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THE PUZZLE OF PRODUCTIVITY
How can we improve our regionâ€™s economic output?
TAKING FLIGHT Why outdoor brands are landing in Sheffield
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16: If You Ask Me... Productivity - how do we improve our economic output. 26: Calendar All the very best business and social events happening around the city. 42, 54 & 63: Five minutes with... Sentintospace, Mike Lawrence and Sheffield Candle Company explain why Sheffield is THE place to do business. 44: Health and wellbeing Sheffield is putting its best foot forward to become the most active city in the UK. 51: Your Pitch How one business is making science fun for children.
74: Weekend Escapes Planning a long weekend away? Here is our guide to the best city trips in Europe and the UK. 82: Number Crunch This issue we crunch the tourism stats in the Sheffield city region.
GETTING SOME FRESH AIR The Outdoor City is something that we’re sure you will have heard of. This issue we are unashamedly diving deep into the world of the great outdoors around and about Sheffield. And why would we do that? Well, with one third of the city being part of the Peak District National Park, it’s no secret that Sheffield is the perfect outdoor playground. We have fantastic rolling hills, rivers and valleys – Sheffield was even voted the ‘best city to live in for countryside lovers’ by BBC Countryfile in 2014. Ok, so that’s four years ago. But since then things have got even better, if anything. More is spent on outdoor equipment here than anywhere else in the UK meaning that the city and surrounding areas have welcomed a full breadth of companies. We talk to six of the best inside this issue from the likes of The Climbing Works through to innovative small firms like Cotic Bikes and Beastmaker. What comes across from everyone is their passion for their business and a love for Sheffield and what it has to offer. There’s much more besides. Sheffield is set for wi-fi across the city centre by the end of the year. The initiative, led by the Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID), will offer the public free internet access. Innovations such as this make life for businesses and the public much easier. One of the current buzzwords is ‘productivity’ and especially how the UK lags behind its competitor countries in this area. We’ve spoken to business experts about how they think productivity can be improved and have a revealing insight into what it actually IS from a Professor of Economics at the University of Sheffield. And there are the regular features which take you away from the office and into the restaurants and health clubs of the city as well as travel reviews from the North Yorkshire coast and a bit further afield in Riga, Latvia. Don’t forget to visit unLTDbusiness.com for daily news updates and features.
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CITY’S ROADS NOW AMONG BEST IN THE UK Once it was labelled ‘Pothole City’ now Sheffield’s roads have been transformed into some the best in the country thanks to the first five years of the Streets Ahead programme rolled out by contractor Amey, working with Sheffield City Council. The first five years of the contract saw a huge drive to radically upgrade the city’s infrastructure. The Sheffield team have successfully • Resurfaced 1,475 miles of footways (approx. 70%); • Resurfaced 727 miles of highways (approx. 65%) • Made improvements to 1,314 bridges and other highways structures • Installed 65,435 LED street lights • Replaced (removed and replanted) 4,870 trees • Replaced 3,208 gullies Every day for the past five years more than a mile of footway and over half a mile road was being resurfaced. During this initial five-year phase, Amey has directly employed 700 staff in Sheffield plus a significant supply chain of over 160 companies which, meant that at the height of activity the daily headcount
was over 1,200 people who were delivering the Streets Ahead contract for Sheffield. Streets Ahead Business Director, Rob Allen, accepts there have been challenges along the way, but points to the scale and complexity of the contract – and ultimately, the results. “I think we have changed the city significantly for the better,” he says. “People forget how bad the roads were five years ago, Sheffield was called ‘Pothole City’ for a long time. “Yes, there have been
... looking at the extent of what has been achieved, I think we’re certainly on the right road to success.
difficulties and, yes, there’s been some disruption and frustration, but if you step back and consider how we have delivered the changes across the city, it has been a phenomenal effort and I think many residents recognise this. “The whole Streets Ahead team should be proud of its achievements.” But it was not just about arriving on site and delivering the programme, says Rob. “Beforehand there was a comprehensive process to identify the work required.
“We held roadshows for local people where we shared the planned programme of works with residents and businesses, and our community stewards attended community assemblies and contacted councillors and MPs to keep them updated. “We needed to keep the city moving for those who live and work here. Much of our work would not have been possible without the support of the business community, who anticipate the economic benefits that this work brings” Richard Wright, Executive Director of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said the improvements help the city attract investment: “The first five years of the Streets Ahead programme has seen a much-needed investment to upgrade the city’s highways infrastructure. “Five years ago, the state of our roads was a barrier to investment and it is no coincidence that, now they have improved, Sheffield has one of the longest potential pipelines of inward investment for many years. “Good transport infrastructure does not
STREETS AHEAD BUSINESS DIRECTOR, ROB ALLEN
guarantee economic success but poor infrastructure is a real barrier. Sheffield has once again shown it can take innovative approaches to solving problems.” Throughout, Amey has always aimed to adapt to conditions – and circumstances. When Sheffield staged, the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in the summer of 2014, resurfacing of some roads in the north of the
city being used by riders was brought forward by a year. “It was in collaboration with the council,” says Rob. “We worked together to make sure Sheffield was seen at its best, to help put Sheffield on the map.” All this work was taking place alongside Amey’s regular maintenance contracts, such as street cleaning, grass cutting, tree maintenance and gritting of highways during winter.
“It has been like a jigsaw coming together,” says Rob. “The journey has been tough at times, but that’s the nature of the beast. If you work on this scale in an urban environment you are going to see some disruption to residents and businesses. Trying to keep that disruption to a minimum has been a priority. He adds: “The investment doesn’t stop after five years. There is still work to be done. We have still got surfacing crews working across the city, night and day. The infrastructure will continue to be assessed and targeted work will be done as part of a cycle of investment. “Streets Ahead was put in place by the city council to help generate major investment in the city, to create an infrastructure that is fit for purpose and to encourage economic growth. The improvements delivered over the past five years and looking at the extent of what has been achieved, I think we’re certainly on the right road to success.” • To read a longer version of this article visit unltdbusiness.com
AGENDA SheFest back and bigger than ever Workshops, activism, theatre, music, art, burlesque and comedy – SheFest is back for the third year. Bringing a week-long festival to Sheffield in celebration of International Women’s Day, and running from 5-11 March, the festival features a whole host of female-fronted events, including workshops, theatre, art and comedy across the city. This year, SheFest is more important than ever, as 2018 marks 100 years since the first women won the right TOTTENHAM HOTSPUR’S NEW STADIUM WILL BE USED FOR NFL MATCHES
FOOTBALL CLUB TAKE FIRST STEPS INSTALLING WORLD-FIRST PITCH Key steps towards the installation of the world-first dividing retractable pitch at Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium are taking place at the Premier League club’s new stadium, thanks to a Sheffield company. The ground-breaking design sees a grass pitch sitting directly above an artificial surface, making the stadium the first of its kind in the UK to have two pitches inside the same bowl in order to create a truly world-class multi-use venue. The fully retractable grass
surface will be used for football matches whilst the artificial pitch underneath will be used for NFL matches, music concerts and a range of other events, in order to protect the integrity of both playing surfaces. Engineering specialist SCX, based at Wincobank, has designed, engineered, built, and is now installing the innovative real turf football pitch, stored in South Yorkshire before being transported to the capital. The Spurs contract follows SCX’s success in using similar
engineering technology and flair to win contracts for the retractable roofs over Centre Court and No.1 Court at Wimbledon, guaranteeing play whatever the weather. Danny Pickard, lead engineer, said: “Our expertise and heritage enables us to push the boundaries of moving structures and precision engineering. “This pitch technology embodies everything we strive for and care about - delivering precisely what the client needs, with the engineering flair that has become a hallmark of SCX. “
Solicitors celebrating after reaching mega milestone For the first time in 200 years, Wake Smith Solicitors completed more than £100m worth of deals last year. Director Duncan Shepard, joint managing director John Baddeley and associate Rebecca Robinson landed many high-profile cases, including the sale of both the
Crown and Rutland Hotel. Mr Baddeley said: “To have worked on such high profile and valuable deals as these demonstrates the depth of experience we have nurtured at Wake Smith. “I am extremely proud of the work we have completed, taking us over the £100m value
in a 12-month period for the first time ever. “We have enjoyed a superb 2017, achieving some exceptional outcomes for our clients on both the buy and sell-side of transactions, and I am confident that this positive momentum will be sustained throughout 2018.”
to vote. Kicking off with ‘Fighting Talk’ at Chapel Walk Gallery, the festival’s annual art exhibition explores themes of protest, persistence and progress in response to the centenary. Following the success of 2017’s ‘Vagina Monologues’, the ‘Wild Woman’ show at Theatre Deli uses song, dance and experiential theatre. The main event, SheFest Saturday, takes place on Saturday 10 March at Tudor Square and includes a choice of 15 free workshops covering everything from sexual harassment and activism to burlesque and bellydance. More information about SheFest can be found at www.shefest.org.uk.
AGENDA ‘Have a go’ – students step into employees’ shoes
BACK LEFT, LEE KEMP, PREVIOUS OWNER OF COACHING FOR CHANGE, REBECCA PEARCE, COMMERCIAL MANAGER AT HSBC, ALAN STANLEY, REGIONAL EXECUTIVE AT UKSE FRONT LEFT, GRANT BOWMAN, NEW OWNER OF COACHING FOR CHANGE, MIKE GREGG, FFE
COACHING FOR CHANGE COMPLETES SUCCESSFUL MBO Coaching For Change has completed a successful management buy-out (MBO) following combined £250,000 funding from UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE), HSBC and Finance For Enterprise (FFE). Established in 2006, Coaching For Change offers individual and operational business coaching, mentoring and training to a range of business sectors, and is on track for rapid growth and expansion that will result in a 50% turnover and workforce expansion in 2018. Coaching For Change works with organisations such as Network Rail, Rolls Royce, Vodafone and Bosch and has significant global reach with
the Saudi Government, Airbus and BAE Systems. The funding element from UKSE, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, assisted with the acquisition, alongside providing investment for growth. A team from HSBC, led by Relationship Manager Rebecca Pearce, also provided a funding package worth £110,000 as part of the deal. Alongside UKSE and HSBC, Finance For Enterprise provided a tailored Enterprise Loan package through the Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), backed by the British Business Bank. Coaching For Change, managing director Grant
Bowman said: “Ultimately, our clients choose to outsource their business improvement coaching needs to Coaching For Change because they know that we will go the extra mile to ensure that operational efficiency transpires throughout their organisation, and I am excited to lead the organisation as it continues to excel in this thriving business arena.” UKSE regional executive Alan Stanley said: “Coaching For Change operates in a very competitive sector often dominated by large players and yet has managed to establish itself a growing niche place in this sector since it was established in 2006.”
Fan-friendly way to buy and sell gig tickets launched A Sheffield Hallam University graduate has launched a new website aimed at changing the way gig-goers buy and sell tickets. Lewis Danby created Seat Surfer with the aim to make buying tickets to the latest gigs and concerts ‘simple, ethical and affordable’ after countless frustrations trying
to see his favourite artists. Seat Surfer connects those looking to sell their tickets at reasonable prices with potential buyers, without any selling fees. Transactions are made a secure payment platform using PayPal and are not finalised until after the event to ensure tickets are genuine.
Lewis said: “I’m just a standard gig-goer. I have all the frustrations that any other fan has – logging on at 9am, trying to get tickets, failing, and then finding them on resale sites at £100s for a ticket worth £20. That’s the whole principle behind Seat Surfer. We’re created by fans, for fans.”
More than 1,500 students discussed different career pathways and opportunities with employers and education providers at the Doncaster Skills Academy’s flagship event, Skills Fest 2018. The day-long event, held at Doncaster Dome, saw students from years 9 to post-16 meet more than 300 industry representatives to learn about the different career and education options available to them. Businesses including Cast, Pegler Yorkshire, St. Leger Homes, Willmot Dixon, Eaton, and the NHS, offered advice and ‘Have a go’ activities for attendees to understand the opportunities available within their industries.
Tina Slater, head of business and education at Doncaster Chamber said: “Skills Fest 2018 gave young people and job seekers an insight into the career opportunities available to them and the pathways they can follow to achieve their dream job. “Through the activities they were able to step into the shoes of an employee and take part in the type of day-today work they might being be doing in that business. “The careers event was a fantastic opportunity for those who were unsure about what they want to do in future, as well as those who already knew, to chat with future employers, colleges and universities, to experience the kind of work they might be doing, and know the steps they need to take.”
AGENDA HOT • A £20 million flood defence project has been unveiled which will benefit more than 500 business and protect 5,000 jobs in Sheffield’s Lower Don Valley. Local businesses contributed altogether £1.4m to the scheme to improve the area’s flood protection. • Sheffield City Region has spent £130,000 on sending over 60 people to MIPIM the world’s largest property fair in Cannes, France to secure more investment from big international names. THE ‘DYNAMIC AND INSPIRING’ OFFICE SPACE AT JAYWING • Telecom firm Plusnet is opening a new call centre for customers of its recently launched mobile division. It will take up the entirety of the firm’s fourth floor office in their headquarters on Pinfold Street, creating around 200 new jobs. • Sheffield diagnostics company Preventx will receive four million home STI kits from Londoners after winning a £200m contract, in a bid to reduce pressure on health clinics and cut down infection rates. • Leading supermarket chain Co-Op is investing £15m in the Yorkshire region this year as part of a store investment programme. Ten new stores are set to be opened across the region, and a further 11 existing sites will receive extensions and upgrades.
COOL • Building product giant SIG, which has been Sheffield’s biggest company according to turnover for the past decade, has been forced to suspend staff after overstating its profits by more than £6m for the past few years.
DYNAMIC OFFICES IN FRAME FOR TOP ACCOLADE The cutting-edge conversion of a derelict 18th century former cutlery factory into a ‘dynamic and inspiring’ office space is a finalist in an international design award. Based in the old Albert Works on Sidney Street, the Sheffield headquarters of creative agency Jaywing is the only UK studio shortlisted for Small Office of the Year in the annual Frame Awards, which highlight the world’s best interiors. Chief creative officer David Wood said: “This has been a project that a team at Jaywing worked on for the best part of two years, from finding the building to carefully working out how to make the best use of the space. “It’s been incredible to see
the influence that the building has had on collaboration right across Jaywing, and the impact it has had culturally, from the atmosphere to the way we come together to work and socialise.” The nomination is also a huge accolade for 93ft,
based in Kelham Island, who masterminded the transformation, and local developers City Estates, who are reviving parts of the historic Cultural Industries Quarter as Alsop Fields. Head of 93ft Tim Hubbard said: “This is an incredibly important mark of recognition for 93ft and our style of interior architecture. To compete on a world stage at this level means all eyes will be on British design innovation and the creativity of our studio.” City Estates director Dale Fixter said: “The Frame Awards shortlisting is a magnificent achievement and underlines our ambition to protect and enhance the historic character of the Sidney Street area of the Alsop Fields development.”
Chamber of Commerce issues its mayoral manifesto Sheffield Chamber of Commerce has issued its mayoral manifesto as the Sheffield City Region election nears. The chamber’s priorities include how well they can build for the future, cut across pre-existing political divides
and how they can market Sheffield to the world. Executive director Richard Wright said: “The Mayor will have significant control over much of the funding coming into the region as well as the responsibility of Chairing the Combined Authority and will
need to work closely with the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership. “We recognise how important the mayor, as part of the Devolution Agreement with Government, is for the short and long term economic development of this region.”
