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ALSO INSIDE... 6: News TRIB3 international expansion, Owlerton’s new banqueting suite and Vivid Creative’s award success. 14: If You Ask Me... Health – how can business take the pressure off the NHS? 25: Calendar All the very best business and social events happening around the city. 38: Five minutes with... We take time out to chat to Annie Bowman who set up Hoydens after getting fed up of ill-fitting traditional uniforms. 41: Office interiors Sheffield Technology Parks show us around their new look HQ. 47: Your Pitch Ray Byrne of Whyychange tells us how his business coaching firm is helping clients transform their organisations. 56: A force for good Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a focus for firms large and small. Tracy Viner of the Cathedral Archer Project shares how businesses themselves can also benefit. 71: Summer time unwinding Our pick of some of the best beer gardens and al fresco dining options in the area. 82: Number Crunch We crunch the numbers for Tramlines – Sheffield’s Biggest Ever Party.
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AN EVENT-FUL EDITION You can’t keep the NHS out of the media or, indeed, out of our lives. It’s unlikely that any two people will share the same opinion about it but what most can agree on is that being free at the point of use for serious issues is something that we can all be proud of. However, and without dumbing down the debate too much, the NHS is far more than just Accident & Emergency. It permeates many different areas from trips to the dentist through to cancer treatment. Business is not immune to this and plays a huge part in the success (or failure depending on your political viewpoint) of the NHS. In this issue we ask a panel of experts how business can help to take the strain off the NHS. Their views are fascinating and are sure to provoke much debate. Sticking with health, unLTD’s chief writer Jill Theobald meets Holly Crosby who gives her top tips for employers and employees in terms of maintaining and improving your mental health. As usual we’re also packed with features, columns and, because it’s the summer and scorching hot outside, we take a look at the best beer gardens and activity-based attractions across our area. Again, thanks to the unLTD team for the hardship of visiting many! Our cover star this issue is Thermotex managing director Chloe Watmore who, as one of the youngest MDs in our patch, has taken her business to an award-winning level. Chloe tells us how she has brought in the most modern working-practices to transform Thermotex. Company culture is proving to be one of unLTD’s most popular articles with readers and we’re sure you’ll enjoy taking a peek behind the scenes at Sheffield-based educational resource company Twinkl. Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a focus for firms large and small. We met with Tracy Viner of the Cathedral Archer Project to found out how businesses themselves can benefit. And finally an important date for your diary – we’d be chuffed if you join us for an afternoon of networking and finding out more about our publication at our unLTD business social event. See page 27 for more details. Don’t forget to visit the unLTDbusiness.com for daily news updates, opinion pieces and features.
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AGENDA NEWS Doncaster on ‘cusp of great things’ Creating happier communities, higher skills, better jobs and more productive businesses were all on the agenda at the Doncaster Business Conference. Business leaders and students attending heard how the borough is ‘on the cusp of great things’, but there are still challenges to be addressed.
TRIB3 SET TO OPEN MOST LUXURIOUS STORE TO DATE IN THE SPANISH CAPITAL, MADRID
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delegates attended the Doncaster Business Conference
Sheffield-born international fitness phenomenon TRIB3 is set to launch its most luxurious store to date in the Spanish capital, Madrid. The announcement of the new flagship store comes hot on the heels of TRIB3’s first Spanish site. The Barcelona club is based completely on the original TRIB3 concept that proved a hit in Sheffield and Leeds, with 100 per cent UK-specification imported equipment and elements including ‘industrial lux’ changing rooms, retail space and Mixology bar. TRIB3 was launched in Sheffield in 2016 and has been hailed as one of Britain’s best workouts by the influential Women’s Health magazine. It
TRIB3 has been ranked in Top Five Sunday Times’ hardest workouts in the world
has also been named one of the Top Five hardest workouts in the world by the Sunday Times. The new 5,000 sq ft highend Bootcamp will be the most luxurious TRIB3 club so far, with many exciting new features. TRIB3 now has sites in Sheffield, Leeds, Moscow and Spain, with a launch in the Finnish city of Tampere set for September and Helsinki to follow by October. TRIB3 is set for a Far East launch in China in the Autumn, with the first sites scheduled for a September opening, followed by a full extension programme for the next five years.
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The annual conference, run by Doncaster Chamber, addressed two key themes – creating, retaining and attracting talent in the town, and, making Doncaster a vibrant cultural place. Dan Fell, Doncaster Chamber CEO, underpinned the conference’s sentiment that meaningful partnerships and collaborations between government, business and education are crucial for addressing challenges, acting on opportunities and getting the job done. Keynote speaker Robert Hough CBE, chair of Peel Airports Group – owners of Doncaster Sheffield Airport – said skills, jobs and partnerships are vital for Doncaster’s development The event also included a conversation with Doncaster’s three local MPs – Dame Rosie Winterton DBE, Ed Miliband, and Caroline Flint – with questions taken on skills, employment, infrastructure, culture, and place.
AGENDA New board appointed at leading architects
STEVE THOMAS, MARK WHEELER AND MARK KELLY
‘GROUND-BREAKING’ NATIONAL BROADBAND BOOST Whitespace Technology is rolling-out a ground-breaking project to deliver high-speed broadband to UK homes and businesses struggling with connectivity. Pioneering the commercial use of the TV Whitespace (TVWS) technology by repurposing TV frequencies freed up following the switch from analogue to digital enables the team to deliver high-speed connectivity for speedchallenged areas of the UK. The team spent two years rigorously testing the service in some of the UK’s most challenging areas. Areas in Scotland, England and Wales, where Whitespace is working closely with regional councils and the Welsh Assembly, are
10 MBPS UK government’s target broadband connection speed by 2020
already benefiting. Chief Executive and founder Mark Wheeler said: “This is ground-breaking. We are utilising 20th century technology, updated for use in the 21st century with huge benefits.” “The affordable approach, which avoids the cost of
complex infrastructure and digging up roads and footpaths, is very much ‘Made in Sheffield’,” said Mark. Whitespace UK is based at the Innovation Centre in Portobello. Chief operating officer is Mark Kelly, a former senior team member with Mark Wheeler at local firm Plusnet. The Chairman is well-known Sheffield businessman Steve Thomas. The specially-designed aerials are manufactured in Sheffield in partnership with city-based business Blake UK Ltd. Mark added: “We’re already seeing huge demand for the service and expect that to grow over the next two or three years. We are getting massive interest – we are getting inquiries from all over the world.”
Farmer launches hog roast catering company A free-range farmer has launched his own mobile hog roast catering business after realising the traditional buffet ‘no longer quite cuts it’ at weddings. Rotherham-based The Yorkshire Hog Roast Company, which caters for weddings, public events and private parties, was established by Shaun Churm after £500 funding from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund enabled him to purchase essential business items including a gazebo,
display equipment and a generator. The owner of a free range and rare breed pig farm, Shaun’s hog roast business is proving so popular among loved-up couples looking to celebrate their nuptials with a late-night hog roast that the company has teamed up with Wortley Hall Hotel to offer its catering services as a feature of all wedding packages. He said: “The catering options offered at events are becoming increasingly diverse – the
from the UKSE Kickstart Fund helped purchase essential business items
traditional buffet no longer quite cuts it! “Hog roast catering services are becoming very popular – especially as a late-night buffet at weddings – and it seemed like a natural progression for me to enter into this market.”
Sheffield-based chartered architects practice Race Cottam Associates is restructuring its senior management team as part of its long-term development and expansion plans. The new leadership, which specialises in the health, schools, university, energy and waste sectors, will be spearheaded by long-serving director David Speddings, who succeeds company co-founder David Cottam as managing director. Joining David on the new board of directors will be Laurie Cottam, who will take the lead in the company’s civic, public sector and commercial projects, and Pauline Lake, responsible for business development and who specialises in the school sector. Recent projects for Race Cottam, which was established in 1993, include the University of York’s landmark International Pathway College and the final commissioning of North Yorkshire’s Allerton Waste Recovery Park. Co-founder David Cottam, who as part of the new management structure will take on a more strategic role, said: “This is part of a planned strategic transition for the business which we have been working on for three years – and although I will remain on the board for the foreseeable future I am, to use a wellknown phrase, ‘handing over the reins’.” David Speddings said: “Together, we will work to build on the solid foundations that David and Peter Race laid down almost 25 years ago – foundations which have seen the business grow from strength-to-strength. “We have significant and exciting projects in the pipeline and we’re extremely excited to be leading Race Cottam into its next generation.”
HOT • Sheffield City Region manufacturer ALTEK Group has been acquired for an initial £45m by US-based group Harsco Corporation in a deal that was supported by Yorkshire advisers BHP Corporate Finance and Keebles. • Danish pension investment company, Britannia Invest A/S, has bought the six-floor office block Acero for £26.6m, making it the third multi-million-pound office sale in the area over the past three months.
• With investments from more than 150 companies, Sheffield City Region’s inward investment team created 3,857 new jobs in 2017/18, across 152 different projects. • A Victorian warehouse close to the Shalesmoor Roundabout, known as the Nichols building, is set to receive a £6m revamp with shops, cafes, and bars – as well as a seven-story extension for 50 apartments.
COOL • Passengers were meant to benefit from the increased capacity of Northern Rail’s new train timetable, but instead a lack of trained drivers meant a shaky start – with one in seven trains being cancelled on the first day.
ARTIST IMPRESSION OF THE PROPOSED £5M BANQUETING SUITE AT OWLERTON STADIUM
‘GAME-CHANGING’ £5M OWLERTON PLANS Owlerton Greyhound Stadium has submitted plans for a £5m banqueting suite, which will become one of the largest entertaining and conference spaces in the city and create up to 200 jobs. The significant investment by stadium owners A & S Leisure Group Ltd is part of a company restructuring, which will also see a new casino being built in Manchester at the China Town end of Portland Street. Work on the 500-capacity banqueting suite started in June and it is expected to open by Easter 2019. Sheffield-based WMA Architects have been commissioned for the project. Owlerton managing director John Gilburn said: “This is an important development in the long history of Owlerton Greyhound
200 The amount of jobs the new banqueting suite will create
Stadium and it will provide us with the most modern banqueting and conference facilities in the city. “For some time, Sheffield has lacked a venue with the flexibility that this will provide. This will give us the ability to host weddings, conferences, large banquets, indoor sporting events and concerts. “We believe that the new development will prove very popular both on our Tuesday, Friday and Saturday night race nights as well as during the working week.” A & S Leisure Group chairman Dave Allen said: “I believe this investment in Owlerton Stadium is gamechanging for Sheffield’s banqueting facilities and will enable us to concentrate on our provincial operations.”
