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FULL OF TASTY FEATURES! Football, further education, fitness and food – it’s a ‘full to the brim with features’ edition of unLTD this month. So, let’s kick off – appropriately – with our cover story and main feature on the ground-breaking work of SCX. The bespoke engineering methods of the Sheffield business have seen them employed on all sorts of eye-catching projects for high profile sports stadia including most recently the new Tottenham Hotspur Stadium. SCX’s ability ‘to address all sorts of tricky mechanical handling problems’ meant the Club was able to achieve its ambition of a grass pitch that could be slid under one of the new stands to reveal an artificial surface below – allowing American National Football League games and other events to be staged. Tottenham played their first Premier League match on the new grass surface at their world class multi-use 62,000 capacity stadium in April and preparations are now being made for the first NFL game. We find out more about the family-run firm from chairman Simon Eastwood who also tells us about the next big date for them – the 2019 Wimbledon Championships begin on July 1 when SCX’s innovative retractable roof for No 1 Court will be in operation for the first time in the tournament. Interested in workforce development? Barnsley College’s enterprise team leader Gareth Stewart to find out why student industry placements are a ‘two-way street’ of growth and development for Sheffield City Region employers. Speaking of the Sheffield City Region, it was great to attend the appointment event of SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis’s Active Travel Commissioner – Britain’s most successful female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey. We got to find out why SCR’s active travel agenda is ‘NOT a PR exercise’ – but instead all about sustainable travel and REAL exercise (and also checked out some pretty cool e-bikes, as well). Savour our Focus On feature – this month it’s on Sheffield’s food scene, allowing us to explore the rise and rise of the food hall, plus we get to chew the fat with Sheffield Food Works and Sheffield Food Festival, too. Ooh, and save some room for our After Hours – it’s quite the spread, leading you into the weekend with some Friday sweet treats.

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‘NOT FLOUNCY OR SNOOTY’ – APPRENTICE STAR OPENS PEAKS RETAIL STORE Apprentice star and entrepreneur Frances Bishop is bringing her ‘revolutionary approach’ to children’s fashion retail to Crystal Peaks. The 28-year-old businesswomen – best known for her appearance in the twelfth season of BBC hit The Apprentice – is the founder of discount children’s fashion outlet The Pud Store. The business was launched in 2015 and the company’s arrival at award-winning Sheffield shopping centre Crystal Peaks follows successful openings in Doncaster, Newark and Mansfield. And she says that Pud’s insistence on a traditional approach to shopping, proves there is a real future for retail. “We’re not flouncy, we’re not snooty, we’re an upfront business selling a fantastic range of end of season, last season and bankrupt stock at

prices every family can afford,” Frances explains. “No matter what your bank balance, people want their children to look nice and that’s what the Pud approach is all about. “I remember retail back in the day when it was still a very personal experience, where you would go into a local shop and everybody would know your name. Somewhere along the way that seems to have gone but that’s what I want to bring back. “They say the high street is in decline, but it isn’t – it’s just moving into a new era of independents and specialists, which is exactly how Pud works. “I’m a mother myself so I do know what mums want when they’re shopping. I say it’s time to welcome people back into your shops and give them the retail experience they’ll enjoy.”


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Tata Steel is to relocate one of its support operations from offices at Moorgate, Rotherham to Unit MBP2 at Meadowhall Business Park this summer. Tata Steel has acquired 12,000 sq ft at ARBA Group’s recently refurbished multimillion pound business park to accommodate approximately 60 staff from its core business support and specialist environmental testing functions. Fit out works has now started. The letting means just 7,500 sq ft of open plan office accommodation remains at the five-block business park. The Park is now home to 13 companies, employing more than


Rotherham’s ‘thriving’ restaurant scene set for new ‘Season’ A new restaurant is set to open in the heart of Wickersley, Rotherham. The new eatery, ‘Seasons’, is set to be spilt across two levels, with capacity for 40 covers and located within the former Smiths Butchers, deli and tattoo parlour units at The Courtyard development. The owners of The Courtyard Wine Bar and Bistro are behind the new venture, which will create up to 20 new jobs and see three long term vacant units redeveloped following planning permission from

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Rotherham Borough Council. Nick Lyons, general manager of The Courtyard Wine Bar and Bistro, said: “Seasons’ menu is going to take inspiration from the restaurant’s name and focus on seasonality so it will be constantly evolving for a special, high-end dining experience. “Wickersley is a fantastic part of Rotherham and the vibrant village centre has really blossomed in recent years. The café culture and nightlight are thriving, and it really is becoming a go-to destination.”

Richard Burns, director at ARBA Group, said: “The success of our development at Meadowhall Business Park confirms that high quality accommodation, which can be flexibly used, attracts tenants. “Not only that, but the location has been key. We are on a prime site close to the M1 with an immediate useful surrounding environment for businesses. We have city centre amenities in an out of town location with retail and leisure attractions close by.” Tenants at the popular 70,000 sq ft business park include GMB Union, Community, CapGemini, Tuffnells, NG Bailey, Auburn Ainsley Limited, Chique Photography, KitchenEx, and Preventx.



SECONDARY BUYOUT DELIVERS INDEPENDENCE FOR LEENGATE VALVES The management team at the UK’s leading valve wholesaler, which has overseen a doubling of turnover to £12 million, has completed a buyout of its private equity partner. Alfreton-based Leengate Valves, which supplies more than 20,000 valve products as well as providing associated calibration, actuation and engineering services, has bought out its private equity investor YFM Equity Partners in a deal which sees management acquire full ownership of the business. YFM initially invested in December 2013 to support the management buyout from German industrial gasses group Linde. Following the buyout, Leengate’s management team of Steve Pickering, Leigh Pickering and Mick Loseby embarked on a growth plan which has seen annual sales rise from around £6 million to £12 million and employee numbers increasing to more than 40.

Sheffield office uptake soars by more than 100%


Leengate has doubled turnover to


MD Steve Pickering said: “Leengate Valves has grown tremendously over the five years following our MBO, not only doubling the turnover but also the workforce. We would like to thank YFM for their support during this journey. Many thanks also to BHP, HSBC and Keebles who have been there to advise along the way.”

Specialist apprenticeship training provider sees record increase Chesterfield’s Learning Unlimited has seen a record increase in the number of apprenticeship applications. The apprenticeship specialist training provider has been asked by regional and local employers to recruit on their behalf for more than 150 apprenticeship places – an increase of 40 per cent on the same time last year. Learning Unlimited’s operations manager, Leah Shortt said: “The figures show that the demand for apprenticeships keeps growing. More and more young people are interested in following that route rather than going on to university and more employers are also recognising the benefits of taking on an apprentice. They


see it as a way of recruiting the new talent they need while shaping their workforce.” The number of apprenticeships available has

increased the most in businessrelated roles. There is also demand for apprentices across sectors including engineering, IT and social media.

Office uptake in Sheffield soared by more than 100 per cent in the first quarter of 2019 compared with the same period last year, according to statistics released by Commercial Property Partners. Uptake was particularly strong in the city centre as more firms look to secure quality premises with excellent transport links in a bid to ‘aide recruitment, staff retention and growth ambitions’. Take-up for the first quarter was 200,651 sq ft – up from 93,951 sq ft in Q1 2018 – across Sheffield. HSBC’s new Sheffield Headquarters is leased for


Twenty-three deals occurred over the threemonth period, with the most significant the completion of the 15-year lease agreement of HSBC’s new Sheffield Headquarters in Grosvenor House, part of the new Sheffield Retail Quarter. Despite this deal accounting for the majority, the remaining activity still showed a healthy level of take up. Meanwhile, the city region’s growing creative industry businesses accounted for 8,000 sq ft of space, with local agency Uber moving into the top two floors of the historic Eagle Works at the Little Kelham development, and agencies Joi Polloi and Vivid Creative moving into the sought-after Wharncliffe Works.


AGENDA HOT The next generation of offshore wind turbines are set to be developed in the city after the University of Sheffield was named the academic partner for the Offshore Renewable Energy Catapult’s new research hub. Trebor Developments has selected MCS Group Limited as the main contractor to construct a 78,458 sq ft speculative industrial unit in Rotherham following the site purchase completion. Frenchgate Shopping Centre in Doncaster has received planning consent for a multiplex cinema. Work on the £8 million investment will begin later this year, ahead of a spring 2020 opening. The ROKiT World Seniors Snooker Championship is coming to the Crucible Theatre as part of a new partnership with Sheffield City Council to give the city a second major snooker event each year.


EXCITING NEW ‘ENTREPRENEURIAL SPACE’ LAUNCHED IN SHEFFIELD Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) has launched a new business incubation hub, which will offer advice, support and high-tech facilities to student and graduate entrepreneurs. WANdisco CEO Dave Richards, whose computer software company has sites in Sheffield and Silicon Valley, USA, supported the launch of the Hallam i-Lab, alongside the University’s ViceChancellor, Professor Sir Chris Husbands.

SHU alumna, entrepreneur and founder of the awardwinning The Great Escape Game Hannah Duraid, also spoke about the business support she received from Hallam. The creation of the business incubation space, at the heart of the University’s city campus, will enable students and graduates setting up their own business to network and collaborate in dedicated facilities. Professor Sir Chris Husbands said: “This exciting

new space will be a hub of creativity and enterprise, supporting our budding student entrepreneurs to get their businesses off the ground. “The Hallam i-Lab demonstrates our commitment to nurturing the entrepreneurial spirit of our students and recent graduates and our determination to play a central role in boosting economic growth across the region and beyond.”

Multi-million-pound transformation of former Co-op completed Wake Smith Solicitors has renewed its legacy partnership with Museums Sheffield –the charity that runs the Millennium Gallery, Graves Gallery, and Weston Park Museum.

COOL Research by Perkbox has found that 65 per cent of workers believe dogs at work support their physical and mental health by boosting productivity and encouraging them to take short breaks from their desks.


The multi-million-pound transformation of a former Co-op department store in Chesterfield has been completed by Jomast Developments. The 92-bed hotel, which is located in the building’s upper two floors, has been handed over to Premier Inn. Elder Way is a landmark mixed-use leisure scheme, which is breathing life into the town’s famous 1930s, Mock-Tudor former Co-op. The building was acquired by Jomast Developments in 2016 with work on the new hotel beginning last year. As part of the transformation, the

building’s exterior has been restored to its former glory. Premier Inn is the first occupier and paves the way for Jomast to transform the basement and ground floor into leisure and hospitality space. Mark Hill, commercial property director at Jomast said:

“The position and location at times has been challenging but our ongoing collaboration with Chesterfield Borough Council has enabled us to bring this much-loved building back into use. I am confident Premier Inn will be a welcome addition to the town centre and the Northern Gateway Scheme.”


AGENDA Doncaster firms ‘buck national trend of Brexit stagnation’

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14-15 JUNE at Sheffield Hallam University venues


LATEST HEADLINERS ANNOUNCED FOR SOUTH YORKSHIRE EDUCATION FESTIVAL Leading national figures from the field of education have joined the line-up for the first Hallam Festival of Education. The Rt Hon. Lord David Blunkett (former Secretary of State for Education and Employment), the Rt Hon. Lord Jim Knight (former Minister of State for Schools and Learning) and Helen O’Donnell (Chief Executive and Director of Partnerships at Children’s University) will all be part of the inaugural event. The Festival, which is sponsored by Tes and takes place 14-15 June at Sheffield Hallam University venues, will combine

a festival-style atmosphere with stimulating debate about current and emerging challenges in education. The five new speakers will join more than 100 other speakers, groups and organisations from local, regional, national and international education systems. Other speakers already announced include Baroness Estelle Morris (former Secretary of State for Education and Skills), Anne Longfield OBE (Children’s Commissioner for England) and Tracy Brabin (Shadow Minister for Early Years). The Festival is being curated by South Yorkshire Futures,

Sheffield Hallam’s social mobility programme, which aims to improve attainment and raise aspirations for young people across South Yorkshire, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds. Greg Burke, Director of South Yorkshire Futures, said: “We are thrilled to announce even more influential figures in education for the inaugural Sheffield Hallam Festival of Education. Their contributions – and the discussions that surround them – will add to South Yorkshire’s growing reputation as a centre for educational best practice, research and innovation.”

Pint of Science festival comes to Sheffield Researchers from the University of Sheffield are set to take their findings to the pub as part of the Pint of Science festival this month (20-22 May). City pubs will host talks by experts from the University on everything from 3D printing to black holes, offering people a chance to ask questions, get involved in hands-on experiments and have a pint with leading scientists and engineers. Part of an annual three-day festival with events in nearly 400 cities around the world, this


Part of an annual three-day festival with events in

400 cities around the world

year’s Pint of Science will cover themes including Beautiful Mind, Atoms to Galaxies and Tech Me Out. Alongside the talks, pub-goers will take part in activities from mock clinical trials on the effects of beer, to making lava lamps. Dr Matt Carré from the University’s Department of Mechanical Engineering said: “As a mechanical engineer, every opportunity to share my work with the public is really valued as it’s a chance to raise awareness that engineering is all around us.”

Doncaster Chamber’s latest quarterly Business Insight Survey to capture a snapshot of local business sentiment is more positive than the national picture – but Brexit is still the biggest concern. Key indicators of economic health showed a more positive balance of Doncaster firms reporting increased sales, advance orders, and employment in Q1 2019 compared with the overall UK Quarterly Economic Survey results. Firms’ expectations for future turnover, profitability and recruitment, on balance, also increased as they decreased nationally. The survey showed Brexit is more of a concern for

24% OF FIRMS than 3 months ago

Against a backdrop of a slowing global economy, escalating Brexit uncertainty, and rises in business costs as the UK enters a new tax year, the latest results from the survey of 159 local businesses reflected a slight decrease in investment for plant and machinery and training. Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber said: “The uncertainty and national policy paralysis caused by Brexit is well documented. Doncaster’s businesses have not been immune to these macro-economic headwinds. “Despite this, Doncaster continues to more than punch above its weight being recognised as the fourth city in the UK for private sector job creation and with a number of transformative projects either coming to fruition or getting the green light to go ahead in the near future.”


