KPMG, the professional services firm, together with UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), are pleased to announce a strategic partnership which will see the two organisations supporting the growth of UK exports of goods and expertise. Both organisations have signalled an intent to collaborate together offering support to what is a vital part of the UK’s economic growth targets. UKTI and KPMG will work together over the coming months on a number of initiatives to support current and new exporters at a time where demand for British excellence has never been higher.
The first initiative to be announced involves a continuation of work with the highly prestigious NHS Leadership Academy. With the support of Healthcare UK, the government body which supports the UK health sector to do business overseas, KPMG will work with the NHS Leadership Academy to take their successful training programmes to countries where there is growing demand for the UK’s proven expertise in healthcare leadership. Created in 2012, the Leadership Academy has already trained over 36,000 leaders at all levels in the NHS in England.
Lord Livingston, Minister for UKTI Trade & Investment, said: “It’s great to see UKTI and KPMG come together to present this vision for how we can work in partnership over the next two years. In particular, the plans to work with the NHS to extend the NHS Leadership Academy across the globe are an excellent example of how Government and the private sector can work together to encourage economic growth.”
Howard Lyons, Managing Director of Healthcare UK, said: “People sometimes forget how highly valued the NHS brand is overseas, with many emerging markets looking to replicate elements of our health system. We strongly believe that taking the inspiring NHS Leadership Academy and its programmes overseas, delivering revenues back to the NHS, will be of major interest and showcase a real success story.”
Karen Lynas, Deputy Managing Director and Head of Leadership Development at the NHS Leadership Academy, said: “The investment into the NHS Leadership Academy was extensive and through leadership development at all levels is creating a climate of care and compassion, improve patient outcomes and their experience of the health service.”
In addition to this, KPMG will be working with the wider UKTI team to address the challenges facing SMEs in identifying opportunities to export. KPMG are to promote the UKTI Business Opportunities Programme (“Bizopps”) to its clients and contacts. This UKTI online service, links UK businesses to over 9,000 global sales leads annually in over 100 countries in 42 sectors. It is estimated to benefit the UK economy by around £4bn per annum. To sign up for alerts and business opportunities please visit www.businessopportunities.ukti.gov.uk.
Simon Collins, Chairman of KPMG in the UK, said: “KPMG’s work with the NHS to create a world class training programme will now be rolled out to help healthcare teams worldwide. Selling the UK’s knowledge and expertise abroad is vital as the UK competes globally.
“SMEs are the beating heart of our growing economy. That’s why we launched KPMG Enterprise to support the growth of private businesses. The Bizopps programme will really boost small businesses across the UK, helping them access international markets to drive the UK’s export growth.”
Alastair Henry, Citypress (on behalf of KPMG)
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Healthcare UK help UK healthcare providers to do more business overseas, promoting the UK healthcare sector to overseas markets and supporting healthcare partnerships between the UK and overseas healthcare providers. Healthcare UK is a joint initiative of the Department of Health (DH), UK Trade and Investment (UKTI) and NHS England, working with UKTI’s network of advisors located in more than 100 countries. For more information on Healthcare UK, visit www.gov.uk/government/organisations/healthcare-uk.
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