Artisanal past becomes bespoke online boutique Sheffield-based business owner Johnny Pawlik, founder of Mantra Media, and his business partner Masatsugu Kuno have turned a passion project into a ‘modern, bespoke online boutique’. Working alongside Japan’s most sought-after craftspeople, they’ve created Atelier Japan which ships handmade products and organic matcha to the UK directly from Kyoto. Atelier Japan developed after the pair delivered a series of digital marketing seminars in Kyoto for business owners,
charities and local government officials in late 2016. Johnny said: “We wanted to powerfully encapsulate an ancient artisanal past and make it accessible for a contemporary modern audience. “Masa and I always wanted to create a meaningful venture together, something with social heart, that helped people and made a tangible difference to people’s lives. “We saw the local economic market in Japan was being squeezed due to the declining population so we thought, why
not use our digital marketing skills to keep these small businesses alive through international sales. “Having seen the huge decrease in manufacturing and craftsmanship in the UK over the generations, we didn’t want to see that happen in Japan, too. Mantra Media has worked with the likes of the Tokyo Metropolitan Government and the Tokyo Taskforce so we decided we could use our resources to venture into a passion project.”
EVENT EXHIBITION SPACE SNAPPED UP IN RECORD TIME Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber’s annual business showcase has confirmed all exhibitors months in advance, with all 56 exhibition stands snapped up in record time. Now in its sixth year, Chamber Means Business provides the chance for local businesses throughout the region to get together and network, make contacts, attract customers and learn new skills through a number of seminars hosted on the day. Amongst exhibitors at the free event, taking place on 6 September at AESSEAL New York Stadium in Rotherham, are Chamber Patrons and members including Bizspace Rotherham, Crystal Clean Service, Experian, Fortay Media, Russell Richardson, and Stagecoach. Hayley Koseoglu, managing director of Crystal Clean Service said: “Last year’s exhibition had a great
EXHIBITION STANDS FOR BARNSLEY AND ROTHERHAM CHAMBER’S ANNUAL BUSINESS SHOWCASE HAVE SOLD OUT IN RECORD TIME
atmosphere and people are still talking about it now. The variety of speakers and exhibitors was both educational and inspiring in equal measure.” Exhibition sponsors Burrows Fleet and Business
Centre will be providing free test drives for delegates to be pre-booked, along with Osborne Technologies who will be showcasing their mobile SensoryPod, an advanced self-contained multi-sensory room.
‘IT IS HEART-WARMING IN MY FIRST WEEK OF OFFICE TO SEE FIRST-HAND HOW QUICKLY SHEFFIELD IS DEVELOPING AS ITS OWN MAJOR CENTRE FOR THE NORTH’. SHEFFIELD’S NEW LORD MAYOR, CLLR MAGID MAGID, SAW HOW MORE THAN £400 MILLION OF REGIONAL INVESTMENT BY IKEA, MEADOWHALL AND ARBA GROUP HAS BEEN PLOUGHED INTO THE MEADOWHALL DISTRICT AT A BUSINESS BREAKFAST.
‘Once-in-ageneration’ employment trial launches A new health-led employment trial that will support people with a mental or physical health condition has been launched by Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA). Working Win is a randomised control trial funded by the Government’s Work and Health Unit and delivered in partnership local NHS partners. It is open to participants aged 18 or over, are registered with a GP in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw and who have a mental or physical health condition they feel is a barrier to moving into or remaining in employment.
GP practices have already signed up to Working Win
People can self-refer online and NHS organisations can also refer participants. All seven NHS Trusts in the region and 42 GP practices have already signed up. Dan Jarvis, Sheffield City Region mayor, said: “Research has proved that that being in good work can support good health. That’s why I’m proud that Sheffield City Region is one of the very first areas in the UK to be trialling this new dedicated and personalised support, helping people to find work, or to stay in work if they’re struggling.” Niall O’Reilly, head of work and wellbeing at SYHA, said: “Working Win provides a once-in-a-generation opportunity to trial new ways of improving employment outcomes for people with physical or mental health conditions.”
AGENDA Sheffield’s ‘incredible night of sport’ returns
VIVID CREATIVE’S JON DICKINS, JAMES AYLIFF, AND GERRY ARCARI
PHOTO: THE DRUM
AGENCY ‘BURNS BRIGHT’ UNDER AWARDS SPOTLIGHT A creative marketing agency that prides itself on helping ‘Brands Burn Brighter’ has won a national award for Brand Strategy. Vivid Creative took the Brand Strategy (under 40 staff) title in global media platform The Drum’s RAR Awards at Grosvenor Square in London, beating nine other shortlisted agencies from cities across the UK including London, Nottingham, Liverpool, Manchester and Cardiff. The agency, based in Kelham Island, was shortlisted in four categories – brand strategy, B2B marketing, design, and packaging design – by the Recommended Agency Register (RAR), The Drum’s service to help brands choose agencies based on ratings. Managing director Gerry Arcari said: “This award is fantastic, but what makes it so special is the category of
The year Vivid Creative was established and today employs 17 staff
Brand Strategy. Our ethos is to deliver exceptional results for our clients that help us make ‘Brands Burn Brighter’ so while being shortlisted four times was thrilling, this was the award we wanted. “We get really involved in
the businesses we work with because we are permanently inquisitive, so we find out the real details and depth behind the brand. “To be the only Sheffield company in our category is testament to our brilliant staff and the quality of our services. We didn’t enter the RAR awards – our clients were asked by RAR to rate us on areas such as Creativity and Innovation and Effectiveness, as well as our services. It is our clients who rated Vivid so highly which shows we have gained their confidence and respect – they genuinely value us as a partner and trust us with their brand. “Brand Strategy is what Vivid prides itself in and we’ve now been recognised and rewarded on a national scale, so this is like a lifetime achievement award for me – everything the company has been working towards.”
Sheffield’s Celebration of Sport is back, with a 2018 event promising to be bigger and even better than before. The second staging of the event will take place on Thursday 4 October at Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park in the prestigious English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS) – past and present training ground of famous sporting names such as Dame Jessica Ennis-Hill and Anthony Joshua, home of GB Boxing and GB Para Table Tennis and hundreds of emerging sports stars of the future. The EISS Indoor Athletics Arena will be transformed to provide the stunning setting for the glittering gala dinner, supported once again by headline sponsor Meadowhall, in conjunction with joint owner British Land and hosted again by BBC Look North’s Tanya Arnold. First held two years ago, the event attracted more than 600 guests, including many Olympians and Paralympians fresh from their success at the 2016 Games in Rio. This year’s stars will include athletes from the recent Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and PyeongChang Winter Olympics, as well as many other famous faces from Sheffield’s sporting scene who will be announced over the coming weeks. Richard Caborn, former Minister for Sport and now Project Lead for Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, said: “This event mirrors what Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is all about, a unique development bringing together elite, professional and grassroots sport. “In what promises to be another incredible night in spectacular surroundings, we will be honouring those who have achieved sporting success in 2018.”
Apprentice ‘assets’ for Quality Context Pharmaceutical consultancy and testing laboratory Quality Context has hired two new apprentices. Joseph Bates and Rebekah Francis-Clarke are both studying for their NVQ level 2 in Business Administration while providing important support roles for the company. Joseph is working within the operations department and Rebekah has joined the busy consultancy team. Gillian Burton, director of operations, said: “Joe and Rebekah are already proving to be assets to the Quality Context team and I am certain they will grow and develop in their roles. I am looking forward to mentoring both of them throughout their journey.”
Clare joins comms company Communications and public affairs specialist Counter Context has welcomed a stakeholder and communication professional to their growing team. Clare Maguire new account manager will bring a wealth of experience from her time at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce where she delivered stakeholder management, engagement, and communications on a major flood defence project. She said: “I am delighted to have the opportunity to work with such an experienced and dedicated team to help our clients successfully deliver exciting and innovative projects.” Managing Director, Alexis Krachai, said: “We are passionate about supporting important developments in our city and across the built environment. Clare’s previous expertise from working within Sheffield Chamber will be instrumental in our work.”
Dream job for Catrin
PJ Taste have welcomed a new second chef to build the team and back up Head Chef, Lee Mangles (ex-Silversmiths). Catrin Fraser Jones cut her teeth in London at gastro eateries and on returning to her roots in the north contacted PJ Taste as ‘her dream job in Sheffield!’
Glu secures 15 pharma jobs
JOSEPH BATES, GILLIAN BURTON, AND REBEKAH FRANCIS-CLARKE
DE Pharmaceuticals has welcomed 15 new employees to its 11 UK distribution locations, with the help of Sheffield-based recruitment agency Glu Recruit.
BIG BOOST TO BANNER JONES SIMON GILMOUR AND ADAM KUDRYL
Duo join Harper James
KELLY PARKS AND SHETAL GUDGEON Law firm Banner Jones has strengthened its family law division with the appointment of a senior solicitor, Shetal Gudgeon, and promotion of a new director Kelly Parks. Shetal’s specialist accreditation in children related and domestic violence cases, and her 15 years of experience on complex family law issues, has seen her become a recommended Family Lawyer in The Good Lawyer Guide. She said: “This is a very exciting opportunity to join an award-winning, ambitious law firm with a long-established reputation for excellence.”
Shetal’s appointment follows the promotion of Kelly Parks to director and head of family law, overseeing all issues relating to personal relationships, relationship breakdown, high value financial disputes and child arrangement disputes. Kelly said: “With increasing scope to be involved in regional, national and international cases, I am grateful for the opportunity to lead the family law team at Banner Jones during a period of growth and expansion. “Shetal and I were trainee solicitors together 17 years ago and it’s great to be reunited!”
Law firm Harper James Solicitors has expanded its national team with the appointment of corporate partner Adam Kudryl and its employment law team with experienced partner Simon Gilmour.
Molly joins Mantra Molly Harding has joined Mantra Media as business development manager specialising in developing business in new markets. She is working alongside corporate partners at the Sheffield office of the branding, website, SEO and social media firm.
