Nottingham has welcomed Lew Lukens, Deputy Chief of Mission at the US Embassy in London, thanks to a visit hosted in partnership by Invest in Nottingham, part of Marketing NG, and the University of Nottingham.
The visit was the result of an ongoing relationship between Nottingham and the US Embassy, and part of the commitment of the US Embassy to engage with regions and cities in the UK outside of London.
After taking part in the Ikano Robin Hood Marathon on Sunday, 24 September, Mr Lukens and members of his team stayed on to learn more about the city they’ve already heard so much about, with an itinerary linked to their themes of interest: entrepreneurship, innovation and talent.
Mr. Lukens commented, “This was a great opportunity to learn some of the innovative and incredible things happening in Nottingham.”
The visit included a tour of the new BioCity Discovery Building in the city centre, a lunch with University of Nottingham, local authorities and business representatives, and a tour of the Ingenuity Lab at the University of Nottingham.
Brendan Moffett, Chief Executive of Marketing NG, said: “American investment in the UK is worth £478bn annually*, and foreign direct investment from the USA accounted for 32,000 jobs in the UK in 2016/17*. It is important we continue to nurture the relationship with have with the US Embassy in London, and to maintain a dialogue about the opportunities available in Nottingham for investment and partnership.”
Marketing NG used the event to update Mr Lukens on major projects for the region, including Nottingham’s bid to be European Capital of Culture in 2023, and the Mayflower 400 national project, which is expected to attract thousands of US visitors to Nottinghamshire in celebration of the sailing of the Mayflower in 1620.
Marketing NG is working with national agencies including the Department for International Trade, VisitEngland and VisitBritain to drive investment and opportunities into the region from the US.
Toby Reid, Managing Director at BioCity Group, said: “We were delighted to welcome Mr Lukens to our new Discovery Building and to showcase the breadth of offering we have here in Nottingham for overseas investment, particularly from the US, as we have a number of US subsidiaries based here in the city and at our two sites, BioCity and MediCity. The BioCity model is built on the clustering concept, bringing experts together to share best practice, knowledge and expertise and visits like this do exactly that, championing our city as a hot spot for inward investment and job creation.”