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AGENDA 6 Why Dan Jarvis is a man on a devolution mission
MADE IN SHEFFIELD 12 Rachel Martin looks at some of the surprising products which have been made in the Steel City and exported all over the world
MANUFACTURING 14 We look at the changing face of manufacturing and why the north could be the key to a new industrial revolution
INTERVIEW 20 Ken Cooke is enjoying his time as Master Cutler. Here he talks to Hannah Sanders about what he’s been doing and why it matters
IT’S GOOD TO TALK 22 From stately homes to former steelworks, The Sheffield City Region has a vast array of venues suitable for any event
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GIVING SOMETHING BACK 30 After a successful drug trial at weston park hospital, cancer sufferer Janet Blackburn made it her mission to raise money to fund further research. Sadly, her husband wasn’t so fortunate
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PREVIEW ade in Sheffield... it’s a phrase that sings of the entrepreneurial spirit that has driven the movers and makers of the Steel City over the centuries. The modern city that we know today was founded on heavy industry and fulsome tributes have been paid, quite rightly, over the years to pioneers such as Harry Brearley, the Sheffielder who invented stainless steel.
City Region last month did not exactly set pulses racing, probably because while it was obvious he would get the job, it was not clear what that role would be.
But beyond the fiery furnaces of the steel makers, Sheffield has always been a creative melting pot for the quirky, innovative thinkers whose inventive spirits have brought worldwide fame.
We know he is Labour MP for Barnsley and he insists he can do both jobs fully and without compromise. Jarvis is certainly one of the most interesting of the current crop stalking the corridors of Westminster. His background as an army major who saw active service in Afghanistan, leading a company of 150 men into the feared Helmand Province on a six-month mission, means few would doubt his leadership qualities.
This month in First For Business, feature writer Rachel Martin looks at some of the surprising inventions which have been made in Sheffield and been exported all over the world. From the speed writing revolution known as shorthand, first introduced in Sheffield in 1844, to the sweet delight of Bertie Bassett’s liquorice all-sorts, we lead the way. And just in case you’re wondering why we’ve put a figure skater from the 2018 Winter Olympics in Pyeonchang on our front cover, two-thirds of the winning figure skaters were wearing blades crafted by HD Sports, an iconic brand nestled in Rutland Way’s industrial estate. The news that Dan Jarvis had been elected as the first mayor of Sheffield
Now he has the task of leading the Combined Authority established in 2014. Led by nine council leaders, it comprises of the four ‘constituent’ South Yorkshire authorities with Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North-East Derbyshire as ‘nonconstituent’ members. The role will last for four years but Jarvis, along with the leaders of Barnsley and Doncaster Council, really wants a devolution deal for the whole of Yorkshire. Will the Special Forces hero win this battle? Consultant editor Andy Waple examines his prospects and the hurdles he has to overcome. A rather less contentious challenge awaits Ken Cooke, who is half way through his term as Sheffield’s 379th
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Master Cutler. From promoting the Made in Sheffield brand around the world to encouraging local businesses to sign up for the Master Cutler Challenge, he is making the most of his time in office. Feature writer Hannah Sanders went to meet him. Also this month we look at the future of manufacturing. The future is digital it seems, and Sheffield is perfectly placed to be in the forefront of a new industrial revolution. On a lighter note we have a round-up of the winners from our sister publication Westside’s 2018 Restaurant and Bar awards, and if you are planning a summer getaway we look at what’s on offer in Abu Dhabi and the charms of a slow cruise from Southampton to New York on the Cunard Queen Mary II. Along with our regular business news and the latest motoring round-up, that’s just a taste of what’s in First For Business this month. Let us know what you think by tweeting us @ffbmagRMC
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FROM MAJOR TO MAYOR WHY DAN JARVIS IS A MAN ON A DEVOLUTION MISSION. BY ANDY WAPLE Dan Jarvis Picture: Evening Standard/ REX Shutterstock
he inevitable happened last month when Barnsley’s Labour MP Dan Jarvis was elected as the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region.
I mean business,” and urged Ministers to respond to “detailed” proposals for a panYorkshire devolution deal agreed by 18 out of 20 of the region’s councils.
Yet while it seemed obvious that he would get the job, it remains unclear what his role will be, thanks to a continuing debate on whether we should be getting an all-Yorkshire mayor instead.
Following meetings with all four South Yorkshire council leaders, he urged them to “give a little” to break an impasse which has left his job with virtually no powers or money and devolution in the region up in the air.
In the poll across South Yorkshire, Mr Jarvis received 144,154 votes after second preference votes were counted easily beating Conservative Ian Walker who came second with 50,619 votes. Turn out was 25.82 per cent. He now leads the Combined Authority established in 2014. Led by the nine council leaders, it comprises of the four ‘constituent’ South Yorkshire authorities with Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales and North East Derbyshire as ‘non-constituent’ members. The mayor will work with these leaders to deliver the area’s economic development, regeneration and transport priorities to drive the growth of the economy, but currently he technically has no extra powers or funds at his disposal due to the devolution deadlock that has split Yorkshire.
Mr Jarvis said the appointment of new Local Government Secretary James Brokenshire presents an opportunity to move forward with the “One Yorkshire” agenda he consistently championed in his campaign for mayor. “Devolution carries some risks, but it also provides huge opportunities and we’ll only make the most of those opportunities if we can do that collectively amongst ourselves. All of us have to accept that responsibility.”
"I'm grateful for my opportunity to serve and I stand ready to get on with the job of drawing our region together. "I've always believed South Yorkshire is a place with a huge potential, we have wonderful people with great talent and I am utterly committed to repaying the faith and the trust that the public have placed in me." Among his first comments were to call on the Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker, Michael Palin and other Sheffield cultural heroes to get behind the Steel City’s bid for Channel 4’s new national headquarters. He is taking “personal responsibility” for improving transport in the Sheffield City Region and looks to introduce a smart card ticket system, improve links within South Yorkshire and with the rest of the North and London, and improve cycling provision.
‘'I’ve always believed South Yorkshire is a place with a huge potential, we have wonderful people with great talent and I am utterly committed to repaying the faith and the trust that the public have placed in me.’
The devolution story began in 2015 when a deal struck with the then chancellor George Osborne who paved the way for the South Yorkshire region to take control of power over transport, strategic planning and skills and receive £900m over 30 years. But the leaders of Barnsley and Doncaster councils have since backed down and refused to agree to the proposal. Instead they have thrown their weight, together with Mr Jarvis, into securing a devolution deal for the whole of Yorkshire leaving the pro South Yorkshire camp of Sheffield and Rotherham in the lurch. Since his election as mayor Mr Jarvis has reaffirmed his preference for a single mayor model promising to be “ruthless” in ensuring Yorkshire wins powers and money from Westminster and unites under one mayor. And in an interview with the Yorkshire Post he said: “I’m not mucking about”. “People should be under no illusions that
Technically at least last month’s election leaves Mr Jarvis with an important mandate. He will be a member, and chair, of the Sheffield City Region Combined Authority and will have certain public transport powers as well as acting as an ambassador for the region. Further powers and resources may be handed to the mayor and the combined authority if the long-awaited Sheffield City Region devolution deal is implemented. At least the mayor is poised to get to work and was delighted to have won the poll, putting him is position for four years. He said: "I'm very proud to be elected the first mayor of the Sheffield City Region.
Mr Jarvis said: “It is still too difficult and expensive to get around and I want to make sure all of our people have better connectivity to enable them to take up the opportunities we want to put in place.” Meanwhile business leaders have not been slow to ask Mr Jarvis to play his part in bringing renewed prosperity to the region.
Beckie Hart, CBI Yorkshire and Humber director, said: "The new mayor will have responsibility for growing the region's economy at a critical time for both Sheffield City Region and the UK as a whole. "Working in partnership with businesses of all sizes and sectors from across the area will help establish priorities for raising productivity, such as improvements in infrastructure and education. This matters as increasing productivity is the only sustainable route to higher wages, and therefore living standards. "We look forward to working closely with Dan Jarvis as he develops his economic vision in the coming months to help unlock more jobs, investment and prosperity for the region as a whole."
