City delegation in mission to court Germans
A GROUP of Nottingham business leaders is drawing up long-term plans to strengthen international links with Germany after a "successful" first delegation to the country.
The city's German forum, which includes the Invest in Nottingham Club, the University of Nottingham, UK Trade and Investment, Nottingham City Council and the Notts Chamber of Commerce led the four-day mission.
The delegation visited Nottingham's twin city Karlsruhe and included Andrew Borkowski of law firm Geldards, who sits on the German forum, Professor Roger Woods of the University of Nottingham, city council director of development David Bishop, UKTI's Peter Hogarth and Jens Mullak of INIT AG, a telematics company founded in Karlsruhe with an office here.
Andrew Borkowski said: "The visit was highly successful and now we have some outline plans to agree in Nottingham in the hope that we can further strengthen our ties with Karlsruhe – and Germany."
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The Nottingham delegation saw first-hand Karlsruhe's specialist industry sectors of green technology and IT.
They also visited Cyberforum in Karlsruhe –a not-for-profit data centre organisation which supports Karslruhe's IT sector, and which is keen to forge links with Nottingham businesses.
"There are lots of opportunities for our Nottinghamshire businesses in Germany," said Andrew. "We are looking at ways to help bring our plans to life. Over the next 12 months we will be looking at practical ways for businesses to get more involved."