Lord Mayor of London visits Diocese of Wakefield

The Lord Mayor of London, Alderman David Wootton, will be visiting the Diocese of Wakefield on Saturday 21 July as part of a tour of his native Yorkshire.

He has been invited by the Bishop of Wakefield, the Rt Revd Stephen Platten, to see first-hand developments in the district and to meet with leading businessmen.

After a lunch with local business leaders, the Lord Mayor and the Bishop will tour Wakefield Cathedral, which is currently undergoing a £3million redevelopment. They will then visit the Hepworth Gallery in Wakefield, before seeing the regeneration project at Kirkgate Station.

Bishop Platten said, ‘It is a great pleasure to welcome the Lord Mayor of London to the Diocese. West Yorkshire has some amazing stories of business success and development; this will be excellent opportunity to spread the good news about the region and promote partnership with the City of London.’

The Lord Mayor’s key responsibility is to promote the City of London as one of the world’s leading international finance centres. The 'City brand' includes all UK financial services centres.

In consultation with City businesses, the Foreign & Commonwealth Office and UK Trade and Investment, the Lord Mayor visits some 20 countries a year promoting UK-based financial and professional services.

In the UK, the Lord Mayor hosts meetings, conferences and receptions for a wide range of individuals and organisations with an interest in the City of London. The Lord Mayor provides a platform for the Prime Minister, the Chancellor of Exchequer and other domestic and foreign politicians as well as senior figures from financial institutions to reach business audiences at regular events at Mansion House or Guildhall.

The Lord Mayor undertakes numerous visits throughout the UK to keep him in tune with regional economic activity, and to promote the contribution the City can make in partnership with the rest of the country.

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