Want to double your international sales? Then move your CEO to London. Not a wild, unfounded claim but instead a Puget Sound Business Journal headline last month from an interview with Tableau Software CFO Tom Walker. My UK Trade & Investment colleagues were back in Seattle in February helping companies consider similar steps to international growth. So in this vein, congratulations to Redmond’s Aerojet Rocketdyne, whose Belfast subsidiary has just secured a European Space Agency-sponsored contract. On this side of the Atlantic, I was excited to hear that Seattle’s Rolls-Royce Commercial Marine had secured a propulsion contract with Alaska ferries. Meanwhile BABC-PNW member SLR has announced its 6th acquisition in 12 months. All great news for transatlantic business.
Looking ahead, the Chancellor of the Exchequer will be delivering his 2015 Budget Statement to Parliament on 18 March. This will be his last budget statement before the UK general election on 7 May. Seattle’s Trade Development Alliance – and BABC PNW partner - is hosting a panel discussion about the UK elections on 24 March. And if you’ve not yet registered as an overseas voter for the UK election you’ve got until 20 April to do so: https://www.gov.uk/register-to-vote.
Finally, I’m looking forward to catching up with members at the BABC PNW Annual General Meeting on 18 March, being hosted at the offices of law firm Miller, Nash, Graham & Dunn.