International Visit to Chicago & New York Blog: Day 0

Sara French, head of the Mayor's International Business Programme, opens our mission blog

Brexit or no Brexit, London remains a great place to start a business

On 24th June 2016 the British public woke up to learn that the UK had just voted to leave the EU. Since then we’ve had a change in Prime Minister, a new Department of Exiting the European Union has been established and our former mayor of London is now Foreign Secretary, no less.


Yet, despite the comings and goings in Westminster, London as a whole has remained steadfast and resilient.  In July, the Mayor of London launched his London is Open campaign for businesses and it was heartening to see so many Mayor’s International Business Programme cohort members and mentors rally to show their support:


“There is no better place in the world to start and scale a global company and I am still hugely optimistic about British business.” Mentor, Sarah Wood, Co-Founder and Co-CEO at Unruly


“Any founder, entrepreneur or business leader is blessed to live in London. Where else can you find such creative insight for business and magnificent support in encouraging growth!” Damian Hamp-Adams, CEO, Rocketseed


“We chose to base our business in London because it attracts the best talent and best resources from all over the world. As a place for learning and development it is second to none, and the opportunities to grow and expand here are limitless.” Dupsy Abiola, Founder & CEO, Intern Avenue


Two months on from the start of the campaign, I’m proud to be heading off to the US to spread the #LondonisOpen message and meet corporates, VCs and partners in Chicago and New York. 

We have a fantastic bunch of companies who are joining us on this visit, reflecting the fact that the talent in London’s tech cluster really is second to none. From fintech to cleantech, the businesses attending this mission illustrate the breadth and depth of London’s creativity and dynamism.

Find out more about the companies attending the mission here>>


As well as cementing London’s position as one of the best places in the world to start a business, this mission will connect London’s exceptional talent with US corporates, investors and partners, creating lasting partnerships and opportunities for international growth.


London is indeed one of the world’s truly global cities - a city which is open for business, welcoming, cultural and cosmopolitan – and I look forward to taking that message to the US alongside some of London’s most exciting tech companies.