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Cities driving trade

Gateway cities to growth

For businesses looking to enhance their growth prospects and deliver future sustainability, international expansion is a must. But once you have decided on a target region or market, how can you find an entry point that will provide the greatest chance of success?

We have profiled cities that boast the most compelling mix of geographic, economic and cultural qualities. These cities may not be front of mind but they act as springboards for businesses hoping to access markets or industries all over the world.

Our short guides cover everything from local business support, infrastructure and tax regulations to cultural differences, industrial strengths and key growth opportunities.

We have also drawn on our recent experience of helping firms set up in these locations to provide additional insight into how companies can make the right local contacts and get a handle on the trading options available to them.

These are the cities that are set to drive global trade for many years to come.

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Johannesburg: a thriving, entrepreneurial city

Explore opportunities in South Africa and beyond

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Nairobi: Take advantage of this African hub

How Nairobi can be your springboard into Africa

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Monterrey: the most advanced region in Mexico

Unlock Central America in Mexico’s industrial powerhouse

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Montreal: the tech hub with international appeal

An ideal location for internationally minded businesses

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Asia Pacific

Osaka: a historic city that is building for the future

Expand your business in a city steeped in entrepreneurial tradition

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Chennai: open the door to India’s markets

Build your business in this strategically important city

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Ho Chi Minh City: a vibrant trading hub

A dynamic city fulfilling its potential

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Shenzhen: China’s buzzing high-tech hub

Begin your Chinese adventure through Shenzhen

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Singapore: the hub where east meets west

Boost growth in a stable and welcoming environment for businesses expansion

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Barcelona: the jewel of southern Europe

A leading technology centre for the Mediterranean

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Dublin: The ideal bridge into Europe

How Dublin can help you kick-start your European adventure

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Manchester: opportunities in Britain and beyond

Reinvent your business in this historically important city

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Munich: the perfect hub for the European market

Harness the potential for growth in every sector

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Rotterdam: Europe’s epicentre of trade

Take advantage of Europe’s biggest markets

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Vienna: A historic trading hub

Take advantage of Europe’s most exciting markets

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