Festival ‘bigger and better’

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Sheffield’s Global Manufacturing Festival is set to become bigger and better than ever before, according to Sheffield Chamber of Commerce executive director Richard Wright.

Mr Wright was speaking as attendees of the three-day event at the Advanced Manufacturing Park were hailing this year’s event as a massive success.

Among those praising the event were Deputy Prime Minister and Sheffield MP Nick Clegg.

“I would like to congratulate all involved in the GMF,” said Mr Clegg, speaking at the closing event. “It’s a brilliant, brilliant way of celebrating and putting on a pedestal all our achievements in the manufacturing sector.”

Martin McKervey, from law firm Nabarro, one of the headline sponsors, said: “The Global Manufacturing Festival has been a major triumph and a huge success for the city region.”

Mr McKervey said the festival had demonstrated the quality, enthusiasm, commitment and importance of local manufacturers on the world stage, and had emphasised that the region did, indeed, have a global reputation for innovation and quality.

“Our region is leading the way in meeting some of the UK’s key economic challenges and is crucially increasing the proportion of the workforce seeking and capable of pursuing a career in manufacturing – particularly young people,” said Mr McKervey.

Richard Wright said organisers had received really good feedback from attendees at all the events.

“There was a real buzz about the event.People were telling me they felt they were attending something special,” said Mr Wright.

“I think we have filled what I felt was a real gap in the UK by creating an event focused very much on high integrity, high value supply chains, which are all export led,” said Mr Wright.

“More than 1,000 people attended the exhibition and a big percentage came from outside the region, which was what we wanted.”