Wednesday 26 November 2014
An ambassador for business and industry, tasked with boosting Sheffield as a pioneering 21st century industrial city, has joined the team to promote the city to employers and investors.
Richard Caborn, the former industry and sports minister, has been appointed by the City Council Leader to use his worldwide network of contacts to add impetus to Sheffield’s impressive record of harnessing manufacturing technology to job creation and prosperity.
The role of envoy will give the city a tremendous advantage, Council Leader Julie Dore, said.
“He will support us in promoting Sheffield externally, contribute to bringing forward the right ideas and policies, and will use his influence in key areas,” Councillor Dore said.
“Richard has always been a great asset for the city and has fought hard for Sheffield, so it made sense to ask him to continue to use his experience and track record in this critical period of the city’s development.”
Cllr Dore recruited him as an unpaid envoy to give impetus to the team already working to create jobs and increase investment in manufacturing industry.
Mr Caborn, whose background is in engineering, serving his apprenticeship at Firth Browns, has consistently championed the city’s materials and engineering industries.
He was part of the team that has seen the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre grow from a humble shed 13 years ago on the Parkway to an industrial complex bristling with innovative technologies.
He is a central figure in the development of Don Valley as an Olympic Legacy Park and will draw on close contacts with both Sheffield universities and private sector manufacturers.
“We’ve taken significant strides in turning exciting technological ideas into apprenticeships, jobs and prosperity,” Mr Caborn said. “This project will give to a wider audience the story of the city’s resurgence and its potential for the future.
“I take great pride in representing Sheffield and will use my knowledge and experience to support the city in retaining its place as one of the top UK cities.”
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