The day starts just round the corner from home at Carmel Court. This is sheltered accommodation provided by Manchester Jewish Housing Association, but they are planning to move to another site, still in Crumpsall. I'm there to meet the prospective purchasers of the Holland Road site and to find out what they intend to do with it. Then it's on my bike and a rather breezy ride into the Town Hall. Is it my imagination or is it a lot windier than it used to be.
I have my (ir)regular meeting with the Leader and Chief Executive of Salford, todays agenda including the work's to the Manchester end of Chapel Street and the consequential timing of the closure of Victoria Street to traffic. We also discuss collaborative working on service delivery and the re-siting of the Joseph Brotherton statue, originally in Peel Park, currently on the Manchester bank of the Irwell, and about to swim over to the other side.
Later in the day I meet the Prime Minster of the Netherlands. He is here to promote Anglo-Dutch trade as part of an "ongoing strategic business dialogue". Obviously I'm particularly interested in the business opportunities for Manchester companies in the Netherlands but there are already 48 Dutch owned companies with a presence in the city-region. That goes up temporarily to 55 over the Christmas period, with eleven of the Christmas Market stalls taken by seven Dutch operators. The visit ends with a business reception in the Town Hall, another opportunity to promote Manchester and Manchester business and show that as a city we are open to the world.