Tak­ing of flu

Nuneaton Telegraph - - FRONT PAGE -

COVEN­TRY City Coun­cil is spend­ing al­most £17,000 on an ‘eco­nomic en­gage­ment’ visit to China, in a bid to win hun­dreds of mil­lions of pounds of in­vest­ment for the city.

Six rep­re­sen­ta­tives will be sent on the five-day trip on Oc­to­ber 13 to build trade links, meet with po­ten­tial in­vestors and pro­mote Coven­try. The trip will cost £16,974 for five of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives, with the cost of a sixth funded by Coven­try and Warwickshire Growth Part­ner­ship, who are part of the del­e­ga­tion.

The group will visit Shang­hai, Ji­nan, Guangzhou, Nan­jing and Bei­jing, meet­ing au­to­mo­tive firms Geely, Guangzhou Au­to­motic, Shangai Auto City and EV100.

They will also at­tend the China In­ter­na­tional Auto Prod­ucts Expo and meet man­u­fac­tur­ing gi­ant Red Sun Group, in­vestors of CAD CAM Au­to­mo­tive.

Andy Wil­liams, head of eco­nomic de­vel­op­ment, deputy chief ex­ec­u­tive (place) Martin Yard­ley, di­rec­tor of city cen­tre and ma­jor projects de­vel­op­ment David Cock­roft, in­vest­ment and in­ter­na­tional trade man­ager John Nor­ton, Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor John Blun­dell and busi­ness de­vel­op­ment of­fi­cer Ben Yorke are those who will make the trip.

Coven­try Univer­sity and China Bri­tain Busi­ness Coun­cil will also send rep­re­sen­ta­tives.

Mr Wil­liams said: “Chi­nese in­vest­ment rep­re­sents a very sig­nif­i­cant in­vest­ment into Coven­try and Warwickshire in par­tic­u­lar the au­to­mo­tive in­dus­try. We think Geely, if they choose to con­tinue to in­vest, it will be more in the up­per 100 of mil­lions than lower. Red Sun’s over­all in­vest­ment at the mo­ment stands at £300 mil­lion but there’s pos­si­bil­ity of them fur­ther in­vest­ing in the city be­yond the ini­tial £300m.”

Cabi­net mem­ber Cllr Jim O’Boyle said the fi­nan­cial

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