Jeremy Browne MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and
Commonwealth Office, is the latest guest speaker to be announced
for the Global Manufacturing Festival.
Liberal Democrat Mr Browne, who has also been Shadow Chief
Secretary to the Treasury, has worked in the private sector in
finance and global communications.
He will speak to more than 400 delegates at the festival's
convention and trade show which will take place in Sheffield on
Lee Hopley chief economist at EEF has also been added to the
list of speakers which already includes Ric Parker from
Rolls-Royce, Dr. Alan McLelland from NAMTEC, Alan Cumming of EDF
Energy, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies, Sir Chris
O'Donnell former CEO of Smith & Nephew and Professor Keith
Ridgway CBE Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced
The all-day event will also include presentations from local
companies Sheffield Forgemasters International and JRI Orthopaedics
Key themes at the convention will cover the three critical areas
of UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and
technology and commercialisation.
In addition to the speakers, discussions are being held with
potential delegations from a number of countries to support the
long-term business relationships the Sheffield Chamber and city are
building with companies in the Ukraine, China, France, Brazil,
Columbia, Rwanda, India and the USA.
The Global Manufacturing Festival will take place in Sheffield
for the second consecutive year and run over two days from
March 21-22 with a range of activities taking place. The festival
is being organised by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and
Headline sponsors include Nabarro LLP, NatWest, University of
Sheffield and Siemens Plc.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of
Commerce, said: "We are very keen to see the convention provide a
global market place for high-end manufacturers. We want to
highlight the international opportunities available to businesses
in the UK and how they can exploit them to support sustainable
"Our International Trade Centre (SYITC) has been working with
UKTI to attract buyers from key countries around the world, which
will ensure the festival can be a platform for business to be
"Sheffield City Region has a unique USP in that it has more
specialist materials companies here than anywhere else in the UK
and in many regions of Europe. All of the UK's export led supply
chains source engineering materials from here.
"We need to ensure the world, and particularly the developing
countries, know of our strengths so they come here to do business.
The festival will provide an ideal opportunity to showcase the
expertise available in the UK with Sheffield City Region at the
heart of its operations."
Event sponsors for the convention and trade show include UK
Trade and Investment, Sheffield Hallam University, HGF Patent and
Trade Mark Attorneys, Sheffield Forgemasters, EEF and Creative