Friday, 06 Jul 2012
AECOM Artist impression of site development
A sporting chance in Brazil
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) has helped AECOM to find new business in Brazil through introductions to new contacts in government and the private sector. The firm first established an office in Brazil in 1998, to take advantage of the country’s rapidly growing economy. It now offers its design and management consulting services across a range of sectors.
AECOM’s large UK office has collaborated with UKTI for many years. In May 2011, UKTI invited AECOM to a conference in London where it met with large Brazilian companies and contractors. The meetings allowed AECOM to develop key relationships which have led to over ten new contracts.
“UKTI has been extremely helpful with furthering our business goals in Brazil,” says Bill Hanway, Executive Director of Operations for AECOM’s Planning, Design and Development Group. “We would advise any company considering doing business abroad to get in touch with UKTI. They can easily help you overcome any challenges, and can provide the most relevant introductions in the market.”
Industry: Global sports projects
UKTI Services: Introductions, advice
“In Brazil, its essential to develop strong personal relationships with business leaders in order to gain trust and respect,” says Bill. “The introductions that UKTI has made helped us make connections with exactly the right people, leading to new business for our firm. UKTI’s unwavering interest in helping British companies in Brazil has made it much easier for us to find and develop new business. They didn’t just make contact once and forget about us. Their advisers are in constant contact and every time I visit Brazil, I always know that I can call them for advice.”
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