Peace in our time could be set to break out between Birmingham and Manchester.
The two cities, often portrayed as arch rivals, will come together today as members of Birmingham and Manchester chambers of commerce meet in the North West.
In what is believed to be the first event of its kind, Virgin Trains is whisking nearly 70 delegates from Birmingham New Street to Manchester Piccadilly on one of its Voyager trains for a day of networking.
Unsurprisingly one of the topics up for discussion is the inadequacies of the West Coast mainline service.
The event comes just days after Birmingham lost the new office of the Bank of New York to Manchester.
Once there, the party will travel to the City of Manchester Stadium to meet Manchester Chamber members and to hear from Chris Gibb, managing director of Virgin CrossCountry.
Lisa Hampton, events manager at Birmingham Chamber of Commerce and Industry, said: "This is a rare occasion to bring together business leaders from two of the biggest economic centres in the country.
"Manchester and Birmingham are very similar in the way they have moved away from manufacturing to the service industry and I am sure the members from both chambers will have a lot in common."
The day begins with a networking breakfast at the Burlington Hotel before boarding the 9.50 a.m. Virgin Cross-Country train to Manchester Piccadilly.