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Malvern gives economic inspiration to Czech visitors

Malvern's business parks could be the blueprint for similar developments in part of the Czech Republic.

Petr Tresnak, Mayor of Malvern's twin town Marianske Lazne (Marienbad), spent a few days recently visiting some of the area's key sites including the Malvern Hills Innovation Centre and the Three Counties Showground.

Mr Tresnak is looking at establishing a business park in Marienbad and wanted to explore some of the sites and business models used here as inspiration for the project.

He and his deputies, Martin Hurajcik and Vojtech Franta, also took time out to meet Cllr Barbara Williams, chairman of Malvern Hills District Council on Monday, 13 July as part of the town's Civic Week.

The group was presented with a framed print of the Malvern Hills by Cllr Williams on behalf of the council and in return she received a picture book and a reference book of old postcards of Marienbad.

The Canzona Choir of Marianske Lazne also made the trip to put on a performance in the town on Saturday, 11 July.

Cllr Williams, chairman of Malvern Hills District Council, said: "It was a privilege to welcome the mayor and his deputies to Malvern. Twinning is vitally important as it allows us to share ideas, information and learn more about each other in a spirit of friendship and understanding."

Cllr Rebecca Massey, economic development portfolio holder for Malvern Hills District Council, said: "We believe Malvern Hills District is a fantastic place to do business with a lot to offer and it's exciting to think we could be the inspiration for a project which could influence the economic development of our twin town."

Malvern has been twinned with Marienbad since 2012. The twinning group, which is a mixture of the Civic Society and High Street Malvern, visited earlier in the year for the opening of the Spa season in Marienbad.