‘OUTSTANDING’ NHS CHIEF STANDS DOWN One of the longest standing Chief Executives, Sir Andrew Cash has announced he will retire in July after 16 years leading Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Sir Andrew will however continue to have a significant role in the NHS in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw as he will continue as Chief Executive System Leader for the Health and Care Working Together Partnership (Integrated Care System), for the next phase of its development. His distinguished career in the NHS over the past 40 years includes successfully leading one of the biggest mergers of NHS acute Trusts in 2001 when he brought together the five acute hospitals in Sheffield to create Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. The organisation went on to become one of the first wave NHS Foundation Trusts in 2004 creating Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – now one of the biggest NHS Foundation Trusts in the country. Under Sir Andrew’s leadership, the Trust also became recognised nationally and internationally for being a consistently high performing organisation with patient care at the heart of decisionmaking. He has been consistently
SIR ANDREW CASH HAS ANNOUNCED HIS RETIREMENT
named as one of the top NHS Chief Executives by the Health Service Journal and last year was described as: “an exceptional leader who provides a clear vision for his Trust and for the wider healthcare system.” Describing the role as a ‘privilege’, Sir Andrew said: “I will always treasure the
long-lasting friendships and relationships developed during my time at the Trust, as well as the accomplishments and challenges experienced during my career.” Tony Pedder, the Trust’s Chairman, said: “We have been incredibly fortunate to have had in Andrew an outstanding Chief Executive.”
Telecom firm lands national wireless charging deal Mobile phones running out of battery may soon be a thing of the past, as Sheffield-based ITI Network Service has made a deal with wireless charging provider Chargifi. Chargifi’s patented technology, which allows cable-free Smart charging, will be rolled out across ITI’s multi-national client portfolio, including theme parks and entertainment attractions, who’ll be able to monitor its performance and usage on the fly. CEO Jason Denmark said: ‘ITI are thrilled to bring Chargifi’s seamless solution, with convenient hardware and truly unique performance and usage tracking software, to our valued client base.” Chargifi CEO and founder Dan Bladen said: “We’re delighted to partner with ITI to ensure their clients can meet those consumer expectations, early and effectively. Not only will ITI be able to offer customers wireless charging deployments at scale but also valuable insight on their customers’ behaviour.”
£1.9m investment for clean, green buses £1.9m will be invested to retrofit 117 buses across the Sheffield network with emission reduction technology. Once upgraded, the buses will produce less NOx emissions per kilometre than many types of modern car. Upgrade work will be prioritised on routes that travel through the worst pollution corridors. Councillor Jack Scott, cabinet member for transport and infrastructure, said: “I’m delighted we are making
these improvements, which will mean Sheffield’s bus fleet has amongst the cleanest and greenest bus fleet anywhere in the country.” Stagecoach Yorkshire managing director Matt Davies said: “These retrofit engines are ninety five percent cleaner than previous models and emit fewer emissions than an average diesel car, but have 15 to 20 times the capacity and could take 75 cars off the road.” First South Yorkshire managing director Kevin
Belfield said: “Road congestion continues to be one of the biggest issues facing bus services and so it’s important that alongside this announcement we continue to work with the local authorities and other bus operators to encourage less car usage across the city and entice more people to travel by bus.” The investment follows a successful funding bid by Sheffield City Council from the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA).
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AGENDA Exciting career beginnings for graduates
RICHARD WRIGHT HAS JOINED CCP
CPP ANNOUNCES PARTNER APPOINTMENT Commercial Property Partners LLP (CPP) has appointed Richard Wright to join its investment team, heading up the firm’s first office base in London. Joining CPP following five years as an Associate Partner at BNP Paribas, formerly Strutt & Parker, Richard brings with him a wealth of in-depth knowledge of the London region, and over a decade’s experience as a commercial property agent. Richard said: “CPP
has established a strong reputation for its commercial property expertise since it was established in 2013. I am excited to be joining the forward thinking and ambitious team at this pivotal time for its growth, and to head up the CPP London office.” Roger Haworth, cofounding Partner at CPP, said: “The launch of our London office is a direct response to growing demand from existing and new clientele for our services in the capital, and
I am delighted to announce the appointment of Richard to head up its launch. “His expertise and experience will be key to the successful launch of our London presence. We are looking forward to welcoming him on board, and continuing the development and success of CPP.” CPP is a private firm of advisors who specialise in the disposal, acquisition, and management of all types of commercial property.
New lawyer brings “straight-talking approach” The Sheffield-based Employment Law sector of Banner Jones is set to gain 14 years of experience from the appointment of Sara Ellison. Sara has previously worked at Irwin Mitchell, Watson Esam and Taylor Bracewell, and specialises in discrimination and unfair dismissal cases. She said: “Joining a multiaward-winning, ambitious law
firm with a long-established reputation for excellence in employment law is a fantastic opportunity and I am thrilled to be able to bring my expertise to Banner Jones.” Banner Jones spotted Sara’s recommendation in Legal 500 – an independent guide to the leading law firms in the UK, in which the legal firm recently appeared for the fifth
consecutive time – for her “straight-talking” approach. Director and Head of Employment Law at Banner Jones, Katie Ash, said: “Sara is a welcome addition to our established Employment Law team – bringing with her considerable expertise and experience, and further bolstering our ability to meet increased demand.”
Leading provider of apprenticeship training and business coaching, Whyy Change, has appointed two new ambitious graduates. After studying in the Netherlands, Austria and Portugal as part of her BA in Modern Languages, Hannah Spencer, 25, is taking a rest from travelling to settle in as Whyy’s quality management and risk officer. She said: “I love the responsibility I’ve been given in the business so far, as well as being able to apply many of the skills I’ve picked up over the past few years, while learning new things along the way. “The business is going in an exciting direction, and I already have some ideas to implement further down the line – for now, though, I’m working with the CEO to enable us to offer accredited qualifications in leadership and management.” Josh Jordan, 23, joined Whyy as business development officer after being recruited through the Sheffield City Region RISE Graduate Scheme. He said: “Working in Sheffield means I can stay in a city I have really fallen in love with, coming from living on a farm on the outskirts of Leeds. “I am very excited to help grow this exciting business and cannot wait for the challenges and hopefully accomplishments that lie ahead and to help businesses across the region improve their skillset and maximise their business potential.”
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AGENDA Reigniting of town’s economy boosts city region
DIARY BY RICHARD FIDLER Our unLTD editor says booming outdoor scene is good for the local economy
BUSINESS THRIVES IN THE GREAT OUTDOORS Geography has blessed us with a location that makes Sheffield in particular a hot-bed for businesses who are making their name from climbing, biking, events and even marketing. Some have grown up in the city and are owned and run by born and bred Sheffielders but there are many who have been attracted to the area by the proximity to their market and the intellectual property that has been built up over the years. Sheffield sees itself very much as a sporting city. Football has been, and pretty much always will be, its heart but many other sports can claim to have strong senior teams. Ice hockey, basketball, rugby league and union, cricket and hockey are all played at elite levels for team sport and there are hundreds of people who play individual sports – Winter Olympians Katie and Molly Summerhayes and James Woods being obvious examples – who ply their trade on either a national or international level.
The Outdoor City may be brand name used by the city’s marketing authorities, but it taps into the sports and activities that so many of us do but without anyone making a song and dance about it. Schemes like Move Move are designed to make Sheffield the most active city in the UK by 2020 but there is already so much happening. Many years ago I published a magazine for the city that focused on its sporting landscape. Events like Sheffield Adventure Film Festival and Cliffhanger were both in their formative stages, the Climbing Works was blazing a trail as a new venue of its type and cycling was edging into the mainstream. Fast forward just over a decade and international events are now being hosted at the Climbing Works and Great Britain leads the world on two wheels. The Outdoor City is very much here to stay and it is great to see so many businesses being created on the back of Sheffield’s outstanding natural beauty.
Being a resident of Rotherham it is particularly pleasing to see more and more positive stories coming out of the town. In this day and age of the ‘city region’ it is important that all parts of the local economy are thriving. Rotherham, it is fair to say, has had its share of bad publicity so it is good that business is booming with news that it is the fastest growing economy in Yorkshire. Much of this is down to the collaborative work with Sheffield City Council and the city’s two universities at the Advanced Manufacturing Park, where great things are happening. Since the economy stats were released we have also seen Prince Charles reignite an electric arc furnace, which had been mothballed for two years, at Liberty Speciality Steels Aldwark plant. We all know about our area’s steel heritage and it is vitally important, in my opinion, that we continue to invest in its production, particularly the new ‘GreenSteel Strategy’ which Liberty is leading the way in. When you see how Rotherham and Sheffield have been working together it demonstrates very clearly the case for the city region to be kept to South Yorkshire. It will be interesting to see what happens during the devolution debate to come with the frontrunner most likely favouring a larger One Yorkshire solution.
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PRODUCTIVITY Analysis has found productivity in Sheffield to be the lowest of the UKâ€™s 13 largest city regions. What can be done to address it?
AGENDA Productivity: Why you really should care… News about the stagnant levels of productivity growth in the UK is increasingly common. Certainly, the Bank of England and the Government are preoccupied with the so-called ‘productivity puzzle’, with productivity slowdown in the UK more severe than in other advanced economies. At the same time, and despite these recurring headlines, very few businesses seem particularly concerned with the issues of productivity. So what is productivity and why does it matter? In simplest terms, productivity is a measure of the value produced per hour by the average worker – in essence, productivity reflects how smartly we work. Labour productivity is one of the most widely used measures of economic performance, with higher levels of productivity relating to higher levels of output per unit of labour. Productivity growth, therefore, is the ability to generate more output from the same levels of input. While productivity is not easy to measure, it is still the best overall index of living standards and prosperity. The UK faces different problems to most other advanced economies because of its economic geography, with some of the widest variations in productivity between regions and cities than any country globally. Perhaps predictably, levels of productivity are more than 70 per cent above the UK average in London whereas less than 200 miles away in Wales productivity is only 70 per cent of the UK average. Analysis from the Office of National Statistics has previously found levels of productivity in Sheffield to be the lowest of the 13 largest city regions in the UK, which is particularly interesting given the devolution of power as discussed in the previous issue. For Sheffield and the City Region the challenge of raising levels of productivity is very real, and demands a targeted approach to address weak levels of productivity in the region.
TIM VORLEY IS A PROFESSOR AT THE UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD’S MANAGEMENT SCHOOL AND ONE OF THE ACADEMICS LEADING THE NEW NATIONAL PRODUCTIVITY INSIGHTS NETWORK
In short, we need to raise the productivity of the Sheffield City Region if it is to deliver growth as part of the Northern Powerhouse.
... we need to raise the productivity of the Sheffield City Region if it is to deliver growth as part of the Northern Powerhouse.
Making Sheffield smarter Most SMEs are concerned with profitability and occasional business growth, and while not the same as productivity, the issues are related. The productivity puzzle is complex and multifaceted, shaped by factors such as investment and technology to skills, work and wellbeing – although exactly how these factors affect productivity is still an open question. In the Sheffield City Region making SMEs smarter is a particularly important piece of the puzzle in raising productivity. SMEs tend to be less productive than their larger counterparts, although there is often scope to be more productive. The challenge is often in identifying what steps can be made and then how to best go about implementing them. The starting points for many SMEs is a process of self-reflection, and can start with reviewing operational
processes, ensuring that employee are appropriately skilled and deployed, making sure the technology and tools are right for the business, and recognising the management and leadership team in setting the vision and ambition of the business. It is often the case that many SMEs are so absorbed by doing business that they do not have the time to embark on the business planning to ensure their future competitiveness – but this is time well spent. The newly established national Productivity Insights Network, led by Sheffield University Management School is funded by the Economic and Social Research Council to change the tone of debate, by identifying robust insights and practical steps to working with partners from academia, industry, government and charities. If you want to find out more or get involved then contact us: www. productivityinsightsnetwork .com firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter @productivityNW
AGENDA The Report of the Independent Panel on Technical Education, published in 2016, concluded that the technical education sector in England is overly complex and very small compared to international standards, which adversely affects productivity and fails to provide the skills most needed for the 21st century. Meanwhile the English education system often values academic achievement at the expense of vocational training. But the biggest shake-up for several generations is about to challenge that. The government is preparing to launch T Levels for 16 to 19-year-olds to put technical qualifications on an equal footing with academic ones, and simplify the process of vocational training. T Levels aim to support young people and adults to secure skilled employment and meet the needs of the economy. They will be available in 15 subjects, and are set to replace current vocational qualifications from 2020 onwards. The new technical qualifications are being launched as a result of the government’s Post 16 Skills Plan, based on Lord Sainsbury’s independent review. Technical education, the report authors argue, needs to better meet the needs of employers and offer young people a chance of lifetime employment to the highest skills levels. Higher level skills training is also needed if we are to address the productivity gap highlighted by the latest Northern Powerhouse report called Educating the North. As things stand currently, the UK is set to fall to 28th out of 33 OECD countries in terms of developing intermediate skills by 2020. Recently, the Department for Education (DfE) launched a series of panels to develop the outline content for the new T Levels. I’ve been appointed to one of the T Level panels for engineering and manufacturing – which is one
ALEX REYNOLDS PRINCIPAL OF UTC SHEFFIELD CITY CENTRE CAMPUS
of five technical specialisms offered at UTC Sheffield. The panels comprise employers, professional bodies and education providers. So far, six panels have been set up covering digital, education and childcare, construction, health and science, legal, financial and accounting, and engineering and manufacturing. I will draw on my experience of helping to establish the technical curriculum at the UTC, as part of the T Level panel discussions. Technical excellence is part of the dual educational approach at the UTC where employers underpin the curriculum. More than 70 employers support the UTC by providing guest talks, mentoring, curriculum projects and work experience. Employers are involved across all of our technical specialisms, which also include creative and digital media, computing, health sciences and sport science. All students complete a high
Higher level skills training is also needed if we are to address the productivity gap highlighted by the latest Northern Powerhouse report called Educating the North.
quality technical qualification alongside academic ones, so that they develop the professional and personal skills, and right attitude to work, that employers need providing learners with great career and university prospects. Alongside our employer partners, Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and The Sheffield College all sponsor the UTC. Our alumni have gone on to high quality degree apprenticeships at Boeing and BP, and Russell Group institutions including Cambridge University. Last year 100% of students went on to a positive destination after completing their studies with us. They are testament to the merits of adopting a high quality technical approach to education, one that can provide a lasting legacy for young people, their communities, employers and the regional economy. And that can only be a good thing for productivity in the city business region – and beyond.