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Sir Nigel Knowles, chairman of Sheffield City Region, welcomes Dan Jarvis to his new role
WHO IS DAN JARVIS? SPECIAL FORCES HERO, MP AND THE MAN LEADING THE FIGHT FOR YORKSHIRE’S FUTURE. In 2007 Major Dan Jarvis led a company of 150 men on a six-month mission into the feared Helmand Province in Afghanistan. His unit, mainly paratroopers, was part of the Special Forces Support Group taking on the Taliban.
constituency in 2011, which made him the only Labour MP with an army background and his award of an MBE for military service, gave him the distinction of being the sole serving MP to achieve that honour during the Queen’s reign.
His wife Caroline died of cancer in 2010 after a long fight against the disease, leaving him with two young children. He remarried in 2013 to Rachel, a freelance graphic designer, and now has a third child.
No stranger to danger, he had previously served in war zones in Kosovo, Sierra Leone and Northern Iraq. He looks back on those years as formative enabling him to withstand pressure and make key decisions, useful attributes for someone embarking in the controversial role of South Yorkshire’s first metro mayor.
To his credit, once elected he moved his home to the area and has lived there since.
Renowned as a hard worker, regularly putting in shifts from 6am to around midnight, he splits his time between parliament and Barnsley, with Friday and Saturday morning being constituency work.
He lists his parliamentary interests as defence and security, policing and immigration, business, innovation and skills, culture, health, issues affecting young people and social care.
Despite his passion for the military, politics was always something that intrigued him, and it was the Labour Party that matched his values.
His rapid rise through the ranks of Labour Party once saw him tipped as a future party leader.
Aged 45 he was born in Nottingham, and it was against all odds when he was elected MP for the Barnsley Central
As well as witnessing some horrific scenes on the world’s battlefields, he has had to face personal tragedy.
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Interestingly, he is on record as disputing that being an MP is a part time job – a comment that seems at odds with his intension of remaining an MP while serving as South Yorkshire mayor. Asked about his ability to juggle his role as an MP and as mayor, he said: "People should not underestimate my determination to make a success of this."
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ENTRIES ARE OPEN FOR THE BARNSLEY AND ROTHERHAM BUSINESS AWARDS. ntries for the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards, sponsored by University Centre Rotherham, are now open to businesses, who have until Friday 31 August to submit their entries.
The 12 award categories are open to businesses of all sizes in all sectors operating within an ‘S’ postcode throughout the Sheffield City Region, as well as all members of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber. Taking place at Magna in Rotherham on Friday 19 October, the awards ceremony will be hosted by award-winning radio and TV host Stephanie Hirst, followed by a pre-dinner drinks reception kindly supported by Julie Kenny CBE. The annual award ceremony recognises the achievements of local businesses and the contribution they make to the business economy. This year, a total of 14 awards are up for grabs, including the Chamber’s much sought after Charity of the Year award, in association with Fortem, and the overall Business of the Year award, sponsored by Gibson Booth Business Solutions & Insolvency.
The award categories are: • Apprentice of the Year (sponsored by Enzygo) • Business Community Impact (sponsored by SteelPhalt Harsco)
• Business Growth (sponsored by Finance For Enterprise) • Business Person of the Year (sponsored by Shorts Chartered Accountants) • Environmental Commitment (sponsored by Russell Richardson) • Excellence in Customer Service (sponsored by Pyronix Hikvision) • Hospitality, Leisure and Tourism • Innovation in Manufacturing (sponsored by National Fluid Power Centre) • Marketing Campaign of the Year • Most Promising New Business • Skills Development (sponsored by Chamber Skills Solutions) The Chamber will be acknowledging five businesses who are celebrating significant milestones this year during a Salute to Business presentation in association with XPO Logistics. This will be followed by an individual being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award and a member charity being announced as the Chamber’s Charity of the Year and receiving a £3,000 donation for their chosen project. Lisa Pogson, President of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, said: “Each year, the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards aims to celebrate success, innovation, inspiring individuals behind each business and the local charities who are making a difference. Our award
ceremony becomes bigger and better each year and we are expecting to host more than 500 guests this year. “I would encourage as many businesses as possible to enter, to do so. This is the chance to receive recognition and be awarded for the contributions made within the local business landscape.” The closing date for award entries is Friday 31 August and the shortlist will be announced on Monday 17 September. For further information on how to enter, the award categories and more, visit www.brawards.co.uk The Chamber will be holding a Business Awards Masterclass on Thursday 28 June for free, 12noon-2.30pm, places can be booked by emailing email@example.com Sponsors also include: Impelling Solutions (Media Sponsor), Jeremy Neal Independent Funeral Directors and Morthyng Group Limited (Entertainment Sponsors) and Rotherham Enterprise Agency Limited (Programme Sponsor). Sponsorship packages are available, for further information contact 01709 386200.
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RACHEL MARTIN LOOKS AT SOME OF THE SURPRISING PRODUCTS WHICH HAVE BEEN MADE IN THE STEEL CITY AND EXPORTED ALL OVER THE WORLD. BERTIE BASSETT’S In the early 1840s, George Bassett opened a small retail confectionery and wine business at 30 Broad Street, in the park district of Sheffield, and by 1862, Bassett employed some 150 workers to make lozenges, liquorice comfits, pâte de jujubes, acid drops, candied peel, marmalade and Pontefract cakes. Sixteen years on from opening, Bassett took over further premises and began manufacturing at the America Works, near the Royal Infirmary, and later ventured into politics, becoming Mayor of Sheffield in 1876.
STAINLESS STEEL Harry Brearley was born in Sheffield in 1871 and is credited with the invention of rustless steel, later known as stainless steel. Brearley was a metallurgist who researched new steels which could better resist erosion caused by high temperatures experimenting with several variations of steel alloy - however his employers, Firth Brown Steels, were not convinced of the potential of rustless steel. Therefore, he suggested alternative uses, including the effectiveness of such an alloy to Sheffield’s cutlery industry. Working with cutlery manager of R.F. Mosley & Co., Ernest Stuart, who acknowledged that rustless cutlery could be of a considerable advantage, Harry commissioned the production of batches of cutlery, which he gave to his friends, asking them to return them if food marked them - none were returned. In the process of testing corrosion resistance with vinegar, Ernst Stuart noted that stainless steel would be a more marketable name than rustless steel, thus, stainless steel was born in Portland Works. 12 First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk
BROOKLYN BRIDGE Arguably the most well-known bridge in the world, the Brooklyn Bridge, located New York City, was made from Sheffield steel. The bridge, which spans nearly 6,000 ft. and stands almost 300 ft. above the water, was opened in 1883, at a time when Sheffield produced the vast majority of the world’s steel. Some of the steel was allegedly recycled from knives and forks, so the bridge is potentially made from the people of Sheffield’s cutlery.
BURGON AND BALL Based in the steel heartland of Sheffield, Burgon & Ball began manufacturing in 1730 and for the past 288 years they have produced some of the finest sheep shears and stainless steel hand tools in the world. The metalworking skills of their workforce have been passed down through generations and today Burgon & Ball are at the cutting edge of garden tool and accessory innovation and design - in recent years launching some of the best received products in the industry.
ICE SKATING BLADES HD Sports is an iconic brand nestled in Rutland Way's industrial estate and at the 2018 Winter Olympics, the two-thirds of the winning figure-skaters in Pyeonchang performed on blades crafted by the worldrenowned enterprise. The firm’s blades have also be spotted on the feet of King William III in 1696, Queen Victoria and Prince Albert in the 1840s, and more recently, contestants and professionals on ITV show, Dancing On Ice.
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HENDERSON’S Henry Henderson concocted his first batch of relish in 1885 - originally made at 35 Broad Lane - and Henderson’s Relish has been in uninterrupted production ever since, within a short distance of the site from which the first bottle was filled. Henderson’s Relish is still being blended to the original secret recipe of Henry Henderson, which remains a secret only known to three members of the family which owns the firm.
ARMOURED VESSELS Industrialist John Brown was born in Sheffield in 1816 and became known as the Father of the South Yorkshire iron trade. By inspecting the armoured French ship, La Gloire, Brown determined that rolled armour plating could be installed in place of the ship’s hammered plating, and the admiralty was so impressed with Brown’s discover, they commissioned him to armour the British Navy.
