At the two-day event more than 500 people will attend a manufacturers’ dinner on June 24. And there will be a conference, with more than 1,000 delegates, and all-day exhibition with up to 120 stands – double that of last year – at the AMRC training centre on June 25.
Sheffield Design Week is hosted in one of the UK’s most creative cities. Taking place annually, this 7 day festival will host an array of local, regional, national and international design, architectural and creative names. It will showcase all disciplines of design, from graphic design to architecture, advanced manufacturing and technology to fashion and product design and more.
It is launching an international trade and export strategy with the priority of supporting small and medium sized businesses.
The authority said that SMEs were the foundation of the local economy, contributing around half of the employment and turnover, and boosting exports was a “strong route” towards increased private sector growth.
When Anne Wilson joined Numill as a book-keeper in 2000, exports accounted for less than a fifth of the tool reclamation company’s business. A management buyout and a recession later, Anne has built international trade into half the business “and that proportion is likely to rise still further”, she says.
UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) are delivering their fifth Export Week, from 7 – 11 April. 70 events are featured for small and mid-sized businesses across the UK with organisations attending a variety of workshops, seminars, intellectual property and marketing workshops.
Part of the UK’s International Festival for Business, the Global Manufacturing Festival (GMF) is specifically designed to help SME’s understand the supply chains for a broad range of high growth market sectors, how they might access them, and where to focus investments to gain future business.