In just over a month more than 300 delegates from across the world arrive in Sheffield City Region for the international Horasis China conference.
Taking place on 5 and 6 November, Horasis China will use a range of venues including the Cutlers Hall, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Cathedral, the St Paul’s Mercure Hotel and Chatsworth House.
Previously held in cities including Geneva, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon and The Hague, Horasis is one of the most respected and well-known conferences in the world – and the city region fought off stiff competition from other cities across the globe to bring it here.
The conference, organised by the Horasis Global Visions Community, is being co-hosted this year by Sheffield City Region and the China Federation of Industrial Economics.
Dr Frank-Jürgen Richter, chairman of the Horasis Global Visions Community, said: “At this 13th Horasis meeting on China, senior executives from around the world will discuss Chinese firms’ growing impact on global business. Participants will also examine the state of the global economy and China’s role in shaping the new economic world.
“With the Horasis China Meeting, Horasis has created a strong partnership with China. Introduced in 2005, the meeting has become one of the foremost global business gatherings on China.
“It is my sincere hope that the 2017 Horasis China Meeting will further promote win-win economic relations, stimulate innovation and provide business opportunities for corporations from China and the world.”
In the UK, Sheffield City Region is working with the Government’s Department for International Trade, Visit Britain, and both of Sheffield’s world-class universities.
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), 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.”
Professor Chris Husbands, vice-chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, 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.
“With our education partnerships and thousands of Chinese students and alumni, Sheffield Hallam has an impressive track record in connecting China to the region. Horasis will only help foster an even stronger relationship in the future.”
While the conference programme explores China’s trade strategy, a range of parallel events will include visits to places such as the National College for High Speed Rail, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) the Nuclear AMRC and the Olympic Legacy Park.
So far, investment from China has seen more than 1,200 jobs created and investment projects worth a total of £233.5m made across Sheffield City Region. This Horasis China meeting brings the opportunity for networking opportunities and the chance to build relationships.
Horasis China comes after it was announced last month that Sheffield City Region has become a member of the China-Britain Business Council (CBBC), an organisation that helps British and Chinese businesses work together in China, the UK and around the world.
With more than 1,000 members, it operates alongside the British Chamber of Commerce in China to support companies of all sizes and sectors.
Membership means that the city region can take advantage of CBBC’s specialist advisers in the UK and a network of business contacts and decision-makers across China, in order to form new relationships, create investment opportunities and further grow the economy.
The CBBC also delivers a range of events and other services, to highlight export opportunities for UK companies and investment opportunities for Chinese organisations.
Sheffield City Region is already home to more than 700 internationally-owned foreign businesses, including Chinese investors. Foreign investment has brought £2.15billion into the region in the 10 years between 2006 and 2016, creating almost 9,000 jobs.