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Calling Small- and Medium-Sized Business Stakeholders: Attend the U.S.-UK SME Dialogue on April 16


The Office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the U.S. Department of Commerce, and the U.S. Small Business Administration, together with the UK Department for Business and Trade, will convene the 8th United States-United Kingdom Small and Medium Enterprise (SME) Dialogue on Tuesday, April 16, 2024, from 9:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m., in Belfast, Northern Ireland, United Kingdom.

The SME Dialogue, established in 2018, is an ongoing exchange bringing small and medium businesses and stakeholders on both sides of the Atlantic together with government officials, in an effort to identify ways to deepen U.S.-UK trade and investment ties and strengthen cooperation on issues of mutual interest to SMEs. According to government statistics, trade between the two nations is about $247 billion per year, and together there is around $1 trillion invested in each other’s economies.

Topics of discussion at the April discussion will include:

  • Opportunities and challenges for small businesses in U.S.-UK trade
  • Benefits of digital tools and paperless trading
  • Creative industries and U.S. and UK approaches
  • Intellectual property protection

Registration is free of charge on a first come, first served availability, and open to stakeholders from the U.S. and UK. Lunch, coffee breaks, and a networking reception at the conclusion of the Dialogue will be provided for SME participants, who will cover their own travel expenses.

Interested U.S. SME stakeholders should RSVP by emailing their name, title, organization, and city/state to [email protected].

View additional information, registration details, and the preliminary draft agenda.


Jana Zabinski

Senior Director, Communications & Public Relations


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Beth Goodbaum

Journalist/Communications Specialist


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