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THE DIARY BY RICHARD FIDLER
Our unLTD editor says being tech savvy is only the beginning
City park gains attention from Commons event
IMPLEMENT NEW TECH TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY Do we get the most out of the latest tech? I’d imagine most of us think we’re fairly up-to-date with our phones, laptops and any other electronic communications device we own whether it’s our children’s X-box One or iPad. We regularly replace, update and buy new pieces of kit and software and generally we know what we’re doing – there can’t be too many people who wouldn’t intuitively know what to do if they were passed a friend’s phone and asked to find a certain app. From a business perspective, though, do we make best use of it. In my day to day working life I’ll be constantly updating and working on documents, often that have had the input of several people.
Usually this involves one person working on it and then sending it through for the rest of the group to have a look at. Someone else will make some changes and so on until a deadline is reached and the final version is circulated. I know the technology and software exists for multiple people working on a document simultaneously, but I never do this. Why? It’s not laziness, nor it is a lack on interest on my part in technology – on the contrary I’m always willing to embrace anything that will make life easier. I think it’s more that in some industries you need everyone to *know* that this is how a task will be completed. In
communications and PR I’m sure there will be some people who do work on and amend a document in this way. And there’ll be others who are still doing it the old-fashioned way. Eventually everyone will adapt and it will just become the norm, but how long will this be? This problem must be replicated in different industries across the country, which will be contributing to our general lack of productivity when compared to other major nations. If I had the answer to why this was happening I may be the subject of these pages rather than a mere scribe, but it’s an area that interests me and one that should be studied in more depth.
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It was good to hear about Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park getting national interest at a House of Commons briefing. Former sports minister and the man driving the project, Richard Caborn, and key figures from the health, wellbeing and sports sectors briefed MPs and Civil Servants on a series of public-private sector partnerships. There were presentations from each of the project leads – Clive Betts MP, Mr Caborn, Claire Morgan for the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Research and Innovation Centre, and Paul Dimitri for the Centre for Child Health Technology. The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is growing out of the footprint of the old Don Valley Stadium in the city’s east end.
Forum hits right note on town centre’s future For all the talk of grand projects the most salient point of the recent Rotherham MPs Forum hosted by Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce was made by a contributor right at the end. Clear out the drunks and drug takers from Rotherham town centre, come down heavy on litter bugs and make the environment for shoppers and visitors a more pleasant experience. Start off with the visible things and people will start being more positive about the town centre’s future.
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HEALTH In the 70 years that the NHS has thankfully existed, the private sector has always played a role in delivering publicly funded health care. Services provided on a contractual basis include GP practices, dentistry, drugs and medicine manufacturing, the supply of equipment and the myriad back office functions needed to keep an organisation with 1.3m employees working effectively. Despite a lot the rhetoric we hear these days from some politicians, I believe that the private sector still has a major role to play in providing many of these services and functions. I don’t think any reader of this publication will disagree that as much as possible of the £126bn allocated to the NHS each year should be spent directly on the treatment of patients. This ambition requires, however, tight control over the resources spent on non clinical aspects of the NHS. For that to happen though we need, amongst other things, to massively increase productivity in the NHS. This doesn’t mean people working harder or cutting services, it means working smarter
ANGELA SMITH MP FOR PENISTONE AND STOCKSBRIDGE
through innovation, both in relation to new technologies and improvements in working practices. This imperative undoubtedly requires a continued, close relationship with the private sector, which is often at the cutting edge of providing such innovation. I think we would all agree we need more dedicated health professionals focused on curing diseases and getting patients healthy again, but we need too proper support for their work. They should not be concerned about HR
functions or how the IT system works. Remaining open-minded therefore about how best to access service expertise is very important. What matters is whether the IT service offered to the various parts of the NHS is up to the mark, not who owns it. What matters is having an IT service which is well-resourced and which offers a highly trained and appropriately remunerated workforce. It must also be recognised that we are moving into the era of big data, which has
Experts give their opinions on how businesses can help take the pressure off the NHS?
the potential to transform health care and make care more personal. It offers the possibility of giving individuals more control over healthcare options. With the right regulation and control the private sector could be well placed to help deliver the tools and processes which will make tailored, individual care a reality. For many years we have lived with a health service that is seen by many as remote and detached, one which has relied on the acute sector for too many services. Some of the revolutionary technologies now available to us, combined with innovative thinking about how best to deliver services to patients, make it entirely likely that we can provide more care in a primary care setting, closer to where patients live. I will always argue that the founding principle of the NHS, that care must be free at the point of delivery, must remain. Denying the private sector a role, however, flies in the face of history and common sense and should be resisted if we are to have a health service fit for the 21st century.
AGENDA Talking about business and the NHS as part of the same discussion often leads to the claim ‘privatisation’ in my experience. But this is not a simplistic scenario we are describing and I suspect that the majority of people don’t fully understand the financial workings and contractual arrangements held by the NHS when that claim is made. Business has been a part of the NHS for as long as the institution itself, and in its 70th birthday year, I welcome the question of how business can help take the strain off the NHS. The One Health Group is a living and breathing example of how to do just that and what perplexes me, is that at this time of greatest demand there isn’t a more open conversation about the relationship between business and the NHS in all its forms. Business supplies food, medical equipment, goods and services, technical / digital support and innovation, management consultancy AND healthcare services directly to NHS patients. In fact, there are probably as many parts of the NHS which are independent businesses as there are actual NHS organisations. Your local GP service is, in effect, an independent business with its own budget
LUCY NICKSON CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER AT ONE HEALTH GROUP
and its own profit and loss making activities. Yet to most people, walking through the door of their local GP surgery, their GP services will be considered the bedrock of the NHS – free at the point of delivery and with little understanding of the businesses which sit behind that practice, ensuring it can deliver great care. Technology companies are transforming the health service, making it simpler for patients to book appointments and
order prescriptions, and allowing doctors to monitor their patients’ health and diagnose conditions more effectively. For organisations like One Health, our services are also free at the point of delivery. We actually consider ourselves a part of the NHS wider conglomeration of services, ‘part of the solution’ – albeit as an independent business. The NHS pays us to deliver care to NHS patients, to take the pressure off NHS
Trust elective waiting lists, and to ensure patients get the best, most safe and timely treatment – in an environment that is close to the community that they live in and that further reduces the pressure on acute NHS Trust beds. To my mind this is an excellent example of how business can help to take the pressure off the NHS. It is very clear that the NHS lacks the capacity to deal with demand and has therefore adopted a very successful strategy in working with businesses like ours to make sure patients’ needs are properly addressed. The NHS should be applauded for seeking solutions from business but it also needs to shout about it. What we need are sensible, honest discussions about how the NHS is organised and funded, rather than one which appears so locked into a rather sentimental ideology which portrays the NHS as a single entity, always in crisis and always worthy of additional cash to support it. There are some serious matters to unpick regarding efficiency and value for money in the NHS and at scale, the NHS has much to learn from business where profit and loss genuinely means risk to survival.
AGENDA As a society, the majority of us recognise the role which physical activity can play in improving and sustaining good health. However, while our understanding of the need to exercise and reduce our sedentary behaviour grows, the issues of accessibility and convenience become more prominent, too. Easing the pressure on the NHS at a time when it’s under such intense strain is one of the key questions we need to solve, as a society. The bulk of the NHS and the healthcare system is taken up treating long-term conditions developed as a result of inequality and poor lifestyle behaviours – for example smoking, alcohol, or issues relating to diet or physical activity. These can all lead to health problems like type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and mental health issues. In a lot of cases these conditions are reversible – in the majority of cases they’re preventable, but the challenge is how you do it. This is where initiatives like Move More can make a contribution. Move More, launched in 2015 by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, is a programme which aims to make it easier for everyone in Sheffield to become physically active as part of everyday life. In particular, it wants to empower those who are least likely to participate in physical activity, enabling them to take back control of their own health and wellbeing and
developed fun competitions in workplaces and schools and also designed an app to help people self-monitor their activity and gain virtual rewards by moving more. Ideally, adults should aim for 150 minutes of moderate intensity physical activity per week, but our message is any form of movement counts and some is better than nothing – find something you enjoy and invite others to join in with you. That’s a PROFESSOR ROBERT COPELAND, DIRECTOR OF MOVE MORE great way to keep it going. AND NATIONAL CENTRE FOR SPORT AND EXERCISE MEDICINE People recognise that physical activity is good for health, but it’s not always thereby reduce the risk of easy to do – for example experiencing poor health as the physical infrastructure a result of leading sedentary of most towns and cities lives. makes it easier for us In Sheffield, we’re to drive a car than cycle essentially trying to rearound, and the perceived engineer physical activity safety of some of our back into society, making it neighbourhoods doesn’t easy to move more, because help people to walk or if it’s not easy then most actively travel. people won’t do it. It’s also Therefore, we need to more than making a solid change the design of our argument as to why we should. spaces and places as well as Even though we think we’re championing the benefits of driven by conscious choice, movement to individuals. It’s in reality we’re not. We make about making sure all these hundreds of decisions on a elements are connected and daily basis that are completely that all stakeholders who can unconscious and are largely influence physical activity driven by our social and recognise their role in doing physical environment – and so. Making changes across also what is important to us in this ‘system’ of activity is the here and now. the only way we are going We are not motivated by to see a substantial shift in avoiding something 30 years in population movement such the future, it’s just too far away that we see a difference in terms of benefit. So, a key to the NHS and the social aim of Move More is bringing care system. More people, the benefits of things like moving more often, made physical activity much closer easy. That’s the Move More to home. This is why we have message.
In Sheffield, we’re essentially trying to re-engineer physical activity back into society
AGENDA Running a small business is a hugely rewarding life choice, but it also presents challenges for personal wellbeing. Small business owners and the self-employed tend to try to struggle on through illness which can often exacerbate a condition, causing long-term problems. It’s also common to suffer with the stress and responsibility of running a business that cannot operate without you. Mental health-related cases presented by small business owners and the self-employed to FSB Care, the medical and health advice service available to our members, have doubled over the last five years. More broadly, there has been an increase in the number of mental health conditions across the UK’s workforce, and research shows that the annual bill for sickness absence currently sits at £29 billion. We found that many of our members do make a conscious effort to look after their own wellbeing, and that of their employees, in various ways from offering flexible working arrangements, knowledge
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Better mental health support in the workplace not only reduces the impact on the NHS but could save UK businesses up to £8 billion a year.
sharing clubs, allowing pets at work, to networking and taking regular aerobic exercise. The FSB also supports local initiatives like the ‘Move More’ campaign in Sheffield, creating more awareness and encouraging people to get more active while at work – if you ask me, ideas like ‘walking meetings’ should be in everyone’s diary! Being aware of some of the simple steps that can be taken to increase wellbeing can really make a difference. It’s estimated that one in four people experience mental health problems in any year. Better mental health support in the workplace not only reduces the impact on local NHS resources but could also save UK businesses up to £8 billion a year. Please do visit our FSB Wellbeing in Small Business hub (https://bit.ly/2w2AAqo) and see if you find the ideas and information there helpful or inspiring. And join the conversation and share your own tips with us at @FSBSEYorks #FSBSEYorks
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IN A NUTSHELL BY JILL THEOBALD
Our unLTD feature writer clears her diary for some walking meetings...
