About Us

Whitefield International was founded in 1999 and is a globally-active, international business consultancy providing foreign direct investment (FDI) lead generation, corporate location and international trade services to expanding companies and government agencies.

We work in most parts of the world, although our main areas of operation are Europe, North America, South America and China. We are also active in the Middle East and Africa.

Our head office is based in southern England and is complemented by associate and partner offices in the markets in which we operate. This gives us a truly global reach.

We are also a founding partner of international business consultancy network, HBO, and have a strategic alliance with Globalista in Latin America.

We serve clients around the world across a wide range of sectors, including life sciences, medical technology, ICT (including digital/gaming, BPO, contact centres), aerospace & defence, automotive, advanced manufacturing, logistics, business & financial services and cleantech/energy.

All Whitefield International consultants and associates have long experience in international trade, corporate location and FDI and are fully familiar with working at a senior corporate level in a highly confidential environment  Founder and Managing Director, Mike Harling, has over 30 years experience in international business and has lived and worked in a number of countries. His background includes several years investment promotion experience, gained from holding senior posts at Whitefield International and within an investment promotion agency, and  prior to that, many years in industry in international sales, marketing and trade promotion roles in the UK and overseas.

Choosing the optimum location is vital to the success of any business. The ability or otherwise to access a high quality workforce, customers, markets and suppliers can mean the difference between success and failure.

Whitefield International provides a range of services to assist companies expand, relocate or consolidate their office, manufacturing, assembly, distribution and R& D operations within the UK and overseas. We cover all phases of the location process from strategic planning, project feasibility to location and site selection. We focus on identifying a number of suitable locations, then developing comparative data on each of the preferred options.

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Whitefield International works with companies looking to sell into overseas markets.

The rise of the BRIC nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China), mass population movements, fast rising purchasing power in developing countries and continuing technological developments are just some of the major changes taking place in our increasingly globalised world. As ever, the challenges are many and varied in undertaking international trade, with a bewildering variety of opportunities presenting themselves to companies in overseas markets where they often possess little or no experience.

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Whitefield International provides a range of services to assist economic development organisations, government authorities and investment promotion agencies to develop and implement targeted inward investment programmes.

Such targeted programmes succeed in identifying expanding companies with investment projects and attracting them to our clients’ area, thereby creating new jobs, wealth and investment.

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