Review of 2023: Manchester Mission cementing ties between Japan and the Northern Powerhouse.  

Greater Manchester Mayor, Andy Burnham, Head of Manchester City Council, Bev Craig and the DBT Northern Powerhouse team (headed by Margaret Bourke and Lynn Shaw) led a large delegation covering business, net zero and innovation, culture and sport, and people to people links from Greater Manchester and the wider Northern Powerhouse.  They were also joined by the Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy who was invited by the Mayor.  On the business side, the delegation included 11 companies operating in sectors including technology, life sciences, renewable energy and professional services.   

They spent three days visiting the city of Osaka, where the Mayor singed an MoU to cement strong links between ‘the Manchester of the East and the Osaka of the West’, before travelling to Tokyo for a final two days.  Businesses had a range of meetings with Japanese companies and stakeholders across the visit, and highlights included receptions in Osaka and at the British Embassy Tokyo, that latter with a toast by Minster Sakai from Japan’s Ministry of Economics, Trade and Industry. 

Take a browse of Marketing Manchester’s daily round-ups for more information: Day 1 | Day 2 | Day 3 | Day 4 | Day 5