FLINTSHIRE County Council’s Business Development Team is working hard to ensure the county is open for business – on a global scale.

The team has been forging links with trade attachés in China, Germany and Russia, and is looking at ways to improve international working relationships, as well as looking at opportunities to work together in the future.

The contacts came about as a result of this year’s Flintshire Goes to Westminster event, which was part of Flintshire Business Week 2012, and was hosted by MP David Hanson.

Speakers at the event included Owen Smith MP, Shadow Welsh Secretary; Stephen Crabb MP, the Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Wales; Askar Sheibani, chairman of the Deeside Enterprise Zone and the Deeside Industrial Park Business Forum; and Cllr Ann Minshull, chairman of Flintshire County Council.

The Business Development team has also been developing trade links with Latvia, and secured a business delegation to the FBW12 exhibition held at ConvaTec in the autumn. The delegation has said it will take part in Flintshire Business Week 2013.

Cllr Peter Macfarlane, cabinet member for regeneration, enterprise and leisure, said: “The council’s regeneration team works hard to put Flintshire on the map on a local, regional, national and international scale.

“The global economic climate continues to be a challenging one, and it is important that we use every opportunity to show that the county is open for business, to promote Flintshire businesses whenever possible and to showcase the county as a major centre for advanced manufacturing.”