AGENDA We are told that we are in the fourth Industrial Revolution – the digital age. In the construction industry, concepts such as Building Information Modelling (BIM) and Flying Factories are part of the revolution and need vision and investment – in a sector where there has been seismic shockwaves through the supply chains with the collapse of Carillion and talk of how this could happen. At a recent meeting at the Institute of Directors (IoD) in Leeds, we considered the challenges around increasing productivity, exploring Communication, Employee Engagement, Workloads and Wellbeing strategies. There are a real mix of factors affecting us and regional differences are just as relevant here as in any other business subject. We are told London has almost twice the productivity levels of some of the regions and that affects us overall. My business Airmaster does a lot of work in the south and we don’t feel we would have survived if that was not the case. In my view, we have major issues around infrastructure investment. I can get to London on a train and see customers in two hours from Sheffield, less from Doncaster or Chesterfield, while going anywhere across the country can take the same time for half the distance – what is that all about?! Investing more cash in regional transport projects is a step forward and even small improvements on local projects would be great, too. Similarly, the digital infrastructure needs support. The Superfast South Yorkshire (SFSY) project is good where it can support SMEs but the whole area needs to have great broadband. When we moved our offices to Swallownest, we didn’t have the best. We now have great fibre connections and it does make a difference, especially when a lot of our designs are done across virtual project teams and our job sheets from engineers are uploaded via the internet. I am told that there is a massive skills gap in the telecoms area and we
LISA POGSON JOINT MANAGING DIRECTOR AT AIRMASTER
Happy teams will work hard, work smarter and enjoy doing it. It is not all about being at work many hours, it is about doing the right things in the time you are there.
are really running to catch up! I know that there are people working on this, but lots of skilled people are needed now. Any upskilling is often cited as a key area for improvement, particularly management training. Many SMEs are started by people passionate about doing what they do but before long, they are employing staff, having to motivate teams – not why they started out! It is hard and we all need help when it comes to motivation and productivity. I have had loads of management training but productivity demands that it is an ongoing process. I have just been told by a key member of our team that I demotivated him in one quick review – it wasn’t meant that way, but it was all in the delivery. Motivation is a direct link to productivity. Happy teams will work hard, work smarter and enjoy doing it. It is not all about being at work many hours, it is about doing the right things in the time you are there. This past year has been a real challenge for us and we are looking to refocus at the
moment. We have struggled to recruit into key roles and it has caused a few headaches. We are told that UK Plc’s best future is a high skill, knowledge-based economy. We are also told that flexible working and Focused Quality Management, looking at outputs rather than hours worked – will be key, which are all management challenges. Finally, we have spent some time with Westfield Health looking at wellness in the workplace and they have supported us with strategies across a number of different topics including resilience, sleep seminars and wellness assessments. I struggle with poor sleep and it is estimated that sleep deprivation costs the UK 200,000 lost working days – which is a massive drain on productivity. Productivity gains are made by workers getting a little more sleep and being a little fresher at work. In the words of Vincent Van Gogh: ‘Great things are done by a series of small things brought together.’ So let’s keep going – onwards and upwards!
NUTSHELL BY JILL THEOBALD Our unLTD feature writer wonders whether working smarter, rather than harder could make us more productive
GOODBYE TO THE ‘SAME OLD SYSTEMS’ While researching and writing this edition’s In A Nutshell a daily e-shot from one of my favourite writing resources arrived, entitled ‘Be More Productive Every Day with These Eight Tips’. Timely, I thought, given our If You Ask Me contributors are sharing their thoughts and views on the very subject of productivity. So I paused the important task of this column, opened the email to read it … and inadvertently and ironically broke one of the eight rules immediately. Turns out number 5 is Turn your email to work offline so it’s easier to ignore while you focus on tasks. Not a great start, then. However, reading our contributors’ pieces, saying goodbye to the same old systems is clearly what’s required to address the productivity problem, in the city region and beyond. It’s encouraging to see UTC Sheffield City Centre campus doing things differently to ensure people leave education with the right skills to address the productivity gap. As Principal Alex Reynolds said: “Last year 100% of
students went on to a positive destination after completing their studies with us. They are testament to the merits of adopting a high quality technical approach to education, one that can provide a lasting legacy for young people, their communities, employers and the regional economy.” But what happens if they graduate from college with the right skills, qualifications and attitude only to join an organisation slavishly sticking by outdated methods and traditional ways of working? Is it better to work five hours with regular breaks/a leisurely lunch/a trip to the gym to refresh and revitalise and clear half the To Do list? Or remain doggedly deskbound for seven hours and achieve potentially much less? After all, as Tim Vorley, Professor at the University of Sheffield’s Management School, notes: “Productivity reflects how smartly we work …Productivity growth, therefore, is the ability to generate more output from the same levels of input.” It was also interesting to discover how Lisa Pogson’s company Airmaster has
benefited from working with Westfield Health and their sleep expert James Wilson as she tells us: “Productivity gains are made by workers getting a little more sleep and being a little fresher at work.” James himself has previously said: “Sleep is the basis on which our physical health and emotional wellbeing is built upon. “In the workplace it helps us stay more focused, helps us be more productive, reduces sick days, and leads to a more calm and content workforce.” He has a point – especially given sleep deprivation costs the UK 200,000 lost working days. But back to that e-shot on eight productivity tips – number 7 was Take time off from it all and 8 Take time during the day to just think. The trouble is, in our busy, busy, busy culture putting these tips and theories in to actual working practice. Despite all the distractions, I have, however, finished In A Nutshell and hit my deadline – so am off to speak to the unLTD team about giving my brain a well-deserved break and “taking time off from it all” for an hour or two …
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MATTERS BY JAY BHAYANI Jay is a solicitor, HR specialist and a regular unLTD columnist. Here she looks at GDPR
TOP 10 TIPS TO TACKLE GDPR Data is everywhere around us, from the data we hold on employees, to the marketing lists we use to promote our services. With the General Data Protection Regulations set to come in to force on 25 May 2018 – how can you ensure that your business is protected? Although there are still some points of guidance which need to be finalised, there is plenty for you to be getting on with to ensure that you are data compliant. So, what can you be doing now? The Information Commissioners Office (ICO) have released guidance and you can find a wealth of information on their website but here are our top 10 tips to help you get started.
1. Why do you collect and hold data? You are required by GDPR to give more information to individuals on how their data is used than you previously will have had to. If you don’t fully understand the reasons behind why you have collected and held the data, then how can you provide the individuals with the information?
2. Stop collecting any data that there is no legitimate need for. Once you have completed point one, you should have a good idea of
what data you need and what data is superfluous.
3. Check your data protection policies and privacy notices. Will they need updating to incorporate all of the additional information required by GDPR?
4. Ensure you are entirely clear on what could be considered as personal data. This could also include online identifiers such as IP addresses.
5. How do you get consent from either your employers, clients or customers to use their data? The phrase used within GDPR is ‘explicit consent’. How are you going to ensure that the data you gather is done so with the explicit consent of the person in question?
6. Ensure that staff are aware of the key changes within your policies and procedures. Schedule in training for all staff so that they are aware of any changes and how this will affect them and how they carry out their duties.
7. Complete an audit of how long you retain data. Many organisations hold personal data for a prolonged period of time, ask yourself is this necessary? You may not need to change your
practices on these points, but data should not be held for longer than is reasonable. 8. Complete an audit of all of your contracts with suppliers. The additional requirements of the GDPR may mean that they need updating to protect both yourself and the supplier. 9. Liaise with any suppliers you use who could potentially process personal data for you. Especially the suppliers who may be based outside of the European Economic Area (EEA). There are additional requirements when dealing with suppliers outside of Europe.
10. Record any preparations. You will need to evidence that you are compliant with all GDPR requirements. In order to fulfil the ‘accountability’ concept you will need evidence to back up any action taken.
Hopefully by following these tips you will put yourself in a much more informed and stronger position when changes need to be implemented in May 2018. For advice on specific aspects of your GDPR requirements, you can contact us on 0114 303 2300 or email hello@bhayanilaw. co.uk.
GETTING DOWN TO
BUSINESS BY ANDY HANSELMAN This issue, business expert, author and international speaker Andy, explains why you may need to push the boat out to improve competitiveness
GONE FISHING… DIPPING INTO DIFFERENT BUSINESS PONDS “If you always do what you’ve always done, you’ll always get what you’ve always got”. Although that sounds like something David Brent from The Office would say, there’s a lot of truth in it, particularly if you’re talking about improving your competitiveness. Starting, growing and leading a business is a tough job and it’s so easy to get caught up in the day to day. The result is often finding yourself being trapped in ‘always doing the same things’ and struggling to find new ways of spotting, generating and developing ideas. The result is ‘getting what you’ve always got’ and a lack of innovation. Our experience working with winning business leaders is that they take a proactive approach to innovation. In fact, it’s Characteristic number 7 of the ‘7 Characteristics Of Dramatically and Demonstrably Different Businesses’ and it’s all about the successful exploitation of new ideas. But how? Well, there’s some good news. Research by Harvard Business School highlights five secrets of successful innovators (I’m always nervous about ‘secrets’ – by definition, if they’re reporting them, they’re hardly secrets any more, but anyway, here goes!). They are, apparently: Associating, Questioning, Observing, Experimenting and Networking. So, what does that mean in the real world? Well, my ‘Yorkshirised’ interpretations are it’s all about ‘Connecting’ things; Asking ‘why?’ ‘what if?’ ‘how?’ etc; Watching others do stuff; Trying things out; and Meeting others.
So, now the secrets are out, what does this mean for you? Maybe you do some, or all of these things, but do you do them in the same environment all the time? My recommendation is try ‘fishing in different ponds’ – that means doing the things above in environments you’re not so familiar with. By doing this, the likelihood is that you’ll not get what you always got. I was at an event recently hosted by Connect Yorkshire where the speaker was Barnsley’s forthright and forward-thinking leader of the business Webmart, Simon Biltcliffe. He calls himself a Marxist Capitalist (See the first edition of unLTD for an interview with Simon) and his whole approach is, without a doubt, Dramatically and Demonstrably Different and the great thing is that it delivers impressive results. One of the things that particularly struck me about Simon was his approach to pushing innovation – he calls it his DIY MBA! He has committed to one half day a week to learning and exploring. That means one half day consciously taking time out and reading books and magazines, browsing websites, listening to podcasts (and yes, I will be sending him my weekly 3D Thoughts podcast!), proactively going out to meet other people and visiting and learning from other businesses. Our research suggests that 3D Leaders don’t just ‘Think outside the box, they ‘Get out of the box’! They get out there and engage with others outside the comfort zone of their own business
and area of expertise. From simply creating time to work with other departments and locations across the business, to fishing in different ponds which means other companies, other industries, even other countries and cultures. As well as doing it themselves, they encourage others to do so, too! So, what does this mean for you? Well, there is an abundance of ‘ponds’ in the Sheffield City Region – your challenge is to create some time to access and ‘dip in’ to them to increase your learning and knowledge and develop your own DIY MBA! Go on, you know it makes sense – get your diary out, create an appointment with yourself and start fishing! To get you started, here are four ‘ponds’ that I’d recommend locally… Connect Yorkshire – www.connectyorkshire.org Bhayani Law HR Forum – www.bhayanilaw.co.uk/event/ hr-exchange-employmentlaw-update/ SCR Female Entrepreneurs And Directors Monthly Insights – Call Jill White on 0114 2434666 The Indie Business Fair At The Workstation – www.eventbrite.co.uk (we’ll be there, as will unLTD!) Which ponds do you fish in? As this is all about learning, and we can all learn from each other, please do share with us on the unLTD website where we can all dip in! As Sir Jonathan Ive, the creator of the iPhone said: “The best ideas start as conversations”, so go on…Start creating conversations with others – you never know where they might lead!
MARCH 6TH GDPR SEMINAR – 3 MONTHS TO GO
Venue: Copthorne Hotel, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU Time: 8am – 10.30am Cost: £25 About: A group workshop session designed to be informal but provide practical help with the topics covered. There will also be an opportunity to informally discuss any issues with speaker(s) and network. Contact: bridie.mulgrew@ wake-smith.com or call 0114 266 6660
8TH A MAD IDEA BECOMES A £60 MILLION EMPLOYEE OWNED BUSINESS
Venue: 300 Attercliffe Common, Sheffield S9 2AG Time: 12pm – 2.30pm Cost: Free About: Hugh Facey, Founder of Gripple, will talk about the growth of his business and there will be a chance to have a look round the factory. Contact: info@ connectyorkshire.org
9TH-11TH THE OUTDOOR CITY WEEKENDER Venue: Various locations all around Sheffield city centre Time: Various times across the weekend Cost: Free About: Headline events will include Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF), Howard Street Dual and the Magnificent Seven Hill Climb challenge, alongside a diverse range of fringe activity. Contact: 0114 275 7754 or email@example.com
12TH DIGITALISTA. THE SMB DIGITAL SUMMIT
Venue: AMRC Knowledge Transfer Centre, Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham S60 5WG
18TH APRIL INDIE BUSINESS FAIR
Venue: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX Time: 9am – 1pm Cost: Free Contact: www.showroomworkstation.org.uk/indie-business-fair About: We caught up with Showroom Workstation’s commercial manager, Mark Farnsworth to find out more: What’s the main idea behind the Indie Business Fair? Our aim is to provide local independent businesses with a platform to showcase what they do, interact, and build connections with each other. Sheffield is a vibrant city, and an exciting place to do business and we want the range of exhibitors to reflect this. Who is the Indie Business Fair for? Anybody who wants to make new contacts in Sheffield, contacts with the potential to develop and enrich their business, from freelancers to SMEs, social enterprises and larger organisations. Our exhibitors range from illustrators, social media consultants, to legal and financial services – whatever you need to help get your business to the next level, we are confident that you can find them at the fair! What are you most looking forward to from April’s fair? Bringing together an exciting mix of exhibitors and attendees, and watching the sparks fly. I have spoken to quite a few of the stall holders and they have big plans for their stalls, so watch this space.
Time: 8am – 2.30pm Cost: Free About: This full day event will showcase how smaller businesses can take on the digital revolution and reimagine what’s possible for their growing business. Contact: www.smbdigitalista. events
15TH RE-INVENTING ECO/AFFORDABLE COMMUNITY HOUSING CONFERENCE
Venue: St Mary’s Conference Centre, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU Time: 9am – 5pm Cost: £33 - £165 About: Join the event to celebrate the SME response so far, examining projects such “FORE” BUSINESS as ChaCo Leeds, Wikihouse, Venue: Hillsborough Golf Black Country Make and Club, Worrall Road, Sheffield REACH Homes, and see why S6 4BE the small-is-better approach Time: 7.45am will work. Cost: Free Contact: hello@ About: Encouraging successful ticketsforgood.co.uk business relationships via a members’ club for business owners who enjoy golf and love to network. Contact: 0114 234 9151 or www. SHOWROOM SHEFFIELD NETWORKING hillsboroughgolfclub.co.uk Venue: The Showroom, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX
Time: 12pm – 2.30pm Cost: £15 pay at door, £12 pay in advance online About: Bringing local businesses together to create a unique environment for fostering relationships within the heart of the community. This combination offers businesses of all sizes the chance to promote their products and services to dozens of potential customers. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
20TH BUSINESS COLAB: THROUGH THE
LENS – AN OPTICAL PERSPECTIVE Venue: The Megacentre, Bernard Road, Sheffield S2 5BQ Time: 7pm – 9.30pm Cost: £12 About: This event will focus on looking at your work life through a different lens and creating a fresh perspective.
