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Opportunities in US-UK Trade

New York |
Speakers include:
Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

Financial Times

Kerry Agiosotis

Kerry Agiosotis

Western Union Business Solutions

Overview

How can SMEs win in changing markets?

Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the vitality of local economies both in the UK and US. As they look to expand their business, the latest developments in international trade – for example the prospect of a new trade deal between these countries – are likely to affect their growth plans. New technologies are also opening up new opportunities for SMEs and can help them to make their mark in the international arena. What are the challenges and opportunities of a new UK-US trade deal? How can SMEs win in changing markets and how can they tackle barriers to growth? What is the role of technology in strengthening trade relations?

This confidential editorial breakfast, organised by the Financial Times in partnership with Western Union, will bring together a varied group of UK and US policy makers, business leaders and analysts to understand the key obstacles to growth and to learn more about the practical solutions. 

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fallback Add to my Calendar 04/27/2017 08:00:0004/27/2017 10:00:00falseOpportunities in US-UK Trade How can SMEs win in changing markets? Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) play an important role in the vitality of local economies both in the UK and US. As they look to expand their business, the latest developments in international trade – for example the prospect of a new trade deal between these countries – are likely to affect their growth plans. New technologies are also opening up new opportunities for SMEs and can help them to make their mark in the international arena. What are the challenges and opportunities of a new UK-US trade deal? How can SMEs win in changing markets and how can they tackle barriers to growth? What is the role of technology in strengthening trade relations?This confidential editorial breakfast, organised by the Financial Times in partnership with Western Union, will bring together a varied group of UK and US policy makers, business leaders and analysts to understand the key obstacles to growth and to learn more about the practical solutions. Opportunities-in-US-UK-Trade--f6ca9ffc7bac885be28cdfb64615f46bMM/DD/YYYY

Agenda - 27th Apr

  • 8:00am
    Guest arrival and welcome refreshments
  • 8:10am
    Welcome remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry Editor, Financial Times

  • 8:15am
    Opening remarks

    Kerry Agiasotis, President, Western Union Business Solutions

  • 8:25am
    Discussion commences
  • 10:00am
    Closing remarks

    Ed Crooks, US Industry Editor, Financial Times

CHAIR (1)

Ed Crooks

Ed Crooks

US Industry and Energy Editor
Financial Times

Ed Crooks was appointed US industry and Energy Editor in August 2010. Prior to that, he was Energy editor at the FT, based in London. Mr Crooks joined the FT in 1999 as Economics Editor, and then went on to become UK News Editor. Previously, Mr Crooks was an Economics Correspondent for the BBC, reporting on both television and radio. He started at the BBC as a researcher and producer and worked across several news programmes. He has also been a reporter and Editor for the Investors Chronicle as well as an Economic Analyst for the Institute for Fiscal Studies. Mr Crooks graduated from Oxford University with a degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics. He regularly appears on national and international TV and radio.

SPEAKER (1)

Kerry Agiosotis

Kerry Agiosotis

President
Western Union Business Solutions

Kerry Agiasotis has served as President of Western Union Business Solutions since 2013. Reporting to the CEO of Western Union, Mr Agiasotis leads more than 1800 employees in 31 countries providing payment services to businesses transacting internationally.

Mr Agiasotis has a proven track record in building and transforming growth businesses in both Financial Services and Information Technology.

He joined Western Union through its acquisition of Travelex Global Business Payments (TGBP) in 2011, which it purchased for $1bn. During his tenure at Travelex, he held multiple roles with the latest being Managing Director of Asia Pacific.  Having originally joined as Head of Strategy, he was integral in transforming the division from a commercial foreign exchange to international payments orientation, unlocking significant value in process.

Prior to his years in financial services, he held senior sales management roles in the technology industry at Oracle Corporation and Siebel Systems in Asia Pacific region. Combining his business acumen and technology strengths, he led regional teams working with Fortune 1000 companies undergoing technology led business transformations.

Mr Agiasotis holds an Executive MBA from Australian Graduate School of Management and occupies a number of Board positions for Western Union companies including the Western Union International Bank and Western Union Foundation. 

PRESENTED BY (1)

Financial Times Live (FT Live) is the global conferences and events division of the Financial Times Group. Chaired by senior journalists from the Financial Times Group, the summits, conferences, awards and strategic forums organised by FT Live gather the world’s brightest minds and most influential decision-makers.

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IN ASSOCIATION WITH (1)

Western Union Business Solutions enables companies of all sizes to send and receive international payments and manage global cash flow, creating unique solutions tailored to suit their individual needs. It is a business unit of The Western Union Company, a leading nonbank provider of cross border payments, which offers Business Solutions services in over 30 countries. Clients are supported by a network of trading offices, strategic banking relationships and a global clearing network and can send cross-border foreign exchange payments in more than 135 currencies.

The Western Union Company (NYSE: WU) is a leader in global payment services. Together with its Vigo, Orlandi Valuta, Pago Facil and Western Union Business Solutions branded payment services, Western Union provides consumers and businesses with fast, reliable and convenient ways to send and receive money around the world, to send payments and to purchase money orders. As of December 31, 2015, the Western Union, Vigo and Orlandi Valuta branded services were offered through a combined network of over 500,000 agent locations in 200 countries and territories and over 100,000 ATMs and kiosks, and included the capability to send money to over one billion accounts. In 2015, The Western Union Company completed 262 million consumer-to-consumer transactions worldwide, moving $82 billion of principal between consumers, and 508 million business payments. For more information, visit www.westernunion.com.

Relevant links:

•        Website http://business.westernunion.co.uk/

•        For information about EDGE platform http://business.westernunion.co.uk/wuedge

•        LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/company/western-union-business-solutions

•        Twitter @WUBusiness

VENUE

Financial Times, New York Office
330 Hudson Street
New York 10013

United States of America

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CONTACT US

Ebru Sofuoglu
Roundtable Executive
Financial Times