INVESTMENT DREAMS: Mission to China hopes to create jobs in Leeds

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MIDSUMMER seems a distant dream, but a group of dancers braved the chill to show their support for a trade mission to China.

Northern Ballet’s latest show, a Midsummer Night’s Dream, will add a dash of artistic flair to a major trade and cultural mission which hopes to forge stronger links between Yorkshire and China. Some of the key figures behind the trip gathered at Leeds Bradford International Airport yesterday as they prepared for a mission that could bring jobs and investment to Yorkshire. Roger Marsh, the chairman of the Leeds City Region LEP; Lurene Joseph, chief executive of Leeds and Partners, and Martin Lunt, head of corporate banking at HSBC in Yorkshire, were joined by dancers from Northern Ballet on the runway.A spokesman said: “The mission will raise the profile of the City Region, and is the beginning of a long-term strategic partnership for growth that is hoping to secure investment, business expansion and jobs growth.”

Supported by performances from Northern Ballet, the delegation will be targeting mid-size cities such as Xiamen, Guangzhou and Hangzhou, as well as major cities including Hong Kong, Shanghai and Beijing, for two weeks from January 13.

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