Milton Keynes has hosted a trade mission from Brandenburg, one of the largest federal states in Germany.

The mission featured meetings between German and UK companies in electronics, engineering and logistics, site tours, and a dinner hosted by the Ulrich Junghanns, Brandenburg’s Minister of Economic Affairs, at Jury’s Inn, Central Milton Keynes.

The Brandenburg trade mission, sponsored by the state’s economic development agency ZukunftsAgentur Brandenburg GmbH, follows a visit by construction companies from North Rhine Westphalia to Milton Keynes earlier this year.

Dr Stefan von Senger und Etterlin, director of international business at ZAB, said: “Meeting potential new partners allows commercial relationships to form with a view to developing licensing and marketing deals, strategic alliances and to explore investment and acquisition opportunities.

“Milton Keynes is a great location and platform for this to happen. It has a very good reputation due to its quality of businesses.”

Dr. von Senger said those firms who had taken part in the visit were delighted with the quality of the meetings and with the trade mission’s success overall. He added: “I am sure that the links with Milton Keynes can only develop further after this first highly positive experience.”

Business in Canada, the Far East and throughout Europe was looking at Milton Keynes as a place with which to develop international business partnerships and providing a location for specific study tours, said Grant Seeley, director of investment at Milton Keynes Partnership.

He added: “We hope the Brandenburg mission was successful in exploring potential business ventures and look forward to future collaborations with ZAB.”

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