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Doing business in Chile - updates for UK businesses

Wednesday, 30 September 2020 3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

Join key officials from DIT South West and the British Chamber in Chile to hear from an expert panel providing updates on how COVID-19 has impacted on business and the current state of play.


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  • 15:30 - Housekeeping
  • 15:35 - Welcome – Sarah Hildersley, DIT South West, Market Specialist for Latin America
  • 15:40 - Expert Panel Introductions
    • Greg Holland – CEO, British Chamber in Chile
    • Expert TBC
    • Expert TBC
  • 15:55 - Panel discussion chaired by Sarah Hildersley, DIT South West
  • 16:10 - Q&A hosted by Sarah Hildersley
  • 16:15 - Summary and details on Virtual Business Forum and other DIT support
  • 16.25 - Event close


Why Chile?

Chile has long been a commercially like-minded and open business partner for the UK. Links go back many decades and there are close ties politically and militarily. But Chile is in recent times a truly impressive and modern market. It has the highest Gross Domestic Product (GDP) per capita in the region. It is an ideal place to develop and explore new opportunities thanks to its natural riches and demand for innovative solutions. There is also a strong association with British products and services. Over 100 UK companies have direct operations in Chile, with many more working through local partners, demonstrating a strong British commercial community.

The Chilean people often study abroad, taking back to the country the best of what international universities have to offer and the country has a highly skilled workforce. Chileans are keen followers of global trends and consider themselves at the forefront of innovation in the region. The culture is such that you know where you stand with a Chilean business partner and integrity is all.

Chile is a key player in regional and international collaborative initiatives, having signed 26 Free Trade Agreements. Chile is the first country in the world with which the UK signed a post-Brexit trade continuity agreement. It is a founding member of the Pacific Alliance and the CPTPP, and as such prides itself on being open for business.The country is regularly ranked the highest in South America for the ease of doing business by the World Bank due to its economic stability. As a strong commodity economy (mining, agriculture) with growing service sectors, there are many opportunities in modernisation, digital and eco-friendly initiatives. This is also true of the consumer goods, infrastructure and healthcare sectors.


Who is this webinar for?

Experienced South West exporters with products and services with potential in Chile and the broader South American region.

Chilean companies are keen on solutions that improve efficiency in the following sectors:

  • Mining (Copper and Lithium, cybersecurity, insurance, mining efficiency and minimising environmental impact)
  • Life Sciences and Healthcare
  • Infrastructure (US$9bn Infrastructure Fund, 2023 Pan-American Games, digital infrastructure, water management)
  • Financial Services (insurance, FinTech, pensions)
  • Food and Drink
  • Technology including Smart Cities
  • Creative Industries
  • Defence and Security


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Please Note: We will send you details of the online platform and login details prior to the event.

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Sarah Hildersley

With extensive business development experience as a British diplomat all over the world helping UK companies achieve sales success, and private sector experience from Iraq, Sarah now advises South West companies on their approach to selling in complex markets in Asia, Latin America and the Middle East.

Having worked extensively with small businesses and some of the largest UK firms, Sarah is well placed to help our companies secure sales in the most efficient way. Sarah helps companies analyse their route to market and to secure sustainable sales. 

She recently took on the expanded role of High Growth Markets Specialist in recognition of our levelling-up plans to help South West companies break into new markets. 


Greg Holland

Greg graduated as a Naval Engineer and later studied business administration and leadership at Henley Management College, Templeton College Oxford, London Business School and IMD in Switzerland. He was a director of the New Power Company and Operations Director for Thames Water in London before moving to Chile in 2003. He was country manager for Thames Water’s three Chilean businesses until they were sold in 2006.

Later he founded a consulting business working on energy efficiency, renewables and reducing greenhouse gas emissions. He is passionate about the environment and the need to take positive action and is currently on the Executive committee of the Corporate Leaders Group working on climate change.

He became CEO of the British Chamber in 2012 and has been actively involved with many of the issues and opportunities that exist for business connected by roots or trading with the UK. Greg is bilingual and has developed a wide network of trusted contacts in both the public and private sectors.


We take your data very seriously and are committed to the privacy and security of it. This event is organised by Business West, delivery partner for The Department of International Trade for the SW, together with the British Chamber in Chile. The data collected will be shared with these organisations for processing your booking, managing and following up the event.

The event is delivered on behalf of the Department for International Trade and their privacy policies are available at DIT Personal Information Charter.

The  British Chambers in Chile privacy policies are available at https://www.britishchambers.org.uk/page/privacy-policy