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Strong ties: Leader of Derbyshire County Council Cllr Barry Lewis, pictured centre at Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford with, from right, Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration Cllr Tony King, Arkwright Society Chairman John Rivers, Arkwright Society CEO Eilis Scott, and Mayor Ota and Chairman Itagaki from Toyota City.

Council leaders in Derbyshire welcomed a delegation from Toyota City to re-establish ties with the county after being unable to travel for four years due to Covid.

Representatives from Derbyshire County Council, Derby City Council and South Derbyshire District Council reaffirmed their commitment to working with Toyota City as part of the international partnership between the two regions which has brought thousands of jobs and huge investment to Derbyshire over the last 25 years.

Toyota City’s Mayor Ota and Chairman Itagaki were accompanied by two officers from Toyota City Council for the trip which included visiting the Toyota factory in Burnaston, the National Forest, Anthony Gell School in Wirksworth, Belper School, Burton & South Derbyshire College, Pride Park and Arkwright’s Mill in Cromford.

Derbyshire County Council Leader and Cabinet Member for Strategic Leadership, Culture and Tourism Councillor Barry Lewis, said: “It’s wonderful to be able to welcome visitors from Japan again and reaffirm our commitment to working together for the benefit of both our regions. Our partnership with Toyota City is stronger than ever.”

Councillor Tony King, Derbyshire County Council’s Cabinet Member for Clean Growth and Regeneration and chairman of the Toyota City Partnership Board, said: “Since opening its Burnaston plant in 1998 Toyota UK has brought more than £2.3 billion investment to Derbyshire and donated more than £7 million to charities and community groups for local projects focused on health, communities, and road safety.

“Our longstanding relationship with Toyota City endures and I’m delighted that we’ve finally been able to meet in person once again and look forward to continuing our work together in the future.”

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