Japan Desk

Global Innovation Forum – Osaka, Japan, 26th – 28th Oct 2020

We are delighted to announce our partner chamber, Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry, have offered two advanced technology start-ups / entrepreneurial businesses from the UK to participate in their Global Innovation Forum planned to take place in Osaka in October.

This fully sponsored opportunity is open to businesses who meet any of the following conditions:

  • Startups with advanced technology in AI, IoT, Digital Health, VR/AR, Mobility.
  • Startups with test pilot models that are almost complete and able to provide demonstrations.
  • Startups interested in collaborating with Japanese or overseas companies (technology or capital)

The programme will provide the successful startups with an opportunity to showcase their business and demonstrate your products have B2B meetings with Japanese companies as well as network with like-minded start-ups from around the world.

The two companies selected by OCCI to participate in The Global Innovation Forum 2020 are Chilton Computing and Alchemy Machines

Chilton Computing Limited, is a smart port logistics and advanced operations management start-up which uses AI and smart IoT technology to accelerate port logistics, with applications in wind farm construction.

Alchemy Machines is a B2B SaaS/Deeptech start-up that is developing a conversational intelligence platform which enables multi-user speech-to-text transcriptions of verbal communications via phone and web-conferencing, with initial application in the legal sector.

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Japan Desk

The Japan Desk at the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce works with member UK businesses helping identify partnerships and strategy agreements as well as building stronger working relationships with those wanting to establish companies or work in the Japanese market. With many UK companies’ showing a strong interest in dealing with Japan for exporting, importing and collaborative partnerships over the years, ongoing opportunities are readily available.

One area the Japan desk has played a pivotal role is in helping remove common misconceptions about the Japanese market and its willingness to embrace external businesses. These include: “Japan is a closed market”; “It is difficult to get into the market due to strong ties between Japanese group companies”; “Japanese technology is advanced and there is no room for us.”  In fact, many Japanese companies are keen to work with UK counterparts but are often unsure how to reach the right organisation.

This service was created exclusively for the Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce – Global members and is available free of charge as part of the membership subscription.


Three start up companies from the Thames Valley were selected by the Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry to attend the Global Innovation Forum 2019, which took place at the Grand Front in Osaka. Read the full article here 


Japan Desk support includes:

–  Specialist Helpline
–  1-2-1 consultation
–  Events and Market Visits
–  Bilateral Market Entry Support
–  Bilateral Inward Investment Support
–  Identifying Partners for Business Collaboration and R & D
–  Multi-Cultural Business Training

Partnership with Osaka Chamber of Commerce and Industry (OCCI)

Since 2012, Thames Valley Chamber of Commerce has established a close working relationship with the Kansai Region in Japan, the second largest economy in Japan, and includes many famous large cities such as Osaka, Kobe and Kyoto.

Specific industry clusters including energy, life science, IoT and AI as well as established links with academic institutions ensures Thames Valley and Kansai regions have similar aspirations to strengthen international activities through solid partnerships.

The strong relationship between them culminated in a Memorandum of Understanding of Trade & Investment co-operation, signed between the Chamber and OCCI in October 2014, resulting in trade delegations visits and new business opportunities arising. The most recent Trade Mission was in January 2018 – you can read about this here.

If you would like any further information about the Japan desk, please contact export@tvchamber.co.uk or phone 01753 870 560.

1-2-1 Clinics 

Future dates – 45 minute sessions:

12th August 14:00-16:00

15th September 14:00-16:00

30th September 14:00-16:00

To book a 1-2-1 with the specialist, please contact export@tvchamber.co.uk or phone 01753 870 560.

Case Study

Joint UK-Japan Collaboration

Saddle Up for Japan