Important business links could be forged between West Norfolk and Hanseatic towns and cities following the visit last week by a high-profile member of the international business community.
Borough council leader Nick Daubney, one of five members of the Business Hanse internal advisory board, welcomed Marion Khon, general manager of the Business Hanse network based in Herford, Northern Germany, during a visit to Lynn and Hull.
Lynn was a founder member of the network, which is seeing more and more businesses joining from the 182 towns and cities that make up the new Hanse.
Marion visited local companies, including Palm Paper and Herbert Engineering, and had discussions with the Chamber of Commerce. She also attended a business breakfast hosted by RAF Marham that included a visit to the Tornado maintenance workshops.
The Business Hanse network gives businesses more opportunity to be introduced to potential suppliers, partners and customers in all parts of Northern Europe. There will also be a series of Business Hanse conferences in many member towns and cities of the Hanse membership with a strong likelihood that this will include a conference in Lynn later in 2014.
Marion took part in discussions about future development hosted by the West Norfolk Partnership and visited King’s Lynn Academy to learn more about its work in engaging pupils in entrepreneurship.
She also visited fellow Hanse member city Hull and Nick Daubney and Ostap Paparega, the council’s regeneration manager, were able to join her and Hull politicians and the Economic Development Team to discuss items of joint interest.
Mr Daubney said: “We believe there is a real opportunity to take advantage of trading links with Hanseatic towns, and the newly-established Hanse Business Network will help facilitate that. Marion’s visit will help her promote the opportunities we have with other member towns and cities and we believe that this could result in more business for the area.”
Marion said: “A revival of the Hanseatic business philosophy is at the heart of this international network. The focus is on long-term relationships rather than short-term profit maximisation and business relationships built on mutual trust. This network provides an opportunity to forge relations with new markets and partners and to build on common competencies. My visit to Lynn has been fascinating and I look forward to sharing what I have seen with my other Hanse colleagues.”
The Hanse international day, which is celebrated in Lynn, will take place over the weekend of May 17 and 18.