UK Ambassador to the OECD visits Sheffield to Discuss Regional Economic Growth

25th June 2015

Ambassador discovers secret to unlocking the UK's industrial productivity at the University of Sheffield's world-leading advanced manufacturing research centre, the AMRC.

Nick Bridge, British Ambassador to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), visited the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) today (24 June 2015) to discuss productivity, advanced manufacturing and economic growth with leaders from across the region. The Ambassador - previously Chief Economist at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and who has worked in China, Japan and the US - was welcomed to the AMRC by Vice Chancellor Professor Sir Keith Burnett who explained how in-depth collaboration between University research and industry helps over 100 partner companies transform productivity, resulting in orders, increased exports and jobs. Sir Keith said: "I am delighted that the Ambassador has seen for himself the inspiring work taking place here in Sheffield, and that he recognises its importance for productivity and skills. The AMRC is global in its aspirations and the world's leading manufacturing companies work here alongside the region's high-tech supply chain. But our potential is even greater. We are already building the world's first reconfigurable factory and want to do more. "We are urging the UK government to work with our researchers and industry to build the low carbon energy and high-speed trains of the future right here in Sheffield and Rotherham. We are also keen to partner organisations such as the OECD to help create the thriving economies and industry which are so vital for society and young people." The Ambassador, who has a keen interest in advanced manufacturing, learned how the AMRC has become a growing ecosystem of innovation that could lead revolutions in industry, transport, energy and social care - streamlining Britain's industrial recovery. It also looked at the Sheffield City Region's international profile, including opportunities for forging greater links with China. Nick Bridge outlined the role of OECD in promoting city and regional growth to a global audience. Speaking at the event, he said: -I am extremely impressed with Sheffield's innovation and advanced manufacturing strategy. There is clearly a story to tell about the role of its leaders and the University in providing unique, sustainable solutions that can grow our economies and develop vital skills. I want to reflect that in my and my team's work with the OECD as part of the wider UK Government effort, and hope that this meeting can lead to concrete collaboration with the OECD to promote and support the important work happening across this region. The visit was arranged by the University of Sheffield in conjunction with Sheffield City Council and Sheffield-based communications agency Counter Context. The Ambassador took part in a walking tour of the AMRC, which followed a roundtable discussion with business and organisation leaders from across the region which was chaired by Counter Context's Associate Director Simon Collingwood.

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