New Roads to Japan – Forging better business links through the Toyota City- Derbyshire Partnership

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New Roads to Japan – Forging better business links through the Toyota City- Derbyshire Partnership


This year’s JLGC seminar, as part of the recent 20th Anniversary of Toyota-Derbyshire Twinning activities, will focus on creating local business opportunities through international municipal twinning links. The seminar will look at Derbyshire’s longstanding link with Toyota City, international strategies implemented by local authorities with Japan, and the importance of UK local authorities forming long-term partnerships to support their local economies.

This event has been organised with Derbyshire County Council and Marketing Derby for local businesses interested in the Japanese market and Japanese inward investment trends into the UK. It would be of interest to professionals working within the wider East Midlands areas, as well as the Japanese business community in London wanting to know more about economic trends in the region.


The Roundhouse
Room: The Carriage Shop Theatre


11:00 – 11:30 Registration

11:30 – 11:45 Opening and greetings

Opening: Judith Lamie, Pro Vice-Chancellor, External Affairs, University of Derby, Chair
Greeting: Koichiro Kuno, Toyota City Council
JLGC introduction: Yoshiyuki Kurono, Director General, Japan Local Government Centre, London

11:45 – 12:10 Keynote: “New era of opportunity: sustainable prosperity through innovation and collaboration”

Speaker: Gregory Sutch, CEO, Intralink
Keynote Q&A session

12:10 – 12:40 Panel discussion and Q&A 1

Panelist TBC, Toyota Motor Manufacturing (UK)
Steve Crane, CEO, Business Link Japan Ltd
Panelist TBC, Hitachi Trains Europe
Sir John Peace (invited), Midlands Engine Chairman
Panelist TBC University of Derby

12:40 – 13:45 Networking lunch and exhibition

Lunch and Marketing Derby greeting

13:45 – 14:10 Plenary

Speaker: Hiroyuki Iwamura, Ashurst LLP
Plenary Q&A session

14:10 – 14:40 Panel discussion and Q&A 2

Cllr Tony King, Cabinet Member for Economic Development and Regeneration, Derbyshire County Council
Frank McArdle, Chief Executive, South Derbyshire District Council
Laura Howard, Head of International Trade, East Midlands Chamber
Panelist TBC, UK GOV, DIT

14:40 – 15:00 Q&A for all speakers and summary

15:00 Finish

Date and Time

Fri 1 February 2019

11:00 – 15:00 GMT

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1 Feb 2019


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