The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson welcomed his counterparts from twin town Cholet as they made their first visit to Solihull in seven years.
The Mayor of Cholet, Giles Bourdouleix, was joined by his wife and Deputy Mayor Natasha Poupet – Bourdouleix, the First Deputy Mayor of Cholet Michel Champion, Director of the Mayor’s Cabinet Jose Fuentes and Maud Pacreau, Head of International Relationships.
The group visited BNP Paribas Personal Finance, a leader in consumer finance , as well as Vinci Energies and Geodis who have partner offices in the Cholet region. The meetings were a chance to showcase operations in Solihull as well as an opportunity to explore economic development.
Stephen Hunt, UK CEO of BNP Paribas Personal Finance commented “As a major employer with a long history in the region and part of a global banking Group we were pleased to share the story of our growth and commitment to the local economy." During their trip the party were also treated to tours of the town centre, St Alphege Church and the Eco School at St Patricks CE Primary Academy.
Eco-schools is a global programme designed to raise environmental awareness, improve pupils’ skills and enhance school environments, plus much more. With support from the Council, there are now 11 Green Flag schools, 40 Silver Award and 18 Bronze Award Eco - schools in the borough.
The Mayor of Solihull, Councillor Mike Robinson, said: “When I first became Mayor I felt we needed to re-establish and re-strengthen our links with Cholet and I am so pleased this trip has happened.
“It has given me great personal pleasure to be able to welcome The Mayor and his delegates to Solihull and give him an insight into the uniqueness of our borough.
“This has been a wonderful opportunity for us to discuss and encourage future investment and development in both Solihull and Cholet.”