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London needs to work with cities around the country for economic recovery

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As Lord Mayor, I would normally have visited more than 20 countries over the course of the year, to promote partnership with the UK’s world-leading enterprises – mainly financial and professional services – and showcase our unique cultural offer. Since the start of the pandemic I have replaced these with over 2,500 video calls.

It was refreshing then, to finally be able to hold physical meetings in Leeds and Sheffield last week, following the lifting of the lockdown restrictions in England, to deepen the City of London Corporation’s established partnership with Yorkshire.

No matter how efficient virtual communications can be, when it comes to forging ties and building business collaboration, nothing can replace personal interaction. Close personal collaboration acts as a springboard to growth and........

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