GET REGION MOVING MORE My In A Nutshell column usually involves me taking an overview of what our If You Ask Me contributors have said on our chosen subject and reflecting on their thoughts and views. But this edition’s topic – broadly put, health – very much runs throughout the magazine and is not limited to our If You Ask Me section. Early doors in this issue you can read all about the new health-led employment trial launched by Sheffield City Region and South Yorkshire Housing Association (SYHA) to support people with a mental or physical health condition to find, and remain, in employment. Called Working Win, the randomised control trial is being funded by the Government’s Work and Health Unit and open to participants aged 18 or over, registered with a GP in South Yorkshire and Bassetlaw, who have a mental or physical health condition they feel is a barrier.
NHS organisations can refer participants, but people can self-refer themselves into the trial online, too. So Angela Smith’s comments that ‘we are moving into the era of big data, which has the potential to transform healthcare and make care more personal’ struck me immediately as did her view that big data and new technologies offer ‘the possibility of giving individuals more control over health care options’. Elsewhere in the magazine I spoke to Holly Crosby about setting up her Simplyou Coaching business. It does exactly what it says on the tin: ‘Simply’ focusing on ‘You’, by working with the individual on what they want to change or achieve. Holly also shares some top tips for better mental health from an employee and employer perspective – including asking bosses what else they can do to help staff live more happily and healthily. She also reminds us employees that
no matter how busy we are we can always find time to eat healthier and get more exercise. (Guilty as charged – currently writing this eating my lunch al desko!) And in terms of countering our sedentary work and home lives, Professor Rob Copeland has some wise words in his If You Ask Me contribution. Two wise words, in fact – Move More. Move More, which launched in 2015 by the National Centre for Sport and Exercise Medicine in Sheffield, is a programme which encourages those least likely to participate in physical activity to reduce the risk risk of developing health problems because of sedentary lifestyles. Activity is tracked via a smartphone app which pits individuals, employees, groups and businesses against each other. As Rob says: ‘There’s nothing quite like a bit of healthy competition’ – and a couple of my HR Media colleagues will no doubt concur! But as he also
acknowledges ‘if it’s not easy then most people won’t do it’. So the aim of Move More, held every June, is to make it easier to be physically active – ‘essentially trying to re-engineer physical activity back into society’. And that includes how and where we work and the design of our workplaces. The Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) tells us many of its members ‘make a conscious effort to look after their own wellbeing, and that of their employees’, identifying measures including flexible working arrangements, knowledge sharing clubs, and taking regular aerobic exercise. The FSB also supports local initiatives like Move More Sheffield. As Claire Reading says: ‘If you ask me, ideas like ‘walking meetings’ should be in everyone’s diary!’ Take note unLTD team – the next planning meeting may well see us swap venues, from eateries to exercise classes…
PERFORMANCE MATTERS BY JAY BHAYANI
Jay is a solicitor and HR specialist. Here she dispels the myths surrounding maternity leave
MATERNITY LEAVE MYTH-BUSTER We have had a number of queries this month at Bhayani Law regarding pregnancy and maternity in the work place so we thought we would dispel some of the myths surrounding it. Can an employee who has resigned still claim maternity pay? Yes. As long as the employee met the notification requirements, earned the required minimum salary and was in your employment for at least 26 weeks by the end of her qualifying week, you will still be legally obliged to pay statutory maternity pay. You may not be obliged to pay any additional contractual maternity pay, however.
Is it true that we can’t make an employee on maternity leave redundant? No. If an employee’s role is at risk of redundancy then you can still consult with them, making appropriate amendments to your procedure to take into account the fact that they are on maternity leave. You shouldn’t hold meetings with them during the first two weeks of their leave as that could amount to a criminal offence. However, if their role is redundant at the end of the process then you can terminate their employment, but you should note that they do have the right to be automatically placed into any suitable alternative vacancies at this point.
Do we have to accommodate part time hours when an employee on maternity leave requests it? No. If your employee submits a formal flexible working request, you will be required to give reasonable consideration to it, but ultimately if the business cannot accommodate the request and you are confident that the reason for that falls into one of the statutory grounds for rejection, you don’t have to agree. Is a zero hours worker eligible to claim statutory maternity pay? Maybe. If they meet the eligibility criteria in the same way as a pregnant employee, then they could still be eligible to claim.
However, if there are regular breaks in their service then they may not meet the requirement of having 26 weeks’ continuous service with you. Can we force an employee to start their maternity leave earlier than they want to? No, except in limited circumstances. If the employee gives birth early, or is absent for a pregnancy related reason during the last four weeks of her pregnancy, maternity leave will automatically be triggered. For advice on pregnancy and maternity in the work place or any aspect of employing people contact Jay on 0114 3032300 or email email@example.com
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GETTING DOWN TO BUSINESS
BY ANDY HANSELMAN
Business expert, author and speaker asks what marketing means to you?
MARKETING – EASY AS ABC... What does ‘marketing’ mean to you? It’s one of those words that often means different things to different people and it’s so easy to get bamboozled with all sorts of phrases, buzzwords and jargon. Well, fear not. Given the basic foundation of any language is its alphabet, I’ve developed a simple alphabet to help you master the language of marketing. It starts with a straightforward definition that I like: ‘Marketing: Finding, attracting and keeping the customers that you want while maximising your profits’. Simply combine the right letters in the alphabet to get to grips with yours. Accept this definition of marketing as a starting point – and get EVERYONE involved in it. Best customers – who are yours? What does ‘best’ look like for your business? What are you doing to win more?
Choose ‘em or lose ‘em – have a clear focus on attracting the customers you want. Don’t be afraid to get rid of the customers you don’t need … Ensure everyone in your business knows this! Forget SWOTs, think BWOTs – how are you ‘Better Than’ your competitors? How do you demonstrate that (tip: not by adverts, brochures and sales presentations – it’s what you do, not what you say!) Goals and targets – be clear what they are and ensure everyone understands them. Have a clear plan for achieving them. Include and Involve everyone – everyone should be involved in at least one element of finding, attracting and keeping customers. If they’re not, what ARE they doing? Just make sure everyone understands this – it’s critical! Keep marketing on the
agenda – remind people of its importance, highlight your successes and keep them involved. Loyalty – don’t waste your marketing efforts by ignoring your existing customers – marketing is also about keeping customers (see our definition!) Monitor and Measure all your marketing activity – where are your leads and opportunities coming from (particularly from your best customers)? No – it’s OK to say it to the customers you don’t want to work with. Opt out of the activity that isn’t working for you – review what’s working and isn’t Proactivity is key – don’t be Passive and just let it all happen around you. Quiz your customers – what attracted them to you? Keep doing this! Referrals are incredibly powerful – what are you doing to proactively develop these? ‘Same as’ sucks –
differentiate yourself in your chosen markets. Think in 3D! That means being ‘Dramatically and Demonstrably Different. Understand that your ‘dramatic difference’ must be something that customers want, recognise and are prepared to pay (more) for. Value your customers’ opinions – ask for them! Word of mouth – maximise it by doing things that get people talking about you (good things, please!) Xamine what’s working and isn’t and take action! You are a role model – it’s not what you say, it’s what you do that counts! What do your people see you doing (or not)? Zzz – Don’t sleep on the job – you are always marketing! This is clearly the alphabet according to Andy Hanselman! I’d love to hear about your interpretation of the letters. Please let me know what you think at email@example.com
SECURING YOUR ASSETS BY SAM LEEDER
Our new unLTD columnist Sam Leeder looks at the aftermath of GDPR
If this happens the impact could be significant as you will need to notify all of the affected data subjects, deal with their enquiries and the potential negative impact on the business. In addition to this the breach will have to be reported to the Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) and you will have to deal with the consequences of their potential investigation. Whilst a robust risk management process around your IT setup and data security is essential, the reality is that no such process can be 100 per cent effective, especially where people are involved. The good news is that there are specific insurance policies available designed to cater for these risks, known as Cyber
insurance policies. Whilst these policies were particularly expensive when they were first introduced, the costs have thankfully reduced significantly in recent years as they become far more commonplace. The intention of this cover is to provide protection for data held by you, whether that be for your business or whether you are holding third party information. The policies can cover the costs of restoring your data or the costs to your business of an interruption following a hack that brings down your network. In addition, it also covers a number of third party costs, including writing to data subjects following a breach, defending your business
from an investigation by the ICO and also the costs your data subjects may face following the breach. It will also provide you with access to a crisis management firm, who will help you minimise the impact to your business revenue. The best advice is therefore to consult with your insurance broker to assess your risks and put in place the appropriate protections, including Cyber cover where appropriate. If you would like to know more, please feel free to get in touch. Sam Leeder ACII Actus Insurance samleeder@ actusinsurance.co.uk 0114 2903624 07718 189476
JULY 4TH COFFEE AND NETWORKING
Venue: The Prince of Wales, 95 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9PH Time: 10am – 12pm Cost: £5 About: Two hours networking including the opportunity to do a 15-20 minute presentation on your business as well as two ten minute one to one meetings with other members of the group. Contact: www. coffeeandnetworking.co.uk
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EDITOR’S EVENT PICK 6-8TH JULY CLIFFHANGER
