Introduction from Paul McComb, Director General, Trade & Investment for Hong Kong and Macau at the Department for International Trade (DIT)
The UK’s Department for International Trade aims to support the UK to trade its way to prosperity, stability, and security. We do this by helping businesses to export, by driving investment into the UK from overseas, by opening up markets for our customer base, and by championing free trade around the world.
If you are thinking of exporting to Hong Kong, my team is ready to support you throughout your journey. I lead a dedicated trade and investment team of 25 people, based in the British Consulate-General. We focus on export and investment campaigns in priority sectors, and are highly motivated to support your business, for example in the following ways:
Overseas Markets Introduction Service (OMIS)
We understand that it can be challenging to break into a new market, especially one so far away. That is why we offer our OMIS service. This chargeable service is tailor-made to your requirements. Using this scheme, we can provide everything from market research to inform you about your sector, to a programme of introductory calls on key players and buyers locally, to hosting a launch event for your company or product in our Consulate reception hall. Alternatively, we could invite senior clients to a dinner at the Consul General’s Residence, where your visiting party would be the guests of honour. To enquire about how we can support your business in Hong Kong, please get in touch with us via the International Trade Advisers in your region.
We work with international trade advisers across the UK to support trade missions to Hong Kong. Experts from my team can support you at Hong Kong trade fairs, or arrange calls on key individuals to discuss products or solutions. Examples of the kind of trade missions we support are the Asia Pacific Rail Forum in March 2019, the Learning and Teaching Expo in December 2019, or the Business of Design Week also in December 2019, which the Consul General referenced in his welcome. In order to register your interest, or to find out more, please go to www.events.trade.gov.uk.
My team is constantly engaging with project sponsors, the Hong Kong Government, and local companies and buyers to discover opportunities for UK companies to sell goods and services. You can search for these export opportunities at www.great.gov.uk.
Hong Kong is an amazing, exciting, energetic market. It is also a great stepping-stone into Mainland China, particularly for the Greater Bay Area. This ambitious Chinese project is connecting nine cities in southern Mainland China, plus Hong Kong and Macau, to drive innovation, technology and economic growth for the 21st century.
Your business could be a part of this. Speak to my team or me today: we are ready and waiting to support you as you seize these opportunities and expand your business in Hong Kong.
Director General, Trade & Investment for Hong Kong and Macau
Department for International Trade (DIT)
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