This week was another case of showing that Sheffield is both an international city and one that cares about local people.
I met with people from Chengdu, which is the 17th largest economy in China, to discuss Sheffield arranging a sister city agreement. It is agreed that this is the right way forward and subsequently will help jobs, the economy, culture and leisure activities by sharing and learning from both cities.
HEALTHIER AND MORE INDEPENDENT SHEFFIELD
With other councillors, I met the Primary Care Trust which provides health care to discuss ways in which we can make Sheffielders even healthier. We discussed ways of working together closely and ensuring that we try to promote ways of preventing people becoming unhealthy and keeping them independent.
PROMOTING SHEFFIELD TO INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS
I held a meeting with the universities and the member of the Malaysian community within Sheffield. We talked about possibly working with the Trade Union in Malaysia on building student accommodation for Malaysian students within Sheffield. This would obviously help the universities promote themselves as well as ensuring that Sheffield keeps its special relationship with international students.
2018 – BANGING THE DRUM FOR SHEFFIELD
We were able to push our chests out and beat the drum for Sheffield last week by delivering the 2018 bid document to Wembley. Sheffield wants to be part of the England bid for the FIFA 2018 World Cup. It was an absolutely brilliant ‘Team Sheffield’ event with the band and everyone from 10 year old youngsters, right through to ex-footballers. We really were able to show off Sheffield at its best and say that we could be a great city to host the 2018 World Cup.