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BAG Missions Activity Update

This newsletter features

  • Welcome to the first edition of BAG's Missions Activity Update
  • What is the BAG Missions Working Group?
  • BAG Missions – Review
  • Missions Highlights of the last 18 months
  • Benefits and how to get engaged
  • Looking Ahead
Welcome to the first edition of BAG’s Missions Activity Update

We are very excited to be sharing the first regular Update from the BAG Missions Working Group. In today’s update we would firstly like to introduce the Missions Working Group and outline its aims and activities. We are also highlighting some key statistics about BAG’s Mission Activity over the past 5 years and especially our work over the past 18 months during the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We will outline how BAG has adapted its missions programme and even increased its activities and how as a trade body we have successfully engaged with our stakeholders and members throughout a challenging time.

Our programme of missions activity includes virtual missions, inward visits, and outward missions, and is coordinated with the Department for International Trade (DIT). Our work helps companies to identify where opportunities exist, meet with government officials, airport authorities, contractors and key decision makers on international airport developments, as well as gain insight into trading with specific countries.

We hope you find this new communication useful and I am looking forward to any feedback and inputs you have for our work moving forwards.
Matthew Butters
BAG Deputy Chair and Lead, Missions Working Group

What is the BAG Missions Working Group?
The BAG Missions Working Group is one of the BAG Boards’ dedicated Working Groups whose purpose is to connect BAG Members with Opportunities Abroad. The Working Group acts as the lead in the organisation and implementation of missions for BAG and connections with the Department for International Trade’s (DIT’s) connections in Embassies around the world.
We have developed, in partnership with UK DIT, a multi-stage approach to Market Engagement, building relationships and sharing knowledge between the UK supply chain and overseas entities planning aviation development.

BAG Missions Review
The Missions Working Group has commenced a full review of the missions BAG has coordinated and been involved in over the past 5 years and is now maintaining an up to date Missions Tracker. Did you know...?
  • BAG has been involved in 60 Missions over the past 5 years
  • BAG has coordinated missions activities with 28 countries over the past 5 years
  • BAG member companies have worked in over 150 countries
  • BAG member companies have worked in the 60 largest airports worldwide
Recent Missions Highlights
In 2020/21 BAG Missions have included workshops with government and private developers in Brazil, China, Colombia, Philippines, Poland & Romania and resulted in knowledge sharing in the following themes:

  • Development strategy
  • Procurement models
  • Pandemic response
  • Revenue
  • Sustainability
  • Digital innovation

Feedback included:
DIT in country team
- “extremely appreciated your time commitment … and your massive support in shaping the meeting programme and securing high level/quality speakers... Your profound industrial knowledge has added huge value to the event.”
- “We were impressed by your efficiency, professionalism, collaboration. “
- “My colleagues also informed me about the excellent cooperation they had with the BAG team. This event would not have been possible without your help."
“I trust that the excellent cooperation that our teams have built through the webinar and the trade mission will continue.”
- “You can count on the continued support of the British Embassy during my time there”

BAG DIT Philippines: Design Delivery Model workshop to engage the Philippine market, 24 May 2021

BAG DIT Romania Airport Business Exchange- 20 January 2021
Benefits and how to get engaged

Our Missions programme can include the following engagement options:

  • Introduction  / Awareness Building Session
    • Offered to UK team in post and client team, providing a background to the breadth of UK aviation offer
    • Offered to wide UK supply chain, providing early awareness of market or opportunity
  • Knowledge sharing / Relationship Building Sessions
    • Focused workshops with client team, themes to be confirmed after introduction session. Previous sessions included sustainability, delivery model, digital strategy etc.
    • UK supply chain gets engaged by delivering “lessons learned” piece which will offer a learning activity for the client and at the same time showcase the expertise and breadth the UK aviation supply chain can offer.
  • Round tables
    • Round table workshops with supplier groups based on priorities and planning timetable: noting value of early engagement to help inform requirements definition
    • UK supply chain invited to deliver dedicated short company pitches and present directly to client


Looking Ahead

As the UK’s representative body for the aviation supply chain, we are acutely aware of the issues that our clients around the world have faced and are still facing as an airport operator/owner. For our part, we continue to seek opportunities to bring our membership together to share best practice and debate future developments, as well as to liaise with client organisations around the world, where we believe we can be supportive. In addition to these activities, we are looking to sustain the aviation community at a time when many are transferring to other areas, doing so with an eye on the future need, to reinstate capacity for our sector. We are looking forward to building back better and to collaborating with our global clients as a sustainable, diverse and inclusive supply chain to provide the best services and products our clients are looking for.
We always welcome your involvement and input to help us to understand your needs and shape the agenda for our activity moving forwards. We are really looking forward to your feedback and further thoughts, so please don’t hesitate to get in touch via the BAG Secretariat.


The British Aviation Group is the leading representative body for British companies involved in aviation and airport development and operations.
We provide world class expertise to meet the challenges of global airports.
We are the first port of call for global clients to connect to the full spectrum of British aviation expertise delivering solutions for airports large and small.
We have had amazing success working in over 150 countries and at the 60 largest airports delivering value, efficiency, sustainability and resilience.

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