THE BESSEMER PROCESS Henry Bessemer made his fortune in Sheffield from his Bessemer process for steel. This was the first inexpensive industrial process for the mass production of steel from molten pig iron, and the process lowered the cost of production, leading to the substitution of steel for cast iron.
SHORTHAND In 1844, Joseph Pitman introduced Sheffield to a new way of writing: shorthand. In front of a crowd at the Cutler’s Hall, Pitman talked about the importance of being able to write at speed, and made reference to the fact that at that time the English language consisted of 50,000 words, but only 20 simple sounds, and shorthand gave each of these sounds its own individual symbol. The crowd was stunned when Pitman’s assistant wrote at a speed of 203 words a minute, and fast-forward 174 years, a streamlined version of shorthand, called Teeline, is still being used.
HEAD UP COLLAR Patients diagnosed with motor neurone disease (MND) will have their pain eased and everyday tasks made easier by a revolutionary neck collar developed in Sheffield. The Head Up collar is the first of its kind, designed with and for patients, using materials intended initially for NASA to line space suits, and was conceived during a five-year project by the University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and the NIHR Devices for Dignity (D4D) MedTech Co-operative, which is
THE WORLDS SWIFTEST SLED The Centre for Sports and Engineering, based at Sheffield Hallam University, developed the world’s swiftest sled, which was operated by motorcycle racer Guy Martin in 2014 to break the world speed record (83.49 mph) for gravity powered sleds, on the set of Channel 4s Speed with Guy Martin in Andorra.
TUNING FORKS The invention of the tuning fork has been credited to John Shore, an English trumpeter, who made the discovery in 1711. Ragg is the sole manufacturer of tuning forks in England and has factory-made their range in Sheffield since 1841.
MEDICAL PROSTHETICS Additive manufacturing (AM) has been widely embraced by the medical community, and one of the technology’s most frequent medical uses is prosthetic design. Through careful material selection and model design, Sheffield-based Fripp Design and Research have developed 3D printed medical prosthetics for noses, ears and other body parts – with the support of the Wellcome Trust and the University of Sheffield.
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RACHEL MARTIN LOOKS AT THE CHANGING FACE OF MANUFACTURING AND WHY THE NORTH COULD BE THE KEY TO A NEW INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTION.
here’s a digital revolution taking place, as factories, manufacturers and consumers are becoming more connected than ever. And the prospect of a cyber-physical future – a powerhouse of sensors, intercommunicating machines, artificial intelligence and advanced data analytics – is an exciting one.
This revolution has been labelled the transformation to Industry 4.0. And as the lines that used to separate the physical and digital are becoming increasingly blurred, reform offers clear benefits for manufacturers. But it also redefines the manufacturing supply chain, so how industries adapt to these changes will be crucial to their long-term success. In a recent clarion call for the north of England to lead the Fourth Industrial Revolution with its legions of smaller manufacturers, Juergen Maier, CEO of Siemens UK and author of the Made Smarter Review, urged industries to commit to embedding technology, information and data into everything they do. Speaking to an audience of northern industrialists and young engineers at the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), he said a new digital Industrial Revolution could see the creation of
175,000 jobs over ten years, mainly in engineering, software and design. “Leading the next Industrial Revolution cannot be done from Whitehall; it cannot be done from London. It can only be done in the north. “This city of Sheffield was worldrenowned for high-quality steel production, but fell into decline as the industry collapsed and cheaper alternatives across the world became available. We should all be determined that we do not let this happen again. “This is our chance to reverse that decline and create the high-skilled jobs for generations to come. Through embracing technology we can lead the world once again – exporting new northern industries all over the globe.” His sentiments were echoed by Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield: “As the cradle of the first industrial revolution, the north of England sent new products to the world. Now we need the infrastructure, research, innovation and skills which will enable us to lead in the era of Industry 4.0. “This means new approaches to bringing together world-class research and teaching with global companies and their
supply chains, creating new products and reshoring production.This is an area where the University of Sheffield is leading the way, working with Boeing, McLaren, Siemens and Rolls-Royce to make the Northern Powerhouse a reality.” Ben Morgan who heads the AMRC’s flagship Factory 2050’s Integrated Manufacturing Group amplified the call: “If we don’t exploit these technologies to the full, manufacturing in the UK will continue to be vulnerable to competition from early adopting countries across Europe and the Far East. “Ensuring that companies across the North and the Midlands get access to the productivity benefits of the next Industrial Revolution is vital if the UK is to remain globally competitive. The University of Sheffield AMRC has a global reputation for supporting companies in de-risking this technology; so much so that we are now looking to expand with centres in the North West, North Wales and the Midlands, giving local SMEs the access to these technologies on their doorstep, which is what so many of them need.” Professor Maier’s speech was preceded by a roundtable discussion on skills at the Sheffield UTC, exploring how to ensure the Northern Powerhouse can deliver a skilled workforce to tackle the jobs of the future. Northern Powerhouse Partnership Director Henri Murison said: “The next Industrial Revolution is going to transform the lives of future generations; leading this technological revolution from now will change the future for those growing up here today. “The Northern Powerhouse Partnership exists to make sure the North comes together to drive the next Industrial Revolution; providing future generations with the skills and expertise to provide answers to the world on embedding technology into how we make things, and how we live.”
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SCX HAS A NIGHT TO REMEMBER. heffield specialist engineering group SCX is celebrating after winning three major awards in two separate ceremonies.
Success in the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards and the Made in Sheffield Awards has taken the company’s reputation for engineering excellence to a new level. The SCX group’s name is being taken around the world thanks to groundbreaking projects such as the retractable concertina-style roofs for two courts at the All English Lawn Tennis Club at Wimbledon and the world’s first dividing retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium. And, now SCX has three more honours to add to its growing portfolio. The company, based in Wincobank, won Medium Business of the Year in the Yorkshire Business Masters Awards in Leeds and also the Innovation category at the Made in Sheffield Awards before being presented with the overall Made in Sheffield ‘Champion’ award. 16 First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk
SCX group managing director Simon Eastwood said: “What a fantastic night. Winning the three awards is a magnificent achievement, not least in recognising the expertise, experience and commitment of our workforce across the whole group. “It is especially gratifying to be honoured in our home city with the Innovation award and being named the overall Made in Sheffield Champion.” The latest awards are further recognition for the 45-year-old company, which is a leading mechanical handling solutions provider. Last December, SCX was named Large Business of the Year in the Sheffield Business Awards, backed by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry. As well as its top prize in the TheBusinessDesk.com’s Yorkshire Business Masters Awards 2018, SCX also made the shortlist in two other categories, for Innovation and Investment.
SCX have been shortlisted for two categories in the prestigious national ‘Made In The UK’ awards taking place in June. They’re representing Sheffield City Region for both ‘Manufacturing Innovation’ and ‘Manufacturer of the Year’. The group has over 160 employees across three divisions – bespoke precision engineering arm SCX Special Projects, crane servicing and repair firm Street CraneXpress and Burnand XH, which specialises in electronic, electrical, electromechanical and pneumatic control components. Its expertise is now being harnessed in sectors as diverse as nuclear, defence, energy, construction, manufacturing, entertainment and stadia. CONTACT: SCX Group Roman Ridge Road Sheffield, S9 1GB Tel: 0114 243 1142 www.scx.co.uk
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RISING TO THE CHALLENGE KEN COOKE IS ENJOYING HIS TIME AS MASTER CUTLER. HERE HE TALKS TO HANNAH SANDERS ABOUT WHAT HE’S BEEN DOING AND WHY IT MATTERS.
en Cooke is a success by anyone’s standards. He launched his own engineering company, CTW (Hardfacing), at the age of 22 and last year he was installed as Sheffield’s 379th Master Cutler. The Master Cutler is the head of the Company of Cutlers in Hallamshire, formed in 1624 to control the quality of cutlery. Their role nowadays is to promote and support manufacturing in the Sheffield City Region. Now, more than half way through his term, the Master has not only attended more than 90 dinners, ridden on both an electric bus and the Master Cutler train, promoted the Better Learners and Better Workers scheme but has also met some interesting people from both the UK and across the globe. In addition, he has successfully promoted the Company of Cutlers and Made in Sheffield brand in London and Sheffield.
