29 Nov 2023

Birmingham businesses welcome UK-Florida trade MoU


Renowned Birmingham transformation company Curium Solutions has welcomed the new UK-Florida trade Memorandum of Understanding as a major bilateral economic boost.

The Department for Business and Trade announced earlier this month that the MoU on trade and economic co-operation had been signed between the UK and the Sunshine state.

The new agreement prioritises co-operation in the space, fintech, life sciences, supply chains, transport, infrastructure, agricultural biotechnology, legal services and lawtech.

It also targets other emerging and innovative sectors, such as artificial intelligence and semiconductors and provides a framework to address trade barriers, increase investment and enhance business networks.

Now bosses of Birmingham-based Curium, who launched an office in Orlando in 2016, have hailed the MoU as a key move to strengthen economic ties between the UK and Florida.

Andy Dawson, co-founder and director of Curium, said: “We’re delighted to see that the UK and Florida have announced plans to strengthen their economic ties. We set up Curium in Birmingham in 2008, expanding into the USA in 2016, where we have since been based in Orlando, helping our customers to deliver important projects spanning North America and the UK.

“I’m delighted to see that Transport and Legal Services, where we have a strong presence in the UK, are amongst the sectors that will see greater collaboration. There is growing demand from companies to help them navigate their AI journey, which is another important area of focus for the MoU.”

Daniel Entwistle, fellow Curium director and co-founder, added: “The business community here in Florida has been extremely helpful, welcoming and supportive since the day we launched, which has contributed to our growth across the region.

“There is huge diversification underway as technology, space and the semi-conductor industry all continue to make significant moves here in Florida. We look forward to continuing to add value to the local economy and supporting those organizations who also look to build out their operations here.”

GBCC head of international divisions Sian Timmins said: “It’s fantastic news that the UK has signed its seventh state level MoU with the state of Florida.

“The Greater Birmingham Transatlantic Chamber of Commerce is looking forward to building on this solid foundation and fostering stronger ties between our members in the priority sectors of fintech, life sciences, transport, technology, space and agriculture and the state of Florida.

“This MoU also offers huge potential for our members across the region and other UK businesses and will help build greater economic collaboration between the UK and Florida.”

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