Manchester lawyers head to Washington to win over US

Manchester lawyers head to Washington to win over US

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Author: Perry Buck

Laura Harper and Karen Procter of national law firm Shoosmiths in Manchester are heading to Washington DC as part of a delegation of top North-West business people to sell the region to US companies

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Laura and Karen, partners in the Manchester law firm, are amongst a delegation engaging with more than 60 US Fintec (Finance Technology) companies looking to bring new banking, payment and finance technology to the UK. 

The trip has been put together by Manchester's inward investment agency, MIDAS, the UKTI Washington Metro group and Shoosmiths. 

Karen and Laura will join fellow business leaders to spell out the advantages of investing in Manchester and detail the infrastructure and support available while underlining the importance of tech industries to the city and region. 

The event, at the British Embassy in Washington DC, will take place on 1 October. 

Laura said: 'We work closely with businesses in the sector so we are delighted to be a part of this delegation. MediaCity and the BBC's arrival in Greater Manchester has catalysed the rate at which tech, content and creative media companies are setting up operations in the city. 

'Investment in the physical and digital infrastructure has led Manchester to be identified as an emerging tech 'supercity'. Active grassroots tech communities and hubs such as Manchester Science Park, the Sharp Project, (where we have a dedicated satellite office) and Innospace, Manchester Metropolitan University's incubator, provide an environment where barriers to business are reduced so tech businesses can thrive. 

'The specialist business support offered in the city is excellent. All of this makes Manchester an attractive alternative to London for tech companies.' 

Karen added: 'Manchester's strong finance industry and professional services community mean that we can help tech companies in the region, both existing and new, to access finance and investment required to grow. Manchester has a thriving business-friendly culture which values investment and welcomes talent.'