The Mayor of Gold Coast concluded the city’s largest business delegation, hailing the trip to London and Birmingham “the best exposure for our city in the last decade”.
Tom Tate and leaders from 26 organizations returned this morning after spending the past two weeks trying to secure major opportunities between the two regions.
The mayor said his role was to “connect the right people with their fellow business partners and then let them work on the opportunities.”
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“Ultimately we benefit from the new Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between the UK and Australia signed last December,” he said.
“This agreement is expected to come into effect at the beginning of 2023 and we want to be the first taxi out of the line by putting the name of our city in the spotlight.
Meetings took place in London and covered sports, tourism, the film industry and higher education.
“Participating companies represented many of the diverse and thriving industries and high-performance talent currently powering the Gold Coast, including advanced manufacturing, professional services, digital technologies and the sports economy,” Mayor Tate said. .
A new round of business opportunities has taken place in Birmingham during the first week of the 2022 Commonwealth Games.
“Sportingly, the coast was well represented at the Birmingham Games with 133 Queenslanders in action, including our incredible triathletes and swimmers,” he said.
‘I managed to see just one netball match at the invitation of West Midlands Mayor Andy Street’.
Mayor Tate confirmed that the companies all paid their own way and proudly “showcased their products and services to their British counterparts”.
“In the coming weeks we will be able to make announcements on the results of this trade mission and I know they will bring millions to our economy,” he said.