AGENDA Plans for Banner Cross car showroom site approved

PROPERTY FIRM STARTS JOURNEY TO BECOME PLASTIC FREE Employees at Knight Frank’s two Yorkshire offices have pledged, alongside eight other offices countrywide, to reduce single use plastics and start to become plastic free. The global property consultancy company, which employs 2,000 people across the UK including in Sheffield and Leeds, has agreed to remove disposable single use plastic from its UK business, significantly reducing its plastic footprint and reliance on plastic products and to dispose of unwanted plastic responsibly. It has partnered with marine conservation charity Surfers Against Sewage and started a

The average UK adult uses

175 plastic water bottles a year

UK-wide initiative to become the first property agent to be awarded the Plastic Free Business accreditation from the action group within three months, with every UK-based Knight Frank employee given a reusable and fully recyclable metal water bottle. Rebecca Schofield, partner at Knight Frank in Sheffield and board director of the company’s KF X Social Impact Board, said: “The environment, and how we reduce both our negative impact on the natural environment and our consumption of resources, is a key part of being a responsible business.”

Plans for the long disused car showroom and garage site at the junction of Ecclesall Road and Psalter Lane have been approved by Sheffield City Council’s Planning Committee. The team from Coda Planning put forward the successful proposals to the Council on behalf of Primesite, working alongside Cartwright Pickard Architects. Plans for the land at Banner Cross will see the creation of eight new town houses on the site in the popular residential area. The existing showroom building will also be refurbished to provide office space for a Sheffield firm relocating from various sites across the city to this space. Coda Planning director Adam Murray said: “It has been great to work alongside Primesite and Cartwright Pickard to obtain permission for this development and we look forward to continuing our success on other schemes across the city.”

Nine businesses from Sheffield have travelled to China to help cement relationships between the two countries. Sheffield China 88 is an export acceleration programme developed by the city growth department of Sheffield City Council. The nine digital, food and drink and engineering businesses are Appt, Uniplex, Somi Trailers, Tinsley Bridge, Pura Panela, Mak Tok, Nova Porta, Palego Travel and GP Express. Edward Highfield, director of city growth at Sheffield City Council, said: “The strength of this delegation shows the city’s recent focus on trade and investment with China is bearing tangible results for Sheffield businesses.”



AGENDA Barnsley students ‘amazing audio content’ nominated for award Barnsley College Creative Media Production students have been nominated for a Young Audio and Radio Industry Award (Young ARIAs) for their show on online radio station The Vibe. Matty Hugill, Kyle Walker and Karl Wellbelove run their own radio show, Everything Football, outside of their studies, with the weekly show dissecting the upcoming football fixtures, delving deep into the latest rumours and debates and discussing hard hitting topics in the world of football.

CITY BUSINESSES ON MISSION TO MOVE MORE Sheffield businesses are being invited to ‘move more’ during June when a physical activity initiative returns to the steel city – with companies now having the chance to sign up. Move More Month, which in 2018 saw people across Sheffield record more than six million active minutes, returns next month. Organisers have set a city-wide target of 10 million active minutes. The Move More Month Workplace Challenge is a key part of Move More Month, as city businesses are challenged to find fun and social ways to engineer physical activity into the work environment. Firms can sign up to take part by visiting the ‘Move More Sheffield’ website and register their interest.


The Move More city-wide target is

10 MILLION active minutes

Participants can record their physical activity via the Move More App and compete in teams within organisations and against employees from other Sheffield businesses, to see who can be the most physically active. Move More Month is part of Sheffield’s ambition to become the most active city

in the UK and overseen by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM), a collaboration between universities, healthcare trusts, local authorities and private and voluntary sector organisations. Professor Robert Copeland, Director of the NCSEM and Move More, said: “Increases in our use of technology to aid tasks of daily living and motorised transport mean that it’s very easy to spend significant parts of our day sat down, especially at work. “The Move More workplace challenge is about finding fun and social ways to incorporate movement into our daily routines be that at home, school, work, or in any walk of life.”

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EVERY FRIDAY AT 3.30PM Lee Barber, Barnsley College Media Teacher and Station Manager for The Vibe, said: “Kyle, Karl and Matty have shown themselves to be extremely passionate about sports journalism, and often that passion can lead to amazing audio content.” Kyle, aged 17, added: “We like to do hard hitting topics on the show that don’t generally get as much coverage, such as sexism or racism in football. We do this to make sure our show is different and stands out, in this industry that’s what you have to do.” The awards ceremony will be held in London at the BBC Radio Theatre on 17 May.



Expansion for Banner Jones’ Commercial Law team Leading multi-disciplined law firm Banner Jones Solicitors has expanded its Business Legal Services division with the appointment of solicitor Rachael Flintoft to its Sheffield office. Joining from Wake Smith Solicitors, Rachael brings with her over a decade of legal experience specialising in commercial property leases, acquisition, disposal and financing. Rachael will operate across the commercial law arena using her expertise to advise clients on a range commercial matters. She said: “Banner Jones is a well-respected law firm operating within South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and North Nottinghamshire and I’m delighted to be joining the team!”

New finance role for Sharon The Templand Group has appointed Sharon Richardson as group finance director. Sharon joined ITI Network Services in 2011 as finance manager under the firm’s previous ownership and was present through the business’ significant evolution over the previous six years. Her new role involves financial responsibilities across all of the businesses in the group, which has grown significantly in the past 12 months through customer retention and development, and through strategic acquisitions. Further acquisitions are planned. Templand Group CEO Jason Denmark said: “Sharon has been an exceptional finance manager, making an important contribution to the business’ growth and strong financial performance.”


Joint managing partners take the reins Joint managing partners have taken up position at Yorkshire and North Derbyshire’s leading accountancy firm. Audit partner Lisa Leighton and corporate finance partner Hamish Morrison took the reins at BHP, which has offices in Sheffield, Cleckheaton, Leeds, Chesterfield and York.


Stephen Gordon, Head of Business Legal Services, added: “Welcoming Rachael to the Banner Jones team has been a pleasure and I have no doubt

that her extensive experience and dedication to the field will see her thrive and work hard to achieve the very best results for our clients in Sheffield.”

SOPHIE PROMOTED BY CHILDREN’S CHARITY (& THEO) Sophie Coburn has been promoted by The Children’s Hospital Charity to corporate partnerships officer. Sophie (and her special Corporate Theo Bear) will be meeting people, exploring businesses and forming partnerships across the region to build a better future for Sheffield Children’s Hospital. The charity is currently fundraising to build a new Emergency Department, on-site Helipad and transform the Cancer Ward. Get in touch:

Benchmark assists Ask 4

Benchmark has assisted Ask 4 in the appointment of new starters Abi Hall, account executive, and Isaura Enrique on helpdesk support.

Fundraising duo for farm charity

Two new fundraisers, Lucinda White and Zoe Merryclough, have joined educational charity Whirlow Hall Farm Trust.

Rebecca’s new role at OEC

Rebecca Toner is joining Owlerton’s Event and Conferencing Centre (OEC Sheffield) as conference and events sales manager.



Josef goes from NEET to new job Josef Tomlinson who was not in employment, education or training (NEET) has landed a job with bicycle manufacturer Brompton Fletcher after help from a youth charity. Josef, then 17, needed a bit of support with his job search, so contacted Sheffield Futures. Employer engagement officer Alex Leonard helped Josef prepare to attend Brompton Fletcher’s Open Day, with four other young people, by breaking down the job description to show how his skills matched those of the ideal candidate, via interview preparation through mock interviews, and a visit to Suit Works, a partner charity offering free tailoring and suits to clients with interviews. Brompton Fletcher offered Josef a position and he is beginning a course of training that will give him a range

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of valuable skills including TIG welding, fabrication and metalwork. Alex said: “We are so pleased Josef has found a job with an organisation who want to help him unlock his potential!”

Richard Phillips, project manager at Brompton Fletcher said: “Sheffield Futures enabled a really smooth recruitment process to support our growing business. Josef has settled in well!”

DREAM DOZEN IN PLACE AT WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE Wentworth Woodhouse Preservation Trust has been strengthened with the appointment of six new trustees. Established to secure a longterm future for Wentworth Woodhouse, the trust is now governed by a dozen trustees. Toni Paxford is learning the ropes as an apprentice trustee, while Henry Boot Construction boss Simon Carr has added his weight to the board. The Trust also welcomes the senior-level financial expertise of Sheffield chartered accountant John Caldwell MD of Rotherham-based international firm S3 ID Group, as well as specialist conservation architect Keith Knight. Finally, lawyers Rachel Cowper and James Berry have also been welcomed as trustees.


One of Sheffield’s most established senior solicitors is to retire, after a rewarding career serving the local community for 43 years. Michael Tunbridge started his legal career in Sheffield in November 1976 as a newly qualified assistant solicitor at Wake Smith, spending the rest of his working life at the company.

UCAS role for University President The University of Sheffield’s President and ViceChancellor Professor Koen Lamberts has been appointed as Chair of the Board of Trustees at the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

Beckie joins Ovo Spaces Said WWPT CEO Sarah McLeod: “We now have an immense range of experience, knowledge and support in our board of trustees. We are

extremely grateful for their time and commitment. They give us a very strong core foundation as we build Wentworth Woodhouse’s future.”

Sheffield commercial interior design and fit-out specialist Ovo Spaces has appointed Beckie Bryant, as a new administrative assistant.







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PUSHINGBOUNDARIES OF INNOVATION I love the phrase ‘it goes without saying’ because it is usually followed up by you saying everything that you’d said you weren’t going to say. If you know what I mean? In this case it goes without saying that the Sheffield City Region has some of the most creative minds in the country, maybe even the world, in fields as varied as digital or engineering (are they varied or are they on the same spectrum? That’s a discussion for another day). Anyway, for an area that constantly beats itself up about not shouting about itself we seem to be doing rather well on projects large and small. Our cover stars this issue, the SCX Group, have been rightly lauded for the work they’ve been doing at Tottenham Hotspur’s

new stadium in London and south of the river in the capital city at the All England Club’s centre and No 1 courts. Your can read elsewhere in the magazine about how Simon Eastwood and his team at SCX put together these amazing feats of engineering, but the bottom line is that Sheffield is still very much at the forefront of providing solutions to some of construction’s most difficult challenges. I’m always impressed when speaking to bosses at some of our area’s leading engineering firms just how far and wide they export. Tufcot Engineering managing director Greg Majchrzak once told me that the biggest job they had ever done was now part of a swing bridge somewhere in China.

To him it’s maybe just another order – I suspect, actually, that this was quite a special order! – but it makes me feel quite proud that there are parts manufactured in my home city that are now serving a vital purpose thousands of miles away. And it’s not just because Tufcot were the cheapest or got lucky on a random Google search – it’s because they are the best at what they do, very much in same way that SCX have worked on two of the biggest sporting infrastructure projects over the past 10 years. There are many other firms with similar stories to tell. Sheffield has always pushed the boundaries of innovation and by continuing to do so it very much keeps our name on the map.

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It’s coming up to that time of the year when offices begin to get stretched with people taking their main spring and summer holidays. One thing I noticed over Easter was the benefit to schools in Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield taking different Easter holidays had to the roads – particularly the Parkway, a daily nemesis of mine. Most businesses operate a policy of not allowing more than a certain quota of people to be away at the same time, which is sensible. However, it means the many companies operate on a significantly lower workforce over the summer months than they would at other times. For many the summer shutdown, which was common in factories and steelworks, is a thing of the past but how nice must it be to think that your hard-earned summer holiday won’t be balanced out by doing double the work whilst your colleagues enjoy their break too!

Breaking up the holiday break-up Speaking of holidays, after Spring Bank Holiday on May 27 – which will be the fourth Bank Holiday in the space of 27 working days – the next ‘day off’ is a long three months away on August 26. Surely it’d be better to move May Day, which is the international day of honouring workers, to sometime in mid-July to help people with school holidays just to break it up a bit. I’m open to opinions.




FINANCIAL HEALTH The number of firms affected by ‘serious levels of business distress’ rose by a third in Yorkshire, according to research from insolvency practitioners Begbies Traynor earlier this year. We spoke to a number of regional experts about keeping your business finances in good health 16



CHARISE MARSDEN, DEBT RECOVERY SPECIALIST AT KEEBLES It’s vital that everything is in writing. Lots of individuals and small companies come to us for help after agreeing a deal on the ‘old gentleman’s handshake.’ Another scenario we often see is when someone in the building trade has completed most of the work then at last minute there is a verbal contract for extra work at an additional price. In this event there is typically an agreement to pay after the work is done. That is why we always stress to our clients to put pen to paper from the beginning of opening the credit account or the start of the contract. Also, any correspondence, communications and justifications along the way, no matter how minor, should be recorded in writing. We acknowledge that verbal


agreements exist, but in the context of legal proceedings, it is much harder to achieve the desired outcome if the terms of the contract are open to question because they are not in writing. Additionally, without a credit agreement or some other form of written contract, it can be hard to determine who you have been contracting with. There are still a lot of businesses out there who are not aware that there are different types of legal entities and that getting this wrong can have very serious implications when trying to recover debts. Therefore, when they come to issue court proceedings, the business is not able to ascertain if they have traded with a company, partnership or an individual. Getting a written contract

in place from the word go stands you in great stead and we advise all our clients to do this. Not only does it allow you to learn who you are doing business with, it is good for peace of mind as, armed with the correct identity of the contracting parties it allows you to research the individual or company you are dealing with and see whether they have enough assets. Based on this you can determine whether you should be doing business with them in the first place. Always do primary homework. Having these practices in place is becoming increasingly important. The court is encouraging everyone to talk more, mediate more and settle more. It is frowned upon for businesses to have the attitude of: ‘this was due, this has not been paid, here is a court

date.’ Keebles tries to avoid legal action until we have exhausted all other options. We send letters, emails, and follow up with calls. It’s about minimising costs for the client as well. Keebles helps everyone, from sole traders to larger companies and PLCs. However, most larger companies have their own credit control systems in place. We are therefore particularly beneficial for smaller organisations and sole traders because they simply do not have the time or resources to chase debt. That’s when we come in. At Keebles, we are not just here to press a button and send a letter before action. We are there to extend on their services, make calls, and try to resolve matters without legal action.


AGENDA Small businesses across the Sheffield City Region have had to deal with new costs increases earlier this month, due to reporting requirements, financial hardship, indirect taxation and uncertainty around Brexit. As Julian Pitts, regional managing partner for Begbies Traynor in Yorkshire, points out: “Small businesses are the lifeblood of the UK’s economy, accounting for 60 per cent of all employment in the private sector and almost 50 per cent of private sector turnover, so it is particularly worrying that the numbers of SMEs suffering financial distress are on the rise.” Some of the issues facing small businesses from the start of the 2019 financial year include:

distressed businesses being pushed to breaking point, particularly if they are unprepared for the increases.

Making Tax Digital More than a million small businesses were hit with new reporting requirements due to Making Tax Digital (MTD) when it was introduced at the beginning of April. HMRC is forcing VAT-registered businesses to comply with its MTD initiative. The software required to meet MTD obligations alone is set to cost small firms £564 each on average.

