Speech delivered at the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering on 18/10/19
Thank you ladies and gentlemen, and thank you to Professor Martin Howarth for the invitation to be here today to officially open the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.
I had the pleasure this morning of touring this magnificent facility and seeing first-hand the extraordinary effort that has been made to ensure this is a world-class research and learning centre.
The team, led by Professor Howarth, have been researching and innovating in the food and drink sector for a number of years and now they have a facility to match their impressive and industry-leading work.
The food and drink sector is worth billions of pounds a year to the economy. Food is in fact the biggest manufacturing sector in the UK.
And here, important research, collaborative work, and creative solutions will be developed and implemented.
Sheffield has a growing international reputation as a hub of advanced manufacturing, and this new Centre is a valuable part of Sheffield City Region’s Global Innovation Corridor.
This Centre, sitting beside the Olympic Legacy Park, and Hallam University’s equally-impressive new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, brings further regeneration to an area of Sheffield which has long-needed investment.
The effect on the wider supply chain cannot be underestimated. As well as jobs directly created at the Centre; surrounding and supplying businesses will also enjoy a boost as the new facility gets up and running.
Sheffield Hallam University is at the heart of our city region. Before becoming Mayor, I had the highest regard for Sheffield Hallam University, but it’s only in the last 18 months that I’ve seen the massive value the university has as a force for good in our region.
Its ambition, its vision, and its continued investment in cutting-edge facilities – whether at their city or Collegiate campus or here in Attercliffe – will help strengthen our region’s economy and attract more researchers and students to the area.
Sheffield Hallam’s ethos is centred on enabling healthier lives, building stronger communities and driving future economies – and this new facility is a key part of this commitment.
Led by Prof Chris Husbands, the University is one of our most important assets, with world-leading facilities and researchers.
It’s great to see such fantastic facilities, such as this new Centre, providing yet more proof of their growing excellence.
Thanks again to Professor Howarth and to Sheffield Hallam University for the invitation to be here today.
It is a pleasure to officially open the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering.