There's one month to go until more than 300 delegates from across the world arrive in the Sheffield City Region for the international Horasis China conference.
Taking place on 5 and 6 November 2017, Horasis China will use a range of venues including the Cutlers Hall, Sheffield City Hall, Sheffield Cathedral, the St Paul’s Mercure Hotel and Chatsworth House.
Previously held in the likes of Geneva, Frankfurt, Barcelona, Lisbon and The Hague, Horasis is one of the most respected and well-known conferences in the world.
The conference has been organised by the Horasis Global Visions Community and is being co-hosted this year by Sheffield City Region and the China Federation of Industrial Economics.
In the UK, Sheffield City Region is working with the Government’s Department for International Trade, Visit Britain, and both of Sheffield’s world-class universities.
Dr Frank-Jürgen Richter, chairman of the Horasis Global Visions Community, said: "At this 13th Horasis meeting on China, senior executives from around the world will discuss Chinese firms’ growing impact on global business. Participants will also examine the state of the global economy and China’s role in shaping the new economic world.
"With the Horasis China Meeting, Horasis has created a strong partnership with China. Introduced in 2005, the meeting has become one of the foremost global business gatherings on China.
"It is my sincere hope that the 2017 Horasis China Meeting will further promote win-win economic relations, stimulate innovation and provide business opportunities for corporations from China and the world."
Professor Chris Husbands, vice chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: "Hosting such a prestigious event is a great chance to showcase the Sheffield City Region as a centre for knowledge and enterprise to an international audience.
"We are looking forward to demonstrating how our cutting-edge research and innovation provides some outstanding opportunities for investment, which could boost regional growth and jobs.
"With our education partnerships and thousands of Chinese students and alumni, Sheffield Hallam has an impressive track record in connecting China to the region. Horasis will only help foster an even stronger relationship in the future."
Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), added: "Sheffield City Region has a shared heritage of learning and resilience with China, so Horasis China really is the right conference, in the right place, at the right time.
"Horasis comes at the start of a long-term and highly-focused approach to our trade and investment strategies to create jobs and growth.
"We know the event will also build on our reputation as a global leader in innovation and advanced manufacturing in the Northern Powerhouse.
"I look forward to welcoming our Chinese guests and to further demonstrating our ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic here in Sheffield City Region, which harnesses drive and ambition."