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  Thursday, February 2, 2012         Issue 280        Volume 12 Number 3 Sponsor this Newsletter
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This week in Really Useful Resources you will:

• Learn about opportunities in the United Kingdom
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• Find out about online international market research from Google

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United Kingdom

British Prime Minister, David Cameron, has recently called for the establishment of a free trade agreement between the U.S. and the EU. This agreement would, he said, strengthen the transatlantic trade between trading blocs weakened in recent months, particularly because of the sovereign debt crisis in Europe and the recession in the United States.
The UK holds a special place in the European Union. Although it is a full member, it differs in several respects: firstly the country has decided to keep its own currency instead of adapting the euro; secondly, it has always been very critical about the issue of the Common Agricultural Policy; finally, the UK has decided to stay out of the new EU treaty on the reform of European institutions.

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The UK also has a special relationship with the United States, based on a shared history, language and, to some extent, culture. The US is the UK’s largest export market (over 14% of British exports) and the third-largest supplier (9% of total imports). The UK is the fifth-largest import market for the United States, with about 4% of total U.S. exports (and the largest European market for the United States) and the sixth- largest supplier (2.6 % of total US imports). The UK exports each year more than 150 billion USD of services (mainly financial) to the United States.
In 2010-2011, the United States was the largest foreign investor in the UK, with over 24% of total FDI in the country, far ahead of the Netherlands (17%) or France (11%). As a world-class financial center, London remains the top destination for U.S. companies in Europe. In addition, opportunities during the Olympic Games 2012 in the British capital have attracted extensive investment from U.S. companies

For more information on trade relations between the U.S. and the UK:
The British-American Business Council
The British American Business
• 2011: US trade with UK # 2011 on the Census Bureau's Website

To assist you in your business in the UK:
United Kingdom Trade and Development
The British-American Chamber of Commerce
The US Commercial Service in the United Kingdom
The Embassy of the United States in London
Trade Associations and Regulatory Bodies in UK
The UK Business Blog

Upcoming tradeshows in the UK:
Oceanology International, marine science and ocean technology – London - 03/13-15/2012
Ecobuild, the world's biggest event for sustainable design, construction – London - 03/20-22/2012
Infosecurity, Europe's number one information security event – London - 04/24-26/2012
Farnborough International Airshow, the world's largest aerospace and defense exhibition in 2012 – London - 07/09-15/2012

For information about other countries in the world:
• The mini portals of FITA
• The mini portals of

Global Trade Resources

The newly revised GlobalEDGE is one of the top international trade information portals on the internet. Developed and managed by the International Business Center at Michigan State University, with assistance of a grant from the US Department of Education, GlobalEDGE offers a wealth of information needed by all international trade professionals. Its most important resources are the Global Resource Directory, a collection of thousands of international business- and trade-related resources, the Glossary, a comprehensive listing of international business terms accompanied by definitions and the Online Course Modules, a series of online courses about all aspects of doing international trade, with an emphasis on exporting.

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Google Global Market Finder is Google's international market research service for companies that sell overseas. Using data from Internet searches conducted around the world, it shows the number of times people search for your keywords in Arabic, Chinese, English, or one of 56 languages. You can use it as a tool to test international effectiveness of keywords you should use on your websites as well as a way of calculating the costs and value of buying online advertising from Google or other online advertising services.

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Upcoming seminars and webinars - from March 2nd until March 15th

Exporting Clean Energy Technologies - San Jose, CA, United States - 03/13/2012 (seminar)
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