Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions Post-Brexit

Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions Post-Brexit

 8:30 AM – 11:30 AM, 26th March @ The Source, Meadowhall, Sheffield. 

The British Foreign Policy Group is proud to partner with Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, The Foreign & Commonwealth Office, UBS Wealth Management and Sheffield City Council to host ‘Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions in a post-Brexit world’.

This event will connect local and national perspectives from economic, arts and culture, NGO and manufacturing sectors to assess how Sheffield and the region can balance its soft power and economic capabilities post Brexit. Sat at the heart of the Northern Powerhouse, Sheffield has a globally established reputation as a centre for trade and commerce. Post-Brexit, utilising the soft-power assets such as those possessed by Sheffield will be crucial in sustaining regional well-being.

How can Sheffield and the wider region capitalise on this proven track record to articulate the region’s aspirations, in trade, culture and ideas, to the rest of the world?

This event is part of a programme of national engagement events being hosted around the UK to build better national understanding of different cities and regions’ international perspectives, and how the UK government, led by the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, can better support and enable the growing international aspirations and profile of UK cities, regions and nations in a time of significant global change.

This event will:

  • Assess the scope of challenges that the city of Sheffield and the wider region may face post Brexit.
  • Reveal how partnerships between Sheffield’s public and private sectors could help to boost the city’s international profile.
  • Examine how Sheffield can maximise its soft power capabilities, to boost the UK’s profile across the world.
  • Explore how Sheffield’s diverse civil society could generate a better understanding of foreign policy matters.


Order of events


Keynote speech: Dean Turner, Economist in UK Investment Office at UBS Wealth Management

Panel 1 – The Global Trends shaping Sheffield’s future

This panel will look at why it is becoming more important for cities and regions such as Sheffield to think globally again, and how this fits into wider UK thinking on international issues such as trade, diplomacy and security

Chair: Tom Cargill, Executive Director, BFPG

Dean Turner, UBS

Paul Brummell, Head of Soft Power and External Affairs Department, FCO

Kate Skarsten, Economic Counsellor, The U.S Embassy


Panel 2 – How should Sheffield Respond?

Taking Sheffield’s current international plans as a starting point, this session will look at what more needs to be done and how the UK government might more effectively support the city and regions ambitions in years to come.


Chair: Kathy McArdle, Head of UK Regions, British Council

Richard Wright, Director, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce

Dan Bates, CEO, Sheffield Theatres

Gordon Macrae, Gripple Ltd

Neil Cleverley, Twinkl

Caroline Cooper Charles, Film Producer and Strategic Development Executive, Screen Yorkshire


Closing remarks: Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth, Sheffield City Council


Ample free parking is available and breakfast and refreshments will be provided.

To register, please go to: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce website. 

The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not reflect the views of the BFPG. The BFPG is an independent not for profit organisation that encourages constructive, informed and considered opinions without taking an institutional position on any issue.
Sheffield City Region: International Perspectives & Ambitions Post-Brexit
Sofia Cogliano

Sofia Cogliano is a Researcher at the British Foreign Policy Group. Sofia graduated from the University of Edinburgh with a joint honours degree in International Relations & Law. While at Edinburgh, she was also a BFPG Student Ambassador. She is currently working toward a Masters in Global Political Economy at Stockholm University.