One of the largest overseas trade delegations to visit Sheffield arrives in the city today.
More than 100 delegates from Nigeria will spend four days talking to local business leaders, academics and politicians about opportunities to do business in what is the second largest market in Africa.
The delegation includes representatives from the Nigerian construction, energy, finance, legal, food, drink, healthcare, oil, gas, telecommunications, transport, waste management, education and training sectors.
One of the key events during the visit will be a day long seminar at the Copthorne Hotel, which will cover specific opportunities in power, manufacturing and the Nigerian regions.
Speakers will also talk about the progress on privatisation of state operations, doing business in Nigeria and technology acquisition.
UK Trade and Investment International Trade Director for Yorkshire and Humberside Mark Robson said: “The interest in the visit has been remarkable and specifically the one day seminar on doing business with Nigeria where we have 95 representatives from firms from the Sheffield City Region attending.
“The business community here has recognised that Nigeria is a rapidly growing and investing African economy rich in oil reserves that needs to source materials and support across a number of sectors.”
The Nigerian visit is a direct result of links that Sheffield United has been developing in the African state.
These include the appointment of Nigerian investment banker and businessman Jacob Esan as a director of Sheffield United and Scarborough United Group, a subsidiary of Blades owner Kevin McCabe’s Scarborough Group International.
Mr McCabe said: “This is an exciting opportunity for businesses in the Sheffield City Region.
“We have been working alongside Jacob to facilitate these types of events which can provide real opportunities for businesses and the Sheffield City region in general.”
Organisations hosting visits by Nigerian delegates include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Tata Steel, Dronfield mining equipment company Padley and Venables, Sheffield City Council, the city’s two universities, Sheffield United and the Sheffield Steelers.