City of Brampton mission to UK strengthens relationships and profiles investment opportunities

June 3, 2024

Mayor Patrick Brown, joined by Fouzia Younis, UK Consul General to Toronto, led a City of Brampton investment attraction mission to the UK from May 13 to 16, 2024. 

With various stops in London and the Midlands, Mayor Brown and Economic Development staff highlighted Brampton distinctive advantages in various sectors, from medtech, technology and sports (cricket).


Brampton is the cricket capital of Canada. At Lord’s Cricket Grounds, a historic and prestigious venue synonymous with cricket excellence, Mayor Brown promoted Brampton’s cricket ambitions and met with business leaders to highlight Brampton’s investment landscape.  

The City also met with the Lord’s Taverners, the UK’s leading youth cricket and disability sport charity, empowering youth people facing the challenges of inequity through cricket. The Lord’s Taverners are interested in supporting Brampton youth by donating cricket kit. 

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Brampton is home to a burgeoning medtech sector. The City also met with Medilink Midlands, which fuels innovation in the life sciences and healthcare sector across the Midlands.  

They also foster partnerships and provide tailored support to empower businesses and innovators to develop solutions that enhance patient outcomes and drive economic growth in the region. 

Business Expansion and Retention 

The Brampton delegation conducted a number of meetings with businesses to generate new investment projects and strengthen existing relationships.  

The delegation also had the opportunity to welcome new investors to the City including: 


Horstman is a new Brampton-based business with headquarters in the UK.  Formerly known as General Kinetics they are moving production lines from UK to Brampton, bringing more jobs to Brampton. 

Caption (left to right): David Bendor, Head, The Americas, TheCityUK; Vikram Khurana, CEO, Brampton BHive; Mike Hartwell, Director of Marketing and Communications, The Lord’s Taverners; Fouzia Younis MBE, British Consul General to Toronto; Noreen Cesareo, President, WE Connect International and President OWIT UK; Patrick Brown, Mayor of the City of Brampton; John Loucks, President, Horstman Canada Inc.; Ian Pain FIMechE, CEO, Horstman Group; Clare Barnett, Director Economic Development and International Relations, City of Brampton 

i2R Packaging  

The mission also met with i2R Packaging a global leader in supplying superior, lightweight and robust aluminium foil packaging for food to many leading retail brands.  

i2R is investing $30 million into its new facility located at Heart Lake Business Park, creating up to 70 jobs in the space of food logistics. Their grand opening is expected later in 2024.  

Caption Peter Reay D’Angelo, Chief Executive Officer, iR2, Mayor Brown, Clare Barnett, Director Economic Development, City of Brampton, John West, Commercial Director, iR2. 

Technology and Innovation 

The mission also sought to connect with technology companies and startups and to highlight the City of Brampton’s Innovation District as a place to nurture and grow technology and innovation entrepreneurs. 


The mission met with Plexal, a forward-thinking innovation company collaborating with government, startups, and industry to tackle society’s challenges. With a mission inherited from the UK Government, they provide bespoke consultancy services and cutting-edge workspaces, supporting entrepreneurs and scaleups across various sectors to make technology work better for society. 

Vikram Khurana, CEO Bhive, Clare Barnett, Director Economic Development, City of Brampton, Mike Blair, Head of Innovation, Plexal, Mayor Brown, UK Consul General to Toronto, Fouzia Younis, Jessica Moffatt-Owen, Innovation Lead, Plexal 

MDA Space 

Another key goal of the mission was to promote Brampton’s growing space tech sector, which includes MDA Space, a leader in space technology.  

The mission visited the UK Space Agency’s new headquarters at the Harwell Space Campus in Oxford, which includes over 100 space organizations, including MDA’s UK operations, consolidating Harwell’s position as a key space hub. 

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