After a frenetic start to 2018, we have begun to see the inevitable annual slowdown in Saudi Arabia as we enter the holy month of Ramadan. However we are braced for the hectic work levels to return as soon as Eid is over. In the meantime the AEI team has nonetheless been busy, both in Saudi as well as abroad.

The Consultancy team has hosted two UK clients in recent weeks, facilitating their introduction to potential partners and clients in Saudi Arabia. The trips were a resounding success, with both clients leaving with a clear idea of how to move forward and make the most of the huge opportunities in the market.

Further afield, Adam Hosier has continued with US business development, recently taking part in a two week trip passing through Boston, San Diego, Tampa, Charlotte and finally a week’s tour visiting several major cities around Virginia. The more we see of our new US clients the more we realise why the country is Saudi Arabia’s number one trade partner. It seems our new American clients are also impressed by what AEI can offer them as each trip yields more US companies working with AEI.

Back in the UK, the team has been busy with a number of events across the country. On the 10th of May, Freddie Blackman attended East Lancashire Chamber’s prestigious International Trade Club Breakfast meeting, where he had the chance to present to the 70 local exporters in attendance and to hear from local companies exporting around the world.

East Lancashire Chamber International Trade Club

East Lancashire Chamber International Trade Club Breakfast Meeting

The events run by the International Trade Club are always popular, attracting many high-calibre companies from across East Lancashire, many of whom already have a substantial export component to their business. The Breakfast meeting was a fantastic opportunity to meet some of these exporters and to discuss doing business in Saudi and the opportunities being created across the board. To watch an interview with Freddie and the other presenters on the day, click the link below…

The following week, the full AEI UK team attended the Going Global Live exhibition at the ExCeL in London. Over two days, the team had the chance to present to and meet dozens of UK companies looking to export to Saudi. Hopefully we’ll see a number of them out in the Kingdom before too long!

DIT Gulf Tour - Cardiff

DIT Gulf Tour – Cardiff

A few weeks later, the DIT Gulf Tour 2018 kicked off on the 4th of June in Manchester. Over the next four days, the delegation of representatives from DIT, AEI, British Centres for Business UAE, Pinsent Masons and HSBC toured the UK, travelling through Birmingham, Cardiff, London and finishing in Cambridge. The week saw a packed schedule of roundtables, 1-to-1 meetings and panel sessions with British companies from across the UK, all looking to make the most of the significant opportunities in the Middle East markets. We look forward to seeing some of them doing business in Saudi and the wider Gulf region before too long!

Looking to the future, Adam will be a speaker on the panel at the HSBC International Breakfast on Friday 15th June in Leicester. The breakfast is designed as an interactive event with the opportunity to address the wealth of opportunities and challenges faced by UK businesses entering new international markets with specific focus on the Middle East and Turkey. Anybody wishing to attend should contact [email protected]

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