Gatwick Diamond companies on Big Apple trade mission

09 September 2014

Two Gatwick Diamond business leaders will jet across the Atlantic later this month to meet New York’s top brands, hottest start-ups and leading entrepreneurs as part of a UK business mission.

Adrian Munn, from Leatherhead-based web solutions agency Monochrome, and Alan Whitlock, director at design agency Red Mason, based in Hurst Green, will join the UK’s biggest ever small business mission to the Big Apple and spend two days highlighting the benefits of doing business with Gatwick Diamond companies, including their own.
 
“We are really looking forward to travelling out to New York to bang the drum for the Gatwick Diamond and showcase what the region has to offer to leading American businessmen and women,” Mr Munn said. “We want to make sure that everyone hears how many vibrant, innovative and creative companies there are in the region.
 
“It is very important to us that these brands, start-ups and entrepreneurs don’t just see Gatwick as a world class transport hub - we want them to see that when they land in Gatwick, they don’t need to get a train into London because there are a wealth of businesses offering just as much, if not more, than London does.
 
“There are already a plethora of multinational companies that have already chosen the Gatwick Diamond because of the excellent international connectivity, access to talent, and quality of life but we want to further help business leaders understand the many benefits there are to doing business within the Gatwick Diamond.”
 
Rosemary French, executive director of the Gatwick Diamond Initiative, added: “These two business are brilliant examples of how small firms can build a global business. This mission will give them an excellent opportunity to showcase why, with a close proximity to Gatwick Airport and superb rail links, there is a growing confidence in the Gatwick Diamond and the benefits to international businesses trading with SMEs based here.”
 
The two businessmen will fly from Gatwick Airport on Thursday 25 September and will travel across ‘the Pond’ on the Enterprise Nation trade mission with 60 fellow UK business owners.
 
During their two-day mission, they will take in a visit to Etsy HQ in Brooklyn to meet the team responsible for building a marketplace that is home to 30 million buyers and sellers of unique goods and a tour of online website builder Squarespace’s offices, which are located in the heart of the New York technology community.
 
The UK business contingency will also have an audience with Heidi Messer, co-founder of one of the world’s largest online affiliate networks LinkShare Corporation, as well as Judith Clegg, founder of consultancy TakeOut who splits her time between London and New York, and from Rachel Shechtman, founder of Story, which is one of New York’s most successful and notable retail pop-ups.
 
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