AGENDA It will be an interactive session with lots of food and networking. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
29TH UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD – INOX BREAKFAST MEETING
Venue: Inox, Level 5, Students Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield S10 2TG Time: 7am – 9am Cost: Free About: A fantastic way to meet with new potential business partners, with monthly guest speakers, a free breakfast and an informal arena to network with existing and potential new clients. Contact: Steve Timmins, 0114 222 8908
APRIL 6TH PLATFORM NETWORKING –
WOMAN’S BUSINESS NETWORKING Venue: The Prince of Wales, 95 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield S11 9PH Time: 9.30am – 11.30am Cost: £5 (Non-members) £3 (Members) About: Women who wish to be both proactive and supportive business networkers. The group will be made up of experienced networkers who want to do business together and keen to welcome, support and advise those new to networking in a friendly atmosphere. Contact: www. platformnetworking.co.uk
6TH BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING
Venue: Abbeydale Sports Club Ltd, Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S17 3LJ Time: 6.30am – 8.30am Cost: £10 About: Exchange contacts and referrals to help gain more business. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
9TH 4 NETWORKING
Venue: Cluck Sheffield Parkway, 340 Prince of Wales
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26TH APRIL SHEFFIELD BUSINESS SHOW
Venue: Sheffield United FC, Bramall Lane, Sheffield S2 4SU Time: 10am – 3pm Cost: Free About: The Sheffield Business Show is an event open to all business sectors from across the region and is set to attract more than 600 delegates from a diverse range of businesses. Contact: www.sheffieldbusinessshow.co.uk Road, Sheffield S2 1FF Time: 12pm – 2pm Cost: £15 About: Relaxed, fun and friendly business networking, Network locally, regionally and even nationally. Contact: Matt Spivey, www.4networking.biz
10TH CITY REGION BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Venue: Hillsborough Golf
Club, Worrall Road, Sheffield S6 4BE Time:7.30am – 9.30am Cost: £20.95 (Non-members) £13.95 (Members) About: The opportunity to do business, make new contacts and grow your network, all before your working day starts! Contact: Sheffield Chamber: 0114 201 8888 or www.scci.org.uk
11TH “FORE” BUSINESS
See March 14th for details
23RD SHOWROOM SHEFFIELD NETWORKING
See March 19th for details
26TH UNIVERSITY OF SHEFFIELD – INOX BREAKFAST MEETING
See March 29th for details
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THE GREAT OUTDOORS From climbing to biking, walking to camping, outdoor brands are flocking to the city. We speak to six success stories to find out why Sheffield is the perfect playground for their business. Words by Elizabeth Fraser
With one third of the city being part of the Peak District National Park, it’s no secret that Sheffield is the perfect outdoor playground. Boasting fantastic rolling hills, rivers and valleys it was even voted the ‘best city to live in for countryside lovers’ by BBC Countryfile in 2014. More is spent on outdoor equipment here than anywhere else in the UK meaning that the city and surrounding areas have welcomed a full breadth of companies from high profile names like Go Outdoors, Rab, Lowe Alpine, The Climbing
Works, Buffalo Systems, Beta Climbing Designs and Moon Climbing to innovative small businesses like Cotic Bikes, Airdrop Bikes and Beastmaker. The unique combination of city and countryside has made Sheffield the perfect location for outdoor events with it being the only city to have a national park within its boundaries. Sheffield is also known for being the spiritual home of climbing, having a great mountain bike scene and terrific running tracks and trails.
Participation in outdoor events in Sheffield is higher than the national average with events happening all over the city every weekend. For the third year running in March Sheffield plays host to The Outdoor City Weekender which promises an action-packed event full of fun and adventure. Mazher Iqbal, cabinet member for business and investment at Sheffield City Council, said: “The outdoor industry contributes billions of pounds to the UK economy every year, and adventure tourism is increasingly
attracting visitors who crave ‘wow’ moments that they can experience and share. “Whether you’re visiting Sheffield or are fortunate enough to call it home, we encourage everyone to discover the many opportunities to get involved with activities on our doorstep. “From cycling and mountain biking to climbing and running – or any of the other many adventure sports available in The Outdoor City – the Weekender provides a brilliant opportunity to get inspired.
“So, after you’ve watched the world’s best compete, why not check out and see how you can take a slice of the action for yourself? “We invite you year-round to come play in The Outdoor City – and the Weekender is the perfect place to start.” The Weekender revolves around four headline events:
the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, renowned bouldering competition the Rab Climbing Works International Festival, inner-city mountain bike dual slalom the Howard Street Dual and the Magnificent Seven, a multi-stage road bike race up seven of Sheffield’s steepest hills. The annual Sheffield
After the success of the inaugural Howard Street Dual last year, the dual slalom race will once again challenge the stars of the UK mountain bike scene when it returns to the city centre on Saturday 10 March. This exhilarating dual slalom race – similar to skiing – sees riders battle head to head down a purpose-built course on Howard Street in Sheffield city centre, bringing Sheffield’s thriving mountain biking scene out of the woods and into the heart of the city. And spectators are in for an extra treat this year as, among the impressive talent set to participate, are mountain bike legend Steve Peat and one of his most successful protégés, Craig Evans. Craig has competed all over the world and won the hardest ever Red Bull Hardline in 2017 but Wharncliffe in Sheffield remains his favourite place to ride. “Sheffield is cool because of the proximity of the trails to the city centre, being able to ride out to the Peak and to Wharncliffe,” he said. “There aren’t many cities where you can do that.”
Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), presented in association with the British Mountaineering Council (BMC), returns to the Showroom Cinema from 9 to 11 March. It brings the wild outdoors into the heart of the city for three days of jaw-dropping spectacle and heart-stopping adventure. Across town, Rab Climbing
Works International Festival (CWIF) sees amateur and professional climbers compete side by side at the Climbing Works on 10 and 11 March. This is a huge event on the bouldering calendar meaning it attracts big crowds but for those who can’t attend the semi-finals and finals will be streamed online.
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ICENnT F I N G A M Seve Not for the fainthearted is the Magnificent Seven cycle race which will have a new base when it returns to Sheffield for the third time on Sunday 11 March. A cross between a sportive and a hill climb, the Magnificent Seven will start and finish in Bradfield just seven miles outside the city centre to allow more entries and more space for parking. Seven of Sheffield’s toughest ascents will be tackled by 130 cyclists – 30 more than last year – presenting each rider with over 4,200ft of climbing and inclines ranging from 9 to 23 per cent. Event organiser Marc Etches said: “The event is unique in the UK and gives the competitors the opportunity to race up traffic-free closed roads, for which we thank Sheffield City Council. “Professional riders are usually the only ones who get to ride on closed roads so this is a great selling point for the event, as evidenced by the veteran’s category selling out on the first day, which was amazing. “We are really looking forward to seeing the support from local residents, especially the crowds on Hagg Hill, Blake Street and the Thrush Street cobbles. This support is fantastic for the event and much appreciated by organisers and riders alike.” For more information on the Weekender, visit the website at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/outdoor-city-weekender. • Twitter www.twitter.com/theoutdoorcity • Instagram www.instagram.com/theoutdoorcity • Facebook www.facebook.com/theoutdoorcity
SIX OF THE BEST... Find out why these businesses set up shop in Sheffield
What made you start the business? We really made the Beastmaker because we wanted a better product to train on. We made it for ourselves and we saw a huge difference in our abilities after using it. We made a couple for a few climber friends and realised that people actually really liked the idea and it just sort of grew from there. I have been climbing for 21 years now, I have won the British Championships three times but never a World Cup, thatâ€™s the goal.
of it to build up the strength of your fingers. Climbing really relies on strength of your fingers. You notice that climbing is easier after you have been training. We make the Beastmaker in the UK with factories here in Sheffield and in my home town, Leicester. We are passionate about being sustainable and so we only use Forestry Service Council Certified North American Tulip Wood to make the fingerboards and 100 per cent of the electricity for our workshop comes from renewable sources.
How would you describe your product? The Beastmaker was the first product we made, and it is effectively a wooden board with a collection of hand holes that is mounted onto a wall. You then hang
Why did you set the business up in Sheffield? Well I moved to Sheffield from Leicester to study Biology at the University of Sheffield, but also for the climbing. I met my now business partner Dan at university and we
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Sheffield is really the focal point for UK climbing being in such a great location with the Peaks not far away.
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would get out and go climbing together whenever we could. Sheffield is really the focal point for UK climbing being in such a great location with the Peaks not far away. It just seemed like the right place to set up the business when the idea came about. Do you have any plans to expand the business further in the future? Yes, we are always looking for new ways to expand and create new products to improve our climbing. We have adapted the Beastmaker throughout the years and brought out a couple of new products, including our Beastmaker app. Our experience allows us to create products that we see are needed but as a team of four at the moment we are limited on what we can produce.
COVER STORY What made you start your business? The Climbing Works opened in December of 2006 but before myself and my now business partner were working for other companies. We both loved bouldering and saw a gap in the market to bring the outdoors, indoors. We wanted to create a friendly environment that people of all ages and abilities could use. In 2013 we expanded the business with the introduction of the ‘Mini Works’ our child focused centre which has done really well. How would you describe your business? Bouldering is basically climbing without ropes and harnesses above a soft-matted area. It’s really growing in popularity with it becoming an Olympic sport in 2020 meaning the number of centres in the UK has grown.
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I think what makes The Climbing Works unique is our experience. We have been open for 12 years and were the world’s largest bouldering centre for many years. I would also say that our bouldering experience has allowed us to create walls that make a really fun climb and we reset them every few months to change things up. Why set up in Sheffield? I have lived in Sheffield for 15 years now. I originally
lived in Manchester and then Leeds for a little bit before moving here. I was really drawn to Sheffield because of the climbing and its close proximity to the Peak District which means I can get out whenever I like. Sheffield has a great sense of community and it’s been a fantastic place to set up the business. Do you have any plans to expand further in the future? Yes, since starting in 2006, things have really taken off. We have become a worldrenowned bouldering centre and in 2014 we were the first UK bouldering centre to be awarded National Performance Centre status. We currently have about 15,000 sqft of bouldering space with the main centre and Mini Works but we are looking at taking over another 10,000 sqft unit within the business park we are currently in.
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Cotic is an internationally renowned bike brand, founded in 2003, specialising in mountain bikes and gravel/commute bikes made from steel. Cotic bikes are fun, tough, durable, clean lined and great to own. We design, develop, assemble, sell, market, demo and ship our frames and bikes from right here in Sheffield and the Peak District, and we supply direct to customers anywhere in the world. I chose Sheffield to base both myself and the company in 2007 because I wanted to ride straight from my door (I can ride straight out to Blacka Moor from my house), and I wanted my business and my family to be able to take advantage of being in a city whilst being able to directly access the countryside. Sheffield has an awesome outdoor and mountain biking scene as well, which has only helped with putting Cotic on the map globally. We also support Ride Sheffield which has produced several world firsts for the city in terms of crowd funded mountain bike trails.
What made you start the business? The very reason I was drawn to Sheffield – I loved climbing. Growing up in South Tyneside the only place to go climb was Northumberland, but we didn’t have a car back then. I knew when it came to college I would go to Sheffield and my passion for climbing only grew more. I was one of the first people to take a gap year at Sheffield Polytechnic, (now Sheffield Hallam University) and I just travelled and climbed wherever I could. Once college finished, I didn’t know what I wanted to do and in the 80s there wasn’t any money in climbing in the UK, so I started working in a climbing shop called ‘Rock N Run’ where I stayed for 12 years. I eventually moved into a construction job before becoming a house-husband for three and half years so my wife could complete a Masters. A friend from the climbing shop later approached me about coming up with some
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new products for the climbing industry, I was apprehensive, but he eventually persuaded me and that’s how the company really started. We learnt things the hard way, but we have made a business that I am super proud to be a part of.
a hundred of them and that was it, but it has really taken off. I am really proud of it and it’s originated, designed and made in Sheffield! We also distribute other climbing products such as ‘climb on’ skin care balm for climbers which is one of the first products we introduced to the UK market from the US. Working in construction and being an experienced climber, I knew that there was a need for this product.
How would you describe your business? The main product we sell at the moment is a BetaStick which I developed after a climbing accident where my ankle got smashed up in California. This telescopic pole can be used for both sport climbing and bouldering and allows climbers to clip into the first and second bolt on climbing routes to reduce the risk of falling to the ground. When we designed it, we thought we would only make
Why Sheffield? In my opinion it’s the hub for the greatest climbers in the UK. I came to Sheffield Polytechnic to study environmental studies and it was crazy to me just how close the Peaks were. I lived in the Wentworth area at the time and I remember the first bus out to the Peaks was fairly late so I would go out for the day and then at night sleep in caves and bus stops – I just wanted to be climbing all the time and Sheffield was the
perfect place to do that. For outdoor activities, Sheffield is ahead of the curve and its great to be able to watch my daughter run and climb whenever she likes as I do. Do you have any plans to expand the business further in the future? Definitely. The company is splitting into two smaller subsects with Beta Climbing Design which will focus more on the design side of this and Beta Outdoor Sports which deals with the distribution of other brand products. We are also launching a new version of the BetaStick which we are really excited about and have been working on for a while. I always say you should set the bar high in business. We are a small company of 11 people which is becoming unusual in the climbing industry, but our turnover increased by 17% last year and people who laughed at me 15 years ago are now my best customers, so things are going well!
What made you start the business? Tentsile was set up by my brother in law, Alex Shirley-Smith. After seeing a deforestation programme at six years old he thought that if people could live in the trees they wouldn’t be cut down. I guess this stuck with him and after becoming architect he started designing treehouses. Traditional treehouses tended to be heavy and stationary, but Alex wanted to create something that was affordable and accessible and so the portable treehouse was born.
and requires three anchor points to suspend the tent between the trees. The name Tentsile is a play on word, as the tents employ tensile force to create space and the added ‘t’ represents the product type but Alex is also dyslexic. The tents provide shelter with no ecological footprint, we are big environmentalists and so with every tent we sell we plant 18 more trees. We now have four types of tree tents on sale each have different weights, purposes, and specifications but the same concepts Alex first came up with apply to all of them.
How would you describe your product? Essentially it is a portable treehouse but it’s fantastic because it allows people to be suspended off the ground either over water, over hard terrain and also get away from snakes and creepy crawlies! Alex’s design was inspired by the Ewok tree village in Return of The Jedi
Why Sheffield? The company is based in London and we also we have a couple of shops in Utah and Oregon in America with the tents manufactured in China. I moved to Sheffield really to be closer to the Peak District. I thought it was great that there was such a small distance between the city centre and the countryside,
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I thought it was great that there was such a small distance between the city centre and the countryside, it seemed like the perfect outdoor city.
it seemed like the perfect outdoor city. From a personal point of view, working in the job I do it seemed the perfect fit, I think it’s a great city. Do you have any plans to expand the business further in the future? Absolutely, we have gone from strength to strength in the last five years since launching our flagship “stingray” design in 2011. We are a team of 15 people but now have more than 230,000 active followers from all over the world. We have been really lucky to win some great awards throughout the years including most recently being a ISPO Award 2018 winner, 50 Campfires Gear of the Year Award 2017 and The European Design Award 2017. In terms of expanding we would love to launch a few more stores in the US but also as a British company we want to focus on the British market. Instagram: @Tentsile
Sheffield’s got such a strong legacy in supporting the outdoor, from climbing, mountain biking, and road biking. There’s a strong sporting scene and that’s such a big culture expressed within the city. MATT BIRD
As the go to place for your outdoor media needs, Sheffield’s creative communications agency Band of Birds are comfortably nested away in their studio on Hartley Street, but it wasn’t always that way. The head bird, creative director Matt Bird, was never a born and bred Sheffielder. He made the flight to Yorkshire all the way from London where he worked in Central Government. He said: “My father was a climber; integrated into the Peak District. That’s what I was brought up on. From a very young age, Sheffield was immediately bound into me as the place for climbing. “We are able to bring in people from all over Europe who are into the outdoor industry and give them the best Sheffield has to offer in climbing by bringing them to the Peaks. There are many things London could have presented, but there are many things only this city can offer.” However, for Bird’s partner, communications director Jenny Brown, it was Sheffield’s past that sold her on the Outdoor City. She said: “Sheffield’s got such a strong legacy in supporting the outdoor, from climbing, mountain biking, and road biking. There’s a strong sporting scene and that’s such a big culture expressed within the city. “There is a history of innovation, from developing new styles and techniques in sports to creating new equipment to help expand athlete’s abilities, whether outdoor or indoor, in what they do.” Band of Birds offer essential services for Sheffield’s outdoor businesses, from helping them with promotion, understanding audiences and building communication approaches. You can find out more about them, and their office dog Tom, at www.bandofbirds.co.uk.
