At a packed Cheshire auditorium in the global HQ of leading pharmaceutical giant AstraZeneca, a leading group of North West Chief Executives and senior officers were told how important the region is to Hungary’s Ministers of State for Energy Affairs, Dr András Aradszki.
The holder of one of Hungary’s most important portfolios, Dr Aradszki praised the efforts going on in Northern England to increase connectivity with the country known as the cross roads of Europe.
The Minister said ”The great cities of Liverpool and Manchester and the region around them were built on free trade and transport, and so it’s fitting that the road, sea and especially air routes today ferry so much business, trade and tourists between us.”
The conference is set to achieve its goal of raising awareness of Hungary through highlighting business already done there by British companies, showcasing Hungary as an excellent environment for investment and trading businesses, and creating further business engagement through matchmaking and a large trade mission set to go to Budapest in June. The key focus is on the mutually complementary sectors of energy, logistics, advanced engineering, trade and healthcare.
The event also heard from HE Péter Szabadhegy, the Ambassador of Hungary and the Rt. Hon Bob Neill MP, vice-chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Hungary.
They were joined in an impressive array of speakers: Mr Brendan Beech, Head of Business Development for Maltacourt Ltd. – a leading international logistics firm, Cllr Mike Jones, Leader of Cheshire East Council and Rodolphe Soulard, of the Enterprise Europe Network.
Event organiser Baron Frankal, Group Strategy Director at MAG - and also Honorary Consul of Hungary - said, "The amount of connectivity between the re-emerging economic powerhouse that is Northern England and the centre of so many European crossroads, that Hungary is growing strongly. This is great for both ends of that story, and something a large coalition of interests are working hard to encourage, forming the backdrop to this event. " The businesses drawn in from Cheshire, Liverpool, Manchester and beyond, have a lot to gain and a wealth of information to draw on, which we were delighted to be able to bring together, fronted by this very impressive array of knowledgeable and entertaining speakers.” "Hungary being a great place to do business is not a slogan but a proposition to be tested, and that's what some 100 businesses we're now in touch with are testing, to everyone's advantage, with a multitude of routes to support, networking and business matching. The trade mission to Hungary in June is a great next step and I hope many more businesses may wish to join."
Cllr Michael Jones, the Leader of Cheshire East Council, said, “I was delighted to be invited to speak alongside the Hungarian Minister of State, former Minister the Rt. Hon. Bob Neil MP, and the Hungarian Ambassador. The links between Hungary and our region are strong and growing, and we welcome the route this gives all our businesses into Central, Eastern and Southern Europe, at the heart of which is the lovely city of Budapest.
“Hungary has a strong legal system, an excellent and highly-skilled workforce based on its rigorous Central-European education system, and is in a fantastic location, right at the heart of Central Europe’s road, rail and air corridors, making it the obvious location for a Central, Eastern and Southern European base. “Everything about this event is right: the people behind it, the strong private-public sector partnership, its leveraging of all sorts of activity and its focus on Hungary, a good market for the region being just a couple of hours away. We all want to see more economic growth in Cheshire East and this kind of activity contributes to that."
Ambassador Szabadhegy said: “Hungary, together with other Central European countries, is and will be the economic engine powering the EU economy in the near- and mid-term.”
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