Britain is raring to strike trade across the globe after ditching EU restrictions post-Brexit. And who better to team up with than its greatest ally the US, which sees £1.8bn of Blighty’s cyber exports.
Indeed, following Robert Lighthizer, the US trade secretary, revealing the States is eager to start talks for a free trade agreement, the UK government decided to promote the best of its cyber firms aboard the Royal Navy’s flagship aircraft carrier in New York.
Boarding the HMS Queen Elizabeth, Liam Fox, the international trade secretary, hosted Britain’s top cyber companies as they exhibited their tech to US Fortune 500 businesses. Among the roster is British cybersecurity firms Garrison, iProov and Tessian, which have all seen previous success in America.
Shipping is clearly in Fox’s spyglass given he also hosted the first UK-US Maritime Nations Forum at the event. It’s set to bolster overseas trade between the UK-US ship owners, law firms, port operators, manufacturers, technical consultancies and training colleges that attended.
Fox also unveiled a new Cyber sub-committee to the Board of Trade, which aims to assist cyber exports from British businesses and realise deeper UK-US cooperation in countering cybercrime.
Commenting on the event, Fox said: “The United States is one of our closest allies, our largest single bilateral trading partner and we will see that bond continue to strengthen as we leave the European Union.
“This trade day will see some of the UK’s most innovative businesses meeting their US counterparts as we continue to combat growing overseas cyber threats together. My international economic department is currently consulting on the potential of a future free trade agreement with the US and I would strongly encourage British businesses and the public to make the most of this opportunity to share their thoughts on what this deal should include.”
Given the UK currently ships £180.6bn worth of goods and services Stateside, there’s seemingly no better country to market to.