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Plans for Sheffield to stage a second Global Manufacturing Festival and turn it into an annual event have reached an advanced stage.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce is set to play a lead role in organising the 2012 festival, which aims to build on the success of this year’s event and promote the UK as a leading global innovator in advanced engineering and manufacturing.

Chamber executive director Richard Wright said: “The inaugural Global Manufacturing Festival was a good foundation to develop a unique event in the city which has international reach.”

While this year’s festival was billed as a celebration of manufacturing, the 2012 festival, which will take place on March 21 and 22 will have a harder edge, with the aim of creating economic returns for businesses, sponsors and others taking part.

“Early feedback from the March 2011 festival was the need to ensure it provided a significant value added offer to businesses, sponsors and contributors, where economic return can be gained.

“Despite a difficult trading position in Europe and America, UK manufacturing businesses can compete in international markets if they do the right things and focus on export led, high technology and high added value supply chains, which is critical.

“The Global Manufacturing Festival does, and will continue, to do just that. This is exactly the event for companies to attend who wish to enter export markets or grow existing ones.”

Sheffield Chamber is working with the Cutlers Company Sheffield City Council’s marketing and inward investment arms, Marketing Sheffield, and Creative Sheffield, to organise a series of focused events, exhibitions, conferences and workshops, with guest speakers from the world of manufacturing, engineering, politics and education.

Organisers are also looking at plans for future Global Manufacturing Festivals, covering the next five years.

These will include marking the 100th anniversary of the first commercial production of stainless steel by Harry Brearley in Sheffield, during the 2013 festival.

More information about the Global Manufacturing Festival: Sheffield is available at: www.globalmanufacturingfestival.com.