Sheffield praised for its global leadership role

The Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, and the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, pictured at the Forfeit Feast in2013
The Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, and the Lord Mayor of the City of London, Alderman Roger Gifford, pictured at the Forfeit Feast in2013
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A leading spokesman for the UK’s financial services industry has praised the Sheffield City Region as a global leader in the field of manufacturing.

Lord Mayor of the City of London Alderman Roger Gifford made his remarks while speaking at the Cutlers’ Company’s annual Forfeit Feast.

He told Feast guests Sheffield was a world-leader in design and manufacturing, with a global reputation for quality, and was ideally-placed to explore and employ new technologies.

Alderman Gifford, who has had a long and distinguished career in international finance, praised the Sheffield-based Cutlers’ Company for its educational initiatives.

“Countries across the world are eager to emulate the British model of vocational training, and the close association between industry and educational institutions.

“Nowhere is this more important than in the fields of manufacturing and engineering - where the UK has unrivalled expertise,” Alderman Gifford added.

Proposing a toast to Harry Brearley, whose discovery of stainless steel in Sheffield a century ago, is being celebrated this year, Master Cutler Neil MacDonald praised Brearley’s “determination, stubbornness and entrepreneurship.”

Mr MacDonald said: “Harry’s ensured that Sheffield would forever be synonymous with stainless steel and cutlery.

“I feel I have got to know Harry, how he thought and the struggles he went through to achieve his goals. Harry, thank you, Sheffield will forever be in your debt.”

n The Forfeit Feast’s name comes from the fact that it was originally financed by fines paid by Freemen who failed to attend or misbehaved at Cutlers’ Company meetings.