King’s Lynn to host Hanse convention

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As part of next year’s Hanse Festival, Lynn will host its first Hanse business convention which will introduce delegates to the trade, investment and innovation opportunities that the new Business Hanse presents.

The event will take place from 9am until 4pm on May 15. Speakers will include Dr Hermann Hauser CBE, a science-based innovator and serial entrepreneur and UK business ambassador, Dr Andrew Prothmann, Minister of Economic Affairs at the Germany Embassy in London and Simon Anholt, winner of 2009 Nobel’s Colloquia Prize for Leadership in Economics and Management.

The event, which is being supported by UK Trade and Investment, will be hosting workshops in the afternoon and will be offering one-to-one sessions with representatives from British Embassies in Hanseatic countries.

Ostap Paparega, West Norfolk Borough Council’s regeneration and economic development manager, explained: “The origins of the Hanse League date back to the 12th century. The league was a confederation of merchants who successfully developed ways of conducting international trade based on firm principles of fast and reliable business relationships.

“The new Hanse comprises 182 towns and cities and has a combined population of 300 million and a combined GDP of over $10,000 billion which offers huge opportunities for business.”

Cllr Nick Daubney, English Hanse Commissioner, added: “The focus of the Business Hanse is to take advantage of those opportunities based upon developing long-term relationships and mutual trust to ensure that business transactions are smooth and cost less. This convention will give local businesses a chance to find out more about the Hanse league and to explore opportunities for opening up business links with firms in 16 Hanseatic countries.”

The event is being organised by the borough council in association with UK Trade and Investment East of England and Business Hanse. Registration details will be published shortly.

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