Scores of Malaysian businesses joined the Manchester Business Club at the Kuala Lumpur launch event held in late January.
Executives from Manchester Airport, MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency and Marketing Manchester unveiled the Manchester Business Club Kuala Lumpur at a special event held on 25 January at the British High Commissioner’s Residence.
The global initiative is designed to secure further investment, jobs and direct long-haul air routes for the Manchester City Region.
More than 80 Malaysian businesses and organisations, including Malaysia Airlines, attended the evening event hosted by British High Commissioner for Malaysia, Boyd McCleary.
The club, which is free to invited businesses to join, is the second in a series to be launched worldwide after the successful launch event for Manchester Business Club Singapore in November last year. These will now be followed by others in key strategic locations including Mumbai, Los Angeles and New York.
Members of the Kuala Lumpur club will benefit from being part of an exclusive club of businesses and organisations with strong links between Manchester and Malaysia or those looking to reinforce or create such valuable relationships.
Boyd McCleary said: “I am delighted that the event has been such a great success. The business community of Kuala Lumpur have welcomed the Manchester Business Club initiative with the majority of the attendees registering to become members, demonstrating the importance of the ties between the two cities.”
There are already more than 1,500 foreign-owned companies in the city region and the launch of the Kuala Lumpur Club and others forms part of a global initiative by MIDAS and Manchester Airport to attract more investment and jobs.
Andrew Cornish, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “As the UK’s largest regional airport, we’re renowned for customer experience, our approach to innovation and for offering services to more destinations than any other UK airport.
“Kuala Lumpur remains an area of interest and Manchester Business Club underlines our commitment to this route.”
Andrew Stokes, Chief Executive of Marketing Manchester, also said “The launch of the Business Clubs will demonstrate to the international business community the vast amount of opportunities that the Manchester city region presents.”
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of MIDAS, added: “Manchester offers people a world-class city to live, work and visit. Not only this but it is now ranked 15th in the world for investment, proving it is a fantastic environment for business.
“Strengthening our ties with Kuala Lumpur will present both cities with superb opportunities for future prosperity and growth and Manchester Business Club will play a vital role in achieving this success.”
The club will host regular networking events – both in Kuala Lumpur and in Manchester – members will receive regular e-news updates on business developments and opportunities in both cities, enjoy alliance incentives and also a special relationship with Manchester Airport and MIDAS.
Manchester Business Club Kuala Lumpur is supported by Manchester Air Services Development Fund partnership – Manchester Airport, Marketing Manchester, MIDAS and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.