FAST GROWING FIRM OFFERS CONSULTATION Objective Creative, located in the heart of Sheffield City Centre, has been recognised as one of the UK’s fastest growing B2B marketing agencies. To celebrate, the firm is offering unLTD readers the opportunity to apply for a complimentary marketing consultation. Consultations will include: • Marketing strategy evaluation • Website technical report (highlighting required fixes) • SEO and PPC performance analysis and recommendations • A fresh perspective on your future marketing projects Objective Creative managing director Dan Broadbent said: “We are committed to supporting great Sheffield City Region businesses. “We are offering complimentary consultations
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creative marketing techniques. Consultations often help businesses receive more sales enquiries.” Objective Creative have ten consultations available. Carl Richardson, creative and digital director said: “By offering advice and support to businesses, we can demonstrate the benefits of working with a specialist B2B marketing agency. “Clients have the opportunity to see how we develop business focused
creative, marketing and digital campaigns, before they become a client. “There is no better way of selecting an agency.” Objective Creative are a full service marketing agency. Services include marketing strategy, creative design, brand development, website design and development, search engine marketing and SEO, social media management, video and motion graphics production and pay per click management. Members of the Objective team are Google accredited, and the agency has achieved Recommend Agency status, and Premium Partner recognition from Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please visit www. objectivecreative.com.
THE indie business fair
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MAKE BIG SAVINGS ON REWARDING EMPLOYEES Yorkshire is an amazing place, home to thousands of great businesses, contributing more than £90 billion to the UK economy. A new scheme has been launched to help Yorkshire businesses attract, and retain, outstanding employees. Yorkshire Rewards is exclusively available to businesses located in Yorkshire. The scheme offers employees access to exclusive discounts on shopping, dining and leisure, travel and cinema. Yorkshire Rewards is the only scheme to combine national offers from thousands of retailers including Argos, Marks and Spencer and ASDA with local offers from fantastic venues such as The Forum Kitchen and Bar. Gary Crownshaw, from Yorkshire Rewards, said: “We have designed an employee
rewards scheme exclusively for businesses, and employees, in our region. “Yorkshire Rewards is a great way for businesses big and small, to recognise their team, by offering savings on both essential and luxury purchases,
“From savings on the weekly shop, to cheaper cinema passes, Yorkshire Rewards helps people save more. “As our scheme is managed in Yorkshire, we understand the Yorkshire tradition of offering great value.”
Gary added: “Reports show that 77% of employees work harder if they feel rewarded. “Employee reward programmes can be good for employees, and even better for business!” Yorkshire businesses can enrol their employee in Yorkshire rewards for less than £2 per week. Once enrolled, members access thousands of offers through the Yorkshire Rewards portal. Yorkshire Rewards are offering unLTD readers the opportunity to join the scheme with no joining fee (usually £1,000). The promotion closes on 29 June. For a no obligation consultation about rewarding your employees, please call 0114 253 6732. Get more information on Yorkshire Rewards at www. yorkshirerewards.co.uk
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FIVE MINUTES WITH...
MIKE LAWRENCE The full-time practitioner of holistic therapy based in Broomhill tells us why he ditched the 9 to 5 to set up his own business...
I was inspired to start my own business by… After years of being employed and making profits for other businesses, I saw it was time to do my own thing. A client and mentor of mine – Alan David Kershaw – inspired me and encouraged me. Before starting my own business, I was working full time as a sales and marketing manager, when Alan, a psychotherapist, hypnotherapist & mind training expert told me ‘If I had your sort of skill and techniques and was as good as you I would do it full-time and start up my own business.’ So that’s what I did! My favourite thing about running my business is… Being my own boss and having the ability to make decisions without having to consult with lots of other people. Also, the freedom that comes with it, when it’s just down to yourself and using the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years – there’s something very satisfying and fulfilling about that. The three words that best describe my business are… Agile, forward-thinking, and dynamic. Sheffield is a great place to start a business because... It is a friendly city, it is where I was born and grew up so very familiar to me. I also have great business connections here and get great advice from people I know up north, for example my accountant who lives locally. Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because… It’s my home town where I grew up, although I moved
away to London for many years due to my career and university, Sheffield was always the number one choice to come back to due to friendships, comradery, banter and pace/way of life. The best advice I ever got was… An employer gives you a job, but you are in charge of your career. The worst advice I ever got was… When I left school a career adviser told me that my aspirations/goals were not realistic. The Sheffield organisation that have supported me and my business include… • Jason Scholey Millhouses Accountancy
• Welcome to Sheffield • Pam Goodison
...when it’s just down to yourself and using the knowledge and skills you have acquired over the years – there’s something very satisfying and fulfilling about that.
The main challenges facing my industry/sector are… Regulation and licensing. Getting the mainstream medical industry to accept holistic therapies so that clients can get referrals from their doctor in the same way that chiropractors and physiotherapists do. In five years’ time I expect my business to… Have a turnover in excess of £1m, have clinics in Manchester, Leeds, Birmingham and London (Harley Street). Also, to provide hypnotherapy training and a team of staff providing a range of holistic treatments.
HEALTH AND WELLBEING
BEING THE CITY OF MOVEMENT Move More, AWRC, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park – innovation and investment are helping Sheffield continue in its quest to be the most active city in the UK Sheffield has taken huge strides to push itself to the absolute forefront of health and wellbeing in the UK. In June last year, 10,000 city residents participated in Move More Month, where they recorded more than 8.1 million minutes of physical activity across the city. Set to return this year, the aim of the Move More initiative was to get more people involved in activity and create a sense of city cohesion, while also aiming to make Sheffield the most active city in the UK by 2020. This was supported by more than 400 free or discounted sport and leisure activities being put on by local providers, including trampolining, trail running, walking, and swimming. Several organisations and charities were involved in the campaign, such as Yorkshire Cancer Research, who supported the initiative with a £50,000 investment as part of its new strategy to reduce the risk of cancer by encouraging healthy lifestyles. The initiative was also supported by the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine (NCSEM) and both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, whose fans racked up a combined
862,000 minutes throughout the month. Professor Robert Copeland, director for the NCSEM and Move More said: “We are absolutely delighted that Move More Month was such a huge success and to achieve a record breaking active minutes total is fantastic. “Our aim is about making physical activity a part of everyday life – from walking your children to school, taking the stairs instead of getting in the lift and getting off the bus a few stops early – every little counts and can make a huge difference to a person’s overall health and wellbeing.” However, the Move More initiative is only part of the activity going on across Sheffield. The NCSEM is collaborating with Sheffield Hallam University to help the completion and running of the brand new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC). Building of the AWRC is set to start in early 2018 and it will become the centrepiece of Sheffield’s Olympic Legacy Park (OLP). The UK Government has committed £14 million worth of funding to the project, with the AWRC set to become
3,000 PEOPLE WILL USE THE OLYMPIC LEGACY PARK FACILITIES EVERY DAY
OF PEOPLE WHO HAVE MOVED TO SHEFFIELD INDICATED THAT THE ‘GREAT OUTDOORS’ INFLUENCED THEIR DECISION
10,000 SHEFFIELD RESIDENTS PARTICIPATED IN MOVE MORE MONTH IN 2017
OF SHEFFIELD RESIDENTS INDICATED THAT SHEFFIELD’S GREAT OUTDOORS HAD INFLUENCED THEM TO STAY IN THE CITY
the most advanced research and development centre for physical activity in the world. It will feature indoor and outdoor facilities for 70 researchers to carry out world-leading research on health and physical activity in collaboration with the private sector. The AWRC has received the backing of Westfield Health, one of Sheffield’s bestknown health and wellbeing companies, Toshiba Medical and also parkrun. Recently opened to the public, the OLP offers a variety of green spaces and walking, cycling and running routes for the local community. The running routes on site include some new Outdoor City Run Routes – a 1k, 2k and 6k. The Outdoor City Run Routes are being set up all over Sheffield through the Outdoor City initiative, which aims to get more local people outside, being more active and exploring more of what Sheffield has to offer. These examples above all demonstrate how Sheffield is working together as a city and community, with the common goal to keep active and keep moving, and remain at the forefront of health and fitness across the UK.
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Sheffield Outdoor Cityâ€™s mission: To invest in places that appeal and attract residents, aligned with supporting infrastructure that enables residents, businesses and visitors to have easy access to high quality outdoor recreation experiences.
GETTING THE CITY CONNECTED
Sheffield Council plan to offer citywide free public Wi-Fi by the end of the year. unLTDâ€™s Harry Hamling and Lucy Bloor take a closer look
FEATURE â€˜A superfast digitally connected cityâ€™. This is the 2018 goal for Sheffield City Council. The first step towards this has been taken in January, with the Cabinet giving the green light to plans for city-wide free public Wi-Fi to be available by the end of this year. The initiative, led by the Sheffield Business Improvement District (BID), is following in the footsteps of other cities in the UK, such as York, Manchester and Leeds, in offering the public free internet access across the city centre. However, these cities were able to take advantage of the BDUK Super Connected Cities Scheme, which is no longer available. This means that Sheffield will need to find an internet provider of its own
WHEN LOOKING AT HOTELS,
OF PEOPLE SAY NO WI-FI IS A DEAL BREAKER AND WILL BOOK ELSEWHERE
to give the city free internet access. The proposed area that the Wi-Fi will be available is across the Sheffield BID area, which is anything inside the ring road surrounding the city centre. This will also include several public buildings, such as the Winter Garden. As far as funding for this project is concerned, Sheffield City Council is in a unique position as it has the capacity to exploit the large number of city wide street assets it possesses. These assets (lampposts, lights, etc.) can be used in a swap deal with a potential internet provider, exchanging the use of these assets as advertising space for free public Wi-Fi. There were discussions as to whether the council should self-fund a project to offer free public Wi-Fi,
however this was rejected in favour of an approach that did not require the council to invest any funds that could be spent elsewhere. With the agreement of the council being made, the wheels are in motion for free public Wi-Fi to be in place by December of this year, with July being the scheduled time for an internet provider to be chosen. The requirements the internet provider must meet to be considered are strict, but for good reason. The council is proposing to offer a ten-year contract to the chosen provider, if they can offer a high-quality customer experience for access, registration and use and be free of charge to the user, and to the council. The provider must also be able to offer good city
centre coverage, with strong performance that keeps pace with technology, and be a reliable communications platform that can be used by the BID and others to increase footfall in the city and to help local businesses thrive and grow. This idea complements Sheffield’s broader objectives of becoming one of the best-connected cities in the country, making the city an attractive location to run a business in. Economically speaking, by providing free public Wi-Fi across the city centre, local businesses will feel a benefit with the city becoming more vibrant and attractive to shoppers, while encouraging more visitors, residents and employees to spend more time in the city. It also brings a multitude of social benefits to the city, such as improved access to public services which are increasingly available online
9 BILLION WI-FI DEVICES WERE IN USE GLOBALLY BY THE END OF 2017
and a reduction in isolation, as access to the Internet can help improve communication and social engagement. This will help Sheffield businesses as it will allow them to connect and interact with the local community within the city centre. However, there are still a few concerns with the
idea of free public Wi-Fi being rolled out in the city centre. ‘Sheffield.Digital’, the association for businesses and individuals involved in Sheffield’s digital industries, have offered support to the council with the decision to give this scheme the go ahead, but have penned an open letter identifying areas
of concern. The crux of these focus on whether the internet provider will be able to offer what is required for the city, whether the internet will be strong enough or fast enough to do everything it needs to do, or whether it will be just for simply checking emails and accessing social media. By over-promising or failing to deliver, it could cause quite the problem and result in the plan being scrapped all together. This is why the council has given themselves the whole year to undertake this project, as it is a vital one in pushing Sheffield towards becoming one of the digital powerhouses of the UK. Every precaution will need to be taken to future proof the plan, and ensure that Sheffield will not be left behind as technology continues to develop and new users begin to emerge.
CLEANING FIRM CELEBRATES 10 YEARS OF GROWTH… While most 18-year-old girls were probably worrying about whether they were going to get into University or if making sure they’d got a date for the weekend, Hayley Koseoglu was busy setting up her first business. The MD of Crystal Clean Service had just finished college but decided against going to University, and instead tried to make a career for herself at the supermarket chain she worked for. But after being made job promises that never materialised, and then being told she was too young to go on the management training scheme, she decided to take another path. “Everyone else was going to University but I didn’t want to do what everyone else was doing, that’s just how I am,” she said. “I didn’t enjoy college and to me University would just be a bigger version of that.” It was a passing comment from a family member that inspired her to set up on her own. He said she was ‘a bit OCD and always cleaning so why not set up a cleaning business?’
“That triggered something in me,” says Hayley. “I started out as a sole trader but within a few months I had enough contracts to justify forming a LTD company and hiring my first staff.” She quickly undertook some relevant qualifications – including an NVQ in cleaning and support services as well as training qualifications which has helped her enormously as the business has grown. It’s ten years since that day on April 4th, 2018 and the business has been a big success. Hayley now employs 70 staff – mainly cleaners – as well as a senior management team of five so she is now
WHAT WE DO
free to oversee proceedings and concentrate on business development. They work right throughout the Sheffield City region and provide an array of commercial cleaning services for companies regardless of their size and requirements. They specialise in offices and business centres, car dealerships and industrial cleaning and also provide computer telephone sanitisation, washroom hygiene solutions and tea towel laundering, commercial carpet cleaning, glass and window cleaning, high reach window cleaning
and washroom deep cleans. All their staff are fully trained, insured and DBS checked, while the company is fully compliant with Health and Safety regulations and tailor their corporate cleaning services to suit specific customer requirements. In 2016 they were voted the best contract cleaning company in the North of England at the Build and Facilities Management Awards. This year they expect to mark their 10th birthday by raising money for charity. For more info contact Crystal Clean on 0114 4010 550 or info@ crystalcleanservice.co.uk
Crystal Clean Service are a commercial cleaning and hygiene company working with officebased business and industrial, engineering and manufacturing companies throughout the Sheffield City Region. As well as daily contracted cleaning services they provide computer telephone sanitisation, carpet cleaning, hygiene solutions and washroom paper products.
