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Peter Wheeler, UK Trade & Investment life sciences regional sector specialist with Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics managing director
Peter Wheeler, UK Trade & Investment life sciences regional sector specialist with Keith Jackson, JRI Orthopaedics managing director
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Sheffield’s strengths in engineering excellence, sport technology and digital and healthcare innovation will take centre stage at a flagship International Business Festival to support the Yorkshire Grand Départ.

The three-day spectacle from July 2-4 will attract global delegates to the English Institute of Sport and aims to support a wider drive to generate millions in new business and create a lasting legacy to boost the regional economy for years.

Organisers UK Trade & Investment and Welcome to Yorkshire are striving to capitalise on the international appeal of Le Tour to promote the opportunities to visit and do business in South Yorkshire, and deliver commercial benefits stretching far beyond the end of the race on the Champs Elysees.

A busy Sheffield programme will include a Medical Futures Symposium on July 3 showcasing new technologies in the healthcare field.

The event, led by Medilink Yorkshire & Humber, will showcase the region as a major centre for innovation and treatment in fields like orthopaedics to a range of international clinicians, distributors and key opinion leaders.

It will be supported by award-winning Sheffield firms JRI Orthopaedics, the world’s first company to use hydroxyapatite ceramic coatings to create cementless hip implants, and Symmetry Medical, one of the largest casting companies in Europe for knee and hip implantation.

It will feature exhibitions, speeches on cutting edge advances and guided visits to factories.

For more information about The Cycle of Care: Medical Futures Symposium, including how to book your place, visit

Healthcare innovation will give way to sport technology at the Sport Tech Match Brokerage Event on July 3 and 4.

Delegates have the chance to pre-arrange meetings with sport technology organisations from around the world to explore potential collaborations in areas like equipment, advanced materials, ICT and media solutions, health conditioning, performance testing and monitoring, assistive and rehabilitation technologies, simulation technologies, sport nutrition and clothing and footwear. to find out more.

Le Gamejam, meanwhile, also on July 3 and 4, will promote Sheffield as a leading development centre for the lucrative UK gaming industry.

The unique event will run in tandem from dual sites in Leeds and Sheffield, and will also pull together gaming experts and enthusiasts from other UK cities.

It will showcase the best of British gaming and will set a challenge for the developers of tomorrow. They will have a 48-hour window to create a game based around the Grand Dpéart and the International Business Festival. The audience will be able to monitor the live development of the games.