Macedonia is the largest trading partner of the United Kingdom - the first British Business Association was established
Total trade between the two countries amounted to 2,3 billion pounds in the four quarters of last year and the end of the first quarter of this year, which represents an increase of 12,8 percent. One of the three catalytic converters installed in cars across Europe, they carry the "Made in Macedonia" sign and are manufactured by "Johnson Matty", and the Sasa mine is the largest employer in the North-Eastern Region of the country.
The company "Johnson Metey", the mine Sasa and Sopro, all with British capital, are the founders of the first British Business Association in the country. Their goal is to promote transparency and partnership within the Macedonian business environment in close cooperation with all stakeholders. According to British Ambassador Mark Lawson, the United Kingdom is a strong partner and close friend of North Macedonia, in whose interest it is to be a preferred trade and investment partner, through their industrial capabilities, investment ecosystem and government support.
At the promotion of the first British Business Association in the country, Lawson informed that the total trade between the two countries amounted to 2,3 billion pounds in the four quarters of last year and the end of the first quarter of this year, which represents an increase of 12,8 percent. The value of British exports is 2 billion pounds, and the total import of Macedonian goods in the UK is 326 million pounds. General Director Borjan Borozanov spoke about the successful investment story of "Johnson Matty", who proudly said that one of the three catalytic converters installed in cars across Europe bears the "Made in Macedonia" sign, and according to Ivica Taleski, Deputy General Director of the mine Sasa, they are the largest employer in the North Eastern region of the state.
- North Macedonia is the largest trade partner of the UK in the Western Balkans. We are promoting Britain as a preferred trade and investment partner of North Macedonia and we are promoting the Ministry of Guaranteeing UK Export Credits. Our focus is on infrastructure, energy, mining, sustainable development, health, security and defense - underlined Ambassador Lawson. Answering a journalist's question whether the political developments in the region can affect British investors, the British Ambassador emphasized that they absolutely do not reflect on businesses in Macedonia, which he divided for the good business climate.
The British trade representative for the Western Balkans, Martin Vickers, also spoke at the promotion, who emphasized the importance of the presence of the Johnson Matthey catalyst factory, which accounts for about 16 percent of Macedonia's GDP. Vickers said there is interest in new British investments in Macedonia, and his role will be to encourage future investors and reassure them of the country's positive business climate. Ryan Wellmans, executive director of Sopro, said that after coming to Macedonia in 2016, "they met amazing people and a work ethic, which they could hardly replicate anywhere else in the world."
- Regardless of the cost savings compared to alternative locations, I can clearly say that the people we hired in Skopje were absolutely essential to the success and growth of our business to date - Wellmans boasted.