YOUR PITCH Your pitch is an opportunity for start-ups to tell everyone about their business. This issue we meet Richard O’Neill of Moti-Lab, who’s seeking to inspire children to get into science
POPPING UP TO TEACH KIDS THE JOYS OF LEARNING Tell us about your business – sell yourself! We’ve developed Moti-Lab over the last few years – an interactive ‘pop up’ laboratory to help teach young children lots of different science, technology, engineering and maths or STEM concepts. It’s a simple but effective system of magnetic gutters, wheels and switches that allows for scientific investigation and exploration using water balls or anything else that flows. Moti-lab is for all children aged between 2-11. At the lower academic end/age it can be used for multi-sensory learning and learning through play but as age and ability grows MotiLab can be used to investigate increasingly complex and scientific and mathematical concepts. It’s all about allowing the kids to investigate and discover the answers to challenge themselves – rather than being taught in the usual manner. It’s a really intuitive and interactive system and most of all it makes learning STEM subjects loads of fun – what child doesn’t love to play with water and magnets? What gave you the idea for your business? The idea came from my background in designing interactive landscapes for kids – we’d build simplistic “Waterwalls”. Children have a natural affinity with water, combined with the properties of water itself, this allows for huge learning potential. There’s a huge problem with children disengaging with science at a young age
leading to major problems such as a shortage of STEM qualified workforce, so by making science fun and engaging – especially for those not necessarily academic children Moti-Lab aims to inspire children to take STEM subjects further in their career. Who are your customers and how are you targeting them? We designed Moti-Lab for any academic setting and to be used with all children. It’s great for Special Educational Needs as it promotes multi-sensory learning and can be used for specialist therapies – especially with autistic children. It’s also great for Early Years because it promotes all the characteristics of effective
There’s a huge problem with children disengaging with science at a young age leading to major problems such as a shortage of STEM qualified workforce...
learners, learning through play. We have also developed loads of fun learning resources for Key Stages 1 and 2, making it a valuable whole school resource. Currently, we are setting up a network of beacon schools across the country and abroad with the aim to make Moti-Lab a collaborative effort with teachers and children. We have lots of exciting ideas already in the pipeline all to help make STEM fun and exciting to both learn and teach. How can people get in touch with you? Phone: 0114 221 6268 Email: email@example.com Website: www.moti-lab.com Twitter: @Moti_Lab Facebook: www.facebook. com/PrimarySTEMeducation
7 TIPS ON HOW TO WIN BUSINESS AWARDS Lucinda White runs bespoke award writing consultancy Pure Awards Creative in Chesterfield. She works closely with business owners and marketing teams to prepare for local, regional and national awards, collating relevant information and storylines for the business to propose to the judging panel. Lucinda has helped a number of businesses win awards – in 2017, she generated a 77% success rate in shortlists and wins for her clients. Here are her top tips to give you the best shot at winning an award to help make your business more profitable... There are many benefits of entering awards but most businesses don’t take them seriously enough. I’m here to help. By following these simple tips, you’ll put yourself in with a much better chance of winning which can not only enhance your reputation on a local, regional and national level, as well as within your industry, but can also motivate employees and improve productivity. It also creates differentiation, improves reputation among your peers and the stats show that it will also give you a financial return. It’s a no brainer. Tip 1 Choose the right category Ensure the category you go for aligns with your achievements in the last 12 – 18 months. The category you’ll end up promoting as
impactful and draw out the emotion. Don’t rely on lazy, tired phrases. Tip 4 Answer the question Break the category criteria down and be sure that what you write is relevant and shows how you demonstrate each point. Tip 5 Evidence everything Have your facts and statistics ready to evidence every statement you make. Delve further into your impact and ask yourself, how does this compare to my competition? Does this say I am the best? Tip 6 Make time Don’t underestimate how long it takes to put together your entry, and write it well. Set aside approximately 12 hours, especially if you have never written one before.
a key asset to your business marketing once you have been shortlisted or won will resonate with your prospective customer base. Consider creating an ‘award planner’ presenting all the relevant awards to enter in the next 12 months in one easy read PDF. Tip 2 Tell your success story This will sway the judges in your direction. If you have a success story (or a few) which you are passionate about, then use this in your entry. Tip 3 Avoid waffle and jargon It is important to be clear about the messages you want to convey. Be insightful,
THE STATS THAT COUNT* • SMALLER COMPANIES THAT WIN AWARDS CAN EXPERIENCE A 39% GROWTH IN SALES • LARGER COMPANIES THAT WIN AWARDS CAN ENJOY A 37% GROWTH IN SALES *TAKEN FROM BRITISH QUALITY STANDARDS
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I M R i B S
The SCX Group was founded in Sheffield in 1972, consisting of three complementary businesses that specialise in lifting, mechanical handling, control and automation solutions. SCX is probably best known for doing the iconic retractable roofs at Wimbledon, and the retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
In the same year as being given the Made In Sheffield mark, and the RoSPA Gold Award for safety, SCX is delighted to be named ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the 2017 Sheffield Business Awards.
Our work creates local jobs and generates new business for our suppliers. And the SCX Academy works closely with Sheffield’s AMRC to grow today’s apprentices into tomorrow’s engineers.
Find out more at scx.co.uk
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THE SHEFFIELD CANDLE COMPANY
Creating handcraft luxury natural soy wax products. We spoke to founder James McKennan
I was inspired to start my business by… The business kind of started by accident! We started out in my girlfriend’s mums house. She used to have candles everywhere, they lit up the whole house. I was looking for inspiration at the time and couldn’t help but notice them. So, I purchased a child’s candle making kit. After 6 months of experimenting, I had learnt the basics. Investing £4,000 of my own money for materials I managed to develop a selection of simple scented candles. When I took these to Sharrow Vale market, they proved to be a success which was great. My favourite thing about running my business is… The freedom that it creates. This is something I’m really able to enjoy. Not that I didn’t enjoy my previous jobs, but the freedom factor I have now from running my own business I would say is my favourite. Also, the perk of going on holiday whenever I want to! The three words that best describe my business are…. Passionate, innovative and creative. Sheffield is a great place to start a business because… What we found interesting was that there is such a good culture in Sheffield and a sense of community. People here buy locally and buy into the brand of the city which has helped us and other local and independent companies to start.
FOUNDER JAMES MCKENNAN AND A BAKEWELL TART CANDLE
Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because… Again, I would have to say the community. The support I have had and seeing my business go from strength to strength has allowed me to introduce new products, including new scents, within the Sheffield range. The best advice I ever got was… I can’t remember who this was from, but it has to be: don’t wait, learn how to do things and push yourself. Basically, to try things that slightly scare yourself. The worst advice I ever got was…. When I started my business everyone suddenly became an expert in the field which didn’t help but the worst bit of advice I would have to say is from everyone saying for me to go on Dragons’ Den!
The Sheffield organisations that have supported me and my business include… The support I received from the Sheffield City Region’s Launchpad programme has been incredibly helpful. They have given me the confidence to grow and develop my ideas further. I also received a lot of support from the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and from other independent businesses. Monica F Hewitt florists was the first to stock the candles and Paper Moon was the first gift shop to sell them. Both achievements were real milestones. The main challenge facing my industry/sector are… There are certain challenges that I set myself. I think it is really important that we keep the local feel, ensuring all the
candles are handmade and contain the best ingredients. This provides a challenge for ourselves, to ensure quality. In general, there is far more saturated competition within the sector than we anticipated but this is not necessarily a bad thing. In 5 years’ time I expect my business to… Be profitable! On a serious note I want to further develop the company by having a proper in-house team for sales and customer service. I want Sheffield Candle Company to be a fully selfserviced business, introducing new products – this would be a great way to celebrate our third year of business.
Starting a business with a friend is quite common. But how about going into business with your husband’s ex? unLTD’s Jill Theobald meets the women behind Go Strategy We’ve all heard of family-run firms. But business partners Nadia Porter and Rachael Brownrigg are running their management consultancy Go Strategy against a backdrop of a very modern family. After setting up the business management consultancy in February last year, Nadia was choosing her business partner, and picked … her husband Chris’s ex. When I ask if this decision raised any eyebrows at the time both women laugh. “My friends did find it really funny!” admits Nadia.
“People tend not to believe it,” adds Rachael. “One of our clients asked me at a sales event the other day how I met Nadia. “I said: ‘She’s my son’s step mum!’” Even how both women met their current partners is distinctly modern – facilitated by Facebook. “Well, I grew up in Sheffield, went to Ecclesfield School where Andrew and I met when we were about six,” explains Rachael. “But then we didn’t see each other for years. Later we became friends on Facebook and arranged to
meet up for a coffee. “Three months later I was pregnant and eight weeks later we were getting married in Barbados! “And I’ve had another child since then!” “She’s like Superwoman!” says Nadia who met husband and Rachael’s ex Chris while he was on a visit to London watching rugby and the pair connected on Facebook. Having grown up in Toronto, Nadia lived back and forth between the States and Canada before settling in Chicago. She started her career in hospitality
in 2001 – progressing into manufacturing, professional services, engineering, construction, aerospace, consumer goods, and healthcare. And it was Rachael’s experience in the latter in particular which got Nadia thinking when she was looking to develop Go Strategy’s portfolio – and on the hunt for a partner. Starting her career as a nurse, Rachael has gone on to build multiple companies servicing the medical and care industry, including Medex Group which is based at the
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COMPANY PROFILE Botanical Gardens Business Centre along with Go Strategy. “There have been a lot of developments in the healthcare sector in recent years,” says Rachael. “It’s a very niche but competitive industry. “You go into smaller care homes, for example, and see how they are run by people who really care about their residents and their residents’ families. But equally they are very aware that they need to make changes to keep improving in order to keep up with developments in their industry.” Which is where Rachael’s experience has helped Go Strategy assist healthcare firms locally and nationally in areas like transformation and change management, as well as funding and tenders. “I have a lot of respect for Rachael,” said Nadia. “She is a fantastic entrepreneur and has done amazing things for the healthcare industry, not just here in Sheffield but for companies across the country. “When I moved to Sheffield and met Rachael through Chris I realised we were both very similar – we’re both very business-minded women who share an understanding of how to get things done, and a ‘thinking outside the box’ approach to business. “There’s not loads of overlap but our skills are very complementary. “I started doing some sales and marketing strategy for her and was impressed by the ideas we started throwing around when working together and it all kind of evolved from, there. “You have to be able to trust your business partner and a friendship is a good foundation for that – there’s complete trust there. “It could have been our shared interested in business that strengthened our friendship or the other way around. Or maybe they developed together. “I just know that a year before we started working together I said to Chris that I thought I might end up doing something with Rachael.
You have to be able to trust your business partner and a friendship is a good foundation for that “And later when I approached him to say I was thinking of us becoming business partners, I did think he might warn me and suggest it might be better not to mix friendship and business – but he was 100% supportive. “At the end of the day, we’re all just people!” laughs Nadia. “We have found in our situation that other than business partners we’re friends, and we do all the family things together. “Andrew is good friends with Chris and last year my mum came over and we all had a big family Christmas together.” And Sheffield is very much home now for Nadia who moved here five years ago and completed her Master of Business Administration
(MBA) at Bradford University while working in the consumer goods industry. “Chris spoke so positively about Sheffield and he obviously knows a lot of people here and has a lot of contacts. “It has a smaller city feel compared with places like Manchester but even in the time I have been here I have seen a massive difference and many changes take place across the city. “It’s a great place to start a business as there’s a lot of support on offer from organisations like Sheffield City Region and the Growth Hub. “The businesses we work with at Go Strategy are very ambitious and bring a lot to the city and their industries. “We spotted a gap in
the market – not everyone wants to go to a big London company for their management consultancy and there’s such a thing as being too corporate, you lose focus on what’s important. “Our mission is to help every company, whatever their size, grow and get the most out of their business in terms of performance and investment. “We focus only on industries where we have vast expertise so our clients receive a tailored service but we are expanding our portfolio. “We recently added investment services and the plan for 2018 and beyond will be continuing to enhance our offering – going where the demand takes us.”
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
NEW PINK PIZZA TO SUPPORT ST LUKE’S Good food and fundraising is on the menu as Sheffield’s Milestone Group launches a partnership with St Luke’s Hospice this National Pizza Day. The nationally acclaimed Milestone Group includes The Milestone gastro pub at Kelham Island, Bocelli 1831 on Ecclesall Road, Inc Roof Bar at the new Krynkl development on Shalesmoor and Artisan pizza restaurants Craft and Dough at Kelham Island and The Wig and Pen in Sheffield city centre. Craft and Dough have launched a special pinkbased, beetroot-infused “St Luke’s Pizza”, with a £1 donation from every one sold going direct to St Luke’s. The restaurant will also be offering St Luke’s participants in the Sheffield Half Marathon a special meal deal on the day of the popular running challenge.
JACK KIDDER, CHEF ALEX WILSON, RESTAURANT MANAGER MARK DAVIES AND NINA PATEL-BIGLAND
IBS conference and exhibition returns to Sheffield The IBS (Irritable Bowel Syndrome) Network is returning to the city to hold its second conference and exhibition. The national charity held its first conference in Sheffield in 2016 and will return on 14 April with the event to promote IBS self-management and explore the condition from both sufferer’s and healthcare
professional’s perspectives. Functional Gut Clinic, the UK’s first dedicated and independent and gastrointestinal physiology service accredited by UKAS – the UK’s National Accreditation Body – will be the headline sponsor. The clinic’s director, Dr Anthony Hobson, said: “We really wanted to be part of this event which helps to increase education and awareness about
IBS using the latest scientific data derived from credible sources.” Alison Reid, CEO at The IBS Network, added: “We look forward to welcoming all our members and healthcare specialists from across the UK for an opportunity to talk openly about IBS, to overcome the embarrassment surrounding the condition and discuss how we can better support people in the future.” Tickets are available to buy via www.theibsnetwork.org, or on 0114 272 3253.
That will mark the start of a partnership that will include other unique pizza offers and a special cook off between the group’s chefs and chefs from St Luke’s. St Luke’s corporate fundraising manager Jack Kidder said: “What could be easier than enjoying a great meal and knowing you are supporting St Luke’s at the same time?” Beth Green, Commercial Manager for the group, said: “We’ve heard a lot about the charity and until you experience it first hand, you never really realise how much of an amazing job they do, not just for the patients, but also for the families and friends involved. “We very much look forward to strengthening this partnership throughout the year and are proud to support such a fantastic charity”.
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Leading healthcare provider launches ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative Independent provider of healthcare One Health Group have established a ‘Charity of the Year’ initiative to maintain and build strong ties with their local community.
With nominations opening on March 1st for 2018, submissions from registered charities located in Yorkshire, Derbyshire, Lincolnshire and Nottinghamshire are welcome.
If your chosen charity is successful then it will be publicised via PR, social media, on the One Health website and will be recognised as One Health’s Charity of the
Year partner. Also, a calendar of fundraising events will be created and publicised throughout the year. To be considered, apply via the website www.onehealth.co.uk
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SENTINTOSPACE You may have seen this Sheffield firm, who offer an alternative to a traditional cremation, on The Last Leg and Dragons’ Den. We caught up with directors Chris Rose and Alex Baker to find out the how they came up with their business idea
We were inspired to start our business by ... Alex: A National Geographic competition to capture nature from a ‘unique perspective’. We were both students at the time and couldn’t afford the best in the camera world, so we decided to buy the cheapest we could and send it as high above the Earth as possible. Next steps were to figure out how to achieve such a feat and how to retrieve the payload afterwards. The results were breath-taking and The University of Sheffield promoted the flight leading us to be overwhelmed with enquiries. Since the beginning of the company we have always had it in our sights to scatter ashes in Space, something we felt was a moving tribute to a life well-lived. Fundamentally, we are all stardust, so this really felt like a fitting tribute to those of us who have lived through the prologue to the space age. My favourite thing about running our businesses is … Chris: The team we have put together is great, the work we get to do is fascinating and that’s really reflected in our team approach. Being able to offer our services is also a huge high – it’s a great feeling giving someone a memory they can treasure of somebody they have lost. We are particularly proud of our ambitious nature. Our engineers never like to say “it can’t be done” to a client. There’s nothing more satisfying than pulling off something once considered impossible. The three words that best describe our businesses are … Unique, bold, ambitious.
The Sheffield organisations that have supported us and our businesses include … Chris: The University of Sheffield, first and foremost, for giving us the publicity that allowed us to turn a fun project into a business. There’s a huge pool of graduate potential in Sheffield and schemes like RISE gave us – having never had to manage the hiring process before – access to this. Advisor and friend Robin Tones from RTC North is a great example of freely available business advice we have very much valued.
CHRIS ROSE AND ALEX BAKER, THE PROSTHETIC THE TEAM SENT INTO SPACE FOR THE LAST LEG (INSET)
Sheffield is a great place to start a business because … Chris: Despite being a big city, Sheffield has the closeness and spirit of a large town. Sheffield is developing at a rate of knots and as a result there are a lot of organisations that are focused on helping business’ advance to keep this momentum going. Local government wants new businesses to do well and this is reflected in varied and widespread funding opportunities, something we are very keen to further investigate to progress our research testing work. More specific to us we can get from our city centre office to open country for a balloon launch in no time at all.
