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Liverpool and Wirral leaders join forces to woo Chinese investors

Pictured : Kunming Vice Mayor Li Zhigong with Liverpool Deputy Mayor Gary Millar at the IFB2016 earlier this year

Companies from across the Liverpool City Region are heading to China this weekend in an effort to strengthen international relations and explore business and investment opportunities.

Headed up by Mayor of Liverpool Joe Anderson and Wirral Council leader Councillor Phil Davies, the delegation will travel more than 15,000 miles across the country visiting six cites.

This is the first time the two leaders have made a joint international visit and the delegation marks a renewed focus on developing links with China. It also reflects a new city region-wide approach to inward investment.

Mayor Anderson and Cllr Davies will lead companies from the marketing, property and technology sectors, as well as representatives from academia and Chambers of Commerce, during the two-week trade visit organised by inward investment agency, Invest Liverpool.

The trip will see the 20-strong group visiting six regions of China over a two week period, beginning with three days in Kunming, Yunnan province, in South West China.

The itinerary will also take in Chonqing, also in South West China, Tianjin, Beijing, Qingdao and Shanghai.

Mayor Anderson, who is also chair of the City Region Combined Authority, says: “What is really important about this trip is that the city region is coming together in its efforts to build new trade links and seek inward investment.

“Our relationships with Chinese businesses are flourishing and it makes absolute sense that we market the entire city region to achieve maximum impact and the best results.”

Relations with Kunming were strengthened when businesses and government officials from the city sent a delegation to Liverpool during IFB2016, staging an exhibition of Yunnan culture in Liverpool ONE.

Cllr Davies adds: “The city region is a great proposition for international investors. I am delighted Wirral businesses are joining the delegation and we especially look forward to reconnecting with business and government contacts in Tianjin, where we have established good investment connections.

“The delegation is being offered plenty of opportunities to build and strengthen existing relationships, develop new contacts and open up potential markets for business investment in the Liverpool City Region.”