The Lord Mayor of London is calling on northern firms to join him on upcoming trade delegations abroad.
William Russell will visit Manchester and Leeds in a bid to boost business ties between the northern cities and the City of London.
He said it is important to "work together to unlock the full potential of the UK economy".
Mr Russell will visit about 30 countries across six continents during his time as The Lord Mayor of London.
"With our departure from the European Union on the horizon, it is more important than ever that our cities work together to unlock the full potential of the UK economy," he said.
"While here in Manchester and Leeds, I want to focus on bolstering the already-strong relationship that the City of London has with these two great cities."
Kicking off the first visit of my Mayoralty to Manchester ✅— Lord Mayor of London (@citylordmayor) November 21, 2019
The region hosts the UK’s biggest financial services centre outside of London 🇬🇧
While here, I will be calling on innovative local firms to join me on overseas trade trips to help them grow internationally 🌍 pic.twitter.com/XG8TTDXCms