City of Wolverhampton Council yesterday (Monday) welcomed representatives from the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry to the city.
It was the start of a three-day visit as part of an international exchange programme with Access to Business and the Black Country Chamber of Commerce.
The ten Bulgarian delegates were greeted by the Deputy Mayor of Wolverhampton, Councillor Phil Page, Leader of the Council, Councillor Roger Lawrence, Cabinet Member for City Economy, Councillor John Reynolds, and Managing Director, Keith Ireland, at Wolverhampton Art Gallery.
They heard a presentation on regeneration in the City of Wolverhampton and were also given an overview of the Black Country’s enterprise teams.
The aim of the visit is to exchange experience, good practices and models for promoting self-employment and entrepreneurship.
Rositca Antonova, Shumen Municipality Deputy Mayor for Economic Development, said: “We have had a fantastic welcome and we are really impressed with the regeneration in the City of Wolverhampton.
“We were also surprised by the strength and importance of the Wolverhampton economy to the region and the UK, in terms of manufacturing.
“The organisations in the city also seem well connected in helping young people gain the skills that businesses need.
“It is clear there is strong political leadership and we have learnt many things.”
Councillor Reynolds said: “We were delighted to welcome our visitors from Bulgaria.
“We are always keen to share our knowledge and spread the word about our great city on a global stage.
“This is just one of many international delegations we have welcomed to the city.”
The remainder of the trip will see the Bulgarian delegation visit Black Country Chamber of Commerce, the new University of Wolverhampton Science Park, Black Country Growth Hub, and Access to Business.