Sheffield City Region (SCR) and China may be 5,000 miles apart but now they are closer than ever before.
SCR is a growing market, increasingly recognised on the world stage for pioneering developments in industry and manufacturing. Ever increasing recognition has led to closer business relationships with China one of the world’s biggest economies. Just last year Sheffield hosted the Horasis China Meeting, bringing 300 international delegates to the city.
The Horasis China Meeting began on Sunday 5 November with a full day of panel discussions and meetings at the St Paul’s Mercure Hotel. This was followed by an official opening ceremony, and then a dinner at the Cutler’s Hall where speakers included Sir Nigel Knowles, Horasis founder and chairman Frank-Jurgen Richter, and Marian Sudbury, Director of Exports & Investment for the Northern Powerhouse. The Horasis China Meeting was brought to Sheffield City Region by the Horasis Global Visions Community, which organises the annual event in cities across the world. Co-host was the China Federation for Industrial Economics (CFIE).
Discussion topics on Sunday included the world-class assets of Sheffield City Region; innovation and creativity in the Chinese economy, and the Northern Powerhouse.
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the SCR Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “To have delegates from across the world, at the very top of their respective fields, in Sheffield talking about investment, trade and worldwide economic development was a wonderful thing to see. I know lots of very high-level conversations took place and look forward to seeing the resulting investments that I am confident will follow.
“At the same time, Horasis was a rare opportunity to showcase Sheffield on an international scale. Delegates were staying in our hotels, eating in our restaurants, shopping in our thriving city centre and also visiting venues as prestigious and varied as Sheffield Cathedral, the Cutler’s Hall and Chatsworth House. The additional income from two days of the event will have been significant for these businesses.
“For the first time, Sheffield City Region has proved it can host an international conference on this scale. We will be looking for further opportunities to build on this success and hopefully host similar events in the future.”
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