Scores of Singapore businesses have joined the new Manchester Business Club following a launch event last week.
Executives from Manchester Airport and MIDAS, Manchester’s Investment and Development Agency, flew out to unveil Manchester Business Club Singapore at a special event held on November 16th at the St Regis Hotel in Singapore.
The global initiative is designed to secure further investment, jobs and direct long-haul air routes for Manchester City Region.
More than 70 Singapore businesses and organisations including Singapore Airlines attended the event hosted by Deputy British High Commissioner for Singapore, Amanda Brookes.
The club, which is free to invited businesses to join, is the first of a series to be launched worldwide. Manchester Business Club Singapore will be followed by others in key strategic locations such as Kuala Lumpur, Mumbai, Los Angeles and New York.
Members of the Singapore club will benefit from being part of an exclusive club of businesses and organisations with strong links between Manchester and Singapore or looking to reinforce or create such valuable relationships.
Amanda Brookes said: “The launch event was a great success with the businesses actually queuing up to register as members of Manchester Business Club Singapore.
“The links between Manchester and Singapore are vital so the launch of the Business Club was welcomed by the business community.”
There are already more than 1,500 foreign-owned companies (FOCs) in the City Region and the launch of the Singapore Club and others forms part of a global initiative by MIDAS to attract more investment and jobs.
A key factor in choosing to launch the Singapore club first was the importance of the direct Singapore Airlines route between Singapore and Manchester which celebrates its 25th anniversary in 2011 and is Manchester Airport longest serving long-haul carrier.
Andrew Cornish, Managing Director of Manchester Airport, said: “As the UK’s largest regional airport, we’re renowned for customer experience, approach to innovation and for offering services to more destinations than any other UK airport.
“Singapore remains an integral part of that proud offering and Manchester Business Club underlines our commitment to that route and to Singapore Airlines.”
Colin Sinclair, Chief Executive of MIDAS, added: “Manchester is a world-class city, offering people a great place to live, work and visit and critically, a fantastic environment for business.
“Our strong ties with Singapore present both cities with a superb opportunity 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 Singapore 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 Singapore is supported by Manchester Air Services Development Fund partnership – Manchester Airport, Marketing Manchester, MIDAS and the Northwest Regional Development Agency.