Cospa marks ten successful overseas Missions

Monday 27th January 2014


Participating companies from two recent ‘Clean and Cool’ trade missions to Brazil and the United States, co-delivered by Cospa, have been reunited with supporters and sponsors in central London.

The event, held at Millbank Tower, was an opportunity for Cospa to reflect on the co-creation and delivery of ten successful overseas trade missions, spanning web, clean and health technologies, over the past six years. Working alongside the Long Run Venture, the missions, aimed at supporting high-growth British companies, have travelled to San Francisco, Boston, Bangalore, Delhi, Rio de Janeiro, Sao Paulo and Colorado.

Following their mission experiences, companies have gone on to open offices, raise significant investment and establish partnerships around the world.

Commenting on January’s Clean and Cool reunion, Cospa Director Oli Barrett said: “Seeing mission companies reunite is a chance to reflect on just how much they have achieved. Aside from their business success, I am inspired to see just how many of them have struck up friendships following missions and continue to turn to each other for guidance and support. That is what makes these missions so successful.”

Each mission (WebMission, Future Health Mission, Clean and Cool Mission) has attracted a range of supporters and sponsors, including The Technology Strategy Board, UKTI and Shell Gamechanger. The missions have also attracted a range of media participants including the Daily Telegraph, Guardian, Press Association and Wired Magazine. For information about the most recent Clean and Cool missions to Brazil and the US, please visit the Clean and Cool Mission site.

Commenting on future missions, Oli Barrett added: “The opportunity to spend quality time, overseas, with leaders from across sectors is an incredibly powerful thing. A group can attract attention and opportunities in a way that a single visitor cannot.  There is a strong appetite at the moment for British executives to explore other countries and for overseas organisations to meet and welcome them.  We look forward to seeing where the next missions may take us.”