Businesses in Derry are being given the chance to be part of a special trade mission to Boston in the US.

The local delegation is being led by Derry City and Strabane District Council in conjunction with Donegal County Council.

The 2017 Trade and Investment Mission will take place from November 14-17.

It will focus on promoting the North West region as an attractive investment proposition for global companies.

The trip aims to build on strong links established over the years as part of an ongoing programme of activities included in Ireland Northwest’s Gateway to Growth Initiative.

Several local companies are already reaping the rewards from previous trade missions - among them Qubizm, a unique company which is hoping to transform the landscape of traditional education with an innovative and engaging new approach to Maths.

Qubizm creates specialized learning tools aimed at improving teaching standards and reviving interest in the subject for primary and secondary school children.

Local innovator and educationalist Franz Schlindwein heads up the company, which is now also making positive inroads into the education sector in Boston.

Having travelled with the delegation last year, Franz will be travelling back to Boston next month to follow up on a series of networking opportunities generated from last year’s trip, and is confident that other companies can enjoy similar benefits.

“When we took our system to Boston, children in the Boys and Girls clubs had the chance to try out the cubes and for example the pupils and teachers at Newman College - which is Boston Mayor Marty Walsh’s former school – use them already.

“While there we had several initial meetings with a variety of organisations both in the private and education sectors, and the next step is now for us to capitalize on that experience by travelling out there in June.

“We’ve had fantastic support since the trade mission, both from Council and from Invest NI, who assisted in setting up meetings with the appropriate points of contact for our company.”

Places on the Boston trip are available for 12 companies from Derry and Strabane. The deadline for submissions is June 9.

For more information contact: Rosalind Young/Adam Goodall on [email protected] or telephone 02871 253253.

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