By Monica Takacs, Pittsburgh Technology Council
Greetings from London, UK! Last night we flew on the British Airways Pittsburgh to London non-stop on the beautiful Dreamliner along with 10 Pittsburgh scale-up companies looking to expand their footprint in the UK. From the moment we arrived at Pittsburgh International Airport last night, British Airways rolled out the red carpet for our group. We met in the lovely Admiral’s Club for a meet and greet with the delegates and enjoyed snacks before our flight.
The plane is top notch. British Airlines generously upgraded the PTC team to Business Class and we felt spoiled by all of the amenities of the plane from the moment we got on board. The flat beds were so comfortable that I fell asleep, even before dinner was served. Breakfast consisted of a tomato flat bread and yogurt, all very tasty.
We had some free time to explore the neighborhood of Tower Hill along the Thames. The neighborhood is a mix of modern and medieval with the iconic Tower Bridge as the centerpiece.
London & Partners hosted a welcome reception for us with outstanding views of the bridge. Our delegation learned all about the tech sector in London that includes 365,000 developers, 4 universities in the world’s top 40, the highest VC funding, and 36 unicorns. MOORE Kingston Smith sponsored the event and presented important tax information for companies considering expanding into the UK. Highlights of the advantages that they proposed were a 17% tax rate and R&D tax credits for companies.
Thank you to the UK’s Department for International Trade (DIT) for organizing this opportunity and for being an amazing partner, along with British Airways.
Follow along with us over the next few days when we learn about business in London, Manchester, Cardiff, and Bristol.