Sheffield City Centre at night from Sheaf Valley Park
Delegates from Sheffield City Region met potential investment partners from across the country at an exclusive event held in Knightsbridge this week.
The aim of the event was to form, develop and strengthen relationships with key institutional investors and fund managers as the city region drives forwards its bold new Trade and Investment Strategy.
McLaren London was chosen as a location for the event as the automotive company is due to open a new production centre in Rotherham next year to produce the carbon fibre chassis that is at the heart of every one of its sports cars and
This was the first investor engagement event of its kind for the city region. Four such events are set to be run each year, and the next will be held in Cannes on Wednesday 14th March 2018, during MIPIM.
Guests at last night’s invitation-only event included representatives from major national and international organisations, who heard from speakers including Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), Mark Jackson from Scarborough Group International and Alan Foster, Executive Director of Infrastructure Projects at McLaren Automotive, now the largest part of the combined McLaren Group.
Sir Nigel said: “Sheffield City Region has a unique role to help create new businesses, support the growth of existing ones, and inspire and attract business from across the world like McLaren Automotive to come to the region.
“This event in London showcased our excellence in sectors such as advanced manufacturing, health technology and rail, as well as demonstrating our ‘let’s get it done’ work ethic and our straightforward, practical approach.
“This is an exciting time for trade and investment in Sheffield City Region, having recently hosted the Horasis China Meeting, been a major part of a trade mission to Poland and drafted our new Inclusive Industrial Strategy.
“We are also actively forging new trade relationships with markets including China and India.
“Last night I was pleased to meet with new potential investment partners and tell them more about the opportunities we have here in the region.
“Lots of interesting conversations were had, and I sincerely hope that these evolve into longer-term developments.”
Sheffield City Region was allowed to use the prestigious Knightsbridge showroom of its investment partner McLaren for the event.
McLaren’s choice of location is further proof that the city region’s capabilities are up there with the best in the world.
Their decision was the culmination of long-term conversations with key local stakeholders and shows that
Sheffield City Region’s trade and investment strategy was agreed at the first meeting of the new Trade and Investment Advisory Board last week.
The strategy focuses on priority sectors where the region has distinctive specialisms and capabilities.
These are principally around advanced manufacturing and engineering, where the city region has already seen huge investment from world-leading companies including McLaren and Boeing.
It also aims to raise the profile of export and simplify the export support landscape, to make it easier for businesses to access products and