The best advice we ever got was … Chris: “Do not get comfortable in the assumption that you are currently receiving the best deal, furthermore never assume that people have your best interests at heart”. I know this sounds pretty negative but I don’t mean it to! The message really is not to be lazy in assuming that the arrangement you have on a particular aspect of your business is perpetually good. Being proactive will very often be worth the effort.
Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because … Alex: We both studied here, and we’re not alone in having come here for university and fallen in love with the place. A business is its people, and Sheffield is great for people.
The worst advice we ever got was … Alex: “Stick to your original goals/business plan”. Objectives and perspectives change, it’s probably unhealthy to try and stubbornly stick to all your original business goals.
The main challenges facing our industry/sector are … Alex: Awareness is definitely up there – it seems like a very unique, niche thing on the surface, but what we can offer is affordable access to Space. That’s quite exciting we think! There’s immense scope for research and testing and this is our next big project. There are several major satellite tech companies in the UK for example – it’s just a matter of getting what we are able to do in front of them. In 5 years’ time we expect our businesses to … Alex: Beside seeing a general awareness within the funeral industry that scattering ashes in space is both possible and affordable, we’d like to see SentIntoSpace as an established service provider for satellite technology testing and Near Space equipment. Chris: Be offering STEMbased, hands-on learning projects in all primary schools within the UK.
SWEAT! ON THE MOOR
FITFORWORK A healthy workforce is a productive one so get your gym kit out of the cupboard, slip on your running shoes and find the perfect fitness centre for you from our list We all know we need to be more active at work. But a study of more than 14,000 people last year was a real eye-opener after revealing that on weekdays people who worked reported a longer amount of time sitting down than pensioners. It’s enough to get us all ditching the lift for the stairs or strolling over for a chat with colleagues instead of ‘pinging them an email’. In Sheffield we have companies like Seven Hills – South Yorkshire’s number one corporate health and wellbeing company – delivering energetic and engaging workouts for employees of all abilities at
workplaces across the region. But for those who want to swap the office for the gym before or after work – or on their lunch break – there are plenty of corporate packages on offer. Here we swap the suits for cycling shorts and take a look at a selection: Who – SWEAT! Where – 81A The Moor, Sheffield S1 4PF 6am - 10pm on weekdays and 8am - 7pm on weekends. www.sweatsheffield.com Why – Being conveniently located on The Moor, right in the centre of the area’s exciting new regeneration project, means plenty of reasons for
your team to stop by and get their SWEAT! on! Especially when you consider they offer over 100 classes a week, and have around 250 pieces of the latest techno-gym equipment. Who – SIV Where – Various. See www.siv.org.uk for details Why – As part of the Sheffield City Trust, SIV is a not-forprofit organisation focusing on reaching local communities and getting people to be active, so a corporate gym membership here will benefit your team’s waistlines as well as the city itself. The amount on offer is huge too, with seven different gyms to choose from, the enormous swimming pool
at Ponds Forge and even golf courses! Who – Sport Sheffield Where – Goodwin Sports Centre, Northumberland Road, Sheffield S10 2TY 7am - 10pm on weekdays, and 8am - 6pm on weekends (term time). Norton Playing Fields, Warminster Road, S8 8PS 11am – 5pm on Wednesdays, 9am till 5pm on Saturdays, 9am till 2pm on Sundays www.sport-sheffield.com Why – If anyone understands the impact good health can have on study and work, it’s Sport Sheffield – they are the dedicated facility of the University of Sheffield!
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However, their excellent facilities are open to the public as well as its students, and they offer lots of different corporate deals, too. Who – Nuffield Health Where – Napier Street, Sheffield, S11 8HA 6.30am – 10pm weekdays, and 8am – 9pm weekends www.nuffieldhealth.com Why – With Nuffield Health you can be sure your team is in good hands. They’re the leading provider of corporate wellbeing services in the UK, and proven to boost the health of employees. You can choose to give your team discounted access to their local club (along with a free health MOT every three months), or Nuffield can even help get your very own office gym up and running. Who – Fitness Club Central Where – 94 Surrey Street, Sheffield, S1 2LG, UK 7am – 9.30pm Monday to Thursday, 7am – 8pm Friday, 9am – 5pm Saturday, 10am – 4pm Sunday www.thefitnessclubcentral. co.uk Why – If you’re after a more personal experience, then look no further than Sheffield’s independent city centre gym. Fitness
Club Central can cater their corporate membership service to any company, no matter how big or small. The gym’s been around since 1998, so they know their stuff, plus their facilities have everything your team could need to get in tip-top shape. Who – Living Well Health Club Where – Hilton Sheffield, Victoria Quays, Sheffield, S4 7YB 6am – 10pm weekdays, 8am – 9pm weekends www.livingwell.com/club/ sheffield/ Why – Living Well Health Club has air-conditioned, fully equipped facilities that come complete with a spa, steam room and sauna, giving your team the perfect combination of a healthy workout with a side helping of rest and relaxation afterwards. Living Well ensures everyone attending the gym has constant access to their fitness team, ensuring your team gets the maximum health benefit. Who – Puregym Where – Sheffield City Centre South, 9-15 Manton Street, Sheaf Gardens, S2 4BA / Sheffield Millhouses, 9 Archer Road, S8 0LB
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Sheffield North, Tesco Extra, 2-16 Carlisle Street, S4 7LJ Open 24/7 www.puregym.com/city/ sheffield Why – Ever been sat watching TV at 1am and felt like hopping on a treadmill? If you’re the kind of fitness fanatic who answered yes, then Puregym and its 24/7 opening hours – shared across all three of its Sheffield branches – will have you jumping for joy. Even their corporate membership is no nonsense, with a flat 5% or 10% discount depending on the number of employees who sign up. Sorted. Who – Virgin Active Where – 300 Broadfield Park, Broadfield Road, Sheffield, Broadfield Park, S8 0XQ 6am – 10.30pm weekdays, 8am – 9pm weekends www.virginactive.co.uk/clubs/ sheffield-broadfield-park Why – Virgin offer revolutionary exercise routines and cutting-edge classes using only the most modern exercise equipment in a way that’ll really wow your team. Too busy to leave the office? They’ll bring the gym to you with 1520 minute classes from within your HQ. Still not convinced? Book a free trial open day to see for yourself.
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The University’s exciting ensemble organised and led entirely by current SU students. They play a variety of great music to the highest standard in a fun, and inclusive environment. A serious amount of brass.
The clues in the name folks, these guys are some of the coolest swingin’ cats this side of Watford! Modern, upbeat grooves in a swing style! They take new and classic hits, transform them with a unique style to keep toes tappin’ and knees knocking all the way out the venue and down the street!
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TRY REE EN PUREGYM Who – Xercise4less Where – Xercise4Less Sheffield Gym, 17 Guernsey Road, Sheffield S2 4HG 6am-10pm weekdays, 8am 8pm weekends www.xercise4less.co.uk Why – The name says it all. Xercise4less prides itself on its low prices, and that’s for both employers and employees. And low prices doesn’t meant low quality – this is one of the largest gyms in Sheffield and South Yorkshire, boasting more than 400 pieces of industry-leading equipment,
and over 200 fitness classes included in every membership. Who – Anytime Fitness Where – Building V1 2 Tenter Street, Sheffield S1 4BY Open 24/7 to Members www.anytimefitness.co.uk/ gyms/uk-0083/sheffieldyorkshire-and-the-humbers1-4by Why – This one is perfect for globe-trotters and travellers. Anytime Fitness have more than 3,600 gyms across the world, all of which are available 24/7 to anyone with a
membership, meaning you are assured your team will always have access to a great place to burn some calories. Who – TRIB3 Where – 557 Ecclesall Rd, Sheffield S11 8PR 6am – 8.30pm Monday to Thursday, 6am – 7.30pm Friday, 8am – 12.30pm Saturday and 8am – 11.30pm Sunday The Source Skills Academy, Meadowhall 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield S9 1EA 6am – 8.30pm Monday to
Thursday, 6am – 7.30pm Friday, and 8am – 5pm on Weekends. www.trib3.co.uk Why – One for those who like their exercise pumped up to the max. TRIB3 is a unique gym experience in that they put their high intensity “TRI” sessions to the forefront. It’s an aggressive, fat burning mixture of treadmill, resistance and intensity training that’ll have you screaming away almost 1000 calories each visit whilst you enjoy funky, international beats.
REDâ€™S TRUE BARBEQUE
LUNCH It’s heading towards noon and you’ve cleared your email inbox (well, just about) and finished and fired off that much put-off report. Now it’s time to grab a bite to eat to break up the working day – lunch with a client, prospective customer or colleague. But where to go? From Marco’s New York Italian to Graze Inn, in Sheffield we’re spoilt for choice and not limited to just the city centre. All the more reason to combine great food with a great meeting. So here it is, our picks that
do just that, suitable for any corporate lunch – some more of a casual nature, others locations to impress.
Handmade Burger Co. Address: Upper Level of the Meadowhall Oasis Dining Quarter. Website: www. handmadeburger.co.uk Contact number: 0114 256 8945 Opening hours: Weekdays: 11:30am – 10pm Social Media: Facebook – @handmadeburgercompany Twitter – @HandmadeBurger
Instagram – @handmadeburgerco About: If you are based in or around Meadowhall and a burger lover, then this is the perfect place for a more casual corporate lunch. As indicated from the restaurant’s chain name, all the burgers are handmade from fresh, quality ingredients, every day. There’s a wide range of options available including beef, chicken and lamb, alongside vegan options. Teamed with a milkshake and a side of fries, this really is that treat you need in the working week.
How do you eat in style but still get back to work in time? These eateries all serve great food but won’t take up too much of your valuable time Carluccio’s Address: Upper level of the Meadowhall Oasis Dining Quarter Website: www.carluccios.com Contact number: 0114 251 6767 Opening hours: Weekdays: 9am – 10pm Social Media: Facebook – @carluccios Twitter – @Carluccios Instagram – @carluccios About: If Italian cuisine is more your style than Carluccio’s is a top pick. The restaurant is decorated in a warm and modern style, while the menu features traditional classics
such as spaghetti carbonara and lasagne. When the food arrives, it is also beautifully presented, inviting you to dive straight in. The mains can be teamed with sides and followed by a dessert for a lovely lunchtime meeting. Graze Inn and Cow Shed Address: 315-319 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8NX Website: www.grazeinn.co.uk Contact number: 0114 267 6666 Opening hours: Weekdays: 9am - 9:30pm Social Media: Facebook – @grazeinnofficial Twitter – @GrazeInnSheff Instagram – @cowshed_ graze_inn About: On the bustling Ecclesall Road, this lovely, elegant restaurant provides a perfect place for a meeting with a client. It’s a contemporary open space, filled with unique furniture including stylish red chairs and a large chandelier. Choose between a naughty milkshake or the healthy juices options. The brunch and sandwiches menus, featuring all day breakfast, spicy burritos, and chargrilled steak on a rosemary ciabatta, will ensure you will leave feeling full and planning your next return.
Red’s True Barbeque Address: 383-385, Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PG Website: www.truebarbecue. com/sheffield Contact number: 0114 346 3260 Opening hours: Weekdays: 12pm – 11pm Social Media: Facebook – @RedsBBQSheffield Twitter – @RedsTreueBBQ Instagram – @redstruebbq About: For fans of all things BBQ. Although a chain restaurant, the industrial decor – the ceiling exposes the grey pipes and there are metal walls separating the different seating areas – gives it a different feel. Fitting the theme, the food is presented served on its own tray, teamed with a Red’s True Barbeque styled newspaper underneath. It really is a meat feast here as Red’s creatively put a twist on the BBQ classics.
Friday: 10am – 8pm Social Media: Facebook – @luckyfoxsheff Twitter – @LUCKYFOXsheff Instagram – @luckyfoxsheff About: The Lucky Fox is a Brooklyn-inspired dinner with a range of sweet and savoury treats to feast your eyes, taste buds and smartphones on. The chick n’ waffles are something to behold – and the subject of many a #foodporn capture on Instagram – as is The Fat Elvis, double-dipped fried chicken with cheese, slaw, bacon and fries all on a brioche bun. There are two sites – one on Division Street and the other on Ecclesall Road – both with different features on the menu. Both diners have all the right ingredients to make your casual corporate lunch a good one – but get there early to bag a table if it’s for a meeting as the popular venues fill up quick!
Lucky Fox Address: 72 Division Street, Sheffield S1 4GF Website: www.theluckyfox.com Contact number: 0114 278 0811 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 11am - 6pm
Tapton Hall Address: Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU Website: www.taptonhall.com Contact number: 0114 266 0051 Opening hours: Tuesday – Thursday: 12pm – 2pm
Friday: 12pm – 4pm Social Media: Facebook – @taptonhallsheff Twitter – @taptonhallsheff Instagram – @taptonhallsheff About: The picturesque Tapton Hall provides a perfect setting for any lunchtime occasion, especially for corporate lunches. There is a variety of menu options ranging from the business and bar lunch menu to the full-blown banquet to suit any meeting. Also available is a wide range of stylish rooms to allow you to fully enjoy the delicious food. These are all tailored to suit your individual and group requests. Additionally, meeting rooms are available which can be equipped with a projector, screens, whiteboards and flipcharts. The centre is fully licensed with two bars and catering is all carried out onsite in their extensive kitchen facilities. The head chef and team create menus for events of all sizes and are able to cater to your personal taste. There is also a free 200 space car park here, ensuring this venue is a suitable and easily accessible location for any corporate or team lunch.
AFTER HOURS Wagon 1871 Address: 4 Leadmill Road Sheffield S1 4SE Website: www.wagon1871.com Contact number: 0114 312 2358 Opening hours: Weekdays: 7am-8pm Social Media: Facebook – @Wagon1871 Twitter – @wagon1871 Instagram – @wagon_1871 About: Located opposite the city train station – and underneath The Showroom – Wagon 1871 provides a great lunchtime location for any client meeting, especially if your dinner guest is commuting in. The menu features classics from burgers, to jacket potatoes, foot-long hot dogs, wraps and fajitas. These can, of course, always be followed by a cheeky ‘cuppa’ and an irresistible dessert – a warning though, they all look so delicious it’ll be hard to choose. The food here is well presented and the wooden décor is simple but effective. OISOI Address: Unit 2, No. 2, Paul’s Place, 121 Norfolk Street, Sheffield S1 2FJ Website: www.oisoi.co.uk Contact number: 0114 275 6566 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 11:30am – 9:30 pm Friday: 11:30am – 10:30pm Social Media: Facebook – @OisoiFood Twitter – @OisoiFood Instagram – @OisoiFood About: OISOI is a contemporary restaurant, cocktail bar, café and patisserie with a wide range of Asian classics and contemporary fusion dishes. Located near the Peace Gardens, this restaurant is well situated for anyone working in or near the city centre. Stylishly decorated with wooden floors and quirky tiles and furniture, OISOI provides a warm and welcoming atmosphere. Sit in their comfy chairs and choose from an array of fabulous food. The dishes are brilliantly presented and taste incredible, too. This place makes any corporate lunch a memorable one.
