Tuesday 1 November 2016

Sheffield’s investment credentials knocked at No10 Downing Street, as Director of Creative Sheffield, Edward Highfield was invited to present the city’s major investment project to international investors from all over the world on Friday 21 October.

Sheffield was selected for the visit to Downing Street along with Glasgow and Newcastle, to showcase major investment opportunities.

The three cities were chosen in-front of other northern powerhouse cities as their projects, which included the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) and Doncaster-Sheffield Airport, were recognised as the strongest from a long list of propositions.

Overseas investors were in London following the MIPIM UK conference, for the world’s leading property market players. Investors are increasingly looking for opportunities outside of London and the South East and so were invited to hear about these leading projects in the north.

Edward Highfield, Director of Creative Sheffield said: “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to put forward Sheffield’s investment credentials.

“The world is beginning to notice that the UK has far more to offer than just London, and that Sheffield City Region is a great place to invest. Projects like AMID are attracting inward investment and attention from all over the world and we continue to develop overseas relationships to strengthen our position on the international market.

“The recent commitment from China to invest more than £200million to projects across Sheffield demonstrates growing confidence in the city. This visit to Downing Street was a good platform to position Sheffield on the world’s investment stage.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) is the industrial spine of the city region, between Sheffield and Rotherham, which is already home to the likes of Boeing and Rolls Royce as well as the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and Factory 2050 facilities. Sheffield and Rotherham Councils are working jointly to develop the wider area and to attract companies looking to locate close to the AMRC’s world leading research capability.