Minister and EEF chief economist added to Global Manufacturing Festival bill

Posted on 21 Feb 2012

Jeremy Browne MP, minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office, is the latest guest speaker to be announced for the Global Manufacturing Festival.

He will speak to more than 400 delegates at the festival’s convention and trade show which will take place in Sheffield on March 22.

Lee Hopley, chief economist at EEF, has also been added to the list of speakers which already includes Ric Parker from Rolls-Royce, Dr. Alan McLelland from NAMTEC, Alan Cumming of EDF Energy, Andrew Peters from Siemens Drive Technologies, Sir Chris O’Donnell former CEO of Smith & Nephew and Professor Keith Ridgway CBE Executive Dean of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Institute.

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

Key themes at the convention will cover the three critical areas of UK strategy and support, new markets and opportunities, and technology and commercialisation.

In addition to the speakers, discussions are being held with potential delegations from a number of countries to support the long-term business relationships the Sheffield Chamber and city are building with companies in the Ukraine, China, France, Brazil, Columbia, Rwanda, India and the USA.

Richard Wright, executive director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “We want to highlight the international opportunities available to businesses in the UK and how they can exploit them to support sustainable growth.

“Our International Trade Centre 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.”