Raising finances Smaller businesses that want to access external finance face a number of challenges. This includes a combination of weak appetite for, and low awareness of, alternative finance options, high borrowing costs and inadequate support for small firms that are turned down by banks.

Increase in pensions Small employers are also having to deal with a further increase in auto-enrolment pension contributions to at least three per cent. The increase in minimum contributions means an employer will now contribute £55 a month to the average


Business Rates Thousands of firms will have been landed with fresh business rates hikes as the third year of the current revaluation period started this month. The help won from Government to support those hurt most by the 2017 revaluation is now falling away, leaving many small businesses with a 20 per cent hike to their bills plus an inflation-linked increase. Uncertainty around Brexit The impact of continued political and economic uncertainty surrounding the ongoing Brexit negotiations cannot be underestimated.


UK employee’s pension pot, up from £37 according to Hargreaves Lansdown. Increase in National Living and Minimum Wage Rates Increased wages also come with increased National

Insurance Contributions (NICs) and income tax contributions for employers, as well as a higher amount needing to be placed into auto-enrolment pension schemes. This increasing financial burden could see some already

All of these factors have led to increases in the costs of running a small business. For the first time since 2010, we saw a contraction in the size of the UK business community last year. As a result, we are calling on the Government to support those affected and rule out the introduction of fresh burdens that would exacerbate the loss even further.


AGENDA When a business runs in to financial difficulties it can be a stressful time for not only the business owners but also the employees. The first whispers of hardship will generally cause unrest and a company should prioritise opening up lines of communication to quell any exaggerated rumours and to start managing their employees’ expectations. As an employee you will primarily want to know if your job is at risk and whether you will continue to be paid. Should the worst happen, and your employer becomes insolvent, all is not lost. The Redundancy Payment Service can assist you in recovering statutory notice pay, contractual holiday entitlement, statutory redundancy payments and unpaid wages. These are subject to eligibility, statutory caps and maximum limits but payments can be made quickly, and this route is often the first stop for employees who are owed money. Further claims for wages and holiday pay that an employee has not been able to recover through the Redundancy Payment Service will be prioritised when distributing any remaining monies but other claims for monies owed including commission, bonuses, and any tribunal awards will be listed alongside other general creditors. An option could be that the company continues trading but makes redundancies or decides to restructure. In these circumstances we would also expect proper procedures to be followed and consultations



to take place with existing employees. Should fair and reasonable procedures not be followed, or the employer fails to pay wages on time or at all, the employment tribunal will remain a valid course of redress. As employment tribunal claims are free to issue, you have nothing to lose in pursuing a claim, but you should bear in mind that a

judgment for monies owed will not guarantee payment. A more complex situation can arise if the company is bought by another business. The exact circumstances of the sale or transfer will need to be considered but it is highly likely that the Transfer of Undertakings (Protection of Employees) Regulations 2006 (TUPE) will apply. If this is the

case, your employment will transfer to the new employer and your existing terms and conditions will be preserved. This includes your current rate of pay, hours, shift patterns and length of service. Should the new employer wish to make any changes they will need to go through a thorough consultation process with all affected employees.


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Our features writer Jill Theobald says let’s talk money – and preventative practices


TALKS A high street bank is currently running an advertising campaign called ‘The M-word’ in a bid to de-stigmatise talking about money and getting people speaking about the subject with their partners and family. The same could probably be said of businesses, too. Indeed, as If You Ask Me contributor the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) Irshad Akbar points out, there’s certainly a lot to talk about: “Small businesses across the Sheffield City Region have had to deal with new costs increases, due to reporting requirements, financial hardship, indirect taxation and uncertainty around Brexit.” As we reported in last month’s unLTD more than a million small businesses were hit with new reporting requirements due to Making Tax Digital (MTD) being introduced at the beginning of April – and, as Irshad says,


the software required to meet MTD obligations alone is set to cost small firms £564 each on average. Irshad also give us a list of other areas and regulations likely to impact on small firms’ finances – including increases in National Living and Minimum Wage rates, as well as pensions. So, lots to talk about when it comes to business and the M Word, then. But as Charise Marsden from Keebles reminds us in her If You Ask me contribution – talking is not enough. “It’s vital that everything is in writing. Lots of individuals and small companies come to us for help after agreeing a deal on the ‘old gentleman’s handshake.’” And that can be when the trouble starts. As Charise adds: “Having these practices in place is becoming increasingly important. The court is encouraging everyone to talk

more, mediate more and settle more.” It’s also important to bear in mind the impact of financial troubles on the workforce itself so it’s great to have input from Lindsey Gaimster of Bhayani HR and Employment Law in If You Ask Me on the subject. “The first whispers of hardship will generally cause unrest and a company should prioritise opening up lines of communication to quell any exaggerated rumours and to start managing their employees’ expectations,” says Lindsey. “As an employee you will primarily want to know if your job is at risk and whether you will continue to be paid.” While Bhayani Law advise both employers and employees on a wide range of employment issues, it is very useful to have Lindsey advising from a staff point of view. I was made redundant about a decade ago while working

for a company which went into liquidation and I all too well remember, and can sincerely vouch for, the feeling of utter panic. Not only was I hugely upset at losing a job I loved, but I didn’t have time to mourn that loss – I had to find another job pronto and worry about how the bills were going to be paid in the meantime. As Lindsey says though: “Should the worst happen, and your employer becomes insolvent, all is not lost. The Redundancy Payment Service can assist you in recovering statutory notice pay, contractual holiday entitlement, statutory redundancy payments and unpaid wages.” And relief did come to an extent via that very service for me, so all was indeed not lost. The lessons in best practice are clear from our contributors – let’s talk, take action, and get everything in writing in a bid to be best prepared.


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QUICK WINS TO BOOST YOUR GOOGLE SEARCH VISIBILITY Not every aspect of search engine optimisation has to be complex. There are several relatively quick wins to be had, you just need to know what to do. Here, we take a look at some changes you can make to improve your search profile and drive more website visitors. Google My Business A must for any company online, a Google My Business listing is free to create and simple to manage. It will provide you with a really easy way to improve visibility for your brand in the search results, enabling you to, amongst other things: • Quickly generate highlyvisible customer reviews • Verify and generate a maps listing


• Display vital business information including opening times and contact information Simply head to the Google My Business site and get cracking. Featured Snippets Yes, they’ve been around for some time – but Featured Snippets remain a great way to gain search visibility and leapfrog your competitors. If you’re not aware, these are the boxes that display for selected results at the top of Google’s search results. They highlight the information most relevant to the query being made, in one of the following formats: • Bullet point list • Numbered list • A key paragraph • A simple table

The good news is that to secure the snippets, you don’t need much technical knowledge. Google will simply look to pull in relevant content from an authority voice, with simple HTML formatting ideal for securing the result. Jobs Panel A topic we’ve covered in our unLTD column previously, the Jobs Panel displays vacancies related to the search being made, towards the top of the first page of results. To be considered for it, you’ll simply need to add some code-based mark-up to the vacancies pages listed on your website. This information won’t be seen by users – it’s purely for Google to read. If you run a jobs board, recruitment

company or advertise jobs on your site, it’s a great feature. Reviews Mark-up Ever seen those star ratings display under a competitor’s site and wanted your own? Providing you can get reviews from approved Google sources, you can qualify your own site to generate stars next to your own results. This can then encourage searchers to click your site over those without reviews. It’s not overly complex to do but if you need help with this, the Jobs Panel or any other changes to improve your digital profile, get in touch with the Evoluted team. Ash Young, Evoluted







Venue: Theatre Deli Sheffield, 202 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QZ Time: 7.45pm Cost: £8/£10 About: Based on the diaries and emails of American activist Rachel Corrie. Telling the story of her short life and sudden death from the words she left behind. Contact:



Venue: Old George, Barnsley S72 2QE Time: 5pm-7.30pm Cost: £5 + vat pp About: Join the Chamber at the Old George Coffee House for an evening networking event, giving you the opportunity to sample the delightful blends of coffee on offer. Contact:

Venue: Showroom Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX Time: 9am-2pm Cost: Free About: The Indie Business Fair is an unmissable opportunity to tap into Sheffield’s network of independent businesses. Make sure you don’t miss our very own head of sales, Alexandra Scrivener, giving a talk on the power of networking. We don’t want to spoil what she has planned, but we got a bit of an early-access preview… Alexandra said: “The networking journey doesn’t just mean attending events and ‘showing your face’. There are many steps involved that all boil down to making solid connections and sales conversions. The event is actually a very small percentage of the journey, and I’ll be talking about how to change your mind set in order to see the journey differently. “I don’t believe anyone can really hit potential in the sales industry without networking. In order to become well known in a particular industry, and be viewed as a true ‘subject matter expert’ you must meet likeminded people along the way who can coach you, learn from you and recommend you to others. “Building a great social network is a great way to start off. Having an approachable and professional personal brand online will open-up a world of opportunity. Meet as many people as possible for informal coffee meetings and scope out what is happening in the region – from business news, to events and socials and make sure you keep your eye on the ball.” Other talks and sessions: • 3 Easy Ways to Grow Your Business Online in 2019 Hannah Weinhold, GrowTraffic • Creating ‘Customer Delight’ With 3D Service!- Andy Hanselman, Andy Hanselman Consultancy • How I came to be Chief Sender of Hugs - Faye Savoury, BearHugs • How to Get into the Headlines - Faye Smith & Jo Davison, Keep Your Fork Contact:


Venue: The Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster DN5 5JW Time: 9.15am-4.15pm Cost: Free for members and Launchpad clients About: Learn how to speed up growth in many ways including: assessing your current market position, competitor analysis, brand development. Contact: 01302 640103


Venue: Rossington Hall, Doncaster DN11 0HR Time: 6pm-9pm Cost: Members: £30+VAT, Non-Members: £40+VAT About: Doncaster Chamber welcome Adrian Allen OBE, cofounder of the AMRC to speak at their first Doncaster Business Dinner. Contact: chamber@




Brunel Way, Catcliffe, Rotherham S60 5WG Time: 8.30am-12pm with breakfast included Cost: Free About: Sexual harassment and the #MeToo movement are currently hot topics both in the media and at Employment Tribunals. Whistleblowing and settlement agreements are hitting the headlines so join this keynote to find out how to protect your business and staff. Contact:

Venue: Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Penistone Road, Sheffield S6 2DE Time: Gates open at 1pm, first race 2.08pm Cost: Free admission. Carvery and dessert in the Panorama Restaurant £11 for adults, £5.95 for children. Or 2 adults and 2 children eat for just £30! About: Enjoy an afternoon of greyhound racing and a delicious carvery in the Panorama Restaurant – available every bank holiday Monday. Contact:


7TH KNIGHTS NETWORK Venue: Castle Park, Armthorpe Road, Doncaster DN2 5QB Time: 12pm-2pm Cost: £12 pre-pay, £15 on the day About: An informal networking and a light lunch. Contact: ehughes@


Venue: Owlerton Greyhound Stadium, Penistone Road, Sheffield S6 2DE Time: Gates open at 5.45pm, first race 6.22pm Cost: Free About: Download a voucher from the Owlerton website and get admission, a drink, 2 bets and a hot dog and chips for free on the first Tuesday of every month. Contact:

8TH CREATING A BRAND Venue: Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH Time: Call 0114 224 5000 for more details Cost: Free About: Everything you need to know about branding. Contact: businesssheffield@


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Venue: Kollider, Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield S3 8LS Time: 6pm Cost: £10 About: The aim of the Digital Awards is to highlight and reward the best work by Sheffield’s digital companies and individuals over 10 categories. The ceremony takes place on 2 May at Kollider and it will be the first event in what’s shaping up to be an exciting, ambitious new digital hub. Contact: Advanced Manufacturing Park, Brunel Way, Rotherham S60 5WG Time: 12pm-2pm Cost: Free About: Gain valuable advice and information from employment and HR professionals in a relaxed round table format, as well as a chance to share experiences with your peers in various industry sectors. Contact: 0114 303 2300 or


Venue: Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber, Unit 6 Genesis Business Park, Rotherham S60 1DX Time: 9.30am-12.30pm Cost: Free About: This event will give you the change to explore the various services available to your business through your

membership and to meet Chamber staff. Open to nonmembers of the Chamber. Contact:

9TH 4NETWORKING SHEFFIELD EVENING Venue: Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU Time: 6pm-8pm Cost: Free About: The 4Networking Sheffield Evening meeting format includes three guaranteed 10 min 1-2-1 conversations with people you choose unlocking so many great opportunities. Contact:


Venue: Virgin Money, 66 Fargate, Sheffield S1 2HE Time: 4pm-6pm Cost: Free About: The next unLTD business social is an opportunity to benefit from our networks with like-minded companies and hear how our publication showcases the best of business in the Sheffield City Region. The focus of the session will be the Sheffield food scene with Bob Worm of the Sheffield Food Festival. Contact: alexandra@


WOMAN’S BUSINESS NETWORKING Venue: Miller & Carter, 345 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield S11 9PW Time: 9.30am-11.30am Cost: Free About: Women who wish to be both proactive and supportive business networkers, meeting every other week. Contact:

11TH THE ITALIAN CANTEEN SUPPER CLUB Venue: The Mowbray, 118 Mowbray Street, Sheffield S3 8EN Time: 7pm Cost: £25pp About: Cin Cin! Taking inspiration from the great masters of feasting – Italian dining culture is all about togetherness and taking total joy in sharing simple, honest, home cooked food. Contact:




Venue: Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St, Sheffield S1 1WB Time: 9.30am Cost: Participants will be asked to raise a minimum of £100 About: The Archer Project and Bold Adventures team up for a challenge that reaches new heights supporting homeless people. In the heart of the city, the Owen Building provides views across Sheffield city centre for you to enjoy before you abseil. On registering you will receive an information pack, including a medical declaration and your abseil time, and then it is up to you to get fundraising. Contact: Emily Bowes: or via 0114 321 2318

13TH HOW TO SELL FACE TO FACE Venue: Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH Time: Call 0114 224 5000 for more details Cost: Free About: For anyone whose business success depends on selling face to face. Contact: businesssheffield@ or

14TH 15TH GAMES: TOOLS FOR BUSINESSES SPRING NETWORKING EVENT Venue: Jury’s Inn Sheffield Hotel, 119 Eyre Street, Sheffield S1 4QW Time: 8.45am-12pm Cost: Early bird tickets £32, standard tickets £40 About: Attending this brand new Games for Business programme will help individuals work through strategy and grow as strong confident teams all in a creative environment. Contact:


