APSCo’s trade delegation to the US – covering New York and San Francisco – has been hailed as a resounding success by the delegates who attended. A total of 28 delegates undertook the trip, supported by the Department of International Trade and sponsored by Squire Patton Boggs and Deloitte.
The packed itinerary included trends and forecasts for what is the biggest staffing market in the world with revenues of $139 billion. As well as information and advice on setting up in the US, the delegates gained privileged access to key contacts who provided insight into key tax and legal issues in a country that has state, federal and city law; comparisons between the UK and US in relation to contracting and MSPs and, of course, the impact of the new Trump administration and what that may mean for recruiters. There were also real life case studies from those who have ‘been there and done it’ as well as panel discussions with US based firms including Harnham, Betts Recruitment, Rock IT Recruitment, Volt and Ad+One in San Francisco and Pro-Clinical, Frank Group, Phaidon and SThree in New York. There was also an opportunity in New York to attend a client networking event hosted by Edward Price, UK Vice Consul at the British Consulate.
While the itinerary focussed on setting up operations in New York and San Francisco, business in Chicago and Ohio was also covered due to lower taxation burden and cost incentives.
“I collected a huge amount of information to take away and am now in a position to make a good and educated decision on whether we’re going to hit the States over the next 12 months”, said Chris Jackson, founder director of Understanding Recruitment. While Yvette Cleland, CEO of Clinical Professionals commented: “I was very focused during the day time sessions and have gained a far greater insight into some of the main areas I had some issues and concerns around so the time spent was very worthwhile.”
Ann Swain, Global CEO of APSCo who led the trade delegation said: “This was possibly one of our most successful international trade delegations to date. Our delegates gained first hand insight into how the professional recruitment sector operates in the US, important advice on how to establish and build a successful recruitment business across the pond and a rare opportunity to meet important decision makers in a positive and open environment. There was even a hint of drama with some concerns over whether the heavy snow would scupper our onward trip from New York to San Francisco – thankfully we just missed it!”