The foremost citizen of Kirklees is bidding to boost business.
Kirklees mayor Clr Paul Kane hosted the second in a series of business lunch and guest lecture events as part his pledge to forge stronger links with local firms.
The guest speaker at the event in Huddersfield was Prof Bob Cryan, vice-chancellor of Huddersfield University, who spoke about how the university collaborates with market-leading companies to drive forward product innovation – and how local businesses can access similar support.
The Huddersfield event followed a similar event in Dewsbury in August. Further events are planned for Holmfirth and Batley this autumn.
Attendance is by invitation only, but firms can register to receive an invitation by contacting the mayor’s office.
Clr Kane said: Through my work as a ward member, I know how much local businesses contribute to the health and buoyancy of our economy.
“In my mayoral year, my ambition is to build a stronger relationship with local businesses so that I can help them where I can to raise the profile of what they’re doing.
“We are in an ever-changing period of new technology with traditional industries returning, where technology means business is more sustainable. We want to welcome and celebrate that innovation.”
Clr Kane said he was delighted to share the stage with Prof Cryan, commenting on the vice-chancellor’s passion in championing business, innovation and entrepreneurialism.
Clr Kane said: “The university is a huge resource for local companies, but I’m sure many do not realise how they could benefiting from a closer relationship with this great institution. I imagine that will become very much clearer for those attending this event.”
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