Stephen Bridges, the Chicago-based British consul general, this week is operating a fully-staffed “pop-up” office in Kansas City. He dropped in on the 1 Million Cups session at the Kauffman Foundation, held a reception at the National World War I Museum and talked up the Kansas City Chiefs’ Nov. 1 game in London.
On Thursday he spoke with The Kansas City Star’s editorial board, highlighting important relationships with local businesses. Here are excerpts:
▪ “Cerner is huge in the U.K. for our health service...Couple that with the civil engineering companies, Black & Veatch and Burns & McDonnell, and then you start adding things like Lockton and Garmin — this is a strong package for us.”
▪ “I think there’s a stronger entrepreneurial scene here in Kansas City than the city gives itself credit for. Is that an effect of Kauffman? I don’t know ... but it’s definitely had an impact.”
▪ “We’ve got some tech stuff going on with some companies that are beginning to look at the U.K. The U.K. for itself as a market, and the U.K. for expansion into the rest of Europe.”
▪ “The NFL is big business in the U.K. We take it very seriously and we hope one of the teams will have more of a base in the U.K.”