Caption: MP Jeremy Browne speaking at the
Global Manufacturing Festival at Sheffield's City Hall this
Britain needs to "raise its game" to make sure it is not left
behind by emerging markets around the world, according to Jeremy
Browne MP, Minister of State at the Foreign and Commonwealth
Mr Browne was speaking at the Global Manufacturing Festival's
Convention and Trade show at Sheffield City Hall.
He said: "There's a revolution taking place in the world and we
choose to be wilfully neglectful of how the revolution will affect
us. The world's economy is set to expand rapidly and we need new
alliances and better understandings with more countries.
"Our economy will grow, but we'll be getting richer at a slower
rate than other areas of the world. The UK and Europe's share of
the global economy will be smaller. We are not seizing the
opportunities which exist, we need to look globally and encourage
more countries to be open to British investment.
"The UK needs to raise its game to make ourselves more
competitive on a global market. We can be globally competitive as
we have strengths which are recognised around the world in many
"The Foreign Office is strengthening links with emerging markets
and the coalition Government is working to ensure we have a
competitive business environment, competitive tax regimes and a
The Convention and Trade show saw presentations from Lee Hopley
from EEF, Chris Squires at EDF, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive
Technologies, Sir Chris O'Donnell former CEO of Smith & Nephew,
Ric Parker of Rolls-Royce, Dr. Alan McLelland at NAMTEC and
Professor Keith Ridgway CBE, University of Sheffield's Advanced
Manufacturing Research Centre with Boeing.
There were also case-studies from Harry Hutchinson, HGF Patent
and Trade Mark Attorneys and Dr Edward Draper, from Sheffield-based
manufacturer JRI Orthopaedics Ltd.
The Global Manufacturing Festival, which was organised by
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Marketing Sheffield, ran over two
days and attracted more than 2,000 people to a range of
Events included the Get Up To Speed - Skills and Education Show,
which brought together young people, schools, parents and students
with local engineering and manufacturing businesses.
Sir Roger Bone, President of Boeing UK, delivered a management
lecture, organised by the University of Sheffield and
Sheffield Hallam University, while Made in Sheffield staged their
annual awards dinner at the Cutlers' Hall, with Dr Karl-Ulrich
Köhler, managing director and chief executive of Tata Steel Europe
the keynote speaker.
The festival, sponsored by Nabarro LLP, NatWest, University of
Sheffield and Siemens Plc, was the second to take place in
Sheffield since its creation a year ago.
Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of
Commerce, said: "We were delighted with the festival as it achieved
most of the objectives we had set ourselves against what is a
five-year plan to stage the event in Sheffield.
"Attendances were as good as last year and we increased the
number of people from outside the region, attracting delegates from
four countries around the world.
"Every event was better than last year and we are already
working with national bodies in planning for 2013. There were
great points discussed, there were things to learn. We want to
thank the hard work that everybody put into the four events and the
sponsors that made it possible - we are all backing this city and
its future and it is great to see "Team Sheffield" in action."
Brendan Moffett, director of Marketing Sheffield said: "The
festival is an ambitious project that needs to build year on year
so that Sheffield City Region becomes the centre of UK
manufacturing in everybody's mind. We have a five-year plan and we
are going to deliver it. Bring on 2013!"