Issue: Nov 2014


Brits and Texans Celebrate Strong Automotive Tech Ties at F1



by Michael Stewart

The British Consulate General Houston and UK Trade & Investment will host a GREAT British Garden Party in Austin on Saturday, 1 November at the downtown Whole Foods rooftop terrace. The event will mark the occasion of the F1 Austin Grand Prix and celebrate the UK's world-leading automotive R&D. Governor Rick Perry is expected to be in attendance and remark upon the strong partnership between Texas and the UK. 

 

Governor Rick Perry:

 

"Texas is once again wildly enthusiastic to be hosting the U.S. Grand Prix, which draws racing fans from around the world and provides a perfect opportunity for Texans to visit with our good friends from the UK," Gov. Perry said. "Texas and the UK have much in common, culturally and economically, particularly within the energy, high-tech and biotech science sectors, and that helps make our partnership such a natural fit. I encourage any UK business seeking expansion in the United States to find out what makes Texas the best place in the US to live, work, play and grow a business."

 

British Consul General Andrew Millar:

 

"We held this event to build relationships and open up opportunities for people from Texas and Great Britain to work together. Texas is great for business and a major growth centre, especially in the digital arena. The same is true for the UK, which makes us natural partners. Formula One sits at the forefront of technology and requires the sort of digital talent that both the UK and Austin are home to.

 

"The 'GREAT Britain' campaign aims to build stronger links between the US and UK motorsport industries so that together, we can continue to innovate in this sector."

 

Head of Trade & Investment Leah Mayo:

 

"Business between Texas and the UK has never been more important, and our activity in Austin highlights this. Austin has always been a place for UK companies to do business, but over the past year we've seen an additional 10 companies set up here to take advantage of this fast growing market. In fact, trade between Austin and the UK is so robust that we recently relocated our IT and Creative Media officer to Austin. We expect this pace to continue as Austin's economy becomes more international."  



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