UK Country Report

PD Ports promotes Teesport for Asian investment

David Robinson, group CEO

One of the 10 largest ports in Western Europe, the bustling Teesport, located in Teesside in northeast Britain, is a significant hub for Asian investors. About 38 million tonnes of cargo passed through Teesport last year alone. Behind Teesport's growing business activities is PD Ports, one of Britain's top five port-operating companies. Having more than 160 years of experience, PD Ports is a key contributor to the development of Teesside as an ideal destination for foreign investment.

Monday, 16 June, 2014, 12:50pm

Monitise's mobile money platforms enhance revenue streams

Alastair Lukies, CEO

Of the roughly 7.2 billion people worldwide, about 2.2 billion have bank accounts while there are 6 billion mobile phone subscriptions. Alastair Lukies foresaw this situation and the opportunity it presented when he founded Monitise in 2003 to offer mobile banking platforms to financial institutions.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:41pm

Unite Students provides 'home for success'

Mark Allan, CEO

British universities attracted more than 95,000 Chinese students last year, increasing the demand for secure, well-managed living spaces for students. Unite Students, Britain's largest developer and operator of student accommodation, works with higher education providers to provide a home for students from all over the world who are studying in Britain.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:39pm

Macfarlanes attributes top-tier ranking to client-centred culture

Julian Howard, managing partner

With international commerce continuing to break down traditional boundaries, the need for multijurisdictional legal service providers with particular expertise in English common law is increasing. Backed by almost 140 years of excellence and a distinct client-centred culture, independent British law firm Macfarlanes is thriving in this global setting.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:38pm

Newmark Security introduces SATEON Access Control to Asia

Marie-Claire Dwek, CEO

Leading global banks, government facilities, airports, oil companies and universities are among the high-profile clients that entrust the safety of their operations to Newmark Security. As a company that leads a group of electronic and physical security systems providers, Newmark Security has more than 40,000 installations protecting workplaces throughout Britain. The introduction of its access control system, SATEON, is spearheading the company's expansion into Asia, with the product's initial launch on July 30 at the British consulate in Hong Kong.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:36pm

Brown+Hudson creates richer travel stories

Philippe Brown, founder of Brown+Hudson

Travelling is an investment with rewarding payoffs - immersion into different cultures, broadening perspectives and enriching encounters with the world's wonders. Luxury travel specialist Brown+Hudson raises the bar by creating richer travel stories.

"Travel changes people. We want the journeys we create to have a deeper effect," says Elizabeth Ellis, marketing manager.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:34pm

Genus contributes to food security with Chinese ventures

Karim Bitar, CEO

Global agricultural biotechnology firm Genus can play an important role in attaining global food security by applying genetic improvement technology to livestock more vigorously in China. With about 600 million pigs slaughtered annually in China, the country accounts for half of the worldwide production and consumption of pork. This exceeds the combined production in the United States and all of Europe.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:31pm

Heriot-Watt opens campus in Malaysia as international university

Professor Steve Chapman, principal and vice-chancellor

Venerable universities have established Scotland as a global hub for higher education. Heriot-Watt University stands out among these institutions as "Scotland's International University". Half of all Scottish degrees earned abroad are from Heriot-Watt, and more than half of its 29,000 students complete their degrees overseas. In addition to its well-established presence across Asia, Heriot-Watt will be completing its Malaysian campus in September.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:19pm

Harkand brings world-class subsea services into Asia-Pacific

John Reed, CEO

When four underwater specialist companies from around the world merged last year to form Harkand, they created a global subsea inspection, repair and maintenance (IRM) company. Catering to the oil and gas, and renewable energy sectors internationally, Harkand is believed to be one of the world's first full-service IRM companies offering diving, light subsea construction and survey services.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:17pm

Burges Salmon safeguards investments with partner-driven service

Chris Seaton, partner and chair of international committee

Cross-border investments boost international prospects of investors and local economies, but a lack of knowledge on the regulatory hurdles can get in the way of such ventures. With its partner-driven and relationship-based service, independent law firm Burges Salmon is able to provide specialist legal advice to international clients on British inward investment opportunities at affordable prices.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:16pm

Brookfield invigorates Gazeley as full-service global logistics asset provider

Pat McGillycuddy, CEO

Gazeley, a leading global investor and developer of sustainable, build-to-suit distribution warehouses and logistics parks trusted by the world's biggest brands and logistics leaders, is raising the bar further. It is set to transform into a full-service logistics asset provider - leveraging a wider reach through global commercial property expert Brookfield Property Group, which acquired Gazeley last year.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:13pm

Moore Stephens: First port-of-call for prosperous cross-border trade

Marty Lau, partner

Moore Stephens International's expertise in accountancy, business advisory and consulting services spans 107 years. As a top 10 global accountancy network, Moore Stephens' member firms operate through 667 offices with more than 27,000 people in 105 countries. These numbers, however, do not drive the organisation's success - and understanding why not is the reason Moore Stephens has become the first port-of-call for businesses looking to prosper in cross-border trade and investment.

16 Jun 2014 - 12:03pm

Morgan Advanced Materials elevates product and business performance

Mark Robertshaw, CEO

China's manufacturing industry is making profound strides midway through the implementation of the country's 12th five-year plan. Driven in part by external pressure from global vendors that operate factories in China, Chinese companies are increasingly demanding more sophisticated materials and processes.

16 Jun 2014 - 11:58am

Canary Wharf Group transforms London's skyline with modern architecture

George Iacobescu, chairman and CEO

Transforming derelict docklands into one of the world's most modern commercial complexes speaks volumes about the business acumen of integrated property development, investment and management firm Canary Wharf Group (CWG). As one of the pioneers that transformed the London skyline with the introduction of bespoke high-rise buildings at Canary Wharf, CWG strengthened London's position as a global financial powerhouse and among the best places for business.

16 Jun 2014 - 11:40am

Acal enables companies to produce competitive technology

Nick Jefferies, group CEO

Sophisticated electronic components are at the heart of technological development. From automated controls for German designed printing presses to embedded computers that guide drones, Acal is a leading designer, manufacturer and distributor of customised premium electronic parts worldwide.

16 Jun 2014 - 11:35am