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 22-26 November, 2021. (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. We have listed the sectors that can find most benefits there and in order to encourage them, the BSMEPA will cover all there expenses, including accommodation and travel. These are the following: 

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

You can read more about the conditions and application procedure for financial support HERE

If your business is not in these sectors, or you cannot qualify for financial support from BSMEPA, but you believe that the region would be beneficial for you too, we would be happy to have you on board. Here are the prices to join directly via BBBA: 

Apply for Financial Support via BSMEPA
Register for the Trade Mission via BBBA


Agenda (TBC)

Day 1

Arrival

Evening Session

3:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. - Site visit to Media City

6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. - Official networking event with high profile representatives on the businesses in the Manchester region


Day 2

Morning Session

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

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

10:05 a.m. - Brief overview of current trade flows between Bulgaria and UK; and outline of key sectors for bilateral trade and investment 

10:15 a.m. - Manchester:  UK’s Innovation Hub (2nd largest investment hotbed after London in the UK) delivered by MIDAS.  This can be 30 min presentation on the overall UPS for Manchester. (depending on the period of the visit)

10:35 a.m. - Roundtable Breakdown – this will be sort of digital roundtable with experts to showcase what Manchester has to offer and potential for collaborations.

  • Table 1.  Digital Transformation, Industry 4.0
  • Table 2.  Fintech, e-commerce, cyber security

11:05 a.m. - Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - Access to Finance

11:45 a.m  - Final Remarks

12:00 p.m - Lunch & Informal networking


Afternoon Session – 1-2-1 Meetings *

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - 25-30 min meetings between UK and Bulgarian Companies and/or experts.


Day 3

8:00 a.m – 10:00 a.m. - Transit to Leeds

10:00 a.m.– 11:00 a.m. - Check-in

2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - Site visit to one of the big local/glocal companies, preferably pharma or digital health 

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. - Official networking event with high profile representatives on the businesses in the Leeds region


Day 4

Morning Session

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

10:00 a.m. - Welcome by organisers

10:05 a.m. - Brief overview of current trade flows between Bulgaria and UK; and outline of key sectors for bilateral trade and investment 

10:15 a.m. - Presentation of Leeds as Fintech and Digital Health Hub

10:35 a.m. - Roundtable Breakdown – this will be sort of digital roundtable with experts to showcase what Leeds has to offer and potential for collaborations.

  • Table 1.  Digital Health
  • Table 2.  Financial Sector

11:05 a.m. - Coffee Break

11:15 a.m. - Access to Finance

11:45 a.m - Final Remarks

12:00 p.m. - Lunch & Informal networking


Afternoon Session – 1-2-1 Meetings *

1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. - 25-30 min meetings between UK and Bulgarian Companies and/or experts.


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.