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British Columbia and the United Kingdom

The United Kingdom (U.K.) is home to many global firms, including the headquarters of 15 Fortune Global 500 companies, and maintains a growing and active business environment. The U.K. has a highly educated and multicultural population, supporting its many economic ties around the globe.

Trade & Investment Highlights

  • The Canada-United Kingdom Trade Continuity Agreement (Canada-U.K. TCA) promotes a stable economic relationship and trade activities between Canada and the United Kingdom.
  • The 2017 Canada-UK MOU on Science, Technology, and Innovation set the framework that guides bilateral science and technology cooperation. A Joint Science and Technology Cooperation Committee reviews the MOU in consideration of evolving priorities.
  • Geographically, both B.C. and the U.K. have complementing locations and time-zones for companies with a global outlook operating in either of the two regions.

U.K. at a Glance

Monetary figures are in USD

Opportunity for Foreign Investors and B.C. Exporters

United Kingdom Top Industries (2017-2021)

Industries for Outward Investment
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Communications

Investment Opportunities in Canada: Coal, Oil & Gas

Coal, Oil & Gas
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Real Estate

Real Estate

Source: FDI Markets

Import Industries
(by value)
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Machinery

Machinery & Mechanical Appliances
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Pearls, Precious Stones & Metals

Pearls, Precious or Semi-precious Stones & Metals
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Vehicles & Parts

Vehicles & Associated Parts (other than railway or tramway rolling stock)

Source: International Trade Centre

Fastest Growing Import Opportunities
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Miscellaneous Chemical Products

Miscellaneous Chemical Products
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Mineral Fuels & Oils

Mineral Fuels & Oils
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Wood Products

Wood Products

Source: International Trade Centre

BC Export Industries to Market
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Wood Products

Wood Products
Investment Opportunities in Canada: Mineral Fuels & Oils

Mineral Fuels & Oils
Investment Opportunities in Canada - Electrical Machinery Equipment

Electrical Machinery & Equipment

Source: BC Stats, data sourced from Statistics Canada

How We Help

  • Assist in commercial location identification and site selection.
  • Provide information on transportation infrastructure and logistics gateways.
  • Offer introductions to sector associations, industries and provide cluster insight.
  • Facilitate understanding and solutions for talent, skilled workforce and labour mobility
  • Facilitate engagement with professional advisors on legal, compliance and tax matters
  • Help navigating and offering referrals within government agencies on First Nations, business and regulatory processes.
  • Identify high potential investment opportunities and offer industry insight.
  • Introductions to sector associations and local industry contacts.
  • Introductions to companies seeking investments to expand.
  • Provide knowledge on local innovation hubs and connections to entrepreneurial opportunities.
  • Introductions to local venture capital networks.
  • Assist in navigating government export programs and financial supports.
  • Advice and coaching in international expansion and exporter development.
  • Support Team BC missions and trade events.
  • Match buyers and sellers in local and foreign markets.
  • Provide insight on trade agreements and barriers.
  • Introductions to trade representatives in foreign markets.
  • Market entry assistance in international markets.

Trade & Investment Offices


British Columbia’s Trade and Investment Representative office in London is the centre for our programs throughout Europe.

Europe’s multi-faceted economy continues to present many opportunities for trade and partnership in key sectors. These include resources, biomass and green technologies, information and communication technologies, life sciences, and education.

Rely on our London office to help you network and capitalize on shared business opportunities.

London Office:
10 York Road
London, SE1 7ND
United Kingdom

Contact our Trade and Investment Representatives. Our team welcomes your inquiries

Rupert Potter - Trade & Invest BC
Rupert Potter
Managing Director
Melissa Arsenault - Trade & Invest BC
Melissa Arsenault
Operations Manager
Graham Hilton - Trade & Invest BC
Graham Hilton
Trade and Investment Specialist
Rhoda Campbell - Trade & Invest BC
Rhoda Campbell
Trade and Investment Specialist
Laetitia Macdougall - Trade & Invest BC
Laetitia Macdougall
Trade and Investment Specialist
Trade & Investment Representative - Ximena Portugal
Ximena Portugal
Administrative Officer

Connect With Our International Network

Our Trade and Investment Representatives can help you establish the right connections, participate in events and tradeshows, explore programs and initiatives, and more. Connect with an expert near you.