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Mayor of London joins forces with Microsoft to support London-based scaleups

Written by Latifa Yedroudj on Thursday, 02 July 2020. Posted in Insight, Analysis

Mayor of London joins forces with Microsoft to support London-based scaleups

Mayor of London joins forces with Microsoft to support London-based scaleups

SMEs will benefit from workshops, mentoring and support from one of the world’s leading technology companies

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan’s scale-up programme has partnered up with Microsoft to support London-based SMEs and help them achieve their international growth ambitions.

The London & Partners Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP) is set to welcome its 17th cohort this Autumn, comprised of scaleups in the financial, business services, technology, creative, urban and life sciences sectors.

Companies will now benefit from this new partnership with Microsoft, allowing members to get access to various one-to-one engagement opportunities including workshops, mentoring, access to trade missions, introductions and support from one of the world’s leading technology companies.

“I’m thrilled Microsoft is continuing its collaboration with the capital’s tech sector and joining my International Business Programme as one of our official partners,” The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, said. As a world leader in the technology industry, Microsoft is uniquely positioned to offer London businesses the support they need to scale-up and make the most of their potential. I’m really looking forward to seeing the innovations that emerge from this important partnership.”

“Startups are an indisputable innovation engine, and Microsoft is committed to partnering with founders and investors to help propel their growth,” Amali de Alwis, Managing Director of Microsoft for Startups UK, said. “Technology has never played such a vital role in enabling businesses of all sizes to continue to operate and grow, as it does today. We are therefore pleased to announce our involvement with the London & Partners’ Mayor’s International Business Programme and look forward to supporting and enabling a wide range of London based start-ups.”

Microsoft joins the likes of Collinson, KPMG, Lloyds Bank, Taylor Wessing and Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati as a partner of the Mayor’s International Business Programme (MIBP). Through these partnerships, the MIBP has helped more than 900 London-based companies internationalise to date, creating more than 1,700 jobs for the global economy.

Even in lockdown, the programme continues to keep global expansion plans moving for London scaleups. Last month, the MIBP launched its first-ever virtual trade mission series, allowing companies to digitally explore new markets and directly connect with potential customers, despite the current travel restrictions.

Janet Coyle, Managing Director of Trade & Growth at London & Partners, added:

“With the world adapting to remote work and using technology more than ever, our partnership with Microsoft couldn’t be more timely. I have no doubt that our cohort members will benefit enormously from Microsoft’s technical prowess and ever-expanding ecosystem, as they rise to the challenge of doing virtual business over the coming months.”

To find out more about the Mayor’s International Business Programme and apply for a place on the free, 12-month initiative, visit: https://business.london/go-to-grow/about.

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Latifa Yedroudj

Latifa Yedroudj

Latifa Yedroudj has joined the Elite team to fully immerse herself in the business side of journalism, a strong passion of hers cultivated from young having co-run her mother's start up business since she was 18. Her interests lie in a wide range of subjects, including start ups, business, travel, and anything entrepreneurial she can get her hands on. She has worked for some of the biggest names in journalism including The Guardian and The Mirror. Follow her on @latifayed on Twitter for her latest journo rants.

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