Join Holmes and Branson as a new breed of Global Adventurers
UKTI launches start-up competition which will take one lucky entrepreneur to London
From one entrepreneur to the next – on May 25th one of Canada’s GREAT entrepreneurs Ryan Holmes, CEO of HootSuite, met with iconic British entrepreneur Sir Richard Branson. Holmes is heading up one of today’s most innovative technology companies in Canada whose explosive success has led the Vancouver start-up to establish its European Headquarters in London, the original stomping grounds of Sir Richard Branson.
As HootSuite embarks on their global adventure, all Canadian entrepreneurs are being asked if they think they have what it takes to be the next tech company to join London’s vibrant technology hub, Tech City. UK Trade & Investment Canada has launched a new competition – ‘UKTI CANADA GLOBAL ADVENTURE’ – which will take the winning Canadian tech company to the UK for three great days of networking, mentorship and a bespoke business program. UK Trade & Investment Canada wants you to tell them, in your own unique way, why your company is ready for a UK Global Adventure. For details of the competition and what it includes, visit http://ow.ly/bh9LI.
HootSuite features among an increasing number of Canadian tech companies that are taking the leap across the pond. With clients ranging from McDonald’s to Disney and Sony Music, HootSuite is expanding, and has chosen London for its European base. When asked why he chose London, Holmes said “For HootSuite, London has the perfect mix of talent and customers. The friendly political and business environments have made it very easy to build our first international presence in the UK.”
The UK is leading the way in creating an environment that is increasingly attractive to entrepreneurs. With a one-of-a-kind fast-track entrepreneurs visa, competitive tax rates and a flexible labour market, it’s no wonder the UK is the number one location for European Headquarters, and with Branson’s and UKTI Canada’s ongoing promotion of the UK, expansion to the UK will continue to be a graduation event for companies such as HootSuite.
About UK Trade & Investment
UK Trade & Investment is a Government department that helps UK-based companies succeed in an increasingly global economy and assists overseas companies in bringing their high-quality investment to the UK’s dynamic economy — acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business.
HootSuite is a social media management system for businesses and organizations to collaboratively execute campaigns across multiple social networks from one secure, web-based dashboard. Launch marketing campaigns, identify and grow audience, and distribute targeted messages using HootSuite’s unique social media dashboard. Streamline team workflow with scheduling and assignment tools and reach audiences with geo-targeting functionality. Invite multiple collaborators to manage social profiles securely, plus provide custom reports using the comprehensive social analytics tools for measurement. Key social network integrations include Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+ Pages, plus a suite of social content apps for YouTube, Flickr, Tumblr and more. www.hootsuite.com
Amy Day, Media, Policy and Public Affairs Officer
British Consulate General
Phone: 604 803 9459
Twitter: @UKTI_Canada, #UKGlobalAdventure
June 15, 2012