Organisers hail festival success

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Organisers of the Global Manufacturing Festival:Sheffield say they are delighted with the way the two day event turned out.

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said attendances had been as good as last year and more people had come from outside the region.

“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,” said Mr Wright.

“Every event was better than last year and we are already working with national bodies in planning for 2013.”

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.”

The festival included speeches by Boeing UK president Sir Roger Bone and Tata Steel Europe chief Dr Karl-Ulrich Köhler; a convention, trade show and the Get Up To Speed event, designed to encourage more young people to seek careers in manufacturing.