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Derbyshire is forging overseas trade links

Derbyshire County Council is exploring new international links to boost overseas trade – creating new opportunities for our businesses and showcasing the county for investment.

The county council is making new connections in Punjab in India – which, like Derbyshire, has a long history of textile production in the area.  Arrangements are also being made to welcome a delegation from Saarland state province in Germany to discuss mutual trading opportunities with a region similar in size and economy to Derbyshire.

Plans are also being drawn up to take more Derbyshire businesses to the Toyota City Industry Festival in Japan this year following last year’s event which put Thornton’s, John Smedley Knitwear and Royal Crown Derby in the spotlight.

Work with Toyota City to promote Derbyshire as a destination for Japanese tourists is also ongoing and we’re continuing to strengthen its links with Anhui Province in China.

Leader of Derbyshire County Council Councillor Barry Lewis said:

“With the road ahead for Brexit so unclear, it’s more important than ever to strengthen and forge international partnerships for Derbyshire on trade and tourism.

“We’ll continue our work in the weeks and months ahead to create more opportunities for inward investment, to boost tourism and promote economic development. As the birthplace of the industrial revolution, Derbyshire was the cradle of industry and innovation and we are determined to continue this proud legacy in partnership with our world-class businesses.”

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