FCO visit hails Sheffield as city ‘going places with big ambitious’

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FCO visit hails Sheffield as city ‘going places with big ambitious’
Representatives from the FCO International Leaders Programme at the UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park

A recent visit from the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) International Leaders Programme has hailed Sheffield as a “city that is going places with big ambitions”.

During the visit, FCO representatives from 17 different countries visited several sites across the city including: Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, The Sheffield Assay Office, Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Theatres.

The International Leaders Programme seeks to connect and engage with up and coming leaders from the Emerging Powers, selected partners (G7, EU and Australia) and Official Development Assistance (ODA) eligible countries, through an inward visits programme.

Sheffield is one of three city visits arranged by Common Purpose for the FCO this year, which began with Leeds in July and will end with one in Edinburgh later this year.

Sara Clarkson, Common Purpose Operations Director, said: “At Common Purpose, our programmes are all about leaders crossing boundaries – whether those are sector, generational or geographical boundaries.

“The participants really enjoyed the insights from the visit to all the different places and it was privilege to be able to work with them and showcase Sheffield. This is a city that is going places with big ambitions.”

As part of the two-day agenda, the representatives also visited The Mowbray in Kelham Island and GLIDE House in Attercliffe.

The group included the Director of Strategic Initiatives from the Obama Foundation in the USA, the Head of Foreign Policy in Albania, Vice Minister for Inclusive Economic Development in Paraguay, and a Member of the Economic Advisory Council to the Prime Minister in India.

Project Lead for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, the Rt Hon Richard Caborn, said: “It’s an honour to welcome delegates from so many parts of the world to see what is being achieved here in Sheffield.

“We were extremely proud to host the group at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park to share our vision to create an innovation district for health and wellbeing research and learning. The best way of explaining to people what’s being achieved here is by showing them the site – showcasing how far we’ve come and outlining the plans for the future.

“This is yet more international recognition for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and Sheffield City Region.”