The Lord Mayor of London wants Canadian tech to know the UK is open for business

Lord Mayor of London William Russell

In April, the Lord Mayor of London, William Russell, was to lead a trade mission to Toronto as part of ongoing plans to drum up North American interest in English FinTech and cleantech companies.

“We’re very keen to create this global standard for FinTech companies.”

Then, COVID-19 hit. So instead, a revised trade mission took place last week. Virtually.

So how did it go? And what exactly is the Lord Mayor of London if Sadiq Khan is the… Mayor of London?

Very good questions. As I explained to my stalwart co-host on the pod, the Lord Mayor’s primary role is to “represent, support and promote” the businesses in the City of London, predominantly in the financial services sector.

The Lord Mayor made a compelling pitch on the podcast as to how Canadian investors and startups could capitalize on the UK’s plans to shape global FinTech regulation post-Brexit.

More unexpected was the Lord Mayor’s focus on the need for committed cleantech innovation (the City of London Corporation will soon host the Green Horizon Summit, featuring a keynote address from Canadian Mark Carney). but hey, the pandemic isn’t the only global thread we currently face.

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Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys

Douglas Soltys is the Editor-in-Chief of BetaKit and founder of BetaKit Incorporated. He has worked for a few failed companies and written about many more. He spends too much time on the Internet.