memorable moment. One thing that does stand out is when I first became Master I visited the Sea Cadets. As I was leaving the event a young lady came up to me and thanked me for putting her on the Better Learners, Better Workers education programme - it just showed me what the Master Cutler means to other people. I’ve also visited many local factories which is enlightening and enjoyable, as I get to help them to promote their businesses. On top of this, I’ve also met Princess Anne twice, had dinner with the Lord Mayor of the City of London and
We asked him about his progress this year, memorable events and what’s on the agenda for months ahead. How do you feel the year has gone so far? From my point of view this year has been tremendous. It’s been exhilarating and fascinating. I’ve met great people, been to interesting places and learnt an awful lot about industry in Sheffield and the region. What were your most memorable events? There are so many aspects to the job, so it’s difficult to pick a single 20 First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk
lunch at the Old Bailey, driven the Master Cutler train, been on an electric bus and attended 38 livery dinners in London - what a year so far. Are you managing to achieve all your charitable aims with the Master Cutler Challenge? A lot of the work when you are Master is the Challenge as it isn’t just about giving, but about encouraging participation. Prior to February much of my work was getting people involved with the fundraising. It seemed to have the desired effect. At the launch, more than 65 companies signed up to take part. For the Master Cutler Challenge, I give £50 to each company as a starter. All the money raised goes to charity with Bluebell Wood being the major benefactor. The response has been wonderful. It isn’t just manufacturing companies getting involved but lawyers, accountants and others, including education and financial institutions. What people have done so far is fantastic, and it’s just going to keep getting better. For example, Chris Heaton, who works at the OSL Group, will be running through the Gobi Desert 1,200 miles in 40 days - in aid of Bluebell Wood.
It’s been tremendous: Ken Cooke on the first half of his term as Master Cutler
I think the end figure will be remarkable. I can’t thank people enough for what we have already achieved for the charity but keep up the good work.
The Master Cutler’s scrapbook: Ken has had a busy programme of events since he took office
Have you achieved all you wanted at this point in time? Given the fact the job is so involved, I think I have done the best I possibly could at this point. Towards the end of my term, there will be a chance to push some other areas but it would be wrong for me to say I have achieved everything because there is always more to do. However, looking back so far, I am pleased with what I have done. What things you are most proud of? I have got both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday to have the Made in Sheffield flags flying on the stands, which is fantastic, and I’m really proud of that every time I go to the grounds. I believe the profile of the Company has been enhanced and there is a confidence about the place. At the Cutlers’ Hall I commissioned three pairs of crossed daggers, manufactured in Sheffield from stainless steel, to represent
the Company’s crest and they are now on the wall in the Old Banqueting Hall. How have you struck the balance between promoting manufacturing in both London and the Sheffield City Region? It is quite a balancing act but, so far, I think I have got it right. I have split my time as efficiently as possible between my commitments in London and elsewhere in the UK and, of course, in the Sheffield City Region. I have worked hard to promote manufacturing, Made in Sheffield and The Company of Cutlers in all these areas. In London they like the fact that we are a functioning Cutlers’ Company, supported by, and representative of, our members. I have been trying to stretch the line between what we do and what the companies in London can help us with. They have a number of great educational programmes and we just need to keep encouraging them to come out of their area and into Sheffield City Region to
further develop our relationships and see if they can help us in any way. I’ve also been visiting local factories in Sheffield and seeing how they manufacture, design, innovate and promote the unique products. What’s on the agenda for the next few months? We have the Forfeit Feast upcoming, and I will be visiting many more local companies, encouraging more engineers to join as Freemen and companies to join the Made in Sheffield brand. When you realise what influence you have as Master Cutler it’s incredible, and knowing that I can use that to help our Region develop is astounding. What will you do when the next Master takes over? First of all, I will have a rest and then treat myself to a nice holiday. After that, it will be back to my own business and continuing with my charity work. First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk 21
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IT’S GOOD TO TALK FROM STATELY HOMES TO FORMER STEELWORKS, THE SHEFFIELD CITY REGION HAS A VAST ARRAY OF VENUES SUITABLE FOR ANY EVENT.
n today’s age of high technology, communication is often taken for granted. Phone calls are made, emails are sent and tweets are posted continually throughout the day.
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Sheffield City Region couldn’t be better placed. We have a vast array of venues suitable for any event, ranging from historic stately homes and former steelworks to modern hotels and conference centres. It’s not surprising, therefore, that year after year our region is chosen to host all kinds of events, from banquets to exhibitions. Whether you wish to hire a room to conduct interviews, a hall for an exhibition or a whole venue for an away-day and overnight accommodation, there is somewhere suitable just on your doorstep. First For Business enjoys a great relationship with many of the region’s finest venues and is pleased to present a selection here. Of course, our region offers so much more but this is a great place to start.
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he Holiday Inn Royal Victoria has 15 meeting rooms on-site all with natural daylight; one of the most striking features of this Grade II listed building is the elegant Ballroom which can accommodate up to 400 people theatre style or 225 cabaret style. The Ballroom offers the perfect backdrop to large scale meetings, seminars, AGM’s or product launches or a dinner-dance. Adjoining the Ballroom is the Assembly room with a private bar facility which can accommodate up to 100 people theatre style or 64 people cabaret style. The York, Great Central, Waverley and Arundel rooms are ideal for medium sized
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Janet Blackburn at Weston Park Hospital
GIVING SOMETHING BACK
AFTER A SUCCESSFUL DRUG TRIAL AT WESTON PARK HOSPITAL, CANCER SUFFERER JANET BLACKBURN MADE IT HER MISSION TO RAISE MONEY TO FUND FURTHER RESEARCH. SADLY, HER HUSBAND WASN’T SO FORTUNATE.
anet Blackburn of Hillsborough was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2010 and just two weeks later her husband, Robin, was diagnosed with cancer of the oesophagus.
Janet on one of her fundraising endeavours at Crystal Peaks
Following the diagnosis, Janet had her lymph nodes removed, underwent a mastectomy and received chemotherapy at Weston Park Hospital, and responded well to treatment. But sadly, her husband lost his fight with cancer in 2011, whilst both were receiving treatment simultaneously. “I feel honoured and humbled to have been able to share the precious moments we had left with Rob,” says Janet. “None of which would have been possible without the help and support of Weston Park Hospital and the specialist palliative care team at Northern General Hospital. “I was very nervous about being admitted to Weston Park, not really knowing what to expect, or if I would be able to support my husband during his treatment. And yet, within an hour of arriving, the fantastic team had made me feel fully at home. “It may seem an odd thing to say, because they give you the worst possible news, but Weston Park Hospital is a place of warmth, compassion and laughter, and is staffed by an amazing team.” In March 2011, Janet was offered the opportunity to take part in a clinical trial called the D-CARE Study, which involved six sessions of chemotherapy followed by check-ups at the hospital every three months.
“IT MAY SEEM AN ODD THING TO SAY, BECAUSE THEY GIVE YOU THE WORST POSSIBLE NEWS, BUT WESTON PARK HOSPITAL IS A PLACE OF WARMTH, COMPASSION AND LAUGHTER, AND IS STAFFED BY AN AMAZING TEAM.”
“Janet was one of the first patients to sign up to the D-CARE study and we are so grateful to her, and the other patients who sign up to these studies, because not only do they often receive new cutting edge medicines first, they also help to improve quality of care and treatment for future patients,” says Sarah Brown, research nurse at the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre. “Meeting patients like Janet is the best part of my job.” D-CARE is a trial for women with breast cancer looking to see if a drug called Denosumab, which is normally used to strengthen and protect the bones from weakening due to osteoporosis or damage from cancers that have spread to the bones, can also help prevent breast cancer from spreading in the first place. >>>
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L-R: Jess, Jade and Janet raising money
“I was afraid that my whole world was going to come crumbling down, but instead, it was just the beginning.
researcher or anyone capable of helping people with cancer first hand, I can raise funds.
“I miss Rob every day, but getting through the D-CARE trial made me feel like I had to go on, and not to let cancer be the deciding factor in how I’m going to lead my life.