Venue: Doncaster Racecourse, The Grandstand, Leger Way, Doncaster DN2 6BB Time: 8am-9.15am Cost: Members free, Nonmembers £15 + VAT About: Ever wondered how to approach someone who is not looking or behaving as they usually do at work? Can’t understand why someone’s performance has dropped or their personality has changed dramatically? If you recognise any of these situations in your work place, and it is very likely you will, then this event may well be for you. Contact: 01302 640106

Venue: Kollider, Castle House, Angel Street, Sheffield S3 8LS Time: Call 0114 224 5000 for more details Cost: Free About: Business Sheffield is excited to announce its Spring Networking event in the city’s brand new Kollider building with free drink on arrival and bar in the venue. Nibbles provided by Pom Kitchen and Depot Bakery care of the brand new Kommune food hall. Contact: businesssheffield@



Venue: Costco Wholesale Ltd, Unit 8, The Parkway, 1 Parkway Drive, Sheffield S9 4WU Time: 4pm-6pm Cost: Free About: Meet fellow networkers; discuss your business, buy, sell and seek out that all-important collaboration... who knows what surprises the event has in store. Contact:



Venue: Magna, Magna Way, Templeborough S60 1FD Time: 10am-3pm Cost: Free About: South Yorkshire Expo is the region’s premiere business event, and offers the opportunity to connect with more than 600 delegates. It’s a great chance to learn how to best develop your business, with ten free-to-attend seminars on key business topics as well as the chance to meet and network with more than 60 exhibitors. Contact: 0191 511 1467, or via

Venue: Workstation, Sheffield Time: 10am-1pm Cost: £39 About: How to get your business featured by influential media, including TV, radio and print Contact:


Venue: Mercure, Sheffield Parkway, Sheffield, S60 5BD Time: 12pm for 12.45pm until 2.30pm Cost: Free About: The impact of Artificial


Venue: The Old Pavilion Endcliffe Park, Rustlings Road, Sheffield S11 7AB Time: 9.20am for a 9.30am start Cost: Free About: Netwalking kicks off outside the Endcliffe Park Cafe... whatever the weather, muddy boots, well-behaved dogs and baby buggies. all welcome! Format: We all introduce ourselves in one sentence, then we walk, mix and talk through the woods to Forge Dam cafe and back... then have a coffee and more chat afterwards. The aim is for a collaborative, supportive group taking in fresh air and exercise plus maxing sustainable business ideas and opportunities, wellbeing and ethical practices.





Venue: Sheffield United Football Club, The Tony Currie Suite, Sheffield S2 4SU Time: 9.30am- 12.30am Cost: Free About: Building on Sheffield City Partnership’s Framework for an inclusive and sustainable economy, this State of Sheffield event is all about people’s real experiences of life in our city – rather than launching a 2019 report, they will be listening to people from across neighbourhoods and communities talking about what Sheffield is like for them. The series of State of Sheffield reports has become a

Intelligence on businesses. Contact:


Venue: Mercure Sheffield Parkway, Britannia Way, Catcliffe, Sheffield S60 5BD Time: 12pm-2.30pm Cost: Free About: Thinking beyond the initial understanding of A.I. and highlighting ways that this technology can improve a business. Panel: David Richards CEO of WANDisco, Jamie Hinton CEO of Razor Ltd and Simeon Banks, Group


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very useful resource, using a range of data sources and perspectives to pull together an overview of the city and building an evidence base over time. Each year different themes have been explored, with the annual launch event providing a great opportunity for stakeholders to come together to discuss the city’s challenges and opportunities in a variety of areas. But in 2019 the State of Sheffield Summit will bring to life the issues which the reports and discussions have highlighted and fill in the gaps about life in Sheffield which the data alone doesn’t show. Contact:

in a relaxed environment with some tasty food! The curry nights take place every two months. Contact: or visit


Venue: Akbar’s Rotherham, 228 Meadow Bank Road, Rotherham S61 2NF Time: 6pm-9pm Cost: £20 About: This is an informal networking event for local business people to come and meet like-minded individuals

Venue: Peace Gardens, Pinstone Street, Sheffield S1 2HH Time: Begins on Friday, and runs until 6pm on Monday 27th May. Cost: Free to attend About: Join in this tasty celebration of Sheffield’s vibrant food scene across the city centre. There’s an endless number of treats to sample, we recommend

stopping by The Artisan Market to see the local food business from across the area and try their beers, cakes, oils and preserves. Contact:

29TH COFFEE AND NETWORKING Venue: The Robin Hood, Millhouses Lane, Sheffield S7 2HB Time: 10am-12pm Cost: £5 About: Aimed at business owners in the South Yorkshire area and there are no one person per sector restrictions. Contact:


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The modern world calls for a different type of protection against crime

21ST CENTURY CRIME PROTECTION As we all know, the traditional picture of your business being broken into overnight by guys in balaclavas has been changing for a number of years. So what kinds of crime, theft or fraud are most relevant to businesses in the 21st century and how can we protect ourselves? Employee theft/fraud This is something that few of us want to consider or admit to being a problem – however, it is one of the most likely causes of theft within a business. The loss to UK business in 2016 was more than £40m due to employee related fraud and these are only the reported statistics so are likely to be just the tip of the iceberg. Employee fraud can take many forms, from a simple theft of office stationery or


stock, financial fraud within an accounts department, or even within a sales team generating false orders or selling stock off the books. Cyber Crime This doesn’t just mean receiving a virus or malware attack but also more sophisticated social grooming of employees, fake invoices and fake director scams. This is a particular issue for SMEs who don’t have the infrastructure in place to fully protect themselves, and this has also been an issue for a number of my clients in recent years. A particular favourite of the fraudsters is the fake email from a business owner asking someone in the business to set up a new supplier or for money to be transferred to

a fake account. Often within an owner operated business, people don’t ask questions of “the boss” and so simply set up the payment. Another major issue is invoices being intercepted and bank details being changed or a fake email coming from a genuine supplier advising of a change of bank details. If your business loses money in these circumstances there is often very little your bank can do as you have intentionally paid the money over. Once it hits the account in the UK it is immediately transferred offshore with little or no prospect of recovering it. Risk Management This doesn’t have to be complicated and the best way to avoid a problem is to give it some thought and put some

simple procedures in place to mitigate against the risks. One of the most effective strategies is just to ensure that there is verbal confirmation when setting up any new suppliers or if there are any changes of bank details, just to make sure that any written instructions are from the person they are supposed to be from. Most of the kinds of crime highlighted above are not covered by traditional insurance policies – however there are specific Commercial Crime policies that would protect your business in all of these eventualities. Please get in touch if you would like to know more. Sam Leeder ACII Director Actus Insurance


AGENDA “CT has been a trusted long term partner for Pacifica Group. By carrying out the strategic IT review they have created a resillient plan that is easy to maintain, monitor and is completely scalable as our company grows.�

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RAPID GROWTH? TIME FOR A STRATEGIC REVIEW When a firm is facing rapid growth, system reliability is crucial – over to the team at Central Technology to tell us how they helped award-winning Pacifica Group CT began working with Pacifica Group – one of the UK’s leading providers of home services, which includes electrical appliance repair and maintenance, boiler installation, renewable energy and product warranty solutions – in 2007. Employing more than 480 members of staff, Pacifica Group also operates largescale warehousing and distribution centres to support its field based 250-strong engineering workforce with the parts and equipment required for domestic repair and maintenance works which the firm carries out across the country. Pacifica Group’s sophisticated and accurate warehouse management software systems ensure next day delivery and minimal returns, as well as online tracking and time delivery facilities. Because of Pacifica Group’s rapid growth, system reliability is crucial – IT downtime is expensive and potentially damaging to the firm’s reputation for excellence. The firm needed an IT system that would support them in their future goals ensuring a resilient IT system is in place that is easy to maintain, monitor and is importantly scalable. The in-depth strategic review allowed CT to work with Pacifica Group to fully understand its business plans going forward, planned changes and identifying areas in the IT system that required improvement. This allowed CT to produce a review which detailed the



current risks identified and the potential impact to the plans for the future, the review was then used to formulate a road map detailing short, medium- and long-term projects to build the platform required. Due to the bespoke nature of some of the systems used by Pacifica Group, CT worked with Dell to arrange loan hardware to carry out a proof of concept to ensure the investment planned would provide the expected benefits allowing Pacifica Group to be confident they were making the correct investment. The strategic engagement project provided Pacifica

Group with a clear plan and budget and the confidence to know their IT system will support them in providing the excellent level of customer service on which their strong industry reputation is based. Kevin Brown, Group Managing Director of Pacifica Group, said: “CT has been a trusted long term partner for Pacifica Group. By carrying out this review, we have built on this and created a clear plan to build an IT system that is designed to meet our demands over the next five years. “We can be confident that, by carrying out this

exercise, we have pro-actively identified and mitigated potential risks giving us re-assurance in terms of data security and system availability.” More than just an IT provider, at CT we pride ourselves on partnering with our clients, getting to know your business and then devising solutions that perfectly match your needs. If you would like to meet for an informal chat to see how an IT review could help you future proof your business, then please do give one of the team here at CT a ring on 01246 266 130.



A LEAGUE OF Sheffield’s SCX are proving champions of sport stadium engineering. unLTD’s Peter Kay talks Tottenham Hotspur and tennis courts at Wimbledon with chair Simon Eastwood


It’s a question of sport – and ground-breaking engineering. What’s the link between retractable roofs at two Wimbledon tennis courts and the sliding pitch at the new Tottenham Hotspur stadium? When the All England Lawn Tennis Club wanted moving roofs for Centre and No 1 Courts to protect players and spectators from the elements, it turned to a family-run Sheffield company. Likewise, the answers for

Spurs and their ambition of a grass pitch that could be slid under one of the new stands to reveal an artificial surface below – allowing American National Football League games and other events to be staged – could be found with the same firm, SCX Special Projects. It’s the division of the SCX Group that specialises in bespoke engineering methods to address all sorts of tricky mechanical handling problems.



THEIR OWN And it’s not just eye-catching projects for high profile sports stadia. Increasingly, contracts in the nuclear sector, such as specialist cranes to remove and transport nuclear waste, are being handled by the Sheffield experts. Yet the SCX Group, with 175 employees across the board, extends much further. Its growing Street CraneXpress division is the only UK-owned national crane service provider – inspecting,


maintaining, refurbishing, repairing and modernising cranes across the country. Some of its work is also in the nuclear sector. Many companies and organisations no longer have their own maintenance teams, which helps to explain how Street CraneXpress has 650 maintenance contracts across the UK. The firm has four engineers working permanently at JCB, for example.

Other clients include Arconic Forgings, Siemens, Perkins Engines, Hitachi, Toyota Manufacturing and Urenco. Meanwhile, serious investment has been going into a third part of the group, Burnand XH, which is a trade wholesaler of electronic, electrical, electromechanical and pneumatic control components. All three divisions are based on the hillside at Wincobank – Special Projects alongside

Burnand XH in Roman Ridge Road, Street CraneExpress and SCX’s own training academy, in nearby Tyler Street. Inevitably, though, it’s contracts such as Wimbledon and Spurs that attract the most attention – and the company’s reputation for engineering flair and expertise is spreading around the world. No more so than at present. Tottenham played their first Premier League match on the new grass surface at their world


COVER STORY The SCX group was founded in Sheffield in 1972 and consists of three engineering businesses that specialise in lifting, mechanical handling, control and automation solutions. SCX is best known for its iconic concertina roofs at Wimbledon, and its world-first dividing retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur.

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class multi-use 62,000 capacity stadium at the beginning of April and preparations are being made for the first NFL game on the artificial surface. Meanwhile, the 2019 Wimbledon Championships begin on July 1 when the retractable roof for No 1 Court will be in operation for the first time in the tournament. In a neat twist of timing, the introduction of the No 1 Court roof will coincide with the 10th anniversary of the rolling out of the roof SCX designed, engineered and installed for Centre Court. “It was Centre Court that really put us on the map,” says Simon Eastwood, who chairs the SCX Group and its three divisions. “It was saying this is what we have done, this is what we can do and we can clearly do what you want. Our profile improved massively from 2009 and gave us a lot more work.” SCX Special Projects is the only company in UK that has devised a retractable roof that can be operated with people in the stadium. There are only two or three in the world. “I remember sitting at the test event for Centre Court in 2009 and thinking that our


business had achieved this,” says Simon. “From an engineering point of view, we broke it down into all the component parts, we project managed it, got the stuff bought and put it in. When I saw the whole of it, I thought we have done this – an absolute team effort.” There is similar pride in SCX’s role in the spectacular new Spurs stadium. It’s not just the sliding in and out of the grass pitch, but also the task of having to move the surrounds all around the pitch up and down 1.8 metres in line with the artificial surface. “It was the biggest challenge, the fastest project we have delivered and it worked first time.” At both Wimbledon and Spurs, Simon emphasises the importance of SCX’s “world class” electrical control department with its plethora of safety control systems. Another innovation at Tottenham is a world-first system that uses hundreds of lights to promote turf growth – a partnership between the club and companies SGL, Hewitt Sportsturf and SCX. It’s a huge structure that can be rolled out from under a stand to create an optimum growing

environment without damaging the grass surface. So it’s hardly surprising that SCX Special Projects’ services are in demand. “See the enquiry list we are working on!” says Simon. The technology behind the grow lights system could be introduced at four major overseas stadia and, similarly, there is the potential for retractable roofs in three stadia, again overseas, he explains. With tried and tested expertise, and without impacting the home market, Simon is open to exporting the technology and skills that are Made in Sheffield. “All the overseas enquiries are for the technology that we have already done. There is less risk if you have done it before.” He is relaxed about the possibility of any competitor jumping in. They would have to perfect an electrical control system, project management and delivery process that SCX has spent years on, he points out. “If anybody wants to copy that, good luck to them!” Whatever the future in the sports and leisure sector, Special Projects has found a niche in the market for nuclear handling.