Venue: Peace Gardens, Barkers Pool, Devonshire Green, Millennium Square, Winter Garden. Time: Various times Cost: Admission to Cliffhanger is free, though there may be a small charge for some of the activities. About: Dedicated to celebrating the outdoors returning for Summer 2018. The festival will kick off on Friday evening in Devonshire Green with an evening of live music, activities, demonstrations and refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets. Then during the weekend, Sheffield will be transformed into a giant outdoor playground, with professional demonstrations and activities in sports including climbing, mountain biking, running, skateboarding, orienteering and much more. The BMC British Bouldering Championships will also be returning to provide the star attraction of the weekend, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-build bouldering wall on Devonshire Green. Contact: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk
Other events at Cliffhanger:
BRITISH BOULDERING CHAMPIONSHIPS 2018
Venue: Devonshire Green Date: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 About: The national championships is one of the bouldering calendar’s big highlights in the UK, and counts towards selection for the Senior British Bouldering Team. The competition will take place LIVE on a purpose-built bouldering wall on Devonshire Green. Contact: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk
TOUGH GUY ASSAULT CIRCUIT AND THE DIVE WORLD SCUBA POOL
Venue: Peace Gardens and Millennium Square Date: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 About: The Peace Gardens and Millennium Square are set to be one of the most active areas of the Cliffhanger weekend with a host of have-a-go style activities on offer. Take on the challenging Tough Guy assault circuit or explore the Dive World scuba pool. Contact: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk
ZIP LINE AND BRITISH CYCLING
Venue: Barker’s Pool, Sheffield S1 2HB Date: Saturday 7 and Sunday 8 About: The main spectacle on Barkers Pool will be the Zip Line, giving festival-goers city centre thrills as they whizz themselves down a high wire. Down below British Cycling will also bring a range of interactive bike activities, alongside some fairground rides and food stalls. Contact: www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk
Venue: Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield S10 3BU Time: 6:30pm – 9:30pm Cost: £15 About: The concept of doing things right and doing the right thing will be discussed, along with subjects including ethical marketing and sales, aligning your business with ethics, corporate social responsibility and the benefits of being an ethical organisation. Contact: www.squarepeg. online
10TH SHEFFIELD MASTERCLASS: THE STORY OF VISUALFILES
Venue: Mercure Sheffield Parkway Hotel, Britannia Way, Catcliffe, Sheffield, S60 5BD Time: 12.00 for 12.45pm – 2.30pm Cost: Free to Connect Yorkshire members and nonmembers About: Speakers Neil Ewin and Mark Woodward ran, built and sold the largest legal software company in the UK over 20 years culminating in the sale of the business in 2006. This is the story of how they did this, the lessons learnt both bad and good and what they would do differently next time. Contact: https://bit. ly/2yk9UHb
10TH JULY UNLTD BUSINESS SOCIAL
Venue: Virgin Money, 66 Fargate, Sheffield S1 2HE Time: 4pm – 6pm Cost: Free About: Join us for an afternoon of networking and finding out more about unLTD. You’ll get to meet our cover star Chloe Watmore, MD of Thermotex, Greg Majchrzak, MD of Tufcot Engineering Louisa HarrisonWalker from Benchmark. Free drinks and food. To book: advertising@ unltdbusiness.com
JULY 10TH TECH TUESDAY
Venue: Osborne Technologies, Unit 4 Wortley Court, Fall Bank Industrial Estate, Barnsley, S75 3LS Time: 9am – 11:30am Cost: Members Free, nonmembers £10 + VAT About: Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber partner with Osborne Technologies for a fun interactive event which highlights the latest business technology solutions within the local area. Contact: https://bit.ly/2lniXh7
12TH GDPR AND CYBER ESSENTIALS: WHERE TO START
Venue: The Hargreaves Suite, Abbeydale Sports Club, Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S17 3LJ Time: 10am – 11:30am Cost: Free About: Practical steps to help prepare your business for the new law, focusing particularly on how Cyber Essentials can help. Contact: https://bit.ly/2sPTkJe
SHEFFIELD CHAMBER MEMBERS SUMMER BBQ
Venue: Hilton Sheffield Victoria Quays, Furnival Road, Sheffield, S4 7YB Time: 4.30pm – 7.30pm Cost: Free
About: One of the most popular social events on the calendar for Sheffield businesses. Whether you’re new to the Chamber or you’ve been a member for years, the Members Summer BBQ is a perfect place to network within the city. Contact: www.scci.org.uk
for after work drinks and a great opportunity to unwind after a long week. Contact: Jasmine Hill (Sales Manager), Katie Silvester (Sales Co-ordinator), Tasmin IvoryConnor (Sales Co-ordinator) - all on 0114 273 9469
CREATING ENGAGING SOCIAL MEDIA CONTENT
Venue: The Prince of Wales, 95 Ecclesall Road South, Sheffield, S11 9PH Time: 9.30am – 11.30am Cost: Free About: Women who wish to be both proactive and supportive business networkers Contact: www. platformnetworking.co.uk
Venue: Launchpad Barnsley, Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW Time: 9:30am – 1pm About: Run by Bigfoot Digital for clients on the Launchpad Programme, a session on finding out more about generate ideas for content and sources and tools to create it. ideas for content Contact: To book your place visit www.enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk events or call 01226 773003.
13TH FRIDAY LIKE YOU EARNED IT
Venue: Revolution Sheffield, 1 and 2 The Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JL Time: 5pm – 9pm Cost: Free About: A relaxed evening event – every Friday evening – perfect
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15TH HSBC UK LET’S RIDE
Venue: Endcliffe Park, down Ecclesall Road and into the heart of the city centre Time: 11am – 3pm Cost: Free About: A street festival for anyone on a bike, allowing cyclists of all ages and abilities to ride safely together on a traffic-free route. Contact: www.letsride.co.uk/ events/sheffield
18TH SHEFFIELD GRAND PRIX
of criterium racing attracting world-class athletes to Sheffield’s city centre. Contact: www. sheffieldgrandprix.com
Venue: Barnsley Football Club, Grove Street, Barnsley, S71 1ET Time: 12 noon – 2:30pm Cost: Members £16.95 + VAT, non-members £21.95 + VAT About: The opportunity to introduce yourself to every guest and explain how you can help your potential customer as well as what makes you stand out from the crowd. Contact: https://bit. ly/2MMJGAb
24TH CREATE PITCHES AND
PRESENTATIONS THAT WIN BUSINESS
Venue: Launchpad Barnsley, Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley, S70 2JW Time: 1:30pm – 5pm About: This workshop will give you the information and skills to understand what you’re selling, presentation style and following up Contact: To book your place visit www. enterprisingbarnsley.co.uk events or call 01226 773003.
Venue: Pinstone Street, Sheffield, S1 2HH Time: 6pm – 10.30pm About: A high-tempo evening
18TH AUGUST THEO’S INFLATABLE 5K
Venue: Rother Valley Country Park, Mansfield Road, Wales Bar, Sheffield. S26 5PQ Time: 9am onwards Cost: £20 per adult, £14 per child (minimum age of 5yrs), family tickets available About: Featuring ten obstacles and the scenic views of Rother Valley this charity event aims to raise money for The Children’s Hospital charity. Contact: Phone: 0114 2717203 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
28-29TH TOUGH MUDDER
Venue: Broughton Hall, Skipton, Yorkshire, BD23 3AE Time: Assigned start times Cost: £109 About: Tough Mudder is a 10-12-mile mud and obstacle course designed to drag you out of your comfort zone by testing your physical strength, stamina, and mental grit. Contact: www.toughmudder. co.uk/events/2018-yorkshire
AUGUST 1ST YORKSHIRE DAY 2018 - 10 YEAR ANNIVERSARY
Venue: Oracle, 3 Brewery Place, Leeds, LS10 1NE Time: 6pm – 11.30pm Cost: Free About: To celebrate an incredible 10 years of The Yorkshire Mafia, party in style members. Contact: www. theyorkshiremafia.com/ events/view/492/undefined
LAUNCHPAD: HOW TO NETWORK EFFECTIVELY Venue: Doncaster Chamber, Keepmoat Stadium, Stadium Way, Doncaster DN5 5JW Time: 9.30am – 12.30pm Cost: Free About: This workshop is for businesses who have been trading for under two years,
or people who are looking to become self-employed in the Doncaster area. Contact: businesssupport@ doncaster-chamber.co.uk
5TH BUSINESS MASTERMIND WITH BILLAL JAMIL AND PUBLIC SPEAKING ACADEMY
Venue: Jurys Inn Sheffield Hotel, 119 Eyre Street, Sheffield, S1 4QW Time: 1pm – 4.30pm Cost: £0 – £480.30 About: A group of individuals coming together to foster personal and professional growth and development, drive results, and your goals through accountability. Contact: www. publicspeakingacademy. co.uk
7TH CITY REGION BUSINESS BREAKFAST
Venue: Shaw Lane Cricket Club, Shaw Lane, Barnsley, S70 6HZ Time: 7.30am – 9.30 am Cost: £13.95 – £20.95 + VAT About: Giving you the opportunity to do business, make new contacts and grow your network, all before your working day starts. Contact: events@brchamber. co.uk
12TH QUARTERLY ECONOMIC REVIEW BREAKFAST
Venue: Inox Dine, Level 5, Student’s Union Building, Durham Road, Sheffield, S10 2TG Time: 8am – 10am Cost: Free About: Following analysis of the Sheffield City Region’s latest QER survey, listen to the observations and concerns of businesses across the region. Contact: https://bit.ly/2Mjoels
15TH ROTHERHAM BIZSPACE NETWORKING
Venue: Bradmarsh Business Park, Bow Bridge Close, Rotherham, S60 1BY Time: 12pm – 2.30pm Cost: £15 About: Offering businesses of all sizes the chance to promote their products and services to dozens of potential customers each time they attend an event. Contact: carla@taxarchitects. com
20TH SHOWROOM SHEFFIELD NETWORKING
Venue: 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield, S1 2BX Time: 12pm – 2.30pm Cost: £15 About: Monthly networking meetings offering the opportunity for local
businesses to meet and develop critical contacts within other businesses. Contact: carla@taxarchitects. com
22ND CONNECT YORKSHIRE MEMBERS SOCIAL
Venue: The Great Escape, St James House, Vicar Lane, Sheffield, S1 2EX Time: 4:30pm – 7pm (but welcome to stay later!) Cost: Free About: Join Connect Yorkshire for an evening of drinks and networking hosted by The Great Escape Rooms with a complimentary drink on arrival and the chance to catch up with some of Yorkshire’s leading business owners in a relaxed friendly environment. Contact: https://bit. ly/2MLP3jo
23RD ENTREPRENEURS BUSINESS CLUB
Venue: Glacier Suite, Ice Sheffield, Coleridge Road, S9 5DA Time: 9.30am – 11.30am Cost: £10 About: Offering an effective environment for building close working links and establishing that invaluable support network of business contacts. Contact: info@ entrepreneursbusinessclub.co.uk
IT’S ALL IN THE
DETAIL From restaurant manager to founder of Atom Detailing, owner Andrew Reynard gave us an insight into the firm’s success and his passion for car care 28
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How did it all start? Atom Detailing is Sheffield’s premier car detailing provider, having been founded over five years ago. My passion for my own car care grew into looking after friends’ and family members’ cars which made me realise I could turn my passion into a business. From a purely mobile service, we now operate from our modern Detailing Studio on Princess Street. What is car detailing? This is a very common question. Everyone has their own interpretation – I always say that car valeting is making a car better than it was, whereas car detailing is making a car the best it’s ever been! What does Atom Detailing offer? At Atom Detailing we offer an extensive range of car care services, whether our clients are restoring an older vehicle or protecting their brand new one. As every car is different, we assess each vehicle individually to highlight areas to improve. We can then offer a variety of packages to suit those needs.