“Every penny I raise for the Cancer Charity is a huge thank you from me, and I hope that one day I can raise enough to give more cancer patients access to pivotal treatment options.”
“It doesn’t end – it will be a lifelong journey – but I know everyone at Weston Park is there for me and will be walking with me for the rest of my life.”
Janet has a distinguished track record of charitable endeavours, which includes making handmade cards, craft sales, tombolas, raffles, recycling fundraising schemes, and a knit and natter group, which helps older people cope with social isolation and loneliness.
Since diagnosis and whilst still receiving treatment, Janet has gone on to raise £27,335.14 for Weston Park Cancer Charity through various fundraising initiatives. “The staff at Weston Park Hospital, and in particular at the Cancer Clinical Trials Centre, saved my life and reinforced what I already knew – continuing cancer research is the only way forward. “Like any other disease, cancer makes you feel powerless and angry, and though I’m not a doctor, a nurse, a 32 First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk
Members of the community and local businesses including Castaways Cove, Tesco Saville Street and the Sheffield Steelers have also been making donations, including Easter eggs, tombola prizes and an assortment of soft toys. And such is the reach of Janet’s campaign, a generous donation of wool recently arrived direct from London. “The response from my family, friends
and the local and wider community has been tremendous. I’m thankful to everyone inspired by my effort and who contributes to my fundraising endeavour. It’s all about putting yourself out there and going for it and I’m hopeful that research will take us even closer to ending cancer. “I am always on the look-out for donations of wool and yarn, old clothes, towels, bedding, new or good-as-new bric-a-brac, toiletries, non-perishable quality food and drinks, plastic bottle tops, biscuit wrappers and basically anything that can help ensure my fundraising efforts are as successful as possible. Any donation will be greatly appreciated.”
If you would like to make a donation or assist Janet in her fundraising, call 07748 372591. And in the meantime, visit www.westonpark.org.uk to find out more about Weston Park Hospital and the pioneering research bringing forward the day when all cancers are cured.
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FROM BEAUTIFUL BEACHES TO WONDERFUL HERITAGE, ABU DHABI HAS EVERYTHING YOU NEED FOR A MAGICAL HOLIDAY.
bu Dhabi is a destination that will have you enthralled from the moment you arrive, steeped in history yet superbly sophisticated with year round sunshine and brimming with enchanting and mystical Arabian sights and sounds.
This striking city has it all; UNESCO World Heritage sites, palaces and forts, award-winning golf courses, over 200 miles of beautiful coastlines, intriguing landscapes, fascinating islands and luxury resorts in the city or on the beach and in the desert. This is a destination that will captivate and entice you to return again and again. Quieter and more understated than neighbouring Dubai, Abu Dhabi is lined with picturesque white-domed mosques and souks yet still classes itself as being one of the
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most modern and richest cities in the world, boasting modern malls and stateof-the-art attractions. With over 200 miles of coastline, Abu Dhabi’s beaches are stunning and are just waiting to be explored. Relax by turquoise water on the bright white sands of Yas Beach. The serene shores of Saadiyat Beach are a nestling ground for endangered hawksbill turtles, whilst with separate sections for families and couples, The Corniche Beach can offer something for everyone. Abu Dhabi truly is a destination apart. Discover the delights and countless holiday options on offer under the Arabian sun in the capital of the UAE for yourself. Travelling into the desert for excitement and adventure, where the dazzling
landscapes are breathtaking and provide the best terrain for sand bashing, quad biking, sand skiing and camel riding. If you’d prefer something a little tamer why not try a traditional Arabic evening, under the stars, with a Bedouin feast? Visiting the Sheikh Zayed Grand Mosque, it’s one of the largest and most beautiful mosques in the world and a must-see attraction when visiting Abu Dhabi.Visit at sunset, as the fading light offers the perfect photograph of the mosque and its reflective pools. Shopping, it’s something of a national past-time in Abu Dhabi, and the souks – Arabic for marketplace – will give you a real flavour of Arabian lifestyle. Bursting with colour, it’s the perfect place to savour the authentic local atmosphere. Tax-free shopping at the ultra-modern malls will also delight savvy shoppers!
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FORGET THE PAIN OF THE PLANE, TRAVEL TO NEW YORK IN STYLE ONBOARD THE CUNARD QUEEN MARY II. BY CARMEL STEWART. sometimes think it would be easier if we were all required to wear pyjamas when travelling by air.
That way we would have less hassle at airports having to take off coats, jackets, jumpers, shoes and belts while sorting out bags, laptops, phones, keys, cash, liquids and, in some cases, pushchairs, toddlers and nappy bags. It’s for our security, I hear you say, and so it is, but that doesn’t make it any easier so when the invitation arrived to spend Christmas in New York, I hesitated. Airports at Christmas? Hmm. But I had the time and was saving on hotels, so it seemed churlish to refuse. Keen to avoid the easy-peasy, cheap and squeezy airlines, I looked at an alternative means of transport and came up with a Cunard non-stop crossing on the Queen Mary II. Not to be confused with a cruise, for me this was a strictly one-stop journey from Southampton to New York, which is far less stressful than you might imagine. First off, there is a train directly from Sheffield to Southampton. Off the train, into a taxi; out of the taxi into the departure lounge; bags whisked away almost before the taxi had come to a halt. Slight moment of panic – were they so efficiently dispatched by a port employee or by an opportunist thief?
Momentary hesitation and then relax. I’m on holiday. I have my passport, my ticket, my bank card and my Kindle, what else do I need? Entry to the departure lounge was equally straightforward. Walk through the doors and you’ll be presented with a coloured card, up the escalator to the spacious waiting area with free magazines and newspapers, plus coffee, tea and snacks at not too exorbitant prices.Then it is merely a question of waiting for your colour to be called. So long as you have your passport, a printed copy of your ticket and a printout of your ESTA (US Visa), check-in is very simple and hassle free. There is the inevitable security screening but it’ll take all your ‘Merry Christmas’ bags without a murmur – Henderson’s Relish, hot sauce selection, mince pies and all. A short stroll later and you arrive on board what can only be described as a floating luxury hotel. The setting is truly spectacular with a magnificent central staircase, endless corridors, wonderful dining rooms, dance hall, theatre, planetarium and swimming pools. There is even a kennels staffed by qualified professionals, so your pets can also travel in style. Excellent food is available in multiple locations; the Queen’s Grill, the Princess
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Grill, the Britannia Club, King’s Court and the Golden Lion pub among them. There are multiple activities too. Joining in is optional. Some entered everything with huge enthusiasm, others were of the bah humbug variety and kept clear. You can dress up for dinner or not – although eating after 6pm requires smart/casual at the very least. Some took the plunge with long frocks, bow-ties and cummerbunds, others skated very close to the edge with black jeans and T-shirts. I was not keen on joining the choir, learning to paint, Trivia tournaments or ballroom dancing but I did learn to play backgammon, thanks to Terry who was not an employee but an enthusiast, eager to spread the word.
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If I have a point of criticism it has to be for the internet access which was truly dreadful. Not that that was anyone on board’s fault. It is what it is but the fact that Cunard charges were so high was a bone of contention among all trying to
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log on – or indeed log off. I paid more than £80 for my 240-minute package. It regularly took me 20 minutes to access my emails, five minutes to read them and a further 20 minutes to log off – all included in the paid for time. I twice had to go to reception and ask them to log me off as my laptop was stuck fast. So, Cunard, why not make it FREE? It won’t change the doziness of it all but it will stop people complaining. One thing about which there was no complaint was our guest speaker – Sir Ranulph Fiennes – an excellent entertaining speaker and a thoroughly pleasant gent into the bargain.