It has grown to be a “huge” part of the business. “We are very busy. In fact, we have just picked up a £2.5m nuclear crane order.” A lot of work is in the decommissioning of nuclear power plants, ensuring that waste is removed accurately and safely. Again, the Sheffield company is in a position to press all the right buttons – it has vast experience in installing cranes, its electrical control systems meet the highest safety standards, it has a huge volume of documentation to satisfy clients and nuclear authorities and it has a track record of delivering on its contracts. Of a group turnover last year of about £40m, Special Projects was worth some £28m. Not that Street CraneXpress is in the slow lane. Hopes are high that it will increase its contribution from £7m to £10m over the next year. “It’s growing really well,” says Simon, who is in no doubt as to the main reason. “It’s 100 per cent us. Fantastic customer service. We say ‘yes’. The ethic has always been ‘yes we can’.” One significant area of business is carrying out risk assessments as customers seek




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COVER STORY expert advice in response to changes in health and safety legislation. By law, the crane user is responsible for its safe operation. Heavy investment in IT, creating a virtually paperless system for customers, is also paying dividends for the crane service arm of the group. Similarly, a 12-month programme to deliver a major e-commerce programme for Burnand XH is being rolled out, allowing the company to step up and diversify its operations and to supply the whole country more effectively. The trade wholesaler distributes the products of several brands, although 75 per cent of its business is with Schneider Electric. So it’s a positive picture across the SCX group. “The biggest challenge is people,” says Simon. To address a shortage of skilled engineers, SCX has set up its own Academy for apprentices, providing experience of working across the group in a four year programme that also includes some training at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at Waverley in Rotherham. In general, in-house training is a priority. “The Academy is very successful,” says Simon. “We take at least two people a year and they are really good. You can’t just go and employ qualified engineers. There are not enough of them. You have got to do it yourself. “The AMRC has been a great help. But there are not enough kids going into engineering. That’s the schools’ fault 100 per cent. If young people have decent qualifications, they are encouraged to go to university. They are missing out on so much. It’s a super job and it’s a job for life.” Once engineers have been recruited, it’s all about ensuring they stay, emphasising the team work, making sure there is the potential for progress and offering attractive pay. Flexitime is offered. Essentially, the aim is to show SCX is “a nice place to work with nice people. “Attract the right people and you can continue to grow.” The benefits can spread to


other businesses in the area. “We are the ideal business for Sheffield. We don’t manufacture anything. We have a supply chain of engineers, fabricators and machinists and I’d say 80 per cent of the work we put out goes to the Sheffield region.” It’s a matter of pride for the “Millhouses born and bred” chairman. His father, Keith, started the family business in 1972, focusing initially on crane repairs. Simon took over the day-to-day running in 1987, launching Special Projects five years later. These days Keith has become something of a mentor to his son. “He is still very astute, still going strong at 88, and he still keeps me on my toes! “He’s a sounding board when trying to grow the business, although he never interferes. He always has some sage advice.” The Eastwood family is further represented by Simon’s nephew, James, who is general manager of Street CraneXpress. Simon stepped down last month as managing director of Special Projects, passing the baton to Andy Whitworth who has spent the past 27 years as an integral part of the division. But as chairman he retains the strategic role that has seen the group grow and prosper, securing local, regional and national awards in the process. “Sometimes it’s hard,” he says. “You get the occasional bad job, but then you get the wins. To see the work completed is a huge kick. The new £2.5m nuclear contract has given me a big kick. “I’m really excited about the future. There are bright young people coming thought the business. We are ambitious. But I am not looking to double the size of the business. “Over the last ten years we have grown 10 per cent a year and that is going to continue. “We are looking for nice, steady, managed growth. The business could double but that isn’t the way I personally work. It’s still a family business and it needs to be sustainable as a family business.”



We are the ideal business for Sheffield. We don’t manufacture anything. We have a supply chain of engineers, fabricators and machinists and I’d say 80% of the work we put out goes to the Sheffield region.




It’s not just at Wimbledon and Tottenham where SCX Special Projects have made their mark on the UK sports landscape. Before the contracts for the retractable roofs and pitch in London, the challenge was at Royal Ascot in Berkshire. Access roads were cutting across and damaging the track on which thoroughbred horses and their riders were racing. Infill materials topped with fibre matting at the crossing were causing the horses to break stride as they felt the change in terrain. SCX’s answer was horse racing’s first moveable turf tray. Using hydraulic actuators and electric motors, shock absorbent turf on 200 tonne trays measuring 54m x 4.5m could be rolled into and out of position on steel rails to cover the road crossing within 15 minutes. It mimicked track conditions perfectly, improving the quality and safety of the racetrack without the expensive construction of road bridges or underpasses. Special Projects has just completed a minor


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The weight of each of three pitch-long steel trays from Spurs retractable real grass surface

The amount of electromechanical devices used on Wimbledon’s No.1 Court’s roof

refurbishment at Royal Ascot, reinforcing the evidence that the technology was sound from the start.Ingenuity allied to engineering expertise and experience is the cornerstone of what is the jewel in the crown of the SCX Group. The retractable roof as part of the All England Lawn Tennis Club’s £70m remodelling of No.1 Court and takes its cue from its Centre Court predecessor with a concertina design using a transparent fabric. The roof of the 12,000-plus capacity stadium is stretched between 11 steel trusses, with two main sections that meet in the middle. It can be rolled out or retracted in under eight

minutes, ensuring play on the grass court not only in the event of rain, but also to provide shade for spectators, moving every three games in line with the tracking of the sun. For both courts, SCX Special Projects was responsible for the design and supply of all the mechanical and electrical equipment, and also for the construction of all the components that make up the moving sections of the roof. Around 220 electromechanical devices along with a control system capable of working to accuracies within a millimetre are needed to ensure the roof operates smoothly and quietly.

Much of the preliminary construction, assembly and testing was carried out at the SCX Group’s new Tyler Street facility in Wincobank. At Tottenham’s £850m new home, a retractable real grass surface is split into three pitchlong steel trays, each weighing more than 3,000 tonnes. When the trays slide together, the join is invisible and imperceptible to the players. They can be rolled under the new South Stand to reveal an artificial surface for NFL matches and other events in a process taking about 25 minutes. The Sheffield company worked closely with Populous, the lead architect, to deliver cutting-edge construction techniques, architectural design and engineering. When it comes to bespoke mechanical engineering solutions, SCX Special Project can reflect on an impressive and extremely varied track record. There are the ten cranes for aircraft carriers HMS Queen Elizabeth and HMS Prince of Wales, the radio controlled turning system for Bombardier Aerospace to lift and rotate delicate tail wings, the installation of platform screen doors for the new Crossrail underground line across London, the access system to allow the maintenance, cleaning and lighting of the Gherkin office tower in London, all the lifting equipment for The Sage music centre in Gateshead, the overhead gantry system for the Royal Opera House in London … Closer to home, there was the short-lived National Centre for Popular Music with its four stainless steel clad drums in Sheffield city centre (now Sheffield Hallam Students’ Union). The drums’ roof cowls were designed to rotate to channel the power of the wind to provide an environmentally-friendly and cost effective ventilation system. In an engineering first, the huge structures were not only mobilised but automated to sense the direction of the wind and to be manoeuvred smoothly and silently into position. The NCPM may have fallen short, but not SCX Special Projects.




ONE VISION Over the past 20 years, I’ve worked around the globe and built a reputation for developing business. I’ve been responsible for setting up and leading teams to meet project development needs, to increase performance and the bench strength of the businesses. Always focusing on finance, wealth management and property, I’ve championed forming partnerships with the UK’s most acclaimed developers and delivering developer level investment opportunities to investors. Keystone Property Group was born from my vison to change and innovate the way people invest. By simplifying the property investment process and providing investors with an array of alternative property related investments in addition to the more conventional ‘ownership’ method (which isn’t suitable for all investors), Keystone has delivered an average 20 per cent-plus annualised return for the past three years running. The business’s success is down to the hard-work and talent of Keystone’s team. United by the same vision and motivated to bring that to life, everyone within the group is committed to playing their part. Group Operations Director Wesly Jay has more than 18 years of international consultancy, finance and wealth management experience and a deep understanding of the international property finance investment sector. Wesly has a passion for generating and building wealth through sensible saving and investing. He is bursting with energy, always takes a linear and methodical approach towards his work with the utmost professionalism.


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Our Head of Admin, Chelsea Sadler is an experienced administrative professional graduated from Sheffield Hallam University. Skilled in communication, management, problem solving, and planning, Chelsea helps our investors through the investment process and is key to building and maintaining day-to-day relationships within and outside the business. Joining Keystone as Head of Strategic Partnerships in 2018, Leigh Hyldon brings with him over 20 years of senior management experience. During his career, Leigh has worked across the financial sector with leaders including JP Morgan and Cantor Fitzgerald. Leigh’s focus is on negotiating complex transactions with multiple

parties, and maximising returns. Head of Sales James Harper is based at our Chelmsford office, and is equipped with the critical business thinking required to achieve our targets. Central to driving our sales performance is James’ ability to coach and mentor Keystone’s network of agents and consultants and keep morale at a high. Vincent Ricks, our Sales Manager, has been with Keystone from the very beginning and played a pivotal role. He has a track record of aiding growth, making strategic decisions and positively influencing the top-line. Vincent works tirelessly to ensure that all investment clients are met with exceptional

levels of service in order to build strong, long lasting relationships. Finally, Keystone’s General Manager Jason Holland is responsible for the Group’s day-to-day operations. Jason is a skilled strategic thinker, organiser, communicator, with strong commercial awareness. With our continued growth, Jason is crucial to overseeing business operations to achieve our goals. Assembling a team of dedicated and motivated professionals who take ownership of their roles has led to faster resolutions and producing multiple ideas over a short period of time. More people having an input has allowed Keystone to develop innovative products and solutions that enhance our goal to change investment.



SHEFFIELD’S FOOD SCENE Promoting choice, independent businesses and bringing foodies closer together in social spaces, the rise of the food hall and communal dining is a trend that looks set to continue says Joe Food









I remember attending my first Peddler Market in the summer of 2015, back when it was a far more understated affair taking place on Arundel Street with a handful of local food traders, some live music, and (rough estimate here) a couple of hundred punters milling around a cordoned section of road. Despite the relatively small scale of these early events, it was clear that the organisers were onto something – there was a palatable sense of inclusivity and community lending to a good vibes feel as punters bonded on pavements and long dining tables over the


food and drink on offer. Fast forward four years and Peddler is now nothing short of an institution in Sheffield – a monthly showcase of rotating traders, musicians, clothing, arts and crafts, and much else besides. A busy weekend might see a few thousand pass through the doors at 92 Burton Road, while their spin-off event Veg Out unites the city’s vegan community and shows that eco-conscious, plant-based eating can be just as exciting as a carnivorous diet. The rising popularity of street food traders – now something of a given at events ranging from festivals to

weddings – and the desire for wider choice, casual forms of dining, and new cultural eating experiences has led to the rise of the food hall, naturally taking off first in the capital but quickly spreading its hype to major northern cities. This rise has of course been buoyed by endless social media opportunities to share a variety of exotic or gluttonous dishes on feeds, and if to confirm this, a quick search for the hashtag #foodhall on Instagram will return a total of 110,000 public posts, whereas #streetfood returns a cool six million. That’s a lot of #foodporn to scroll through.

Last year, Sheffield saw the arrival of Cutlery Works, providing 14,000 sq ft of retail space split over two floors and hailed as the north’s largest independent food hall. Situated a stone’s throw from the home of Peddler, the venue has become a popular weekend destination that buzzes with activity right up until its 1am closing time on Fridays and Saturdays. During the week workers in the area can be seen taking a break from the drab surrounds of the office and hosting morning meetings there, showing such social food and drink hubs can help provide a spark of creativity or







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serve as the perfect networking venue. The most recent addition to the local food hall scene, Kommune, has brought excitement to an area of the city centre that has been in need of renovation for some time now. The old Co-op department store in Castle House, closed for over a decade, underwent a £3m revamp and has united independent food traders, retailers, and creatives on the ground floor where you can enjoy a wide variety of world cuisine, purchase a book or zine from La Biblioteka, select a take-home craft beer from Hop Hideout, or browse The Viewing Room art gallery. Upstairs a tech hub will serve as a social working space and an incubator for start-ups, putting faith in the symbiotic relationship between communal dining spaces and local creatives. Food Hall, a relatively older kid on the block, was one of the first city centre spots to combine dining and local community support – with a firmly entrenched ethos centred on the belief that everyone should


have access to fresh food and company. Since opening in 2015, the volunteer-run cafe operate a pay-as-you-feel policy, and as well as providing a welcoming space for social eating – not to mention superb coffee – the organisation actively involves itself in a range of initiatives to promote cohesion and tackle important issues such as homelessness, inequality and exclusion. Since coming under the charge of Events Collective three years ago, Sheffield Food Festival has strived to celebrate the inclusive, wide-ranging dining experience facilitated through the boom in street food events and community-focused food halls. Bringing thousands together through a mutual appreciation of food and drink and providing a vast platform for socialising between friends, family and strangers alike, the aim is ultimately one of using good food to create a closer sense of connectedness between people and the spaces they live in. Read more about the food festival on page 49.

Two pay-as-you-feel community cafés, bistro nights, a Sharehouse Market, a catering and education programme, a popular Green Box scheme…it’s fair to say Food Works Sheffield has crammed a fair amount into its first few years in the city. Established in 2015 as The Real Junk Food Project Sheffield, Food Works evolved as an independent organisation in 2019 and saves a tonne of food per day from being wasted. A non-profit social enterprise, it has a simple, straight forward aim – working to reduce food waste seven days a week. Founder Jo Hercberg explains: “The team feed hundreds of Sheffield people each week with perfectly good food that could have met a – literally – rubbish end, because it’s all before its use-by date and still perfectly edible. “We collect surplus food from local and national retailers all around Sheffield seven days a week. This food is then weighed, sorted and distributed to stop unnecessary food waste from being sent to landfill.” And from a tonne to one (bin) is a pretty impressive stat. “From over a tonne of food a day the only waste Food Works produce is one tiny wheelie bin full that goes to anaerobic digestion,” says Jo. “Fresh ingredients no longer fit for purpose go to Heeley City Farm for pig feed or compost.” Brez Barwise joined the team in 2018 as executive head chef and is a familiar face at Food Works’ bistro nights as well as at Sheffield Soup events, serving up the food between pitches. Most recently Food Works made it on to the national stage as an index nominee on the UK Social Entrepreneur Index and Jo says there’s more to follow this year. “Food Works will register as an independent charity in 2019 and will continue to follow circular economy principles in all that it does. “Look out for big news regarding a long-term venue coming soon and a new visual identity, too!”



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Sheffield Food Festival Ambassadors – with this festival you are really spoiling us! Sheffield Food Festival returns for its ninth year to the city centre in May, a celebration of the city’s vibrant food scene, showcasing great local produce, talented chefs, mouthwatering street food and outstanding brewers and distillers. The city’s largest free to attend event was originally introduced by Sheffield City Council and the University of Sheffield in 2000. Events Collective’s Bob Worm became involved with site production in year two, before taking a step up when Events Collective expanded its role to take on the day-today co-ordination and event management from 2017. For Bob that meant becoming event manager – but he prefers the term ‘ambassador’.