Our core service is our Decontamination Detail to deep clean the vehicle. As you progress through our different packages, polishing stages are introduced to the paintwork to create fantastic results. Our signature package is our Atom Detail for those who want the ultimate service. We can also carry out dent removal, brake caliper painting, convertible roof and leather services. Our most popular service is applying the increasingly popular ceramic coatings.
My aim for Atom Detailing is to become Sheffield’s ‘onestop-shop’ for car care.
What is a ceramic coating? Ceramic, as well as other types of modern protective coatings, are the must-have for any car enthusiast. They can be applied to almost every surface including paintwork, plastics, glass and leather. These coatings last years, with our ceramic paint coating rated at five years! They increase gloss levels, make the paintwork feel like glass and offer scratch resistance and easier cleaning for years to come. What did the Rolls Royce receive? The incredible Wraith came in for our ‘Minor Correction’ service. We deep cleaned the interior and exterior as well as engine bay, wheels and arches. The paintwork then received a two-stage machine polish to remove scratches and defects whilst refining the finish to create a glossy, flawless surface to which both a five-year ceramic coating and two-year hydrophobic coating were applied for even greater protection. What does the future hold for Atom Detailing? My aim for Atom Detailing is
to become Sheffield’s ‘onestop-shop’ for car care. It’s an exciting time for Atom Detailing with expansion on the horizon to increase our range of services and create jobs in the local area. Sheffield is the perfect place for us – there are big opportunities in a city, a real love of cars and a confidence in supporting local businesses. We constantly evolve, hone our skills, and have a genuine love for working on all makes and models of cars, which has, in turn, bolstered our quality and reputation within the region – something we hope will have a positive impact on our future! For more info book an appointment at Atom Detailing’s studio: Unit 4, Princess Street, Sheffield, S4 7UU Visit the website: www.atomdetailing.co.uk Call: 0114 327 1771 / 07880315223 Check out Atom Detailing on social media: Instagram: atom_detailing_sheffield Facebook: atomdetailing Twitter: @atomdetailinguk
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CHARITIES Our round-up of some of the great work charities are doing in the city business region – and the companies that are doing their bit to support them
SMALL CONTRIBUTION Benchmark swapped the office for the outdoors after relocating to charity Endeavour to help with the creation of a new learning space. Endeavour works to empower disadvantaged children by providing education and activities to challenge and motivate. Louisa Harrison-Walker, managing director at Benchmark, said: “Assisting with the development of the outdoor classroom was
fantastic as it felt like our small contribution would have a direct impact on the students’ learning.” Graham Booth, corporate engagement manager at Endeavour, said: “This has taken us a step closer to completing our garden area and outdoor classroom. “We’re really looking forward to being able to use the finished space to teach horticulture and inspire our learners to get involved in gardening.”
Hollywood glamour flies into City Hall for CMS ball Hollywood came to Sheffield City Hall when CMS hosted its annual Charity Ball in support of Yorkshire Air Ambulance. The firm’s staff, clients and other local businesses attended the Hollywood themed event which was a
huge success, raising more than £9,500 for the charity. Now a well-established event in the local calendar, the evening began with a drinks reception followed by a three-course dinner, with live entertainment provided by Sheffield University’s Big
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Band. A popular live auction was also hosted by Bargain Hunt’s Caroline Hawley, where guests had the chance to bid on prizes including a helicopter flight for two, and a VIP visit to the Yorkshire Air Ambulance Air Support Unit. Tracey Marsden, Partner and head of the Northern Offices Charity Committee said: “The funds raised are invaluable to the vital
service that the Yorkshire Air Ambulance provides. “The charity does not receive government funding and so relies on the generosity of individuals and organisations to save lives across Yorkshire. “The money raised will go towards keeping both of Yorkshire’s air ambulances in the air, which costs £12,000 a day.”
What a super season of sport and fundraising A super season of sport and sponsorship has helped raise more than £7,000 for St Luke’s Hospice. Tajinder Singh of Totley Pharmacy is vice president of Sheffield United as well as a keen supporter of the city’s only hospice. St Luke’s corporate fundraising manager Jack Kidder said: “That support has come in many different ways, including match day collections, auction prize donations and trust gifts. “But Tajinder’s tireless enthusiasm has also given us many more fundraising opportunities, including match day hospitality opportunities for our supporters and even the chance to launch a
TAJINDER SINGH OF TOTLEY PHARMACY, BLADES MANAGER CHRIS WILDER AND JACK KIDDER FROM ST LUKE’S
donation station at the Totley Pharmacy store, giving St Luke’s even greater access to the community in Totley and Dore. “The resulting £7,115
will make an enormous difference to the lives of St Luke’s patients and their families and we look forward to continuing and developing
our relationship with Tajinder, Sheffield United and also the McCabe family charity, namely The Scarborough Group Foundation, in the future.”
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When Chloe Watmore graduated from university she had her mind set on a tech job with a high-prolife brand in London. But three years on, the Thermotex MD tells Jill Theobald, that’s not the way the cookie crumbled… “That was the thing to do – go to school, go to university and then follow the bright lights of the city by moving to London for a job with a big corporate. “That was the way you were programmed to think.” Chloe Watmore doesn’t work for Google or Apple. And she doesn’t live in the capital. She’s MD of a firm that couldn’t be closer to home for her. Thermotex is the thermal engineering company her parents, Peter and Beverley Watmore, set up in Chesterfield in 1995, making the firm a year older than Chloe. “A lot of my friends did the expected career path after university and now work for firms like Deloittes, PwC, and Tesco Finance with great success. “But that’s not the way the cookie crumbled for me.” Indeed, Chloe’s chosen career path was, as she says, somewhat ‘counterintuitive’.
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After leaving the University of Birmingham with a First in Economics, Chloe did a few months’ work experience in a temporary post in ‘business development’ at Thermotex while she job-hunted. That temporary stint ended up seeing Chloe doing some pretty significant developing of the business. In fact, she revolutionised factory processes, built a new team of young professionals, grew international trade and has led the company to record growth, doubling its revenue to over £3 million. After her key role in securing the company’s biggest order – the bespoke manufacture and delivery of 3,000 pieces for Russia’s YAMAL LNG (Liquefied Natural Gas) project, worth £1.5million – Chloe became general manager in June 2015. Now 25, she’s the multiaward-winning MD. London’s loss is Chesterfield’s gain. “It’s not what I intended!” she laughs. “I had no previous engineering or manufacturing experience, although my Economics degree meant my understanding of things like equity and investment gave me some real context and my
maths skills meant there was some overlap. “But I was also very conscious I was a young girl coming into the family business and I needed to learn quickly. I worked across different departments to gain a better understanding of the business and meet all of the staff, understanding their job roles which was the best way to build relationships and rapport.” It hasn’t been plain sailing all the way, though. While the team were ‘ecstatic’ after winning the order, Chloe knew they needed to dramatically improve manufacturing techniques and production efficiency. “Dad said to me: ‘If we are going to do this, I need you to project manage it.’ ” Chloe moved her office into the factory and set about its evolution. “I inadvertently upset people from thereon in as I fought for the bigger cause,” she said. “Resistance to change was huge. Everything I wanted to do went against the grain. “From their point of view, I was only 22, I wasn’t an engineer and I had no work experience. I was just Daddy’s Girl, punching above her weight. I used to go home
From their point of view, I was only 22, I wasn’t an engineer and I had no work experience. I was just Daddy’s Girl, punching above her weight. I used to go home and cry. But mum and dad understood my vision and supported me.
and cry. But mum and dad understood my vision and supported me.” Her vision became quite the reality. The YAMAL order doubled to more than 6,000 units, and a value of £3 million. Chloe replaced machinery with high-tech CNC cutting machines and introduced computerised systems. Faster, smarter working increased manufacturing capacity five-fold. Staff grew from eight in January 2016 to a peak of 33 in July 17. The workforce is currently 25, with a new recruitment drive planned this year. Product quality has been improved, efficiencies of 250 per cent have been made in the cutting department, and waste has been reduced by 30 per cent per annum. Plus today, unlike many other traditional engineering firms, 80 per cent of the workforce are women. “I’m a strong advocate for equality in the work place but hiring women wasn’t a deliberate decision, this wasn’t a case of positive discrimination,” explains Chloe. “Everyone who’s joined us did so because they had the right
COVER STORY skills and loved our core values and were the right cultural fit for Thermotex. That’s the main thing. “About 95 per cent aren’t from a manufacturing background either. We’ve had people join us from sectors including teaching, joinery, and construction. Our lead designer used to work in tailoring and loves graphics so we’ve fused the two for her role.” Each employee has a professional development plan and is multi-skilled. Several speak different languages, which aids communication with customers and new markets. (Chloe herself speaks Spanish, French, Portuguese and is learning Korean.) Exploring new international markets has seen Chloe attend a major B2B conference in Copenhagen with big corporate names from different sectors all over the world, and a similar event in Athens, Greece, full of industry experts from the upstream sector. Her ongoing prospecting in different markets will see her visit the Middle East and China later this year. And Chloe is also getting out and about back home, too. “I’m very proud that the company is based in the Sheffield city region, especially with developments like the AMRC (Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre), the AMP (Advanced Manufacturing Park) and investments in our manufacturing industry.” Chloe has also been forging links with Chesterfield College and the two universities, delivering presentations to students at Sheffield University’s Business Management School. Indeed, on the day we speak she had spent the morning hearing from students there who had worked on a project all about Thermotex for her. “I was really pleased, they worked so hard. They threw some really creative and offthe-beaten-track ideas around,” she said. “It was also nice to sit on the other side of the desk!” Something tells me she’s pretty comfy on her usual side, though.
