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RTT006 Fintech Shard Innnovation 795 x 343

Accessing the UK’s “Silicon Roundabout” – creating a global business

Join the Lord Mayor of London and guests as they share insights on what makes the UK the best location to scale a global business.


Thursday 27 May
7:00am - 8:30am

NZTE, The Boardroom,
Level 6, 139 Quay Street, Auckland, New Zealand
Free event
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RTT006 Fintech Shard Innnovation 795 x 343

What's it all about?

The only way to achieve global scale and reach is via access to international markets, and the UK offers an attractive mix of expertise, innovation, investment, and ease of doing business. The UK is ranked 3rd in the world for tech investment after the US and China.

Scale-ups and global multinationals alike are drawn to the UK, recognising it as the best place to help them grow a truly global business. Come and hear from the Lord Mayor of the City of London and the British High Commissioner to New Zealand, as they chair a panel of New Zealand business experts sharing their experience of operating in this market.

This event is aimed at NZ technology businesses who are keen to learn more about business opportunities in the UK. 

This session will open with an update on the UK-NZ Free Trade Agreement currently in negotiation, by British High Commissioner to New Zealand, Laura Clarke, and follow with a panel discussion by businesses who have succeeded in going global. The panel will provide practical tips on how to set up in the UK and share their successes and experiences of operating in this market.

This event will give you the opportunity to hear from and pose questions to the panel, as well as understand how the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) and New Zealand Trade and Enterprise can support your global growth.

Breakfast and barista coffee will be served from 7AM.

Dialing in from the UK:

Meeting ID: 828 3489 0216

Password: 141216


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Alderman William Russell

Lord Mayor of the City of London

William has over thirty years’ experience in the financial and business City including holding senior positions in the national and international Banking sector. William is currently Chair of CDAM, a London based Asset Management business and Senior Advisor to STJ Advisors.

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Laura Clarke OBE

High Commissioner to New Zealand

Laura Clarke took up her role as High Commissioner to NZ in January 2018, and was High Commissioner to Samoa from March 2018 – December 2019.
Her previous role was as Head of the South Asia Department in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and Government Coordinator for India.

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Craig Hudson

Managing Director New Zealand and Pacific Islands, Xero

Craig is responsible for driving relationships with government, financial institutions, enterprise, and promoting the small business economy. In 2017 Craig returned to NZ from the UK where he led Xero's entrance into Europe, the Middle East and South Africa markets.

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Gary Rohloff

Co Founder and Managing Director, Laybuy

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Charles Haddrell

Customer Director, Technology, NZTE

Charles leads an Auckland-based team of customer managers with a portfolio of 120 high-growth tech companies. Previously he was New Zealand's trade commissioner and consul general in Milan, responsible for Italy, Eastern Europe, Russia and Scandinavia.

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