Fine dining requires an upgraded cabin. Normally, I would advise travellers to book the best they can afford but, if New York is your final destination, select the cheapest you can live with for a week. You’ll have access to all the shows and entertainment.The food in King’s Court is wonderful and plentiful. Service is help yourself – and people did, believe you me – but it’s relaxed and comfortable. Afterwards you can stroll across to the Carinthia Lounge for coffee. If you are feeling really anti-social, room service is available free of charge. There are plenty of areas to sit and relax during the journey. A balcony suite will give you the same view of
the Atlantic mile after mile but that’s about it. If you decide to go on to the Caribbean, more expensive accommodation is worth considering. On boarding you will be required to register your bank card. Any expenses incurred will then be deducted. There are many upmarket shops on board as well as places for fancy coffees and cocktails, spa treatments and hair styling – all of which will be added to the final tally. If you travel with the family a check on expenditure every couple of days will save palpitations at the end of the voyage. Note too, that, unless you ask to have it removed, you will automatically be charged tips at between $11.50 and $13.50 per person per day, depending on accommodation. You will also find 15 per cent has been added to your bill for any bar, wine or salon services. It all adds up if you are not careful.
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PATIENTS AND THEIR FAMILIES MOVE INTO THE NEW WING OF SHEFFIELD CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL oung patients and their families from across the UK and overseas will be getting some of the best care in the world thanks to world-class new hospital facilities which opened late last month.
The superb new wing of Sheffield Children’s Hospital includes four worldclass new wards that include award winning artwork. Over £10million of the cost was raised by The Children’s Hospital Charity, thanks to generous supporters and companies sponsoring bedrooms, treatment and therapy rooms. The wing even has a special Play Tower at its heart, which was built to enable more play to be included for in-patient stays in the hospital. It was completely funded by donations to the charity’s Christmas Appeal in 2016.
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All of the 72 new bed spaces at the hospital also include beds that will give parents a comfortable place to stay with their child, while over half of patients in the new scheme will get private rooms with en-suite bathrooms. The Children’s Hospital Charity has also funded bedside patient entertainment systems for each of the new beds, which include built-in Wi-Fi.
Even before opening, the new wing had already won two national awards. Design Week gave its 2017 Wayfinding & Environmental Graphics award to The Children’s Hospital Charity for its work with designer Morag Myerscough devising four colourways from bright to calm across all the new bedrooms. This project was two years in the making and innovated by using standard hospital materials in a new way. The Children’s Hospital Charity director, David Vernon-Edwards said: “We are so thankful to the many generous supporters that have helped us to raise this amount of money for the region’s biggest charitably supported healthcare project. We are delighted that together we’ve been able to provide cutting-edge facilities, above and beyond standard NHS provision, for children from all across the UK and beyond.”
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THE BEST OF THE BEST WHO WERE THE ALL-IMPORTANT WINNERS AT THIS YEAR’S WESTSIDE RESTAURANT & BAR AWARDS? RACHEL MARTIN REVEALS ALL.
nce again, the very best of Sheffield’s dining scene turned out for one of the most glamourous and prestigious events on the restaurant calendar – the 2018 Westside Restaurant and Bar Awards.
While it may have been the end of an era, as representatives from the region’s finest eating establishments gathered at Baldwins Omega for the final year, it was clear that the local dining scene continues to go from strength to strength. In the biggest awards yet, more than 200 restaurant owners, chefs and front of house staff celebrated just what makes eating out at these local eateries a true pleasure, from the quality of the food to the service and ambience. Greeted on arrival with a chilled glass of fizz – supplied by Robinsons Brewery of Stockport, who also kindly donated a stunning selection of wines and beers for the tables – our guests gathered to toast those establishments that have reached
the heights in cooking and serving food for a very demanding public, and to find out who had won the top prizes. Robinsons were also the driving force behind the evening’s very special charity raffle, with all the money raised going to Help For Heroes, and as always, the food supplied by Baldwins was of the highest quality, with five stunning courses enjoyed by all. Returning as compere for the third year was Great British Bake Off ’s Howard Middleton, who through his magnetic one-liners and presenting made for the perfect master of ceremonies. We also heard from Chris Wilson, managing editor at RMC Media, who thanked My Fathers Heart – sponsors of the Young Chef of the Year award – Robinsons Brewery, Baldwins Omega and all the restaurateurs who made the night so special. The judges had an enjoyable time assessing this years’ nominees, but as usual, choosing who would be crowned
Westside’s Restaurant of the Year was no mean feat. Luckily, we had Howard on hand, alongside guest judge John Price, a tireless fundraiser for Weston Park whose knowledge and enthusiasm for the Sheffield restaurant scene proved invaluable. As guests enjoyed the fabulous food and drinks, 14 winners were announced, and each received a bottle of Montelvino prosecco, kindly donated by Robinsons Brewery. Big winners on the night were Brocco on the Park, with an unprecedented hattrick of success. As well winning the coveted Westside Restaurant of the Year award – presented by John Murphy and Martin Edwards, joint managing directors at RMC Media – they picked up the award for Best Hotel Restaurant and Young Chef of the Year. Once the awards had been dished out and the plates had been cleared, it was time to hit the dancefloor until the early hours. >>>
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HERE IS THE FULL LIST OF WINNERS AT THE WESTSIDE RESTAURANT AND BAR OF THE YEAR AWARDS 2018:
Best Hotel Restaurant Brocco on the Park Restaurant of the Year Brocco on the Park
Young Chef of the Year Lewis Platts: Brocco on the Park
Best Afternoon Tea Leopold Hotel
Best CafÃ©/Light Bite 1554
Best Italian Restaurant Nonnas
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Best Oriental Patoo Thai
Best Family Favourite Owlerton Stadium
Best Contemporary Restaurant West 10
Best Indian Restaurant Ashoka
Best Dining Pub The Peacock at Cutthorpe
Best Night Out Cubana
Best Bar Kettle Black
Readersâ€™ Choice Rossis
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GOOD THINGS COME IN SMALL PACKAGES If you want a luxurious vehicle but don’t want your usual three big German manufacturers – Mercedes, BMW and Audi – then Volvo is your next best bet. In recent years the Germans have pounced on the emergence of the small premium crossover market – the most popular market in the world – whilst Volvo has yet to catch up on the act, until now. Named the Volvo XC40, it’s the perfect younger brother to the XC60 ad XC90 as it holds all their core values and luxury feel but compacted into a smaller package. Three petrol engines and two diesel engines are available with power ranging between 150 and 250hp. Offered with front- or all-wheel drive, and manual and automatic gearboxes. Priced from £27,610.
THESE NEW DRIVES WILL LEAVE YOU LOOKING AND FEELING GOOD, WRITES JORDAN CUTFORTH. DESIGN EDITIONS The McLaren 570S Spider is one of the world’s best all-round supercars at the moment. With its speed, looks, presence, handling and build quality nothing can really touch it within its class. There are five Design Editions: Silica White, Storm Grey, Vermillion Red, Onyx Black or Vega Blue. Each colour is matched to an interior scheme from the By McLaren Designer range; four sporting and one with a more luxury accent. Wheel finish, brake caliper colour and branding and finish of the 570S Spider’s electrically retractable two-piece hard-top are also all selected by McLaren designers.
As with the normal 570S Spider, power is generated from a twin-turbo 3.8-litre V8 making 562hp, with a 0-62mph time of 3.2 seconds with vmax occurring at 204mph. Priced from around £173,000.
THE M2 IS DEAD… LONG LIVE THE M2
The BMW M2 – the car which has wowed the motoring community since its launch in the spring of 2016, and made its name as one of the best M-division cars to ever be made – is now dead.
Is there anything quite like a Lotus? They are barebones, nononsense motoring with a motorsport heritage that can give the likes of Ferrari and Lamborghini a run for their money on the public roads. And the best of all – they’re British!
While this may seem be a tragic miscalculation by BMW, trust us, it isn’t, because say hello to the BMW M2 Competition. What makes this different from the normal M2? Well, apart from changes to the steering, braking system, exhaust and suspension and wrapping it in a revised exterior design that has been enhanced for aerodynamic efficiency, the biggest change is with the engine – fitted under the hood is the same engine from the BMW M3/M4 but detuned to ‘only’ 410hp. Manual and automatic options available. Cost? £49,285. 44 First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk
Lotus’s new creation, the Exige Cup 430 Type 25, as the name suggests, is based on the ballistic Exige 430 car, with the Type 25 playing homage to the Type 25 F1 racing car of the 1960s piloted by the great Jim Clark with its unique livery in metallic Lotus Racing Green or Old English White. Powered by a 3.5-litre supercharged V6 motor, it produces 430hp and 440Nm, a 0-60mph time of 3.2 seconds and 220kg of downforce. Price? £110,000.
