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Imports for prosperity – business consultation events

28 November 2018

Understand the key constraints faced by UK based businesses

The UK Government is building mutually beneficial partnerships with developing countries to stimulate long-term growth and help business to access opportunities in these fast-growing markets.

Many businesses depend on complex international supply chains and imports, including for developing countries. Taking advantage of new importing opportunities in these regions enables businesses to remain flexible, competitive and mitigate supply chain risks.

Business consultations

Two business consultations have been organised to help understand the key constraints faced by UK-based businesses sourcing and buying from developing countries, and to highlight what potential support the UK Government could provide in this area.

The focus of the consultations will be:

  • exploring and understanding better the “last mile” constraints that deter UK businesses from accessing quality, competitive and reliable suppliers in developing countries
  • reviewing what could be done to address these constraints by the public or private sector
  • exploring the potential for the UK government to provide support to strengthen market linkages and facilitate imports into the UK

Event details:


  • Date: 03 December 2018
  • Time: 14:30 – 16:30
  • Location: Mott MacDonald, Fourth Floor, 9 Portland Street, Manchester
  • Cost: Free

Register for the Manchester consultation


  • Date: 06 December 2018
  • Time: 10:00 – 12:00
  • Location: 23 Grafton Street
  • Cost: Free

Register for the London consultation

Whilst discussions at the event will not be focused on any specific country there is a broad geographic focus on South Asia, East and West Africa. There will also be a sector focus on agriculture and manufacturing including textiles.