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Browns Address: St Pauls Chambers, 8-12 St. Pauls Parade, Sheffield, S1 2JL Website: www.brownsrestaurants.co.uk/restaurants/ yorkshireandthehumber/ sheffield/ Contact number: 0114 276 6710 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 9am – 11pm Friday: 9am – 12am Social Media:
Facebook – @brownsrestaurants Twitter – @BrownsBrasserie Instagram – @brownsbrasserie About: Overlooking the Peace Gardens, providing a great spot for any city centre business meeting, the all-day British chain brasserie and bar easily adds some elegance to the more formal corporate lunches. Browns showcases a simple yet stylish décor which incorporates the friendly atmosphere. Although the
lunch menu only features a few options, there is still choice for vegetarians and all the food available is tasty and impeccably presented. There is also the choice of a threecourse meal to prepare you for a productive meeting. The Holt Address: 156 Arundel Street, Sheffield, S1 4RE Website: www.theholtcafe.co.uk Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
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Opening hours: Weekdays: 9am – 5pm Social Media: Facebook – @holtsheffield Twitter – @holtsheffield Instagram – @holtsheffield About: The Holt is well situated on Arundel Street, allowing you to mix business with food – and not forgetting the coffee! This café really does have a striking and truly original interior décor. The bunting, fairy lights and unique serving counter, featuring a mixture of colourful wooden panels, are distinctive and there’s usually eye-catching art work on the walls. Tempting options on offer include sandwiches, eggs benedict and homemade beans on toast. There is also a wide range here for vegetarians and vegans. The Holt works in partnership with Smith Street Coffee Rosters who are now a permanent resident, creating amazing house coffee, roasted on site in a beautiful hand-built Giesen roaster. Also the venue where we met to plan this very edition you’re currently tucking into! If you are wanting a twist on a business lunch meeting venue then ‘holt’ – you’ve found the right place! (sorry).
Marco’s New York Italian Sheffield Address: West Bar Green, Sheffield, S1 2DA Website: www. mpwrestaurants.co.uk/ourbrands/new-york-italian/ sheffield Contact number: 0114 399 0990 Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 12:00pm – 10pm Social Media: Facebook – @ MarcosNewYork ItalianSheffield Twitter – @MarcosSheffield Instagram – @marcos_ sheffield About: Marco Pierre White’s restaurant has been inspired by the celebrity chef’s Italian heritage and his love for American/New York dishes. The restaurant is decorated with sleek tiles and wooden floors for a modern touch, while snaps of the food are regularly shared on social media. Once you tuck in it is clear to see that Marco’s makes the most of fresh and local produce. The menu delves into the traditional while adding an inventive twist, offering something for every taste and palette. For those wanting to visit in your hour lunch break then there is the option of the Express
Lunch menu. Still featuring the delicious classics of pizzas and pasta, this option guarantees you will be in and out of the restaurant within 45 minutes or the meal is on them. 18Fifty5 restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel Address: Bramall Lane, Sheffield, S2 4SU Website: www. millenniumhotels .com/en/sheffield/copthornehotel-sheffield/18fifty5restaurant Contact number: 01142 525 480 Opening hours: Weekdays: 6:30am – 9:30pm Social Media: Facebook – @millenniumhotels Twitter – @millennium Instagram – @18Fifty5restaurant About: Organise a corporate lunch in style at the award winning 18Fifty5 restaurant at the Copthorne Hotel Sheffield. On the menu is the ultimate in fine British cuisine as local and traditional favours are served with a contemporary twist. On to the business side of things and there are three multifunctional suites to choose from to create a professional environment. For smaller occasions, chose their elegant
and well-equipped Pavilion Boardroom, which can seat up to 12 guests. For all meeting and events confirmed and held before 31 December 2018, there is the Pick & Mix offer – allowing you to choose from a selection of complimentary benefits including: Chef’s selection of upgraded lunch options, upgraded tea and coffee breaks, one in every 10 paid delegates goes free, and many more goodies. Bhaji Shop, Thali café Address: 2A-2B, Ball Street, Sheffield, S3 8DB Website: www.thebhajishop. co.uk Contact number: 0114 275 5511 Opening hours: Monday: Closed Tuesday – Saturday: 11am – 9.30pm Social Media: Facebook – @Thebhajishop Twitter – @thebhajishop Instagram – @thebhajishop About: The Bhaji Shop, Thali Café is the perfect place for fans of Indian cuisine with a western twist. The mezze allows you to eat a range of tasty treats including a delicious meat, fish or veg curry, tarka daal (a spicy lentil soup), two of their daily special salads, fragrant basmati rich, flatbread and
AFTER HOURS perfect venue for a work lunch, whether it’s a treat between colleagues or serious business. The Grind Cafe Address: Cornwall Works 3 Green Lane, Kelham Island Sheffield S3 8SJ Website: www.grindcafe.co.uk Contact number: 0114 272 3929 Opening Hours: Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm Sunday: 9am – 5pm Social media: Facebook: @ TheGrindCafeKelhamIsland Twitter: @THEGRIND_CAFE About: The lunch menu is packed full of colourful sandwiches, tasty quiches and mouth-watering salads. But also three words: Giant. Sausage. Rolls. New dishes are often added to the menu but as the website itself says: ‘Don’t worry we still do our sausage rolls which seem to have a following all of their own’. Agreed.
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homemade chutneys – yummy! The bold and bright blue exterior continues inside with a matching coloured wall and some fashionable décor – including some lovely patterned chairs and tiles. This café will brighten not only your business meeting, but your day. Craft and Dough Address: 1A, Kelham Square, Kelham Island, Sheffield S3 8SD Website: www.craftanddough.co.uk Contact number: 0114 276 2803 Opening hours: Weekdays: 11am – 11pm Social Media: Facebook – @craftanddough.co.uk Twitter – @CraftDough Instagram – @craftdough About: A wide range of craft beers are available to try and beautifully worked doughs create mouth-watering artisan pizzas. This restaurant is beautifully decorated with stylish seating and a beautiful bar area, showcasing the beers on offer. The pizzas not only look amazing but taste amazing, too, and are the perfect option for any lunch meeting. And yes, we are a bit biased because we held our planning meeting for edition
2 here – and so were some of the first few people to sample the Sausage and fennel with ricotta, blue cheese and honey! Brocco on the Park Address: 92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield, S11 8RS Website: www.brocco.co.uk/ kitchen Contact number: 0114 266 1233 Opening hours: Monday-Saturday: 8.30am10pm. Sunday: 8:30am – 6pm Social Media: Facebook: @broccosheffield
Twitter: @broccosheffield About: Recently listed in the Michelin Guide to UK and Ireland, the neighbourhood kitchen’s smorgasbord lunch is unique in Sheffield. With bold Nordic flavours, the menu changes each season, meaning there’s always something new to try. Choose from small plates like crab cakes with saffron yoghurt, bruschetta with chorizo, tomato and poached egg or smoked cheese and leek tart. With an imaginative wine list as well as hand-crafted coffees and desserts, Brocco Kitchen is the
The Greedy Greek Address: 418-420 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield, S11 8ZP Website: www. thegreedygreekdeli.co.uk Contact number: 0114 266 7719 Opening Hours: Seven days a week: 10am – 10pm Social media: Facebook: @TheGreedyGreekDeli Twitter: @GreedyGreekDeli About: The Greedy Greek Deli is a long-established family business providing fresh home cooked Greek food from its own manufacturing kitchen. In the restaurant the three-course meze meal deals (typically for 2-9 people) are great value and cover a large selection of the menu. Tables are available indoors and out, while the relaxed first floor dining space is ideal for group bookings like meetings. The venue also has a catering business – Greek Deli Direct – for outside events, weddings and birthday parties, as well as for company meetings and events with everything from simple buffet menus to three-course hot lunches plus a waiter service available if required.
In the quest to get away from it all we sent unLTDâ€™s Jill Theobald and Olivia Muggeson to sample mouth-watering treats in Latvian capital city Riga and visit a medieval castle on the North Yorkshire coast
RIGA From a cat on an Art Nouveau roof to zeppelin hangers full of mouth-watering treats – there’s more to Riga than meets the eye. Recognised by UNESCO as a World Heritage site, Old Riga is the heart and soul of Latvia’s capital and where my friend and I’s compact and cosy Airbnb apartment was located. Just around the corner was the gorgeous cinema Splendid Palace which certainly lives up to its name. The first cinema in the Baltics to screen sound films, today film fans can enjoy watching movies in an architectural monument of national importance as the first ferro concrete building in Riga. The building was designed in Rococo style – as you enter cherubs surround the doorway and inside the ornate cinema itself there are ceiling paintings and palm motifs flanking the stage/ screen. Next door is the Tinto restaurant and bar, a modern and stylish hot spot where we enjoyed some tasty tapas
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and the contemporary, chic atmosphere. The Latvians’ struggle for their country’s independence is encapsulated in the rather beautiful Freedom Monument or ‘Lady Liberty’. Unveiled in 1935, the sculpture depicts the nation singing, working and fighting for liberty and, on top, Lady Liberty holding aloft three stars.
The Central Market is a foodie lover’s heaven – one of the largest markets in Europe, its five vast zeppelin hangars are full of stalls selling cheese, fish, smoked meat, honey, fresh fruit and vegetables and seasonal produce. A real treat for all the senses. Riga Castle is in the Central District on the banks of the River Daugava. It’s the
residence of the President of Latvia and one of the largest medieval castles in the country … so I’ll gloss over the fact I misread the map by mistaking the canal for the river, walked past it and took me and my pal effectively jay-walking across the cable-stayed Vanu Tilts bridge. The view looking back, however, at a line-up of stunning spires was definitely worth the walk – and sharing on Instagram. The Doma Cathedral is much less hard to miss, even by my standards. According to the Travel Latvia website, it’s both the ‘spiritual heart of the city’ and a ‘work in progress’ – a perfect description given its exterior incorporates Gothic, Romanesque, Baroque and even Art Nouveau elements. The interior, meanwhile, holds many works of art, and there are also artefacts from Riga’s history to be discovered on display in the adjacent Cloister Garden. Dome Square is full of little street stalls – and it is taken over by the Christmas Market
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in December – plus there are plenty of bars and cafes around to nip in to warm up with a lovely hot chocolate. And just around the corner is one of my favourite buildings in Riga. Called The Cat House, the custard-yellow building has two wrought-copper cats perched on the corner turrets of the roof. Latvian legend has it, the building was owned by a wealthy trader who, out of resentment for not being admitted as a member of the Great Guild, put the figures on the roof – tails aloft and with their backsides in the general direction of the Guild which had rejected him. The insult to his enemies did not go unnoticed. After a lengthy court battle, he was eventually admitted to the Guild. The rest of my favourite buildings in Riga are in the Art Nouveau district. Indeed, Riga is the city with the highest concentration of Art Nouveau
architecture anywhere in the world – with more than a third of buildings in central Riga alone – and was one of the main draws for me. For full stretches of pastel and brightly coloured multistorey apartment buildings the Art Nouveau district is the place to head. Talk about #architectureporn. In the Art Nouveau district is the charming Flying Frog café. The extensive menu features omelettes, grilled dishes, burgers, sandwiches, and pasta – in huge portions. We dined at a little table with sunlight pouring in through the colourful window adorned with floral motifs, our table surrounded by frog decorations, funky gargoyles, and tanks full of tropical fish. We also experienced some Russian cuisine in the upmarket Uncle Vanya restaurant which was like dining in the front room of an elegant house in Doctor Zhivago. My friend and
I really enjoyed the traditional Slavic cuisine and our waitress treated us to a shot of one of their homemade spirits horseradish flavoured vodka which was a bit more of an acquired taste. We strolled through the beautiful Vērmanes park in the heart of Riga every day on the way to and from our apartment and as we visited in autumn the leaves on the trees – and ground – were gorgeous golden and rustic red. Speaking of the season (and location) we expected it to be, quite literally, Baltic. But while it was certainly ‘layer up, hat and scarf’ weather, it was a crisp, fresh cold. None of that British chill or fine rain that soaks you right through… Easy Wine does exactly what it says on the tin – or bottle. Sixty different wines in dispensers for every taste and budget. On entering the bar you get a card with 50 Euro deposit. Put the card into the wine dispenser,
select your wine, pop your glass under, press the button et voila – vino! No pre-payment – at the end of your visit you hand the card back and pay for what you have drunk. And if you’re after a more local flavour try Riga’s Black Balsam. A traditional herbal liqueur made with many different natural ingredients mixed in vodka, it’s certainly a very versatile drop – it can be had as a shot, on the rocks or mixed with schnapps, soda or soft drinks. It can also be served warm in tea or coffee and is an ingredient in a variety of cocktails. Getting there: We got the Stagecoach Yorkshire 737 bus to Doncaster Sheffield Airport – a limited stop service direct from Sheffield Interchange. Single fare £6. For details on flight times and prices visit www.flydsa. co.uk
SCARBOROUGH Fancy a weekend break away in one of North Yorkshire’s top seaside towns? Scarborough, which is blessed with two sandy beaches and a historic headland dating back to the Roman times, is the place to be. With many attractions for all the family, it is a perfect place for a weekend visit. Scarborough is one of the east coast’s busiest seaside resorts and attracts many people to the town, due to the vast amount of history. One of Scarborough’s oldest attractions is Scarborough Castle which stands impressively looking over the North Sea. During the summer month, the castle holds several events from exhibitions to educational activities for the kids. You can also take your canine friends and explore the walks through the gardens, before heading down for a splash in the sea. Scarborough is fortunate to
have two beaches within the blue flagged north bay and south bay that you can choose from. The north bay is lined with a number of gorgeous beach huts and a miniature railway to guide you and the children round the bay without the hassle of walking. The Sea Life Centre is also
a fun and educational activity which has been in Scarborough for many years. This attraction offers the opportunity to have breakfast with the seals and embark on a marine biologist experience. This is complimented with many pubs and cafes for food and refreshments
throughout the day.Blue Crush situatated under The Sands Development complex at the North Bay offer a wide variety of food and drink with an outside seating allowing customers a spectacular view while eating their lunch. An alternative option would be an afternoon tea with a selection of sandwiches and cakes from Peaches and Cream, a local, independent business. From here, you can take the open top bus and enjoy a breezy ride around the bay for as little as £2. The south bay foreshore is renowned for it addictive arcades, Luna theme park, speed boat rides and of course the beautiful boats situated in the pier. With two piers on offer, The Harbour View Café on the west pier allows the enjoyment of tasting declious fish and chips while observing the picturesque boats in the harbour.
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Looking over south bay, the magnificent view of Scarborough Spa glistens in the sun, offering visitors the chance to view the great architecture which dates back to the 1800s. Many people visit The Spa to watch concerts, shows, and visit exhibitions. This half a mile attraction offers a cliff lift which takes you up to the esplanade where the opportunity to take the perfect photo of the whole of Scarborough bay is on offer. With a small walk into town, there are many shops and restaurants to keep you busy
Scarborough is certainly the place to visit with unmissable attractions and activities for all the family.
throughout the weekend. One of Scarborough newest attractions is Europeâ€™s largest Open-Air Theatre where they have hosted some of musicâ€™s biggest stars including Elton John, Olly Murs and Status Quo. In summer 2018 they are proud to be introducing Lionel Richie, Gary Barlow, Britney Spears, and many more excellent acts, so if you are lucky enough to get tickets, you definitely will not regret it. Scarborough is certainly the place to visit with unmissable attractions and activities for all the family.
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TOURISM 41 YEARS Following a record year-to-date for inbound tourism to the UK, growth is set to continue according to national tourism agency VisitBritain. Overseas visits to the UK are set to smash the £40 million mark for the first time in 2018 – up 4.4% on 2017 – with an expected 39.9 million visits.
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The length of time the Off the Shelf festival, one of the largest, most celebrated literary festivals in the UK, 7-28 has been running in OCT Sheffield
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Sheffield University’s Festival of the Mind is a unique collaboration between academic colleagues’ expertise and the creative and cultural talent in the city
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unLTD is a multimedia platform connecting you with the Sheffield business community. At its heart is this bi-monthly magazine distributed to...