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A MONTHLY ROUND-UP OF NEWS, ACHIEVEMENTS, CELEBRATIONS AND NEW FACES
L-R: Natasha Williams, Amie Woodward, Rebecca Fielding (Managing Director of Gradconsult), Charlotte Pritchard, Victoria Reay, Sebastian Cordoba, Kylie Cook (Project Consultant GradConsult)
SHEFFIELD COMPANY LENDS HELPING HAND TO STUDENT RESEARCHERS A Sheffield business has boosted a group of researchers by awarding grants to help in a variety of research projects. Started last year to help new researchers and early career academics get ‘a foot on the ladder’ with funding bids, Gradconsult’s microgrants are designed to give individuals a track record to go on and secure larger funding bids to conduct research in their field. Six of the UK’s best young researchers have benefited, after finishing above more than 300 other applicants to win grants to help pursue their research. Amongst the winners was Amie Woodward, a PhD student at Sheffield Hallam, who was awarded £400 for working on studies into exercise on a condition that affects women’s fertility. Amie’s work will find more about how exercise can help prevent polycystic
ovary syndrome (PCOS), which affects 20 per cent of women and It is a leading cause of infertility and also associated with potentially life-threatening conditions, such as Type 2 diabetes, heart disease and stroke. Areas as diverse as helping victims of child slavery and studying the effects of electronic records on patient care also received funding. Started in 2017, Gradconsult’s microgrants were designed to give individuals a track record to go on and secure larger funding bids to conduct research in their field. “We continue to liaise closely with many universities and see the enormous value higher education research makes to business and wider society, so we wanted to ensure we give a helping hand and fund some amazing research” said Rebecca Fielding, managing director of Gradconsult, who are based in
Paternoster Row in the city. Gradconsult, who specialise in talent management, early careers and employability, invited the winners to their HQ in Sheffield to meet the team and then celebrated their achievement with a meal in the city. “In 2017, we had a great start and we really feel honoured that the scheme has really captured the imagination of researchers. With so many diverse and exciting projects put before our judging panel, we really had a tough job to narrow the field down,” said Kylie Cook, project manager for the scheme. The microgrants were formed due to the difficulty for new researchers and early career academics to get projects funded when they don’t yet have a track record and in the context of diminishing access to research funding pots in recent years. >>> First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk 45
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SHEFFIELD FORGEMASTERS LAUNCHES LARGEST EVER APPRENTICE RECRUITMENT Sheffield Forgemasters International Ltd (SFIL) is leading its largest recruitment of trainees to date with positions across the company ranging from bricklayer to degree students as it future-proofs the business against an ageing workforce and sources new skills-sets. Recruitment will start during summer with the appointments made in September, offering fully paid, four-year apprenticeships to applicants from across South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire and adopting all new Government-approved training standards, funding and assessment plans. Rick Frankeiss, group training manager at Sheffield Forgemasters, said: “This is an extraordinary opportunity for 33 forward thinking individuals to establish life-long careers and good salaries, not to mention the chance to progress to the top ranks of this business. “The people we take on this year will be fundamental to the future of this company as we plan ahead and look at succession and retirements within our operations. It is a massive commitment by the company in terms of wages, training fees and mentoring time, but it is an investment for the long-term.
SUPPORT DOGS SHOWCASE THEIR LIFE-CHANGING CANINE COMPANIONS Sheffield charity Support Dogs held their annual showcase to thank sponsors for their continuing support, which enables them to continue their life-changing work. More than 150 people packed into the Crucible foyer for the event, including the Master and Mistress Cutler, the High Sherriff, corporate guests, sponsors, clients, staff, volunteers – and of course dogs. Support Dogs’ partnership ambassador David Heugh welcomed and thanks guests for their invaluable contribution to the charity’s work, and urged others to take up corporate sponsorship packages. Guests heard how the charity’s assistance dogs have transformed the lives of three clients; Amy Williams, who has severe epilepsy, Grainne O’Connor, who has MS, and Anna Duthie, mother of Alex, a young boy with autism. There was also a video demonstration of the assistance dogs’ skills and abilities, from helping with everyday tasks, going for help in an emergency, and keeping children with autism safe. The event was sponsored by ESP Projects, etiCloud and PM Properties. Support Dogs’ fundraising manager Danny Anderson said: “This was our biggest showcase event yet. It was fantastic opportunity for us to tell existing supporters about how their support has helped us in our work and also to encourage others who may not yet be supporters about the difference their contribution – large or small – could make.” Support Dogs, whose national training centre is in Brightside, has three training programmes: for children with autism and adults with epilepsy and physical disability.
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“The apprenticeships will require us to adopt entirely new systems for training in line with guidelines and structures established by the Institute for Apprenticeships in London, including more detailed mentoring and end-point assessment for the first time. “We have to grow our own skills base because our work is unique and we are looking for trainees in such jobs as pattern making, machining, foundry work, maintenance roles, welding, fitting and research and development – it covers most of our operations.” Sheffield Forgemasters has been a staunch champion of apprenticeships since a management buyout in 2005 and its chief executive, Dr Graham Honeyman is also chair of the Engineering and Manufacturing Route Panel at the Institute for Apprenticeships. Rick added: “This is the largest intake of apprentices that we have committed to and we anticipate a high number of applicants and as we have taken three apprentices on so far in 2018, the total intake this year will be 36. “We expect any candidates to be prepared for a rigorous selection process with shortlisting followed by an assessment centre and then a final interview. We look for people who demonstrate a positive attitude are keen to engage and are attentive and willing to learn, it’s not for those who want to stare at mobile phone screens all day long.” All of the apprenticeships will be advertised on the www.sheffieldforgemasters.com website and also via the Sheffield College, which partners Forgemasters in the training of its apprentices.
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SHEFFIELD COLLEGE STUDENTS’ DOUBLE DESIGN MUSEUM SUCCESS Two Sheffield College students have ranked among the top ten in the country in a prestigious design industry competition. Emily Oliver, 19, came third in the Design Museum Students Awards, which saw entries from schools and colleges nationally. The brief focussed on the theme of community and togetherness.
LAWYER RAISES THE BAR TO COMPLETE HOTTEST EVER LONDON MARATHON Sheffield lawyer Neil Kelly has raised over £3,000 for children with sensory impairments after completing the hottest ever London Marathon. Neil, a partner at niche commercial practice MD Law, completed the gruelling 26.2-mile route through the capital in temperatures that reached a record-breaking 24ºC. “My longest training run before the marathon was done in 2ºC and quite a lot of my training was in below freezing temperatures and in snow, so it was just quite hard to suddenly run 26 miles in such hot conditions,” said Neil, who had previously only run half marathons. “I got cramp in both calves and hamstrings after 22 miles and literally couldn’t move for a few minutes before some kind people helped me to stretch my legs and to get going again. “But it was an amazing experience. The crowds lined the route from start to finish. There was so much support – even from a couple of fire stations who were turning hoses on the runners which was very much appreciated. “I also have to thank everyone who so kindly sponsored me in support of such an amazing charity.” Neil completed the marathon in three hours and 45 minutes and has raised more than £3,000 for SENSE, the national disability charity that supports people with complex communication needs.
Emily’s submission involved designing an architectural project using low carbon sustainable and renewable energy encouraging the community to enjoy natural surroundings and supporting health and wellness. Kiruthiga Thirumeni, 19, also ranked in the top ten. Her submission involved designing a communal space for residents and visitors including a bicycle workshop and bicycle playground with the aim of improving health and wellbeing for six to 14-year-olds. Both students are completing a BTEC Extended Diploma Level 3 studying the 3D pathway taught by Sarah Kriel and Andy Holmes. Sarah Kriel, lecturer in 3D at The Sheffield College, said: “To have two students in the top ten is amazing. They’ve both produced work to an extremely high standard and I am very proud of them.” Angela Foulkes, chief executive and principal at The Sheffield College, added: “Congratulations to Emily and Kiruthiga on their outstanding success! Our students develop the skills that employers and industry need, and I want to thank our talented staff for providing such a high quality learning experience.”
