Events > Ethnic Minority Business Mission to the USA 2024




Ethnic Minority Business Mission
to the USA 2024

18-20 March 2024

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Midlands-based ethnic minority owned or led businesses with credible export experience are invited to join this mission to Philadelphia, during The World Trade Center’s Bringing the World to PA 2024 tour: Held in partnership with the Department for Business and Trade (DBT) Midlands, MSDUK, The Eastern Minority Supplier Council (EMSDC), the British-American Business Council and The World Trade Center of Greater Philadelphia.


About this mission

The UK government recognises the importance of equal access to opportunities for businesses and is committed to addressing the barriers faced by Black, Asian and other ethnic minority business owners.

The U.S. federal government requires any contractor whose contract for goods and services is expected to exceed $700,000 ($1.5 million for construction) to set and meet aggressive goals of subcontracting spend with diverse suppliers. This mission aims to tap into that requirement to help ethnic minority owned or led businesses from the Midlands to grow through exporting.


Why Philadelphia?

The USA is the biggest single export market for Midlands businesses, with £9.4B worth of goods sold there in 2022. The Philadelphia Northeast Corridor market has a population of about 6.5 million consumers.

Philadelphia’s economy has strong synergies with the Midlands. Sectors such as Financial and Professional Services, Health and Life Sciences, Education and Research, Advanced Manufacturing, Clean Energy and Environmental Services and Retail are all strong there and offer great opportunities for Midlands exporters.

Philadelphia's strategic location between the economic and political centres of the United States, progressive governance, diverse economy, world-class institutions, infrastructure, and supportive business environment make it an enticing destination for international businesses seeking opportunities in the United States.


Why Join this Mission?


Programme highlights:

  • Briefing on the Philadelphia/Northeast Corridor Market
  • Networking Reception
  • Bespoke 1-2-1 Meetings with pre-matched prospective business partners
  • Attend Bringing the World to Pennsylvania 2024 at the World Trade Center
  • Learn from industry experts & attend roundtables.
  • Networking dinner with local business leaders


The mission offers good value for money as all in-market programme costs and 50% of the authorised hotel costs will be covered by DBT – participants will only need to pay for their travel, 50% of accommodation and some meals.


Delegate Information

To view more details on this mission, please see here.


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Contact DBT Midlands

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  If you have any queries relating to international trade why not contact us. With staff in offices across the globe, we can help you find the answers.  
  email: dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk  
  visit: great.gov.uk  
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Register your Interest

Please use the link below to register your interest in joining us today, free and without obligation.


Please note that businesses must be based in the Midlands region, and your place is not confirmed until you have heard grom us.

*For this mission we are defining Ethnic Minority businesses as those whose ownership is at least 51% Ethnic Minority, or which have at least one Ethnic Minority staff member in a senior management position.

For any other export related enquiries contact the Department for Business and Trade in the Midlands at dbtmidlands@businessandtrade.gov.uk.

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The Department for International Trade

The Department for Business and Trade (DBT) is the Government Department that helps UK based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy, acknowledged as Europe’s best place in which to succeed in global business.