Sadiq Khan to visit five European cities to show UK capital is ‘open for business’

Mayor of London will visit Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Madrid and Warsaw, shortly after the Article 50 bill is expected to be triggered

The mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, announced last night that he will visit five major European cities in March to prove to Europe that the UK’s capital is ‘open for business’.

Part of the London Is Open campaign, Khan will lead a delegation of London-based businesses to Berlin, Brussels, Paris, Madrid and Warsaw.

It’s expected that his trip will take place sometime after 9 March, when prime minister Theresa May is set to trigger Article 50 at an EU leaders summit – thus officially starting the process of the UK leaving the European Union.

Khan was speaking at the Mayor’s International Business Programme Celebration held at the London Transport Museum; a programme which helps scale-ups from London’s tech, life sciences and urban sectors, to expand overseas.

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London mayor Sadiq Khan

On the night, Startups 100 entrant and Startups Awards winner Onfido won the award for ‘Largest Financial Investment Received’, while Young Gun Emma Sinclair MBE collected the ‘Ambassador Award’.

Online course provider Future Learn was honoured for ‘Most Jobs Created’, while healthcare start-up Network Locum scooped ‘Highest Growth’ in 2016.

Deputy mayor of London for business Rajesh Agrawal and Onfido’s Husayn Kassai

Speaking on the struggles of running a business, Sinclair MBE said:

“Building a business is like running a marathon with no shoes on, rather than a sprint!”

Reiterating his commitment to protecting small businesses, Khan said:

“At a time of great uncertainty, with the spectre of the Brexit negotiations, looming large over our economy, I’m doing everything I can to protect the interests of London’s businesses, so you can continue its success.

“This means fighting your corner to ensure you’re still able to attract the best talent from around the world, and that you can retain access to the EU single market on favourable terms.”

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