Council chiefs at US export event

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Council chiefs from Sheffield showcased the city’s export strategy at an event in London which aims to boost trade with the US.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, and David Campbell-Molloy, policy officer at Creative Sheffield - the council’s business department - attended the Trading Cities Event at Canary Wharf to discuss how cities can work in partnership to strengthen regional economies.

The event was organised by the Centre for London as part of the Global Cities Initiative, a joint project by Brookings Institution and JPMorgan Chase.

The Sheffield International Trade and Export Strategy was launched in April 2014 to drive up the export performance of businesses in Sheffield and the city region.

Coun Bramall said: “Showcasing the Sheffield Export Strategy with key players from the UK and US is real recognition of our proactive and innovative approach to export growth.

“We have been working closely with Bruce Katz and the Brookings Institution on our international economic commission which we launched earlier this year and this relationship continues to benefit the city as we find more ways to work together and learn from each other.”

Since 2012, the Global Cities Initiative has been working with US cities to help leaders strengthen regional economies by becoming more competitive in the global marketplace, developing clear export strategies, providing data, support and learning networks.

In 2014, it supported Centre for London, an independent think-tank, in preparing a report on the capital’s performance as an exporting city. The event brought together core UK and US cities.