Ashfield District Council was proud to host a visit on 8 June from a delegation from Mentor City Trade Initiative (MTI) from Ohio in America.

Mentor is a city in Cleveland near Lake County in Ohio. They are a local authority, with a strong manufacturing and retail focus, along with research and development, engineering and metalwork companies that serve advanced manufacturing for the aerospace, polymer, and biomedical industries.

The meeting explored the potential for Mentor City and Ashfield District Council to work together for mutual benefit, enabling their respective business communities to access UK and US trade markets.

Cllr Matt Relf, Executive Lead Member for Regeneration and Planning for Ashfield District Council said: “The meeting with Mentor City will mean that Ashfield will start to be seen as an important trading location within the US and encourage new international referrals. It will offer an opportunity to local companies to access new markets and strengthen supply chain bases.”

Work will now commence on the next steps for building on this positive new relationship.

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