UK Northern Powerhouse delegation to build link with Wuhan
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.