UK North­ern Pow­er­house del­e­ga­tion to build link with Wuhan

Changjiang Weekly - - BUSINESS - By Sue Liu

Hav­ing trav­elled to Wuhan on the first di­rect flight from Lon­don, the Bri­tish North­ern Pow­er­house del­e­ga­tion vis­ited Wuhan for busi­ness pur­poses on May 31 and June 1.

The North­ern Pow­er­house pro­gram — an or­ga­ni­za­tion of eco­nom­i­cally pow­er­ful com­pa­nies from cities like Manch­ester, Liver­pool, Leeds, and Sh­effield, cov­er­ing 15 mil­lion peo­ple in the North — is an im­por­tant in­no­va­tion cen­ter in­volv­ing high-end man­u­fac­tur­ing, tech­no­log­i­cal re­search and de­vel­op­ment, and the en­ergy in­dus­try.

On June 1, the North­ern Pow­er­house Fo­rum was held to con­nect busi­nesses from the north­ern U.K. and Wuhan.

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from Bri­tain's tech­nol­ogy, ed­u­ca­tion, and im­port fields brought fresh in­for­ma­tion and co­op­er­a­tion op­por­tu­ni­ties to Wuhan.

Lind­say Shaw, the chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer at Abel Ed­u­ca­tion Ltd., said her ob­jec­tive of the visit was to ex­plore pos­si­ble op­por­tu­ni­ties to es­tab­lish col­lab­o­ra­tive links be­tween schools in Wuhan and the U.K. North­ern Pow­er­house. Ar­chi­tec­tural agen­cies Arup and BDP also came to meet lo­cal prop­erty devel­op­ers.

Or­ga­ni­za­tions like the Cor­po­rate Part­ner and Law So­ci­ety and the Univer­sity of Bolton in­tro­duced its ser­vices to help Hubei clients set­tle in the U.K.

Chris But­land, Trade & In­vest­ment Con­sul at the Bri­tish Con­sulate-Gen­eral Wuhan, said the fo­rum aims to pro­mote op­por­tu­ni­ties for com­pa­nies from the North­ern Pow­er­house and com­pa­nies from Cen­tral China to work to­gether.

"I think the North­ern Pow­er­house has some close par­al­lels with the mid­dle re­gions of the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Belt strat­egy. Both re­gions are grow­ing very fast, with sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ments in trans­port and in­dus­try. Both re­gions are also grow­ing cen­ters of in­no­va­tion." He said that the Bri­tish Con­sulate will ac­tively pro­mote the es­tab­lish­ment of an ex­change plat­form be­tween the U.K. North­ern Pow­er­house and the Yangtze River Eco­nomic Belt.

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