Workshop to help businesses understand why Mexico matters

Local businesses are being given the opportunity to gain advice on how to do business with Mexico at a seminar in Taunton this month.

The ‘Mexico Matters’ workshop, which has been organised by UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) South West, is being held on Monday 18 November at Taunton Racecourse.

The event is aimed at CEOs, business owners, managing directors and export managers looking to grow their business in this growing market – whether they are experienced exporters or new to international business.

Mexico is a modern country with a young population of 112 million and a growing middle class. With a dynamic economy, Mexico has an impressive network of Free Trade Agreements, including the EU. British products have a significant presence in the country, where they are recognised for their quality.

On the day delegates will be given an introduction to the Mexican market and learn about the commercial opportunities by UKTI’s Mexico Trade Officer Gizela Gonzalez. They will find out about market entry, finance, and what support is available to exporters in the region. Gary Baylis, from Westhaven Worldwide Logistics will also give advice on how to get goods to market successfully.

Paul Mills, of Somerset-based 66 Distilling, will share his experiences and knowledge of the market. After attending one of UKTI’s previous events, Paul found himself travelling to Mexico in no time at all, showcasing his alcoholic key lime pie drink at the Ambassador’s residence in Mexico. He also had commercial meetings set up with prospective importer distributors during his one-week visit.

UKTI regional director, Russell Jones said:

"Mexico is a country full of opportunities – and there has never been a better time to consider it as a business destination. It may seem a complex and challenging market, but it is one that we cannot afford to ignore. Many South West companies have enjoyed considerable success in Mexico but we would like to see more of the region’s businesses take advantage of the opportunities in this growing market.

“Preparation, planning and research are key to entering any new market and Mexico is no exception – this event will provide the perfect opportunity to learn more.”

To help local businesses seize these opportunities, UKTI will be leading a trade mission to Mexico next year. The trade mission is designed to assist companies that are either new to this potential export market or businesses with an existing foothold that they wish to develop further. As part of the mission, delegates will have access to tailored market research and will also have the opportunity to meet with prospective partners and distributors.

Paul Mills added:

“Visiting a country is a great way to quickly get the feel and flavour of that market, and to determine if and where the opportunities lie. In short, there is also no better way to learn about the culture, customs and business environment than getting on a plane and seeing it for yourself.”

For further information and to book a place on the ‘Mexico Matters’ event on 18 November, email [email protected] or visit


If you are based in the South West region and are interested in developing your business overseas please contact:

UKTI South West International trade Team

Tel: +(0)845 60 60 969

Email: [email protected]

Find your nearest International Trade Advisor via our postcode search facility in “Contacts in your region”.

In partnership with:

Countries: Mexico and South West England
Export Action Plan