South Yorkshire could benefit from a flood of new business deals with Asian companies as a result of a visit by a South Korean minister.
That is the bold claim by Dabriel Choi, UK chapter head of International Network of Korean Entrepreneur (INKE), who has helped to organise the visit to Rotherham of Minister Jeonghwa Han - the chief executive officer of the Republic of Korea’s Small & Medium Enterprise Association.
Mr Choi said: “Korean businesses are interested in expanding into Europe so establishing links during this visit could result in Korean companies establishing a presence in Yorkshire. In addition, we can also assist UK businesses in expanding their market into South Korea. The Korean companies heading to Yorkshire are very connected to business networks and keen to gain a better understanding of the viability of the Yorkshire region. Global opportunities are growing rapidly for South Korean businesses and also in South Korea.”
Mr Han will lead a 30-strong delegation of politicians, officials and entrepreneurs to the region for the first time when they visit the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on Tuesday, May 19. It is hoped that this visit will pave the way for future events building links between Yorkshire and South Korea which has a manufacturing-based economy.
Along with INKE, the Rotherham Investment and Development Office, Sheffield University, Rotherham Council, the Local Enterprise Partnership and business leaders have all helped to make the visit possible.