By Daniel Hunter

A four-day trade mission to Mexico and Colombia by medium-sized British businesses begins today (Monday), focussing on high value opportunities in key sectors.

Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green leads more than 16 British firms on the trade mission, exploring opportunities to win high value contracts in the infrastructure, security, and oil and gas sectors.

The group, which includes representatives from NATS, IHG, De La Rue and Delcam, will meet key Government and business community figures in both Mexico and Colombia.

They will take part in seminars, discussions and site visits, giving them the chance to gain useful knowledge of the market and engage with potential commercial partners.

“This is an exciting time for UK trade with Colombia and Mexico. Our relationship with these two dynamic countries is already close and has been for many years. This mission will develop even stronger commercial partnerships," Trade and Investment Minister Lord Green said.

“The markets in Colombia and Mexico are gaining ever-greater recognition and have much to offer the UK. They are both high growth markets with many opportunities for innovative and skilled businesses to take advantage of.

“As we seek to boost our exports worldwide, it is vital for companies based in Britain to secure more high value successes and to fully develop our trading links with emerging markets. We are working hard to help companies like those who are part of this trade mission achieve their full potential, delivering jobs and growth in communities around the UK.”

'Open to Export' http://opentoexport.com/ is a UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) initiative in partnership with hibu plc (formerly Yell Group).

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