The Deputy Mayor for Business undertakes foreign trips in both his capacity as Deputy Mayor for Business and as Chair of London & Partners in order to promote London for investment, trade, tourism and international students. Such visits include a busy schedule of high-profile speaking events, meetings with business leaders, and in particular those considering investing in London. The Deputy Mayor is in most cases accompanied by a trade delegation of fast-growing London businesses seeking to internationalise, drawn from the Mayor’s International Business Programme, run by London and Partners. With the lack of certainty being created by the chaotic Brexit negotiations, such activities are more important now than ever.
He has also supported the Mayor on several trade missions helping to show the world that London is open to business, visitors and students. Since the start of the pandemic the Deputy Mayor has engaged overseas virtually, including participating in virtual trade missions.
Sao Paulo and Rio – August 2016
Spoke at the Global Investment Conference, at the invitation of Department of International Trade, and undertook other business engagement as part of the British House programme at the Rio 2016 Olympic Games which GLA delivered in partnership with HM Government and Team GB as outlined in MD1601. Engaged with business leaders and entrepreneurs in Sao Paulo to reassure them that London remains open for business.
Chicago & New York – September 2016
Supported the Mayor on his official visit to North America. Led the Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP) Trade Mission with 26 high growth technology companies. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients.
Delhi and Mumbai – November 2016
Invited by Department of International Trade and Confederation of Indian Industry to speak at the UK - India Tech Summit, India’s largest knowledge and technology conference and exhibition, the UK was India’s partner country in 2016. Held a series of meetings and events to promote London to fast growth tech companies, investors and multipliers.
Barcelona – November 2016
Invited to deliver a key note speech at the Smart Cities Expo World Congress. As the world's leading event for cities, Smart City Expo exists to empower cities and collectivise urban innovation across the globe. Through promoting social innovation, establishing partnerships and identifying business opportunities the world congress is dedicated to creating a better future for cities. He also led a MIBP trade mission with 9 companies and met with key FDI clients.
Davos - January 2017
Attended the World Economic Forum in Davos. Met with key FDI clients and promoted London Is Open to senior international business and political stakeholders.
Berlin, Paris and Madrid – March 2017
Led MIBP Trade Mission with 15 high growth companies from Technology and Life Science sectors to Berlin. Led MIBP Trade Mission with 17 high growth companies from the technology sector to Paris and 22 high growth companies from the technology sector to Madrid. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients and gave a keynote speech at the Paris Fintech conference. Due to the Westminster terrorist attacks the Mayor was unable to attend meetings and events in Berlin & Madrid, so Rajesh stepped in.
San Francisco – June 2017
Led joint MIBP/Silicon Valley Comes to the UK with 15 female founders of high growth companies. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients. SVC2UK is an initiative that brings together investors, serial entrepreneurs and first-time CEO’s to help high growth companies to become world beaters and grow their companies. One of the companies went on to raise $8m in US funding.
Mumbai and Delhi – September 2017
Undertook meetings and events to promote London as the pre-eminent business destination to potential investors and fast growth tech companies. Held preparatory meetings ahead of the Mayor's visit to India later in the year.
Lille – November 2017
Led a MIBP Mission with 14 high growth companies from the retail technology sector. Also held a range of meetings with key FDI clients.
India & Pakistan – December 2017
Supported the Mayor on his official visit to India and Pakistan. Led the simultaneous MIBP Mission with 17 high growth companies from the technology sector to India. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients.
Vienna – March 2018
Amsterdam – June 2018
Led MIBP Mission with 18 high growth companies from the financial services technology sector. Invited to give a keynote speech at Money2020 Europe, which is where the smartest visionaries and innovators in payments, FinTech and financial services industries come together and build the future of money. Met with the organisers and key FDI clients.
Shanghai, Shenzhen & Beijing – July 2018
Undertook meetings and events to promote London as the pre-eminent business destination to potential investors and fast growth tech companies. Led MIBP Mission with 10 high growth companies. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients; and opened London & Partners’ Shenzhen office.
Frankfurt – October 2018
Led MIBP Mission with 15 high growth companies from the financial services technology sector. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients and met with the Deputy Mayor of Frankfurt.
Shanghai, Hangzhou & Beijing – November 2018
Invited to give a keynote speech at Money20/20 China in Hangzhou. Money20/20 China brought a senior audience of key stakeholders from established multinational organisations to the earliest stage start-ups as well as retailers, investors, analysts, media, regulators and more. Led MIBP Mission with 12 high growth companies and met with key FDI clients.
Berlin – March 2019
Office Launch for L&P’s new Germany office in Berlin. Met with key FDI clients and promoted London to a number of media outlets. Met with Door2Door, Berlin Partners, Senator Frau Ramona Pop. Also had an afternoon tea business round table meeting with 10 scale ups.
Mumbai – April 2019
Visited Mumbai for one day on the 18th April and during this time he met with: Ms Alice Vaidya, Chairperson General Insurance Company and Mr Deepak Parekh, Chairperson HDFC Ltd and London Ambassador. He also had a potential investors lunch meeting with 10 FDI clients and the Trade Commissioner DIT.
Hong Kong, Shenzhen & Shanghai – May 2019
Led a Trade Mission to China with 12 high-growth companies from the creative sector. Undertook meetings and events to promote London as a leading business destination to potential investors and fast growth tech companies. Held a range of meetings with key FDI clients.