Queensland Day celebrations at the Australian High Commission in London showcased the state’s culture, heritage, places and industry to influential UK and European networks on 6 June.

Investors, Queensland exporters, business leaders and collaborators were among 350 guests at the networking reception hosted by Queensland Agent-General and Queensland Trade and Investment Commissioner for Europe Linda Apelt.

‘These are important occasions to celebrate in the UK as we are operating in competitive and important global markets – well-established centres for commerce, trade, industry and investment like London, Berlin, Paris and Amsterdam,’ she said.

‘In fact, combined with Germany, the UK is currently the second-largest source of foreign direct investment into Australia.

‘We are here to unlock those opportunities for Queensland.’

Queensland exporters are succeeding in the region and great businesses from right across the state were able to exhibit and promote their products on the evening.

The interest in their products from attendees demonstrated a real appetite for Queensland’s quality offerings throughout the UK.

Participating businesses included Jewels of Queensland, Full Circle Fibres, Mount Uncle Distillery, the Good Beer Co. and JBS Australia’s Queenslander beef.

Speaking at the event, Minister for State Development, Manufacturing, Infrastructure and Planning Cameron Dick said adaptability and entrepreneurial spirit are defining elements of the Queensland character.

‘In 2019 we continue to connect with the United Kingdom and the rest of the world through a record level of trade and investment and are establishing our leading position in the global innovation race,’ he said.

The evening was also an opportunity to collaborate with other Queensland organisations, such as Tourism and Events Queensland and corporate partners such as QIC, Technology One, McCullough Robertson Lawyers, ARUP, Etihad Airways, NAB and the InterContinental Hayman Island Resort.

Supporting Queensland exporters is a key goal of the Queensland Trade and Investment Strategy 2017–2022.

If you’d like support to enter a European market, contact TIQ Europe.