great trading nation.
In addition to DIT’s core work of supporting exporters and driving investment into the UK, we are increasingly looking to harness the potential of this region, whether that’s Atlanta-London collaboration in fintech/ payments, building on the regional synergies with the Northern Powerhouse, capitalising on the “soft power” connections that exist in sports and the arts, looking at transatlantic projects or innovation areas (5G, IoT etc.) that map against the UK’s Industrial Strategy priorities. What follows offers an insight into our priority sectors and we look forward to talking about areas where we can come together in the future!
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Life Sciences & Healthcare Technology Manufacturing Financial & Professional Services Consumer Goods
The UK’s DIT Life Sciences & Healthcare Team covers 13 States along the South East and Mid-Atlantic Region engaging with clients in the 13 States (Delaware, Maryland, DC, Virginia, West Virginia, North & South Carolina, Atlanta, Alabama, Florida, Tennessee, Mississippi and Puerto Rico).
As a team we are targeted on both Trade & Investment and so our 3 main objectives are:
DIT Southeast US team focuses on engagement with hardware and software focussed companies in the following sub-sectors:
We are responsible for implementation in predominantly B2B application areas with a focus on the UK’s Grand Challenges:
Our work in this sector aims to secure the UK’s position as the world’s second largest aerospace sector with world leading capability in the areas of propulsion systems, aero structures, wing development and complex systems. Our focus is on the following segments of the aerospace sector:
Our activities are focussed on supporting our UK industrial strategy as laid out by Aerospace Sector Deal, as part of the Aerospace Growth Partnership and our R&D strategy delivered by the Aerospace Technology Institute
To promote the development and adoption of advanced technologies making vehicles, cleaner, smarter and ultimately safer, focussing on:
Operating, engaging and outreaching to manufacturers/engineers of:
Engagement with State and local government on city initiatives, such as:
This is the UK’s largest single manufacturing sector.
The Advanced Engineering Team supports Food & Drink investment into the UK and is specifically focussed on supporting food and drink manufacturing and related activities such as food packaging.
While we support retail brands with their UK investment (headquarters, distribution, batch manufacturing) we do not handle franchise enquiries.
Areas of interest include:
We promote the UK as a location for Food & Drink Research and Development among existing investors through:
This sector is made up of two primary categories; food and drink and retail. The team covers the whole of the Southeast and Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
As a primarily trade focused team, we work mostly with British companies in the who are looking to or who are currently selling their products in the Southeast region. Services to these UK companies include research, market intelligence and introductions to relevant members of the supply chain such as importers, distributors and end retailers to assist companies with their US business.
The team is also dedicated to inward retail investment into the UK. This consists of working with Southeast headquartered retail companies who have an interest in opening a physical presence in the UK, such as a sales office or a warehousing/distribution facility.