Minister to join festival line-up

LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Browne, 14 May 2010.
LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM Minister of State for Foreign & Commonwealth Affairs Jeremy Browne, 14 May 2010.
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Foreign and Commonwealth Office Minister Jeremy Browne and Lee Hopley, chief economist at the manufacturers’ organisation, the EEF, have joined the roster of top level speakers for the Global Manufacturing Festival.

Mr Browne is a Liberal Democrat Member of Parliament who has also been Shadow Chief Secretary to the Treasury and worked in finance and global communications before becoming an MP.

He will address more than 400 delegates attending the Festival’s convention and trade show which takes place in Sheffield on March 22.

Other speakers will include Ric Parker from Rolls-Royce, Alan Cumming of EDF Energy, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies, former Smith and Nephew chief Sir Chris O’Donnell, Professor Keith Ridgway from Sheffield University’s Advanced Manufacturing Institute and Dr Alan McLelland, from the Rotherham-based National Metals Technology Centre.

The all-day event will also include presentations from local companies Sheffield Forgemasters International and JRI Orthopaedics.

Key themes discussed at the convention will include UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and technology and commercialisation. Organisers say they are in discussions with a number of potential foreign delegations from countries with which Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and the city is building long term business relationships, including Ukraine, China, France, Brazil, Columbia, Rwanda, India and the USA.

Sheffield Chamber of Commerce executive director Richard Wright said: “We are very keen to see the convention provide a global market place for high-end manufacturers.

“We want to highlight the international opportunities available to businesses in the UK and how they can exploit them to support sustainable growth.

“We need to ensure the world, and particularly the developing countries, know of our strengths so they come here to do business. The festival will provide an ideal opportunity to showcase the expertise available in the UK with Sheffield City Region at the heart of its operations.

“Our International Trade Centre (SYITC) has been working with UKTI to attract buyers from key countries around the world, which will ensure the festival can be a platform for business to be done.”

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