Business lessons? Staff are all ears …
After absorbing words of wisdom from leading entrepreneurs and business gurus including Virgin’s Richard Branson and Facebook’s Sheryl Sandberg via audio educational books, Chloe set staff a reading challenge of their own. Urging staff to listen to 12 audio books on personal development and business knowhow in 12 weeks, she hoped they would learn one valuable lesson from each. Five workers took up the challenge, with Chloe paying for all 60 audio books. “I listen to audio books while driving or out running,” she said. “They help me grow, personally and professionally. “I hoped audio books would do the same for my team. It’s really important as a boss not only to help staff develop skills and awareness as employees, but also to help them grow as people. “It’s been a really rewarding exercise for all. I believe the key to the company’s continuing success is staff development.” Since the challenge began in January she has noticed staff thinking more broadly and applying what they have learned to workplace situations. Ideas from one book, The Great Game of Business by Jack Stack, even brought about the company’s new Team Bonus Programme. “We decided performance-led bonus schemes divided people. Now we all
work together and either all get a bonus, or no one gets a bonus. “It’s about the survival of the team, not the fittest.” Rebecca Stacey, design manager: “I listened as I walked my dog every day. A month in, I was ahead by two books. But then, during a really busy week, I hit the ‘reading’ wall. I found it hard to get back into the swing but the fact that it was a group challenge made me persevere. “My favourite book was The Chimp Paradox by Professor Steve Peters. I can now see the importance of recognising and improving on the areas you struggle in. “I’ve already put some of my learnings into practice and believe I have grown as a manager. I’m looking at different situations through different lenses and tackle the grit in a different way.” Gretchen Wright, order facilitator: “Starting the challenge was daunting as I don’t enjoy reading and didn’t think I would find the time. But I enjoyed my first book, The E-Myth Revisited, by Michael E Gerber. It taught me I shouldn’t be scared to push myself and learn, even if it feels challenging. “I started to love audio books. Listening became part of my everyday routine and has made me look at things differently.”
Father’s ‘fantastic firm’ + daughter’s drive = business success Chloe’s dad Peter Watmore said: “She saw it was a fantastic little business with all of the key features that could make it much bigger, and we soon discovered she had the talent and drive to reinvent it. “Traditional ways of working were too time-consuming and inaccurate. She grasped the nettle and by bringing in new technology and new people, took the business to another level. “Chloe had nil engineering experience. But she has always been as bright as a button and she just got it. Within three months it went from me advising and supporting to her about shapes and redesign to her not needing to ask me anymore.” Her business acumen comes from her mother, Peter said. “Bev previously had a career in management and in our business she was the one who held the finances together and had the strongest intuition and sound judgement. Chloe has all those qualities.”
From hotels to horses, you’ll find Thermotex products all over the globe: • Thermotex jackets keep the chocolate flowing smoothly through pipes at Cadbury’s historic Bournville factory in Birmingham. • Thermotex brand CoziFloor provides underfloor heating for the multimillionpound apartments of sheiks and supermodels at some of London’s most elite addresses, including 1 Hyde Park and Grovesnor Square.
• Custom covers have been created for highly specialised instrumentation measuring pressure and flow for the Trans Antatolian Natural Gas Pipeline (TANAP) project, bringing gas from Azerbaijan and the Caspian Sea to Turkey.
• Thermotex products stop water processing pipes from freezing at oil and gas refineries operating in sub-zero temperatures in Northern Russia.
• Thermotex products protect pipes from cold, ice and seawater at the Dong Energy Windfarm off the East Coast at Hornsea, which will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when operational in 2020. • CoziFloor is heating horse boxes for equine stars of the track in Hungary.
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HOYDENS I was inspired to start my business by ... …the search for comfort. I have been a painter and decorator for more than a decade and trained at a course for women only where we all had a good laugh wearing the white bib and braces uniform. Some were under 5’ and I am nearly 6’, but we all had to wear the same length dungarees. Funny at first, but increasingly annoying when you are bending up and down, painting skirting boards, or architraves, not to mention very unflattering. Being uncomfortable and looking ridiculous does nothing for your self-esteem when you are already working in a traditionally male environment. More and more women are doing physically active jobs, and more every year going into careers that used to be the domain of men. The answer is to shake up the workwear industry and make something that fits women of different heights and body shapes. My favourite thing about running my business is … Being my own boss. I can fit life around my work and vice versa. I can be flexible for my family and friends. Most of all, I like solving problems and having my own ideas. The three words that best describe my business are … Pride, confidence and comfort. The Sheffield City Region is a great place to start a business because … There has been so much help. I previously worked in Germany where the rules were very complicated to even set myself up as a painter and decorator. When I moved here, there were easily accessible free courses for anyone thinking about setting up their own business. I even won a prize for
Painter and decorator Annie Bowman set up Hoydens after getting fed up of ill-fitting traditional uniforms. She tells us how she hopes her products will encourage more women into male-dominated jobs.
Aspiring Entrepreneur of the Year in Sheffield City Region’s Launchpad programme Awards earlier this year. The Sheffield City Region is a great place to grow a business because … I have found the people at Sheffield City Region who help businesses start and grow are passionate about the area and entrepreneurship. They all have relevant experience of the areas they advise on and are friendly and supportive. The networking events continue this positivity and the other people you meet also go out of their way to back or assist you.
the volume cost savings and manufacture in the Far East. So far, the feedback is good, so I know my product is what people want.
The organisations that have supported me and my business include … I have met so many people that since moving to Sheffield and starting my business. All of them supported me in different ways. • WiCAT. • The skilled local women photographed for my website: Becky Chauhan of Clutter Cleared, Laura Birchenough of Homeworks, Helen Warburton of Honesty Gardens, and Alice Midmore The best advice I ever got was … of Handspring Design. When you achieve a goal, stop • Fiona Tatton of and celebrate it before launching Womanthology. yourself into the next stage. • Reynaldo Robinson of Vyn Johns (vintage bridal couture) The worst advice I ever got was … and Leann Marie Design. My business is still in its early • Matt from B-On-1. stages as I have only been • Jill White of Andy trading since Easter. If I succeed Hanselman Consulting. in this venture, then the worst • Jill Turner of Think Outside. advice will have been that I • Kisha Bradley from shouldn’t try as I can’t compete #GirlsWithDrills and Bright with the big brands who have Box Makerspace.
The main challenges facing my industry/sector are … The competition is all the big brands who generally manufacture in the Far East in big volumes. I would like to start my own manufacturing in Sheffield eventually. Supporting women entering male dominated sectors is easier now that physical strength is not necessarily a restricting factor with all the health and safety regulations. There is a skills shortage in these areas and we just need to encourage girls and women by giving them opportunity, education and clothing (of course!) In 5 years’ time I expect my business to … Be a byword for women’s workwear trousers, be manufacturing in the UK and be a force to be reckoned with in terms of encouraging women to do whatever job they want. I would like to help all women in physically active jobs feel confidant and comfortable all day, and proud to be working in their chosen field.
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Sheffield Technology Parks is home to some of the most innovative digital companies in the region as well as professional support services. And home for Sheffield Technology Parks (STP) is an iconic office building with a period frontage which needed updating on the inside to reflect recent trends such as the rise in coworking. STP boss Tom Wolfenden admitted the previous layout and design of their HQ – based on Arundel Street next to the Sheffield Hallam University building – had left them ‘behind the curve’ when it came
to modern workplaces and practices. Over to The DL Company, alongside an architect, installing a whole host of features, furnishings and fittings – and brought the building bang up-to-date. Established in 1974, The DL Company has three generations of family, dedicated and loyal people behind the Brightside company which bills itself as the go-to for commercial interiors, from office furniture to full redesign and refurbishment. Take a look, before and after, at the new-look STP base…
OFFICE INTERIORS THE PROJECT MANAGER’S VIEW DL Managing Director Daniel Lowe said: “The previous layout was a set of separate meeting rooms, which was the style at the time. “The new-look is much more open plan and opening it up has made it much lighter. “Several small glass booths have been created to offer smaller, more private spaces, for people to take phone calls or have one-to-one meetings, while remaining in an open plan environment. It is now much more accessible, however private rooms are still available for larger, more formal meetings. “Finding the balance between the increasingly popular culture of open plan environments, while also offering private spaces is important. “The new look also means you can appreciate the features of the building more, including the big arch windows and the newly exposed brickwork. We chopped the plaster off walls to expose the brickwork which is very fashionable and STP were lucky enough to already have it, just well hidden!”
THE COMPANY’S VIEW STP centre manager Tom Wolfenden said: “We operate STP on behalf of 30 tenant businesses and held a consultation and took on feedback about the type of space they could make most use of. “Our building had originally been configured as small individual offices which worked for a long time, but the recent rise in coworking as a model meant we were behind the curve, and the lack of a communal space for our clients to meet and work had started to become problematic. “Having an open plan space with open doors, lots of glass and windows each side is a real improvement. Plus the exposed brick is very popular – and photogenic! “The reaction and response has been great. We’ve already hosted four tech meetups, a school visit and had two tenant social events in the space, plus we’ve introduced a start-up business incubation programme which has seen ten people start their digital businesses with us.”
Glass meeting room Daniel Lowe said: “The glass meeting room was formed using acoustic laminated glass, singled glazed and frameless. “The panels give a good acoustic performance and it’s very cost-effective as you don’t need double glazed panels to create a meeting room.”
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Lobby panel feature Daniel said: “At the top of the stairs in the stair lobby at STP, a part of the wall has been removed and replaced with glass panels. “The panels are made of 30-minute fireresistant glass to offer safety and the impression of space. You can see features through the glass panel – it really brightens up the lobby with light streaming through it.”
