After over a year without in-person travels, we are excited to invite you to a one-of-a-kind trade mission to the cities of Manchester and Leeds that we are organising in partnership with the Bulgarian Small and Medium Enterprises Promotion Agency (BSMEPA) on 7-11 March, 2022. (Dates may vary depending on potential travel restrictions.) 

Both organisations believe that the two cities - biggest business centres in the UK after London, offer strong opportunities for growth of Bulgarian companies. Below you will find the sectors that can find most benefits there:

  • Fintech
  • Digital Health
  • Industry 4.0
  • E-commerce
  • Cyber Secutiry
  • Digital Transformation

Here are the prices to join the trade mission: 

Register for the Trade Mission by January 31


Agenda (TBC)

Day 1

Arrival in Manchester


Day 2

9:00 a.m. Morning Session

  • Presentation on Manchester Digital Ecosystem
  • Setting Up in the UK
  • Enterprise City Tour

1:00 p.m. Afternoon Session

  • Networking Lunch 
  • Focussed Group Activity
  • HOST & Media City Tour

6:30 p.m. Digital City Leaders' Reception 


Day 3

Early Transfer to Leeds

10:00 a.m. Teas and coffees

10:30 a.m. Welcome 

10:40 a.m. Opening address from the Bulgarian Trade Attaches and BBBA 

10:55 a.m. Welcome – West & North Yorkshire Chamber

  • President – to provide an overview of the economy
  • Mark Goldstone – Manufacturing sector overview

11:15 a.m. Fintech North - Tech digital overview, Julian Wells, Director

11:30 a.m. Nexus introduction and short tour of the Innovation Hub – Barry Singleton, Partnership Manager, Nexus.

12noon Network lunch - opportunity to engage in deeper discussion with the delegation and invited guests.

1:00 p.m. Finish

Transfer to Manchester


Day 4 

All day visit to the Digital City Festival (details TBC)

  • Attendance of workshops (based on individual interest)

3:00 p.m. - Bulgarian panel on the topic of 'Innovation Through Technological Optimisation – the Case of Bulgaria', hosted by Ms Tanya Koicheva - Head of the Economic and Commercial Department at the Bulgarian Embassy in London, and followed by drinks (excellent Bulgarian wine) and canapes. 


Day 5

Morning Session

9:30 a.m. - Registrations and informal coffee networking

10:00 a.m. - Welcome by Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce & BBBA

10:10 a.m. - Two-minute oral presentations of all participants from Bulgaria and from Manchester

11:00 a.m. - Business Speed Dating

12:00 a.m. - Free Networking


Departure in the afternoon


If you have any questions regarding registration, don't hesitate to contact us. 

If you are not a BBBA member, you can see how to join us here, or you can contact BBBA office for more details on your membership options.