“It’s all about the people that value the festival,” he tells unLTD. “we’re just ambassadors, but it’s the people that value it that are key to its success. “It’s an event that’s by the people, for the people – and that’s the traders, the speakers and the thousands who attend every year to buy and sample the food.” Those attendees have been steadily on the rise, too – from 30,000 to 50,000 – so it’s no surprise that the festival’s size and duration has grown accordingly and big-name sponsors like Just Eat are on board, too. This year the festival’s footprint, which began in the Peace Gardens and the top of Fargate, will be extended to now take over more of Fargate,

with a focus on local produce traders and also embrace the Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall Square, Orchard Square and Pinstone Street. There’s also an extra day, too, as the event will start on the Friday 24 May and runs until Bank Holiday Monday May 27. “We’ll be welcoming new kids on the block like Cutlery Works, as well as well-established previous supporters like Proove and Gravy Train,” said Bob. “There will be lot to choose from when it comes to street food as out-of-towners like Meltworks and Sticky Beaks from the Midlands will be returning and Manchester’s The Ottö-Men. “But, of course, the strong focus as always will be on

local traders and grass roots organisations like Regather cooperative and the opportunity for people to get their hands dirty with homegrown produce and poly tunnels. “Also returning this year will be the chef demos in our Theatre Kitchen marquee which are always a crowd-pleaser, the Eats, Treat and Beats festival village tent, and a variety of guest speakers including Justin Rowntree of the Sweet Spot and a speaker from award-winning Barlow pub Tickled Trout. “There’s loads on offer for children, too, with activities in orchard Square and a link-up with the Festival of Debate, too – we’re always looking for something new to refresh and attract festival goers old and new.”



LOCAL RETAILER BREAKS GROUND ON £6M RELOCATION Work has begun on a multi-million pound relocation for a local motoring group The new site, on Penistone Road, Sheffield, will house multi-award winning local retailer, Stoneacre Motor Group, with an investment of £6m to improve facilities for customers. The group’s new site will feature Volvo’s signature large lounge area, complete with Scandi-style furniture and Swedish cakes and coffee. Large panoramic glass walls will allow customers to see all activity in the new workshops from the comfort of the lounge, where they can enjoy a Swedish “fika” coffee break, or continue working with free Wi-Fi. As well as relocating, the South Yorkshire-based retailer

is also expanding, with a larger showroom, including a greater display of Approved Used Volvo Selekt models on the forecourt and increased customer parking. Stoneacre Motor Group will also be offering the Volvo Personal Service, which means that technicians will liaise with the customer from the point of booking, right through to explaining the services - which the technicians themselves will have carried out. Two Personal Service Technicians work together on each car, reducing waiting times for customers. David Warren, Volvo Franchise Director of Stoneacre

Motor Group, said: “We are delighted work has begun on the new site in Sheffield, not least because this impressive development reflects our commitment to improving customer experiences and efficiency. “This investment isn’t just about a change of furniture, it’s designed to make our customers feel relaxed and at ease in an environment that provides flexible waiting, working and assessment areas. “2019 marks an exciting year for Volvo and Stoneacre, with the launch of the brand new S60 this month completing Volvo’s totally revised model range. After the record-

breaking successes of our new models last year, we felt this was the perfect time to invest in an impressive new showroom and can’t wait for our customers to see the finished product.” Stoneacre Motor Group is a family-run business with over 25 years of motor sales experience. Established in Scunthorpe in 1994, the group is responsible for 10 per cent of Volvo registrations through eight retail outlets, making it the largest Volvo retailer group in the UK. For further information about Stoneacre Motor Group, Sheffield, please visit

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CHARITIES Our round-up of some of the great work charities are doing in the city business region – and the companies that are doing their bit to support them

NOCTURNAL FUNDRAISERS TAKE NEW ROUTE IN THEIR STRIDE The Night Strider is back for a fifth year of colour, fun and fantastic fundraising on the streets of Sheffield. And to celebrate its fifth anniversary, the popular St Luke’s Hospice annual nocturnal half marathon and 10k walking challenge – sponsored by Pricecheck and Gripple – is launching a new route and attractions. The autumn charity spectacular on October 5 aims to raise more than £120,000 towards patient care at Sheffield’s only hospice. St Luke’s events coordinator Rachel Spofforth said: “With a new route to enjoy, we are confident this year’s participants will enjoy striding together more than ever before, knowing that with every step they will be helping us raise the vital funds.”

‘Good Things’ for foundation after award nominations Good Things Foundation, the UK’s leading social change charity, has been nominated twice at the Digital Leaders 100 awards. The Sheffield-based charity has been nominated

for two collaborative projects – working with Leeds City Council, to deliver an ambitious city-wide digital inclusion project, and HM Courts and Tribunals Service, to support digitally excluded

people to access their services. Good Things Foundation chief executive Helen Milner OBE said: “It’s great to be nominated for an award, but it’s an incredible feeling to be nominated for two.

“These nominations are proof that you don’t have to be based in London to be a successful charity, there is a wealth of talent, passion and compassion here in Sheffield, Yorkshire and the surrounding area.”

CALL FOR SME SUPPORT FOR EX-FORCES TALENT Sheffield-based ExForcesNet is supporting Small to Medium Enterprises (SMEs) and public sector organisations in leveraging the talents of ex-Service men and women. The web-based platform for those leaving the Armed Services aims to support in the transition and ongoing life as a veteran and has authored a Charter called Forces4Change aimed at encouraging businesses to appreciate the service and talents of the ex-Forces community.


SUE HARRIMAN, CEO OF SOLENT NHS TRUST SIGNS THE CHARTER WITH EXFORCESNET FOUNDER TIM JONES The Charter is underpinned with training for staff and managers who have no knowledge of veterans and

want to be able to support and exploit their great skills. Founder Tim Jones said: “We believe passionately our

ex-service men and women bring to the market some truly high value transferable skills – self-discipline, self-motivation, task orientation, commitment, loyalty, integrity, problem solving, leadership to name but a few – but they struggle to communicate this when addressing the job market.” The Charter was launched at the Headquarters of Solent NHS Trust, a flagship signatory. Several Sheffield companies have already signed the Charter, ahead of an official celebratory event at the Town Hall in June.




YOUR PITCH Clare Froggatt set up Make A Brew Blended Marketing and Branding to help businesses develop their identities and share their stories. She tells us how her ‘dream job’ is helping businesses take their branding ‘beyond the logo’

MAKE A BREW BLENDED MARKETING AND BRANDING Tell us about your business – sell yourself! My dream job has always been to make a living by creating ideas and that’s what I’m hoping to do with Make A Brew – with a blend of marketing and branding to help businesses get their stories out there. I have 22-plus years’ experience from being a professional graphic designer at previous companies, including at director level, and owning my own design agency. I was also marketing development manager on a large European project and have worked in the private sector and the public sector, from breweries to the NHS. A lot of clients say ‘I work in a boring sector’ but I look at it from a different perspective. It’s all about asking them the right questions to get the right stories from them – which aren’t boring at all! – and then get the right message out there for them that people will want to read. People are often stuck for ideas because they’re working IN the business and ON the business. They’re focusing, understandably, on things like finance and HR and marketing ends up falling through the gaps. What gave you the idea for your business? I wanted to put my 22-plus years’ experience and industry knowledge I’ve gained into concentrating on branding for smaller businesses, helping them to take their brand




identity beyond the logo. We live in a social and digital world these days and digital marketing has grown with that – ten or 15 years ago we didn’t have half the resources available that we do today. With me, I like to think clients are getting someone who is experienced, personable and who genuinely cares about them, who actually listens and hears what they are looking for and I think I can add great value. Who are your customers and how are you targeting them? SMEs, small businesses, startups and sole traders and with lots of networking – I’ve been connecting with people I’ve not seen for sometimes up to ten years. It’s mainly Sheffield City Region businesses at the moment – giving myself a

I wanted to put my 22-plus years’ experience and industry knowledge I’ve gained into concentrating on branding for smaller businesses

name like Make a Brew does quite firmly plant me in the north with a love of the hot beverage! But all those different types of business will need an individual approach which is where the ‘blend’ comes in – a ‘pick and mix’ type of approach where I can tailor what I offer so that it is exactly right for the client. A small business might not have the resources for a marketing manager, but I can come in on a fixed-term project by project basis that helps take them to the next level in social media management or branding. How can people get in touch with you? Tel: 0798 994 3339 Email: LinkedIn: clarefroggatt Twitter: @claremakeabrew







ACTIVE TRAVEL Britain’s most successful female Paralympian Dame Sarah Storey is Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayor Dan Jarvis’s Active Travel Commissioner. Jill Theobald attended her appointment event to find out why’s SCR’s active travel agenda is ‘NOT a PR exercise’ – but instead all about sustainable travel and REAL exercise





“Mayor Dan Jarvis tasked us with gathering evidence about active travel so Sheffield City Region could hit the ground running. “Or walking. Or cycling. Or taking the bus!” When it comes to introducing an article about Dame Sarah Storey becoming Sheffield City Region (SCR)’s Active Travel Commissioner, it is fitting to kick off with Prof Steve Haake’s above comment. For the Professor of Sports Engineering at Sheffield Hallam University (SHU) introduced both the SCR Mayor Dan Jarvis and Dame Sarah Storey herself at her appointment event, following that very quip about SHU and the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre’s involvement. But he quickly followed up the light-hearted comment with some pretty serious stats. “I was both astonished and intrigued by information the region gave us about inactivity in this region including that 25-30 per cent are physically active for less than 30 minutes per week,” said Prof Haake.


“That’s four and a half minutes a day! “Given the expansion of road and car usage over the next five to ten years, that is not a sustainable lifestyle.” And Mayor Jarvis was just as keen to stress the importance at the event, too, telling guests: “Active transport is absolutely central to my Mayoral agenda. I am personally committed to this. This is not simply going through the motions, it is not a PR exercise – we want to deliver transformative change.” Across the Pennines, Olympic cycling champion Chris Boardman joined Greater Manchester’s mayor Andy Burnham earlier this year in asking the government to invest in a national cycling and walking network and is on a mission to improving transport options for all. Major Jarvis returned inspired from a trip to the city, saying he was “incredibly impressed by what Chris and Andy were doing in Manchester and I want us to do something similarly ambitious here in the SCR.


Sarah joins us at an exciting time and will play a crucial role in helping us to make sure that active travel remains an absolute priority

“To do that, we have recruited an outstanding person as our Active Travel Commissioner.” Introducing Dame Storey as “a hugely respected and influential figure”, “an exceptional, inspirational and passionate individual” and “a fantastic signing”, Mayor Jarvis said: “Sarah joins us at an exciting time and will play a crucial role in helping us to make sure that active travel remains an absolute priority as we make our region’s transport network fit for the 21st century.” Dame Storey was a swimmer at four Paralympic Games before switching to cycling in 2005, and during her career trained and competed at Ponds Forge. Since switching to cycling, she’s added to her five swimming gold medals with a further nine cycling golds at the Paralympics of 2008, 2012 and 2016. She has also competed against able-bodied athletes riding for England at the Commonwealth Games and won medals at UCI Track Cycling World Cup meetings with the able-bodied squad.



Active transport is absolutely central to my Mayoral agenda. I am personally committed to this Her Active Travel Commissioner role will involve championing active travel and working alongside Mayor Jarvis to create a region in which more people travel on foot, by bike or by public transport. She will also work with organisations including local authorities, the Passenger Transport Executive, community groups and public health professionals, as well as with the Government. Dame Storey said: “I’m proud and excited to be the first Active Travel Commissioner for the Sheffield City Region. I believe active travel is a less stressful way of moving about and helps to create the foundation of a happier workforce and a happier population. “For me, this is utilising that profile of elite sport to benefit the wider population and communities – we can all be more active if we have the right facilities and an environment that encourages that. “Not everyone is going to be an elite athlete, but we can all enjoy being more active. I’m looking forward to seeing


how, together, we can make real changes to the way people travel in the Sheffield City Region.” One person who is already anticipating those changes is Russell Cutts from Russell’s Bicycle Shed which has sites at Sheffield and Nottingham rail stations as well as Kelham Island – and is exploring securing funding to build a cycle hub at Meadhowhall. Russell, who brought along various fold-up and e-bikes to Dame Storey’s appointment event, told unLTD: “I understand why people who live in particularly hilly areas like Crookes or Walkley may not want to ride a bike. All I can say is I’ve ridden a single gear bike around Sheffield and even I appreciate an e-bike like the Rayleigh Motus! “Our target group is twocar families with a bit of a disposable income – they could get rid of the second car and comfortably buy a Motus at £1,700 and have change left. “The more they are seen in Sheffield, the more people will want to ride them.”

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GOT YOUR BACK! Andrew Brown and Stephen Delaney set up design and marketing agency ‘the Backroom’ after becoming disillusioned with how some agencies tend to focus on working 'for' and not 'with' their clients. unLTD’s Jill Theobald finds out why starting out on their own was ‘the best thing’ the design duo ever did Andrew Brown tells me he wants the Backroom, the agency he co-founded with Stephen Delaney in 2016, to work in partnership with clients as an extension of their team delivering powerful, creative communications. And he clearly walks the walk as well as talking the talk – as he goes on to describe his business: “We are the beating hub. Hidden away in the background, fuelling the resource needed to help you stand out from the crowd. “Think of the Backroom as an extension to your marketing department – the string to your


bow or the lid to your pot.” Both Sheffield born and bred, Andrew and Stephen studied several years apart at Norton College, the renowned centre of excellence for Graphic Design at the time, and met while working for the same design agency years later. “We have a combined 35 years of industry experience behind us, working with top B2C, B2B and B2B2C brands,” says Andrew. “But we slowly became disillusioned with how agencies tend to focus on working ‘for’ and not 'with' their clients. The Backroom was set up to deliver marketing and

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design for clients in a different way – one which the client felt part of. “Having spent years working through the night, burning the midnight oil on deadlines and last-minute creative pitch parades, we wanted to create something different. We took the decision to ‘ditch the pitch’ and focus our energy on regional companies who want to work with us rather than vice-versa. “Obviously forming relationships with clients takes time, but understanding their ambitions and the issues they face is crucial before we put



pen to paper – ensuring every project is approached with fresh eyes. “Working for ourselves is honestly the best thing we’ve ever done. Setting out on your own isn’t easy, but the rewards are far greater. Working 9 to 5 in the office doesn’t seem relevant any more. Of course, we have to ensure commitment and output remain at the highest levels, but building a flexible working environment which allows us to balance our career with family life, wherever we may be, has made us feel more motivated and, most importantly, less stressed.


