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BICC-NW ANNOUNCES TRADE MISSION TO ISRAEL

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.”

EASYJET PONDERS THIRD WEEKLY TEL AVIV SERVICE FROM MANCHESTER

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch 28 June 2016. With guest speaker Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, Easyjet.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch 28 June 2016. With guest speaker Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, Easyjet.

PRESS RELEASE JUNE 29TH 2016

Budget airline easyJet will consider adding a third weekly flight between Manchester and Tel Aviv if the success of its existing services on Mondays and Thursdays continues.

Ali Gayward, the airline’s UK commercial manager, told an audience of business people in Manchester that there is huge passenger demand on the route.

Speaking at a British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West lunch event, she added: “We would be delighted to increase the number of flights we offer passengers from Manchester to Tel Aviv. We have seen significant demand in both directions.”

She also said that, as easyJet grows its presence at Manchester, the airline will continue to evaluate new opportunities, including Israel’s new airport, 11 miles north of Eilat, which is due to open in 2017.

The development at Timna is being named after Ilan Ramon, Israel’s first astronaut, and will replace Eilat and Ovda airports.

Ali told the audience that disruption across Europe in the form of thunderstorms and industrial action by French air traffic controllers is making this an extremely challenging summer for the airline, which has a fleet of over 250 aircraft that carry more than 70 million passengers a year on over 800 routes.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch 28 June 2016. With guest speaker Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, Easyjet. Left to right. Brian White Chair BICC NW/ David Rothburn, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management/Ali Gayward/ Gideon Klaus CEO BICC NW.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch 28 June 2016. With guest speaker Ali Gayward, UK Commercial Manager, Easyjet. Left to right. Brian White Chair BICC NW/ David Rothburn, Quilter Cheviot Investment Management/Ali Gayward/ Gideon Klaus CEO BICC NW.

EasyJet operates 34 flights a week between Israel and eight European cities.

Ali added: “One of the biggest challenges at Ben Gurion Airport is that passengers have to check in for their flights in one terminal then get a bus to the departure terminal.”

She said a delegation from the airline is due to meet airport chiefs for talks about the issue.

“The current terminal infrastructure is unacceptable and it’s a very high priority of ours to understand how we can improve the process for our customers,” she added.

A vote of thanks to Ali was given by David Rothburn, executive director at investment management firm Quilter Cheviot, which sponsored the lunch.

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Notes to editors

  • Photograph 1 shows Ali Gayward speaking at the BICC-NW lunch.
  • Photograph 2 shows, from left to right, BICC-NW chairman Brian White, David Rothburn, Ali Gayward and Gideon Klaus, executive director of the BICC-NW.
  • For more information on this story, contact Gideon Klaus on 0161 929 8916 or via chamber@bicc-nw.org
  • Visit www.bicc-nw.org for more information on the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.

FUTURE OF RETAILING IN BRITAIN COMES UNDER THE SPOTLIGHT

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch, Manchester. 17 March 2016. Guest Speaker, Dr Clive Black, Shore Capital.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch, Manchester. 17 March 2016. Guest Speaker, Dr Clive Black, Shore Capital.

PRESS RELEASE: MARCH 21ST 2016

The future of retailing in the UK came under the spotlight at the latest British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West lunch in Manchester.

Dr Clive Black, a director and head of research at investment group Shore Capital Markets, gave an insight into how Britons will shop in years to come.

The Liverpool-based expert said he expects online retailers to open stores on the high street as showcases for their products.

He said retailers will have to more widely embrace social media and technology as young people change the way they shop.

And Dr Black predicted the growth of a home delivery industry along the lines of the Uber system for taxis.

“There’s enormous dynamism and change in retailing. The internet is empowering consumers and entrepreneurs,” he added.

He said Israeli technology is playing a part in the changing retail landscape, adding that Britain’s town and city centres still have a future despite the impact of online shopping, although the character of high streets will undergo huge change.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch, Manchester. 17 March 2016. Ledft to right, Andy Pearson,BICC NW/ Joy Wolfe MBE/ Guest Speaker Dr Clive Black, Shore Capital/Doreen Gerson, Israeli Information Centre/ Nigel Alliance OBE, Pres BICC NW/Gideon Klaus CEO BICC NW.

© Mike Poloway/+44(0)1618503338 / mike@poloway.com. BICC NW Lunch, Manchester. 17 March 2016. Ledft to right, Andy Pearson,BICC NW/ Joy Wolfe MBE/ Guest Speaker Dr Clive Black, Shore Capital/Doreen Gerson, Israeli Information Centre/ Nigel Alliance OBE, Pres BICC NW/Gideon Klaus CEO BICC NW.

Dr Black was introduced by BICC-NW committee member Andy Pearson, and the vote of thanks was given by Doreen Gerson, executive director of the Israel Information Centre in Manchester.

Joy Wolfe chaired the event, which was held at Manchester Hall in the city centre.

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Notes to editors

The attached photograph shows, from left to right, Andy Pearson, Joy Wolfe, Dr Clive Black, Doreen Gerson, BICC-NW president Nigel Alliance and BICC-NW executive director Gideon Klaus.

For more information on this story, contact Gideon Klaus on 0161 929 8916 or via chamber@bicc-nw.org

Visit www.bicc-nw.org for more information on the British-Israel Chamber of Commerce North West.