British Water boosts international trade during annual reception

Events over two days to support UK exporters in the water and wastewater sector.

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British Water's International Reception provides the opportunity for networking with industry professionals from across the world.

LONDON, UK, OCT 31, 2018 -- British Water is hosting three international events over two days to support UK exporters in the water and wastewater sector. A Meet-the-Buyer Water Workshop takes place at the Institute of Directors in London on 20 November 2018 and is followed by the trade association's annual International Reception, which features a keynote speech from Peter Simpson, chief executive of Anglian Water Group.

The afternoon Meet-the-Buyer event is supported by the Department for International Trade (DIT) and Enterprise Europe Network (EEN) and gives UK-based companies the opportunity to network directly with leading contractors from across the world. Representatives for industrial and municipal water and wastewater projects in Brazil, Europe, India, Iraq, North Africa, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, United Arab Emirates, USA and other markets will be available for pre-scheduled, one-to-one meetings.

Participating companies include Compesa Water & Wastewater Utility of Pernambuco, Gama, Hassan Allam, Ion Exchange, Orascom, Ombrab and Saur.

The International Reception follows the workshop and brings together water industry professionals involved in developing and delivering global water projects. Anglian Water chief executive Peter Simpson will address attendees and is expected to highlight the role of utilities in showcasing supply chain innovation for a global market. Simpson was winner of Glassdoor's Highest Rated CEOs UK Award 2017.

The Reception is free to British Water members and is supported by DIT, EEN and UK Export Finance. It aims to increase international partnerships through networking and the sharing of best practice.

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Anglian Water's chief executive Peter Simpson will deliver a keynote address at British Water's International Reception.

The British Water International Conference takes place on 21 November 2018 at the City headquarters of Turner & Townsend. The one-day event will explore the changing landscape of global trade, identifying projects and markets that are at the forefront of growth. The Conference will enable companies to meet international contractors, consultants and industry leaders.

British Water chief executive Lloyd Martin said, "The global landscape is changing, with Brexit and a rise in protectionist policies having the most significant impact on trade and markets. Delegates to the British Water International Conference will have the opportunity to explore what this means for exporters of water and wastewater solutions.

"Attendees will be also be able to gather valuable market intelligence and meet a wide range of potential business partners."

Delegates will hear from industry leaders including Tania Flasck, director of Turner & Townsend; UK Export Finance's business group director, Gordon Welsh and David Tyler, associate director and water & wastewater specialist at the European Bank for Reconstruction & Development.

Jimmy Carter, water sector specialist – infrastructure, DIT said, "In a changing global landscape it is more important than ever for UK suppliers of services and technologies to keep up-to-date with market intelligence, forthcoming projects and prospective clients. These British Water events provide a unique opportunity for companies to meet with international contractors in order to better understand the needs of global markets and the disruptive changes we expect to see in the water sector over the next 10 years."

Separate registration is required for each event, for more information, visit

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