Architectural practice Benoy has joined the Mayor’s International Business Programme, a new initiative set up to help London’s high growth firms break into international markets or grow their existing operations overseas. The Programme, launched by the Mayor of London, Boris Johnson MP, aims to support 800 of the capital’s most successful small companies over the next three years and help them realise their global business potential.
As one of theProgramme’s key delivery partners, Benoy will focus on the urban sector where, as architects and masterplanners, it has significant international expertise. From its 11 strategically placed offices, including its flagship studio in London, Benoy’s international portfolio extends to over 75countries around the world.
As part of their involvement in the Programme, Benoy will provide peer-to-peer mentoring to help the London businesses scale up and internationalise. Companies joining the initiative include the likes of the urban cycling company Blaze which is backed by Index Ventures and the Branson family. Following the launch, held City Hall on 2 February 2016, Benoy continued the conversation with Lucid, a young visualisation company seeking opportunities in Asia, the Middle East and America.
The Mayor of London Boris Johnson MP said: "London has a strong heritage as an international trading city but with today’s world class transport network and our position at the centre of the business world, London offers the perfect springboard for companies looking to expand internationally. London’s businesses and entrepreneurs continue to be at the forefront of innovation and creativity and I have seen first-hand the demand for their goods and services across the world. By helping the capital’s businesses become the next global leaders we will see the creation of more jobs for Londoners."
Benoy’s Global Director, Tom Cartledge, met with the Mayor at the opening event. Cartledge commented that "Benoy is proud to be a part of the Mayor's International Business Programme. We are delighted to able to share our global experience with companies now taking their first and formative steps on the international journey."
He continued "Working in partnership with the Programme, Benoy is looking forward to encouraging and supporting London business in its endeavours overseas."