LONDON: January 10, 2023: The organisers of London International Shipping Week (LISW) are delighted to welcome UK Shipping Concierge as a major sponsor of LISW23.
The agreement, which will see LISW23 being branded as ‘Brought to you by UK Shipping Concierge’, underlines the UK Government’s commitment to supporting what is one of the world’s premier maritime weeks.
The UK Shipping Concierge is a division of the UK Government’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) and was created in September 2021, in response to industry feedback, to serve maritime customers in the UK and those internationally who intend to bring their business or additional operations to the UK. The team does this by offering fast and easy solutions to the maritime sector, by connecting businesses with HM Government; offering strategic data and market insights as well as valuable connection to potential opportunities with businesses and investors, all through a single point of contact across Government.
Joanna Sawh, Head of UK Shipping Concierge (pictured), said involvement with LISW23 was important because it will allow engagement with key industry stakeholders; those who are here in the UK as well as those who have a footprint in the UK but might be based in other parts of the world.
“We launched in September 2021, with the ambition of being a one-stop-shop for the maritime industry. We see ourselves as a connecting point for the maritime industry and UK Government so if any maritime companies have an inquiry about the set-up here in the UK, or the policies in place, they can reach out to the team which can then signpost them to relevant parts of the government,” she said.
“Another very important aspect of our work is for the UK Government to understand the blockers or barriers preventing companies coming to the UK. We want to speak to industry so we can be aware of those barriers so we can influence future policy,” she added.
Graham Candy, Commercial and Policy Manager at UK Shipping Concierge, provides a supporting role for the industry Financial Products Working Group. This is an important vehicle which the UK Shipping Concierge designed along with industry, to develop financial instruments that can benefit shipping as well as improve key industry demands.
He said: “We set up the Financial Products Working Group to come up with financial ideas that do not involve the government having to put direct funds on the table. It was about developing investment schemes which the government could support and attract in the right investment from financial quarters.”
The main aims of the UK Shipping Concierge are to:
• Promote the UK maritime offer from a government perspective, continually highlighting the benefits of trading in the UK
• Provide the UK maritime sector with a government centre of expertise, continuously monitoring international competition and recommending adjustments to the UK’s offer
• Provide strategic account relationships with government department experts, ship owners, operators, managers, and maritime sub-sector leaders
• Identify barriers to entry to the UK, influencing policy leads, as appropriate, to build better policy informed by commercial, social, and environmental needs
• Help propel UK maritime prosperity to create jobs and increase the maritime sector
• Facilitate an accessible link between maritime industry and government
The last year has seen many different avenues of support provided by the Concierge to both industry and government with approximately 60 active queries from maritime organisations, 150 dynamic lines of investment enquiry, and engagement has ranged from innovative R&D projects to companies with £2bn+ turnover.
In addition to the unique lines of enquiry, UK Shipping Concierge has strengthened strategic partnerships with colleagues across Government including HM Treasury, HMRC, DfT, DIT, and the Home Office to name a few.
Sean Moloney, co-owner and co-founder of LISW, said the massive international focus of LISW and LISW23 in particular, would provide the perfect platform for the UK Shipping Concierge to showcase the services it has to offer. “Having an organisation that is able to bridge that gap between the demands of the industry and the policy requirements of HM Government is essential and UK Shipping Concierge will build on its hard work over the past year to use LISW23 to focus the spotlight on the multitude of business opportunities available in London and the UK.”
LISW23 will be held in the week of September 11-15, 2023 and will play host to the maritime world with hundreds of events attracting thousands of international industry decision makers into London during the week. The headline LISW23 Conference will be held on Wednesday September 13th while the LISW23 Gala Dinner will be held on Thursday September 14th.