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Business links between Israel and the north west are set to be strengthened with a trade mission later this year.

The British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West is teaming up with Manchester inward investment agency MIDAS, Tech North and Invest Liverpool to organise the trip in the autumn.

Gideon Klaus, executive director of BICC-NW, said the four-day mission will give north west companies the opportunity to build links with Israeli firms.

It will also showcase the north west as the ideal location for Israeli companies seeking to set up operations in the UK.

BICC-NW is working closely with the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce to put together the itinerary for the visit, which is aimed at the digital technology and life sciences sectors.

Gideon said: “This exciting trade mission will provide phenomenal opportunities to strengthen business links between the north west and Israel through a series of events and meetings.”

He added: “The mission has three main purposes.

“The first is to promote this region to Israeli companies as a fantastic low-cost alternative to London and the south.

“We hope that more will follow the example of Mellanox Technologies, an Israeli business which established its UK base at Sci-Tech Daresbury in Cheshire in 2014 and has gone from strength to strength.

“Israeli businesses can benefit greatly from being in the north west and in turn can boost the region by creating jobs and bringing investment.

“The second goal is to give north west businesses the opportunity to sell their products in Israel, and the third aim is to encourage joint ventures and partnerships.

“We are delighted to be working closely with MIDAS, Tech North and Invest Liverpool in the UK and with the Israel-Britain Chamber of Commerce in Tel Aviv as our partners for this mission.”

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