ENTRIES OPEN FOR BUSINESS AWARDS Entries for the Barnsley and Rotherham Business Awards, sponsored by University Centre Rotherham, are now open to businesses, who have until 31 August to submit their entries. The 12 award categories are open to businesses of all sizes in all sectors operating within an ‘S’ postcode throughout the Sheffield City Region, as well as all members of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber. Taking place at Magna in Rotherham on 19 October, the awards ceremony will be hosted by award-winning radio and TV host Stephanie Hirst, followed by a predinner drinks reception kindly supported by Julie Kenny CBE. The annual award ceremony recognises the achievements of local businesses and the contribution they make to the business economy. This year, a total of 14 awards are up for grabs, including the Chamber’s much sought after Charity of the Year award, in association with Fortem, and the overall Business of the Year award, sponsored by Gibson Booth Business Solutions & Insolvency. The Chamber will be acknowledging five businesses who are celebrating significant milestones this year during a Salute to Business presentation in association with XPO Logistics, which will be followed by an individual being honoured with a Lifetime Achievement award and a member charity being announced as the Chamber’s Charity of the Year and receiving a £3,000 donation for their chosen project. For further information on how to enter, the award categories and more, visit www.brawards.co.uk First For Business | www.ffb-online.co.uk 47
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AMRC LEADS THE WAY IN COLLABORATIVE ROBOTICS RESEARCH Engineers at the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) are leading the way in Collaborative Robotics research in a drive to help SMEs integrate the technology onto factory floors. Collaborative robots – also known as cobots – differ from conventional industrial robots in that they feature technology that allows them to operate safely alongside human workers in a shared area. They are capable of operating with limited force and speed and are equipped with force-sensing to enable them to stop when they come
into contact with an operator. Traditionally, the safe use of robots in manufacturing has relied on barriers, cages and fences that keep humans and robots separated. The downside to this is that it uses lots of floor space and limits the work robots and humans can do together. Phil Kitchen has been leading on a Catapult-funded Collaborative Robotics research project for the Integrated Manufacturing Group at the AMRC’s Factory 2050, developing technology demonstrators for industrial partners to show how humans and robots can work
safely together and testing a new safety standard awaiting ratification for different types of cobots. The project began in May last year and was completed in March this year, with the aim of developing a gold standard in cobot safety that could increase confidence among SMEs to integrate the technology onto their factory floors and transform production lines by increasing the rate at which a process is done, as well as the uniformity and quality of finish on a product. Phil said: “What we want to do is to start to develop a gold standard for integration. To get this gold standard, for us, it would mean we could help SMEs to integrate cobots on to their shop floor. “There are a number of benefits of collaborative robotics for SMEs – improved quality, improved rate, so the rate at which they are making their products - and if they improve rate they can potentially sell more and expand, helping them to grow through the use of collaborative robotics. “A technical specification was released which detailed how you would go about integrating a collaborative robotic system. It’s not yet been ratified as a full ISO standard to use and that is being worked towards now. “Essentially what we are aiming to do is put ourselves in the right position to act when the technical specification is ratified by the HSE.”
FIRST T3 TRAINING AND DEVELOPMENT APPRENTICES CELEBRATE THEIR SUCCESS The first students to sign up for an apprenticeship with South Yorkshire based national apprenticeship provider T3 Training and Development are celebrating after successfully completing their studies.
The teams behind T3 have decades of experience in Structural Design, Construction, Project Management, Steelwork and Reinforced Concrete Detailing.
All five have been working on a Level 3 apprenticeship in Design and Draughting with the Barnsley based training provider that delivers apprentices ready to take up roles as structural technicians within the construction industry.
“This has been an exciting year of growth for us and we are delighted that our first apprentices have now reached the end of the course and are ready to take up their place in a challenging but rewarding industry,” said T3 director Andy Adams.
The students have now been given the opportunity to progress on to the Higher National Certificate (HNC) and will be attending university from September.
“When we launched T3 Training & Development we realised there was a massive skills gap and lack of formal training for young structural technicians
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who were ready to take their place in the industry. “We needed alternative methods to fill the void in what is an industry wide problem and that’s when we realised that we needed the sort of courses now being offered by T3 Training and Development. “Following this first successful intake, we now have students from across the UK coming to Barnsley to take advantage of a groundbreaking new approach to training, delivering vocational training alongside academic work as part of a full apprenticeship programme.”
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SHEFFIELD ENGINEER THANKS STAFF WHO SAVED SON’S LIFE A Sheffield engineer is taking part in Sheffield Hospitals Charity’s flagship fundraiser to give something back to the doctors and nurses who saved his tiny baby son’s life. Ian Mclean, aged 44, is an engineer at Dutton Engineering and is taking part in the charity’s Jessops Superheroes event for the third time alongside wife Natalie (aged 41) and son Thomas, now aged four.
SHEFFIELD JOINERY FIRM TO EXPAND FOLLOWING LOAN FROM UK STEEL ENTERPRISE Fernwood Joinery Ltd, a Sheffield-based specialist staircase manufacturer and bespoke joinery company, is on track to increase its workforce and broaden its client base over the next 12 months, following a £40,000 loan from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE). The loan from UKSE, a subsidiary of Tata Steel committed to investing in businesses looking to grow, will enable co-directors Julian Staniforth and Mark Owen to press ahead with business expansion plans, as well as invest in a network of manufacturing professionals to increase productivity and generate faster turnover times. Currently a team of ten, the funding will lead to the appointment of an additional experienced bench joiner, with further plans to appoint a trainee apprentice over the next few months. Commenting on the deal, Julian said: “We are delighted to have received this loan from UK Steel Enterprise, which has already helped us to drive the business forward as we begin to implement our new business model. “By increasing our cash flow, we will be able to appoint a key employee and invest in partnerships with other businesses – ultimately allowing us to invest in a network of manufacturing professionals that will increase efficiency and productivity.” Alan Stanley from UK Steel Enterprise said: “Over the last 13 years Julian and Mark have worked hard to build Fernwood Joinery up from a small joiner’s workshop to a bespoke staircase manufacturer in the UK, and we are delighted to have provided this loan to assist with further growth and employment opportunities in the region. We’re looking forward to seeing their progression over the coming years.”
The family’s entry follows Thomas’ desperate fight for life after a routine pregnancy scan found a problem, prompting an emergency caesarean section. Ian said: “Natalie’s pregnancy started off in a positive and exciting way, and after all scheduled scans and tests raised no concerns, we were happily preparing for our new arrival. “Within just 30 minutes Natalie was admitted to the Jessop Wing, where she’d staying until our baby was born. I felt extremely concerned and anxious, things seemed to move very quickly and what should have been a happy occasion changed to one of uncertainty and alarm. “For the first few days everything seemed a blur. It was very strange to return home that day on my own. I knew Natalie was in good hands though. The staff were so supportive and she started to build relationships with them. “Natalie and the baby were monitored very closely in the coming weeks until Thomas’ heart rate dropped too low and the decision was made to deliver him by emergency Caesarian section. “I’d work full time throughout the week then drive straight to the hospital each night and all weekend to assist in Thomas’s care and sit with him all evening. This became the norm for me for several months, until the day finally came one Saturday when we were allowed to take him home. “This was a great day and felt brilliant but it also felt strange to leave the care of Jessop Wing where up until that moment Thomas had lived and received hands on specialist care around the clock. “Natalie and I will always continue to support the Jessop Wing and the incredible work they do. As a proud dad and having firsthand experience of the NNU, we will continue to help whenever we can so they can continue their excellent work and dedication to those who find themselves needing it.” To raise funds to help improve the care and treatment of babies and their families at the Jessop Wing, Sheffield Hospitals Charity is hosting its fifth annual Jessops Superheroes event, which has now raised more than £90k in the last four years. This year’s event, promises to be bigger and better than the last, and all involved are encouraged to wear superhero costumes to celebrate the NHS heroes who care for and save the lives of Sheffield’s tiniest patients every day. Jessops Superheroes (formally Jessops Buggy Push), sponsored by Dutton Recruitment, is a 2.5k family walk which takes place on Sunday 10 June 2018 at Graves Park at 10.30am. There is a £15 minimum sponsorship for all who take part. All who take part will be given a free superhero bib or cape.
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