2018 Successes

Our cohorts have expanded into new territories and markets, created jobs, and strengthened their management talent and finances.

2018 was a banner year for the cohort members of the Mayor's International Business Programme:

Cohort members key stats in 2018:

  • 95% - Created new jobs in 2018
  • 80% - Signed new deals and entered into new markets 
  • 43% - Secured funding in 2018
  • 2 in 4 - Opened new offices

Since the inception of the programme, cohort companies have collectively:

  • Created 1711 jobs
  • Completed deals totalling £193m
  • Raised £486m investment


To date the Mayor's International Business Programme have supported over 600 high growth London companies to win business in international markets.


Diane Young, CEO and co-founder of The Drum, discussing the benefits of the Mayor's International Business Programme and why London is a magnet for creative thinkers.

Our inaugural London Business Awards shone a light on success and innovative excellence across London’s business community, celebrating the growth and achievements of all the companies that are proud to call London their home. The Awards recognised a number of categories to encompass the accomplishments of businesses and key individuals over the past 12 months, celebrating the creativity and diversity of London business and ambassadors building London’s reputation for tomorrow.


“As a business owner, you get used to people or growth schemes overpromising and mostly underdelivering. The Mayor’s International Business Scheme has been the single best piece of external support that Hiver has had since launch. It is well structured, incredibly lean and well organised and output focused.” Hannah Rhodes, Hiver Beers


The Programme has been recognised as "Best in Class" for an international export programme by the UK Scale Up Institute and won “Growth Business Enabler of the Year” at the 2018 Startups Awards