The 8 day programme identified opportunities for links and collaborations between the US state and the UK, and raised the profile of the British Consulate General in Denver.
Consul General Simpson’s visit included a meeting with Governor of Wyoming Matt Mead in Cheyenne where a future visit to the UK was discussed in order to stimulate trade. In addition, the governor was happy to welcome UK policy makers to look at energy policy and hydraulic fracturing in order to inform the debate in the UK.
While in Casper, Wyoming, the consul general visited the city’s new Business Innovation Center. The incubator was set-up to help start-ups in the area and already has a number of tenants focusing on medical devices, legal software development and energy efficiency technology.
The visit to the state identified trade opportunities for UK business in the energy, mining, nuclear, logistics and tourism sectors as well as opportunities for technology transfer and licensing of intellectual property. From meetings with local chamber of commerce to visits to local higher education facilities, Consul General Simpson highlighted the Transatlantic Trade & Investment Partnership and how it will reduce trade barriers and increase exports; as well as the academic opportunities offered by the British Council.
In addition, Consul General Simpson toured an open-cast coal mine in Gillette in order to understand the importance the industry plays in Wyoming and how the expansion of the industry could benefit UK companies with mining expertise and technology.
Addressing another priority for the British Consulate General in Denver, Consul General Simpson also met with US Park Rangers at Yellowstone National Park and at Ski Resorts in Jackson Hole to discuss ways to improve and further collaborate on consular assistance for British nationals.