Doing Business with Saxony, Germany

30 November 2018

Black Country Chamber of Commerce, Wolverhampton Science Park, Wolverhampton, WV10 9TG

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Saxony is emerging as one of the key regions of Mitteleuropa with its geographic location and its concentration of manufacturing, across a broad range of sectors, providing the basis for transition to the next phase of advanced internet-dependent manufacturing. Whatever the conclusion to the Brexit process, the region’s expansion will be heavily reliant on access to precision components and customer-orientated business solutions.

With its principal cities of Dresden, the Lande capital, Chemnitz and Leipzig (ranked as the most innovative city outside Berlin), not only has the West Midlands strong cultural and political links but both economies provide considerable opportunities for collaborative interchange and strong economic growth.

Please see the agenda below.


0845 Registration & light refreshments
Chair: Paul Forrest, Head of Research, West Midlands Economic Forum

0915 Welcome & Introduction

0920 The importance of Saxony & Germany to future West Midlands trade
Rt. Hon. Pat McFadden, MP Wolverhampton South East

0940 Short Q&A

0950 Introduction to Saxony (see notes)
Alexander Shroder, Senator, BVMV Sachsen;
Andreas Lippert, Wirtschaftforderung Sachsen;
Antje Hermanau, Anglo-Sax Initiative

1030 Q&A

1045 Coffee Break

1100 Discussion of Trade Mission Objectives, Itinerary & Business Practice in Germany
Gerald La Touche, Black Country Chamber
Gerti Willis, Communications & Culture Adviser, DIT West Midlands

1200 Networking & Close


The BVMW is the largest, voluntarily organised and cross-industry interest grouping of German SMEs in Germany. As part of the SME Alliance, they represent the common economic, social and societal interests of 32 employers' and business associations with more than 650,000 members, employing more than 11 million people.

The Wirtschaftsförderung Sachsen (WFS or Saxony Economic Development Corporation) is a state-owned enterprise of the Federal State of Saxony and has been active in three key fields since that time. The WFS promotes Saxony as a business location and advises potential investors comprehensively from the initial idea all the way to the implementation of their relocation projects.

In addition, the WFS assists Saxony’s companies in achieving their export goals and initiates cooperations with companies located outside of Saxony. The objective is to open up new international markets for Saxony’s business community and to create new jobs in Saxony. In other words: The Saxony Economic Development Corporation builds bridges.

The concept of the Anglo-Sax Initiative (ASI) proposal was originated and developed by Antje Hermenau Strategin (AHS), in response to evident growing concern in central Europe, regarding the direction of the overall EU project, especially with regard to increasing central demands on harmonisation, the Euro and migration policy. Set in this context the ASI seeks to improve relations at regional levels, assisting the development and expansion of horizontal cultural, educational, research, trade and economic ties between regions. With regard to this specific proposal, it initially encompasses the German Freistaat Sachsen (Saxony) and the English East and West Midlands regions.

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