“Making people feel comfortable as soon as they walk through the door is hugely important to us. We like to greet people in the cafe downstairs at our HQ in Kelham Island which has a great relaxed atmosphere. It’s the perfect way to get under the skin of a potential client or discuss a brief with an existing one. “By collaborating with a select bunch of other talented designers, animators, photographers, copywriters and web developers, we apply a refreshingly different approach across all communication

channels – above, below and beyond the line, allowing our clients to confidently place all their projects with us under one roof. We have the tools and resource to respond quickly to hugely diverse challenges, across a whole host of sectors. Those clients include Sheffield City Region – working with them to deliver last year’s MIPIM event in Cannes – as well as Sheffield Business Park, Chimo Holdings, Leeds-based A W Hainsworth, and national brands New Nordic and Roadchef. “We know how important it is to get creative right, to deliver

on time and on budget, and we always receive great feedback from our collaborators and clients,” said Andrew. “Some of our clients have been working with us for over ten years and everybody that has been to visit keeps coming back, so hopefully that says something!” The Backroom Agency Unit 10, 20-22 Burton Road, Sheffield S3 8BX 0114 262 1020 Twitter @hellobackroom Facebook @backroomagency Instagram: @backroomagency


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A HOME FOR TECH BUSINESSES A taste of the Cooper Sessions at Sheffield Technology Parks – a series of bespoke talks for small businesses and entrepreneurs who want to take their business to the next level Sheffield Technology Parks is the city’s not-for-profit managed workspace for digital businesses. Our mission is to help make Sheffield the best place to start and scale up your tech-based business. That means we: • provide support for prestarts and start-ups • offer a fantastic environment for established businesses to grow • help the local and regional digital ecosystem to thrive Many of our services are free to support our mission. All of our services are best value and independent to help digital and tech-based businesses get off the ground and thrive. You could… • apply for our free, six-month start-up package, the Cooper Project, offering coworking, mentoring and workshops for tech-based start-ups • use our Coworking Lounge on a pay-per-day, or monthly contract • hire one of our affordable meeting rooms with free refreshments • become part of the STP family, hiring a private office from three months to two years whilst we support you to expand and grow • join in one of our free workshops and events with business experts and successful entrepreneurs • attend ‘The Platform’, our free sector networking event which happens several times a year with average audiences of 80 and the chance to pitch your business The past 18 months have seen significant additional investment in our business incubation and community support activities. Not just investment in facilities, but also in resources, expertise, networking opportunities and marketing to help our occupiers



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THIRD SPACE The DL Company’s MD Daniel Lowe tells unLTD creating Third space can help ditch ‘desk fatigue’ and instead create a relaxed, modern and contemporary environment for employees...




The notion of Third space is based on the idea that our first space is home and our second space is work. Creating a hybrid between these two dichotomies can motivate employees and revitalise work environments. Third space amalgamates these two habitats, fashioning an environment that is more formal than home but less formal than the typical workplace environment. Banish the formal furniture to create inviting meeting rooms


and you have Third space. Functionality should also be considered such as space for desktops and portals. This can breathe a new lease of life into traditional work environments and is becoming increasing popular as employees expect more creative, flexible and dynamic environments. Daniel Lowe, Managing Director of The DL Company, said: “It’s all about creating a relaxed social work space where people can have conversations away from their desk.

“In this digital age, and with Sheffield being a digital city, people want something new and Third space is definitely becoming more in demand. “Third space is making the workspace more accessible and enjoyable for everyone, without the needs for walls, lighting, air conditioning and ventilation changes “Younger generations certainly like it because it is all about boosting interaction and making the office space modern.

“It’s not appropriate for all meetings. A disciplinary or a human resources meeting should be held in a traditional meeting room. “However, Third space is multifunctional and well received by employees.” Third space can be moulded to suit an individual company’s needs, as well as providing colourful and creative pieces to impress clients and employees alike. First it can provide a setting for an impromptu meeting in a



relaxed environment. Alternatively, Third space can be used to combat ‘desk fatigue,’ creating an alternative space for independent work. Third space allows coworkers to interact informally about their projects, which can encourage better communication. All these uses make Third space an obvious option for companies looking to inspire their workforce, boost productivity, and motivate their team.


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A Q&A WITH WESTON PARK CANCER CENTRE Sarah Danson, Consultant Oncologist at Weston Park Hospital and Professor of Medical Oncology at the University of Sheffield, tells unLTD about the internationally renowned research at Weston Park Cancer Centre and the potentially lifesaving impact a clinical trial can have for patients facing a cancer diagnosis What exactly is a clinical trial? It is medical research involving people whether that’s patients, carers or healthy volunteers. We have interventional clinical trials in which we try new treatments in a monitored and safe way. The main phases are: • Phase 1 – drugs are first being tested, the dose increased carefully, and the main aim is learning about possible side-effects • Phase 2 – studying more about side-effects and start to get an idea about how good the treatment is • Phase 3 – comparing the new treatment against the standard treatment All phases are important, and we often ask for samples or extra scans so we can learn as much about the new treatment as possible. Who can participate? Each trial is different and has different ‘eligibility criteria’ which must be met. What does a clinical trial mean for people? What are the benefits? People go on clinical trials for a variety of reasons – they might benefit by gaining an extra treatment option or earlier access to a treatment, or they could gather information to care for others. Do patients on clinical trials do better than those not in clinical trials? Evidence shows a strong association between


currently leading the national DANTE clinical trial looking at the best length of time for immunotherapy treatments in advanced melanoma, the most aggressive skin cancer. We are also part of the National Institute for Health Research and an Experimental Cancer Medicine Centre which means we are part of a national network of 18 centres, allowing better access for patients to phase 1 and 2 clinical trials, as well as contributing to research nationally.

survival and participation in interventional clinical studies for cancer patients in research active hospitals. This improvement predates and increases with the level and years of sustained participation. What would you say to encourage someone to consider participating in a clinical trial? People need to know exactly what the trial would involve, including treatment, investigations and visits, why this would be a good option for them, and the alternative standard treatment. Some

people know they want to take part, others need to think about it and discuss it with family and friends. We always put them in touch with a research nurse for any followup questions, too.

How has Weston Park Cancer Charity supported your work? The Cancer Clinical Trials Centre and the specialist treatment suite were built using charitable funds from Weston Park Cancer Charity. They help to fund more research nurses, data managers, laboratory support and pharmacy hours to support our work. I have also received grants to conduct research into skin and eye melanomas, to buy a new laboratory machine, and test a new class of cancer drugs.

What impact do the clinical trials in Sheffield have on the wider research network? Most of our trials are run nationally, and a significant number internationally, so we are contributing to the assessment of new treatments in the UK and worldwide. Trials have been led from Sheffield, some using Sheffield science. I am

What are your hopes for the future? Short term – I would like a clinical trial available for every cancer patient so we learn more about cancer and its treatments in the shortest possible time. In the long term – every cancer researcher hopes to cure cancer and I see no reason to wish for anything less!



WORKFORCE the next generation Looking to build a workforce fit for the future? unLTD’s Jill Theobald meets Barnsley College’s enterprise team leader Gareth Stewart to find out why student industry placements are a ‘two-way street’ of growth and development for Sheffield City Region employers It’s fair to say when it comes to further education and workforce development, Barnsley College has a fair few accolades and achievements to its name. Crowned the Outstanding BTEC Apprenticeship Provider of the Year 2017 at the national BTEC Awards, ranked in the top five in the country by NICDEX – an annual league table of more than 200 colleges published by FE Week – and not to mention, top college in Yorkshire for learner satisfaction in a recent national government survey. But the college, attended by more than 10,000 students, is also running two important programmes that could help businesses across the Sheffield City Region with their own growth, development – and perhaps even land a few accolades of their own as a result. The college’s Enterprise Team Leader Gareth Stewart explains: “My role at Barnsley College is two-fold. As enterprise team leader I’m there engaging with students wanting to start their own business and helping them develop their employability skills, as well as bringing in businesses who can help with that via guest speaker slots, workshops and work placements.


“We also run two programmes – one is the College Enrichment Programme to help students develop more ‘worldly wise’ qualities on an individual level on issues they might face like mental health or healthy relationships. “The second hat I wear is with the Industrial Placements Team and the work placement programme through that. There’s a huge change coming in further education with the introduction of T Levels in 2020 and that will really shake up work placements. “That’s because every vocational qualification at level 3 will have to undertake an industrial placement relevant to their course. Where previously you could spend two weeks in a sector just to gain an understanding of the world of work, for T levels you will have to spend 45 days or 315 hours over a year or two years – and in a sector relevant to your course. “Our central coordination team has been busy already building positive links with businesses across a variety of sectors in Sheffield City Region and beyond. So our Animal Management students might be placed with farms, wildlife trusts, vets and pet shops, Business students with

Our central coordination team has been busy already building positive links with businesses across a variety of sectors in Sheffield City Region and beyond

accountancy firms, and Sports, Travel and Tourism students are working with after school clubs and sports academies, hotels and travel agents. “Where we have more of a task is often finding placements with those in the construction and engineering sectors where it can be trickier to facilitate on-site roles as opposed to office-based ones. “Now we want to reach even more employers in the run-up to the launch of T Levels because there is a resource here for them – hundreds, perhaps thousands, of students needing an industrial work placement in their specific sector. “The work placement opportunity will help shape each student’s perceptions of what it’s like to work in your industry and give them handson experience within the work place. “Students will need to be flexible about their expectations – not everyone wanting to be a flight attendant will be straight on a jumbo jet! – but we may be able to work with a hotel, for example. In fact, we do often point out that planes are effectively hotels in the sky! “And it is very much a twoway street. Not only do we




offer free meeting room hire space and discounted gym and facilities access to businesses providing industry placements or becoming guest speakers, but most employers realise that by helping young people they are helping themselves and their businesses.


“That might be because someone who joins on an industry placement goes on to an apprenticeship or really impresses them and they land a job. “This is the potential workforce of the future and they may well also be able to introduce new ideas, energy and

perspective into your workforce. Our media students, for example, are skilled in areas like graphic design, photography and digital which means wellestablished businesses will be able to benefit from their up-todate knowledge and industry know-how. “And that’s not the only benefit to the business – others include enhancing your brand image and reputation, developing supervisory skills

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DOPAMINE DISCO Simon Brown tells unLTD how his Parkinson’s Disease diagnosis inspired him to start Dopamine Disco – a project to help people with health issues ‘jump up and down like an eight-year-old’ and ‘enjoy the benefits of music and dance’ I was inspired to start my project by... My diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease. Parkinson’s leads to a lack of dopamine which can really make you lose enthusiasm for things you used to enjoy and that can be a lonely place. After being diagnosed I spent three years in deep contemplation, therapy sessions, reading books and watching motivational YouTube content and I wanted to help other people going through something similar and share my story. Over the years I’ve easily racked up thousands of hours of dancefloor participation in clubs in Berlin, Paris, Barcelona, and London, and dancing is a recognised therapy for all aspects of Parkinson’s Disease. But I’m too old to go to clubs and I don’t fancy doing the rumba in a community centre every other Tuesday. I’m a dad, I’ve got a job, grown-up responsibilities, but still want to get that feeling from dance where you want to jump up and down like an eight-year-old! So I want to start a dance craze, accessible to people with health issues, that offers a few hours of forgetting about everything and getting lost in the groove.


The three words that best describe my project are… Unique, connective, and – hopefully eventually – global! Sheffield City Region is a great place to start a project because… Sheffield is the friendliest city, the greenest, the most active –



managing a design company at the time and was very much focused on the management side of the job. He told me: ‘Don’t give up on your creativity.’ The worst advice I ever got was… Someone who shall remain unnamed who told me not to tell my employers about my Parkinson’s diagnosis. The swine! I think he thought they wouldn’t be supportive, so I kept it a secret for two years and that put even more pressure on me when I did eventually come out about my condition. Oh, and my employers were supersupportive! The organisations that have supported me and my project include… • Sheffield Soup. • Yellow Arch Studios. • Reach Your Peak. •


and has the student retention rates to reflect all of that. I’ve always believed in the People’s Republic of South Yorkshire – it feels like it’s full of good people who want to do good things. Sheffield Soup, for example, invited me to pitch at their recent event and that was scary! But they really held my hand, helped me clarify the idea of Dopamine Disco and I got to showcase

the project to a lot of people. I’m in talks now with Yellow Arch studios as possible venues for Dopamine Disco and they will be helping with coordinating security and accessibility for the events. The best advice I ever got was… From Richard Johnson, the former manager of Sheffield Children’s Festival. I was

The main challenges facing my project are… The perception of what ‘going out’ and ‘socialising’ is. Challenging the idea that you have to have a few pints or be really drunk to enjoy live music or going out for a dance. This is a new way of socialising and experiencing the benefits of music and dance. In 5 years’ time I expect my project to… Hopefully be global! I’d like to livestream Dopamine Disco so that people can be part of it all over the world first off and then see others take the idea and create their own events so there’s 50 Dopamine Discos taking place across the world.



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Steven Cotton of Grow UK tells us about giving unemployed young people access to CV workshops, skills development and the ‘glam side of work experience’


Tell us about your business – sell yourself! Grow UK is a youth employment charity working with people aged between 16 and 24 who face barriers to employment. That might mean they lack confidence, or lack qualifications, are struggling with mental health problems or may have a criminal record all of which makes job applications a little trickier. We work with them for an eight-week period, three afternoons a week including a group session where we focus on social and emotional sides of work like confidence and motivation and how to present yourself – the stuff that underpins the ‘hard’ side of work. We also have one-to-ones where we go through what has caused them to be out of work and how we can overcome that. We partner with Holly Hagg,


a not-for-profit community farm with alpacas – it’s a beautiful peaceful space and offers a therapeutic work experience where the trainees can get out of the city, get their hands in the earth, breathe fresh air and be amongst trees and nature. It also means they can put into practice the skills they’ve been learning like teamwork. The farm is a lot of fun for the young people – although they do joke about the glam jobs like picking up alpaca poo! But we then point out that there’ll be elements of any job that you don’t like and it’s all about motivating yourself. What gave you the idea for your business? I studied management at the University of Sheffield and then went into recruitment. I enjoyed the supporting and

helping people and realised that my approach was more like a coach – I liked working with new graduates or people who were looking at getting new skills. It’s a bit boring finding people qualified for the job and slotting them in to the role but that’s the side of recruitment that makes the money. My boss used to say I wasn’t cut out for the job because I wanted to spend time with the people who weren’t going to make him any money! Then I worked for an employment charity in London and loved it. That was the lightbulb moment, I thought ‘This is what I want to do with my time’. My wife was expecting our first child and I decided to take what I’d learned in London and add it to the mix with a similar venture in Sheffield.

