Sheffield organisations join David Cameron on trade mission to South East Asia

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A trio of Sheffield organisations have joined David Cameron on the first-ever Northern Powerhouse-focused trade mission to South East Asia.

Delegates from The University of Sheffield, computer software firm Fusionex and Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP joined the prime minister and business Secretary Sajid Javid on a trip to Singapore and Malaysia on Wednesday.

They were among a group of 62 northern companies who attend a Northern Powerhouse-themed business event, which aimed to promote South Yorkshire business interests in the region.

Mr Cameron was expected to speak about recent successes and business wins in the region, including a £4m investment from the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council to The University of Sheffield. The money will be used to build one of the largest dynamic test facilities in the UK and brings the total current investment in the facility to £11m.

The visiting delegation represented a total turnover in excess of £10bn, with a combined workforce of over 50,000 people. The trip also followed an announcement by Malaysian investor Petra Group that 90 skilled jobs will be created in the north after investing £12 million in the area.

The company plans to develop a rubber recycling manufacturing facility using their patented technology to produce Green Rubber.

Mr Cameron said he hoped the trade mission would be “the first of many.”

Mr Javid added the visit “demonstrated the strength of the northern regions.”