The forthcoming Horasis China Meeting, taking place in Sheffield on 5 and 6 November, is a vote of confidence in the city region – on a world scale.
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, has enlisted an impressive array of people at the top of their fields to present the modern Sheffield City Region, where proud industrial heritage has given birth to world-leading innovation.
Strong themes of heritage, learning and resilience unite China, from where around 300 delegates will be travelling to Sheffield, and the city region, which will be their host for the duration of the event.
Horasis, which involves a packed two-day programme of discussions, debates and networking opportunities, will take place across an array of impressive venues including Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Cathedral, the Cutlers Hall and Chatsworth House.
The city region’s academic partners for the Horasis China Meeting are the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, and vice-chancellors of both the city’s world-class universities – Professor Sir Keith Burnett and Professor Chris Husbands – will be attending.
Professor Husbands said: “Hosting such a prestigious event is a great chance to showcase the Sheffield City Region as a centre for knowledge and enterprise to an international audience.
“We are looking forward to demonstrating how our cutting-edge research and innovation provides some outstanding opportunities for investment, which could boost regional growth and jobs.”
Representing the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) will be its chief executive Colin Sirett, while Professor Andrew Storer, chief executive of the Nuclear AMRC, will also be at Horasis, bringing to the table his 30 years’ experience in the nuclear sector. The Confucius Institute at the University of Sheffield will also be represented.
Sheffield Hallam University will be showcasing their Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) development, situated at the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park.
AWRC Director Professor Steve Haake, recognised as one of the UK’s top 10 inspirational scientists and engineers, will be on hand to outline some outstanding investment opportunities.
Other national partners for Horasis China include Visit England, which plays a unique role in building England’s tourism and aims to grow the UK’s business events sector, and the Government’s Department for International Trade, responsible for promoting British trade across the world.
Law firm DLA Piper, which has lawyers in more than 40 countries, will be sponsoring the event.
Petra Billing, Office Managing Partner at DLA Piper, said: “This is a real accolade for the Sheffield City Region and a fantastic opportunity for businesses to demonstrate what they can offer to the Asian market and beyond.
“The Sheffield City Region has a lot to entice those keen to partner with and invest in a dynamic and ambitious region which is demonstrating strong growth and has a solid world renowned reputation for quality and talent.”
Businesses from across the Sheffield City Region will play key roles in the Horasis China Meeting.
These include Scarborough Group International and its executive chairman, Kevin McCabe, who is also co-owner of Sheffield United FC. Scarborough Group International has grown from a UK-based real estate developer and investor into a global organisation, with a particular focus on China.
Companies including Trebbi, B.Braun and New Era Development are also lending their support and expertise to the event, while speakers at key events will include Julie Kenny CBE, who founded the security firm Pyronix and grew it into a global brand.
Ms Kenny sits on the board of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which is chaired by Sir Nigel Knowles.
Sir Nigel said: “Sheffield City Region has a shared heritage of learning and resilience with China, so Horasis China really is the right conference, in the right place, at the right time.
“Horasis comes at the start of a long-term and highly-focused approach to our trade and investment strategies to create jobs and growth. We know the event will also build on our reputation as a global leader in innovation and advanced manufacturing in the Northern Powerhouse.
“I look forward to welcoming our Chinese guests and to further demonstrating our ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic here in Sheffield City Region, which harnesses drive and ambition.”
For further information on Horasis China, visit the website here.