Who is your audience and how are you targeting them? Our trainees are all young people with barriers to employment like struggling in mainstream education who aren’t ready for an apprenticeship or traineeship but need some support as they make the transition into adulthood and the world of work. We work with referrers in the city, as well as Job Centre Plus, the Youth Justice Team and the Community Youth Team. We’ve also worked with charities including Roundabout and Golddigger Trust. How can people get in touch with you? Email: Instagram: @grow_uk Facebook: Twitter: @grow_sheffield



FRIDAY SWEETTREATS After the long work week, sometimes the best way to celebrate Friday is with a sweet treat. We’ve put together a guide of the most scrumptious puddings and sugary snacks out there, so you can bounce straight off the walls – and right into the weekend 74




The Cabin Address: 20-24 Fitzwilliam Gate, Sheffield S1 4JH Opening Times: Mon: 10am-5pm Tues-Fri: 8am-5pm Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 10am-4pm Social Media: Facebook & Instagram: @thecabinsheffield Twitter: @cabinsheffield About: Whether it’s breakfast, lunch, dinner or dessert, there’s never a bad time to opt for some fluffy pancakes and a drizzling of maple syrup. Better yet, The Cabin offer much more than just the bog-standard options, including a soothing Spiced Apple special. If you’re feeling brave, you might even decide to take on the mighty Pikes Peak challenge, with a mountainous 12-pancake stack. Cocoa Wonderland Address: 462 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PX Opening Times: Mon: 12am-5pm Tues-Sat: 10am-5:30pm Sun: Closed Social Media: Facebook: @cocoachocolatewonderland Twitter: @Cocoawonderland Instagram: @cocoa_wonderland About: Unleash your inner chocoholic by making a stop at this enticing Ecclesall


Road emporium. There are decadent fudge cakes, handcrafted truffles, traditional sweets and possibly the thickest hot chocolate you’ve ever experienced. There’s even an opportunity to take part in a chocolate workshop, so you can learn how to make your own cocoa creations. Steam Yard Address: Unit 1-2, 97 Aberdeen Court, 95-101 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GE Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 9am-5pm Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @Steamyard About: This popular Division Street hideaway is renowned in Sheffield for its fabulous selection of cronuts, cruffins and doughnuts – including unLTD’s personal favourite, the tantalising Lemon Meringue. Of course, we can’t forget the S’Mores grilled doughnut complete with naughty Nutella and mouth-watering marshmallows. Eve Kitchen Address: 380 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZP Opening Times: Tues-Sat: 10am-4pm Mon & Sun: Closed Social Media: Facebook & Instagram:

Twitter: @eve_kitchen About: Eve’s handmade doughnut café is a small paradise down Sharrow Vale Road. Each creation is exceptionally fluffy and lovingly crafted with fresh ingredients for maximum flavour. Eve prefers to use mostly seasonal ingredients, meaning there is always a new delight to sample each time you visit. Birdhouse Tea Company Address: Alsop Fields, Sidney Street, Sheffield S1 4RG Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 8am-10pm Sun: 10am-6pm Social Media: Facebook & Instagram: @birdhouseteacompany Twitter: @birdhouseteaco About: Birdhouse offer not only a huge range of delicious treats (a trip isn’t complete without a bite of their impossibly-moist vegan brownies), but also a wide-array of fragrant tea blends for a guilt-free treat. Get a taste of the Peak District with a cup of chocolatey Muddy Boots, or take a nostalgia trip with the Parma Violet blend. Lucky Fox Address: 72 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GF Opening Times: Mon-Fri: 11am-9pm Sat: 10am-9pm Sun: 11am-4pm

Social Media: Facebook & Instagram: @luckyfoxsheff Twitter: @LUCKYFOXsheff About: Lucky Fox are mostly known for their succulent fried chicken, but this Division Street American food bar should also be on your radar when it comes to sugar cravings. They serve fantastic French Toast with a mountain of whipped creams and strawberries, as well as gigantic ‘freakshakes’ finished with an entire doughnut. Oisoi Address: Unit 2, 2 St Paul’s Place, Sheffield S1 2FJ Opening Times: Mon-Thurs: 12am-10pm Fri & Sat: 11:30am-11:30pm Sun: 12am-9pm Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @OisoiFood About: Oisoi is one of the finest contemporary dining experiences that Sheffield City Centre has to offer, serving ‘Oriental Fusion’ style food. The restaurant puts the same level of finesse into their freshly prepared artisan patisseries, which are not to be missed. Their most striking offering is the vibrant Matcha Cheesecake, made with world famous Japanese Kyoto Ujipowder.



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Cutlery Works Address: 73-101 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield S3 8AT Opening Times: Mon & Tues: Closed Wed: 9am-12am Thurs & Fri: 9am-1am Saturday: 9am-12am Sunday: 9am-10pm Social Media: Facebook: @cutleryworksheffield Twitter & Instagram: @cutleryworks About: It should come as no surprise that the biggest food hall in the North of England has something for the sweet tooth. Elly Joy serves beautiful ‘froconut’ ice creams that are both vegan and gluten free, while at Bullion you can take home a bar of award-winning chocolate made direct from bean to bar to ensure a complex flavour. Our Cow Molly Address: Cliffe House Farm Hill Top Road Dungworth, Sheffield S6 6GW Opening Times: Mon, Tues & Thurs: Closed Wed, Fri, Sat & Sun: 11am-5pm Social Media: Facebook: @visitourcowmolly Twitter: @OurCowMolly About: It’s a bit of journey to get to the Our Cow Molly shop, found in the small village of Dungworth on the edge of Sheffield, but its worth the trip to go to the homeplace


of Sheffield’s finest ice cream brand. Although you can buy Our Cow Molly from retailers across the Steel City, many of the best flavours are only available from the shop itself, like Jam Roly Poly, Snickers and even Cherry Coke.

what Marmadukes specialise in. They use only free-range Burford Brown eggs, they make their own jams, and use only butter, milk and cream from Our Cow Molly. That’s why their simplistic yet elegant cakes are always worth coming back to.

Rassam’s Creamery Address: 33 London Road, Sheffield S2 4LA Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 11am-11pm Social Media: Facebook: @Rassams creamery 1 Twitter: @Rassams2012 Instagram: @rassams1 About: Sheffield’s biggest dessert restaurant has something for everyone, from loaded pancakes, to red velvet waffles and even luxurious sundaes. Rassams offers delivery across the city, too, so you can enjoy delicious treats without even stepping out of the office.

Kuckoos Address: Leopold Square, 7a Leopold Street, Sheffield S1 2GY Opening Times: Mon-Wed: 6pm-12am Thurs: 6pm-1am Fri & Sat: 5pm-2am Sun: 6pm-12am Social Media: Facebook: @KuckooSheffield Twitter: @KuckooRocks About: Can’t decide whether you need a strong drink or a sugar fix? This rock and roll cocktail bar knows how to tick all the boxes. unLTD recommend the Wham Bar Sling, made of raspberry vodka, framboise and passion fruit. The Ten Dollar Shake, made with strawberry Nesquik and topped with a Krispy Kreme donut, is another favourite.

Marmadukes Address: 22 Norfolk Row, Sheffield S1 2PA Opening Times: Mon-Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 10am-4pm Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @marmadukescafe About: Using local ingredients can make all the difference when it comes to achieving that perfect bake, and that is exactly

Forge Bakehouse Address: 302 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FL Opening Times: Mon: Closed Tues-Fri: 8.30am-5pm Sat: 9am-5pm Sun: 9am-3pm

Social Media: Facebook, Twitter & Instagram: @ForgeBakehouse About: Forge Bakehouse’s expert bakers believe that bread should be simple and satisfying. They slowly ferment all of their pastries over several days before delicately assembling with care and attention, using jams and fillings made from scratch using ingredients bought from local markets. You won’t be disappointed. Coco Cereal Café Address: 39 Charles Street, Sheffield S1 2HU Opening Times: Mon-Sun: 8am-11pm Social Media: Facebook & Instagram @cococerealcafé Twitter @cococerealcafe1 About: Craving some Corn Flakes at 10pm? In the mood for a bowl of Breakfast Buddy Magic Crunch? Fancy some Fruit Loops? Want to just chuck everything together for a sugar overload? With more than 80 different cereals to choose from, the possibilities for latenight breakfast combinations are literally endless at this one-of-a-kind Sheffield café. If you’re not in the mood for being a cereal killer, then there are also enormous freak shakes, Lucky Charms cakes, crepes, waffles and fridges overflowing from the selection of American fizzy drinks.





Fancy a bit of vintage travel and panoramic views along with the sun and sea on your Portugal trip? You’ll love Lisbon, says Jill Theobald



LISBON A city built on seven hills. Dining out in style. Lots of walking – or travelling by tram. Exploring converted warehouses full of artists, makers, stalls, and shops. Street art around every corner. Oh, and soaking up lots of sunshine. Swapping Sheffield for Lisbon for a long weekend saw my travelling chum and unLTD contributor Stella Bolam and I end up with a daily itinerary that wouldn’t be too dissimilar to that of visitors to our beloved home city right here in South Yorkshire. Well, all except for the last one maybe… Plus our charming Airbnb host might well challenge the first one, while we’re at it – he told us that the seven hills of Lisbon are actually two mountains.


That was after we all got our breath back after walking up four flights of stairs with lots of luggage – my fault, I chose the place based on online photos of the view from the bedroom window, and you don’t tend to get stunning views without walking up a lot of stairs. Our apartment building had survived Lisbon’s great earthquake of 1755, but it was doubtful it would tolerate the installation of a lift, he admitted). There’s a lot of walking to be done in general along Lisbon’s lovely cobbled pathways and we packed a fair bit into our long weekend. But it was tricky to do everything on our To Do list. Despite it being March – or Portugal’s winter, as our host pointed out. Not to

two residents of northern England, we replied! – it was definitely t-shirt weather, so we wanted to get out and about as much as possible and had to give museums like Museu De Artes Decorativas Portuguesas a miss, despite being tempted by its haul of 15th-19th century art, including textiles, furniture, painting, jewellery and ceramics. So here instead are our top five highlights.


Elevador de Santa Justa And what a ‘high’light indeed to kick off with – The Elevador de Santa Justa is a 19th century Neo-Gothic lift that transports passengers up the steep hill from the Baixa district to the Largo do Carmo and the ruins of the Carmo church.

One of the city’s most loved landmarks, it was built in 1902 by the Portugal-born French architect Raoul de Mesnier du Ponsard, an apprentice of Gustave Eiffel, and while queuing and gazing up at the wroughtiron lift waiting for our turn to be whisked up in the polished wood carriage it was not hard to see the striking similarities in its neo-gothic and geometric arches. Get there early in the morning or evening to avoid the really lengthy queues, but definitely worth the wait – the viewing platform alone on the 147ft high tower is very snap-happy and for a euro or two extra, the top of the tower, reached via a spiral staircase, has gorgeous views of the city, including Rossio Square, the castle and the river.








Tram / funicular railway The tram is a must-travel option while you’re in Lisbon. The distinctive yellow number 28 Lisbon tram passes through the popular tourist districts of Graca, Alfama, Baixa and Estrela and a ride along the entire 28 tram route provides one of the best tours of the capital. The quaint Remodelado trams date from the 1930s, and despite their age the historic trams are still in use, as the 28 route is unsuitable for modern trams, due to Lisbon’s tight turns and narrow streets. We hopped on and off after buying a 24-hour travel ticket which gave us trips galore on the tram, the funicular railway and even entry to the Elevador de Santa Justa. Top value for money. The funicular we discovered round the wrong way – after traipsing up what must have been one of our host’s aforementioned mountains, we realised we could have got the funicular! But enjoyed our trip back down past street art and murals a-plenty.


There’s a lot of walking to be done in general along Lisbon’s lovely cobbled pathways and we packed a fair bit into our long weekend

Lisbon castle, the Castelo de Sao Jorge Lisbon castle, the Castelo de Sao Jorge, stands majestically above central Lisbon … and so up another big hill! Located on the peak of the São Jorge, Lisbon’s highest hill, it can be a long walk but as the ancient seat of power for Portugal for over 400 years, it’s the one of the most popular tourist sites in Lisbon. The extensive castle site with its eleven towers will take up a lot of your time, but we found the views from the grounds alone pretty spectacular and enjoyed taking a walk along some of the surrounding streets.


LxFactory Probably my personal highlight (and recommended by another fellow unLTD colleague, graphic designer Simon Garlick) – LxFactory is an abandoned site in the industrial area of Alcântara transformed into a creative, cultural and gastronomic area. A ‘creative island’, the restored factory warehouse complex is home to companies and offices, more than 50

shops, bars, restaurants and also plays host to a diverse range of events in advertising, multimedia, art, architecture, and music. We visited on Sunday so got to sample the delights of the ‘Sunday hippie chic market’, and ate some lovely local fare at the cantina.


Praça do Comércio The Praça do Comércio was constructed in 1755 after the great earthquake destroyed the entire Baixa district including the Royal Palace. To the north is the Rua Augusta Arch that gives way to the boulevard Rua Augusta full of shops, as well as trams that head west to the Belem district – where we headed to LxFactory. At the southern side is a ferry terminal that crosses the River Tagus and we were lucky enough to catch a live band playing by the shore. It being Lisbon’s main square, we thought grabbing an afternoon drink or two at one of the bars dotted around might be pricey and were pleasantly surprised to find it fairly reasonable for such a tourist hotspot – and sun trap.



CHARITIES Sheffield’s charities do all they can to help those in need.

Everyone needs a helping hand at some point in their lives. Thankfully, Sheffield’s not-for-profit organisations are here to do just that by supporting people through a range of difficult times, whether that’s providing a smile and support to those dealing with terminal illness to giving a warm breakfast to the homeless. Take a look at some of the amazing support the Steel City provides in this month’s Number Crunch:

Weston Park Cancer Charity has raised

£22M since its foundation in 1994


More than


The number of years St Luke’s Hospice have helped patients from across the UK and internationally.

are employed by Sheffield Children’s Hospital



The charity depends on more than


homeless people are offered a helping hand by the Archer Project every day

volunteers to provide care

200 CLINICAL TRIALS are currently underway at Weston Park’s Cancer Clinical Trials Centre

The Archer Project serve around

It costs

£9.7M to run St Luke’s Hospice each year


300 211,757 breakfasts every week

The number of patient visits to the Children’s Hospital in 2017 -2018


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