FAST TRACK TO SUCCESS Walnut Creative is a Barnsley-based marketing agency. We talked to founder and owner Glen Crossland about how the Sheffield City Region Launchpad programme took the business from his kitchen to ‘100 miles an hour’... Tell us all about Walnut Creative! We started in 2015, just me on my own working from my kitchen and since then have grown into a full-service agency. Until recently we specialised exclusively in the food service industry, delivering marketing services for catering companies, restaurants, bars, and hotels but because of our good reputation we diversified and cover all sectors now. We have grown month on month for nearly three years, now have a team of 12 people and have moved into our third office. We offer digital media services – PR, web, creative design, video, photography, animation – and there is no outsourcing. That is something we are really proud of, that we handle every project individually. When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you? I was a marketer in food service for five years and got asked to work for a competitor’s company. But I wanted to move out on my own. I wanted the freedom of working for myself. I didn’t have an office. All I had was a £50 ‘out of the box’ website and a pack of business cards. The aim was to be a oneman band, but demand got too high very quickly. I have specialists in all the business’ services now and have been very careful employing people who are much better than me in their individual areas! How has Launchpad helped you? I have a business partner who set things up with me but
away to the city’, as it were, to London, Manchester or Leeds for a successful business. We work with businesses in the region who are international, and that’s come through sourcing local talent. Our expertise and opportunities have all come through the local area. I think this area has a lot to give and I think a lot of people are waking up to that. We are closing the gap with bigger cities because of the resources we have on our doorstep. What are your hopes and aims for the business? Just to continue building. We want to be known as the number one agency in our area.
WALNUT CREATIVE OWNER GLEN CROSSLAND
what Launchpad have done is help massively in everything other than marketing. In terms of employing people, apprenticeships, hiring, and staff appraisals, that was something we had no knowledge of. The everyday business processes are something I’ve never been interested in so to have specialised help meant I could focus instead on growing the company.
After moving into the Digital Media Centre (DMC) I had a big ambition to grow. Since then we’ve been going at 100 miles an hour and I don’t think we could have done that without Launchpad and the DMC’s support. What do you think of the Sheffield City Region as a place to start a business? These areas are up and coming. People don’t have to ‘run
Launchpad Business Advisor Ben Hawley said: “Walnut Creative’s journey is an inspiration to others and shows that with skill and drive, you don’t need a lot of resources to start a business. Glen has done the right thing and recruited people who are better than him in their chosen skill set which has freed up his time to work on developing and growing the business. “Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality.” Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email: growthhub@ sheffieldcityregion.org.uk
FROM ‘STATELY TO CHIC!’ The Leopold Hotel has undergone its first major refurbishment since opening a decade ago. We spoke to sales and marketing manager, Sarah-Louise Woods, to find out about the tremendous transformation that’s taken it from ‘stately to chic!’ Why did the hotel decide to undergo a refurbishment? The Leopold Hotel has been open for ten years and although immaculately maintained it has never had a major refurbishment, so we thought it was about time to readdress the hotel facilities in line with the guest expectations. The feedback we received from the guests was that they would like something a little more low key than the upstairs bar to go and relax and enjoy during the daytime and evening. So, we decided to transform the Library Suite into an evening ‘Guest Lounge’ including a large screen TV cleverly disguised as
a mirror, WIFI and soft couches, a place with more comfort and more at ease, away from the busy bar upstairs. The whole refurbishment fed on from this – once we changed the library we decided, why not refurbish the rest of the private suites and bring them all up to top spec? How do you feel it has improved and enhanced the hotels business? It has drastically improved, the feedback has been tremendous! The Library Suite on the lower ground floor, was previously seen as a less popular choice to use as a meeting room due to the limited sunlight and facilities. Now, because of the huge turn around we are seeing an influx of design companies and networking groups wanting to hold meetings and one-to-one sessions due to the comfortable experience which is giving the guests a unique and different
experience from the ordinary hotel conference venue. Our in-house guests use the space in an evening to relax with complimentary hot drinks, watch BT Sports or simply play a board game or catch up with work away from their bedroom environment. What is your favourite feature of the updated hotel? The conference suites look a lot more engaging, a little less ‘stately home’ and a little more ‘chic hotel’. However, the bedroom makeover is definitely up there with one of my favourite features. Even though they are a similar design to what we originally had, they have been given a much more vibrant, fresh look. For the past ten years we have had ‘Hypnos’ beds, which were brilliant. However, the new Seventh Heaven beds create such a beautiful night’s sleep – a key asset in creating the perfect experience
for our guests at the Leopold Hotel. Each bedroom is complimented with a selection of RITUALS Toiletries, it is a new range for the hotel that allows us to offer a larger selection for our guests comfort and convenience. What feedback have you had from the staff and the customers? The staff love it because they are receiving so much positive feedback from the customers and clients visiting the hotel for business purposes and/or overnight stays. The updated Library Suite is engaging a lot more within the hotel with people having afternoon tea parties, lunches and holding networking groups. It is definitely more versatile, and the positive feedback reflects the success of the refurbishment. For more information and bookings visit: www. leopoldhotelsheffield.com
YOUR PITCH Your Pitch is an opportunity for start-ups and new businesses to tell the city about their organisation. This issue we meet Ray Byrne of Whyychange whose business coaching firm is helping clients transform their organisations
WHYYCHANGE Tell us about your business – sell yourself! My business started four years ago. I had the vision to deliver leading management and training consultancy to businesses in the Sheffield City Region. We rebranded 18 months ago, after I decided to re-examine where my original vision came from. So, I went back to the beginning and instead of hiding behind a corporate name, I looked at my own passion, which is questioning people’s thinking and why they think this way. The spelling of ‘Whyy’ was intentional. The Sheffield City Region isn’t used to our way of applying knowledge to the industry, so we wanted to create an edge that would stick in people’s minds. In a business sense, we offer professional business coaching, aiming to help our clients businesses thrive using training, coaching and consultancy.
What gave you the idea for your business? My background was in accountancy and operating. I spent my career transforming businesses, making them more profitable and thought about how I wanted to create my own business, doing this but for myself and my own clients. I have always admired people who transform businesses, so I discussed the idea of my own business with my wife and four years ago we decided to take the risk.
WHYYCHANGE CEO RAY BYRNE
...instead of hiding behind a corporate name, I looked at my own passion, which is questioning people’s thinking...
Who are your customers and how are you targeting them? In principle, our customers can be any business in any sector where there are people and processors. This means that our customers can be anyone who needs leadership training and business coaching, alongside the people or manufacturers who have data and are using processors to transform one piece of this data into another piece of data. So, our customers are businesses in any sector who are wanting to improve their productivity and profits.
How can people get in touch with you? Website: www.whyychange.com Contact number: 0114 400 0077 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Linkedin page: www.linkedin.com/company/ whyychange Twitter account: @whyychange Facebook: @whyychange
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Waverley is the newest exciting residential and business community in the North, and is quickly becoming the perfect place in which to live, grow and do business. It is just five miles from both Sheffield and Rotherham town centres and within proximity to the Peak District National Park, making it an appealing location for young families. With more than 150 families already living here, Waverley is turning into one of many other thriving communities in South Yorkshire. The idea of living in Waverley is attractive, due to the uniqueness and modernisation of the area, linked with it being close to Sheffield and Rotherham, while not having to live that fast-paced urban lifestyle. The Waverley Community Management Company
embody this idea of being a unique place to live and work, as they are responsible for inspecting, maintaining, cleaning and landscaping public areas around Waverley. Like a city council, they produce regular health and safety assessments, maintain highways, roads, and landscaped areas and much more for the local community. The Management Company also promotes sustainable travel choices for residents of Waverley by providing travel packs and offering an annual South Yorkshire TravelMaster ticket for public transport to new homes, free of charge. Waverley is fortunate to benefit from numerous bus services to Sheffield, Meadowhall and Rotherham, and other further connections by rail and tram. All new Waverley residents
will become members of the Management Company upon purchase of their new home, which collects an annual service charge of ÂŁ150 from each household and operates on a not-for-profit basis. One standout aspect of Waverley is the impressive Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), located as part of the Waverley mixed use development on the Rotherham/Sheffield border. The AMP is a dynamic business community, internationally recognised for meeting the specific needs of hi-tech materials and manufacturing companies. The research, development and advanced manufacturing companies here make the AMP a hotbed for ideas and designs that are truly world-leading, contributing to global sectors such as aerospace, Formula One and Olympic sports equipment.
There are currently around 700 people employed at the AMP, with the potential for thousands more new jobs to be created through further development. Additional space around the AMP is currently under construction due to the high demand from companies to use these facilities, with more than 40 companies already having a base at the AMP. Rolls Royce has built its Advanced Blade Casting Facility, while the University of Sheffield has continued its expansion on the AMP with the recent development of an Advanced Manufacturing Training Centre to train more than 200 apprentices per year on site. Waverley has outline planning consent for 68 acres, located just two miles from J33 of the M1, and it lies within the Sheffield City Region Enterprise Zone.
WAVERLEY HAS FANTASTIC TRANSPORT LINKS, LOCATED RIGHT NEXT TO THE M1 PHOTO: HARWORTH GROUP
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The growth of Waverley does not look to be slowing down away from the business sector either, particularly when looking at the developments on the ‘SkyHouse’ project in the housing market. Designed by the awardwinning Sheffield-based architects CODA studios, the ‘Sky-House’ project aims to build four blocks of houses enclosing a central landscape garden, looking to create space for sensitively compact communities to emerge. Derived from the houses’ unique roof gardens, the ‘Sky-House’ development is superbly located next to the new Waverley Town Centre, and is part of the 120 acre Waverley site which will feature lakes, a school, shops, a new health club and medical centre.
Described as one of the most unique new build developments in the region, the 44 ‘Sky-House’ homes are a concept designed by CODA, based on the back-to-back housing concept found in Victorian England. This can be further seen with the saw-toothed roofs, mimicking the contemporary style of this industrial time. The interiors of the houses are designed to create a calm and minimalist feel that is both robust and contemporary with full height windows and doors. Within the development, there will be 40 two-bedroom houses, with en-suite shower rooms and an open plan kitchen/living area. A further four homes will have four bedrooms with separate living room and gardens to the front and rear. The houses all include ample storage space, optional
new jobs to be created by McLaren, with a £100 million boost to the UK’s economy There is a recruitment pool of approximately
1.3M people living within a half hour drive of Waverley
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fitted wardrobes, and modern kitchens – the floor area is covers in excess of 840ft sq of living space which means these houses are above the national average for starter homes. Managing director at CODA David Cross, said: “Sky-House was born out of the recession, when we were looking at ways to create sensitively dense new communities, by building apartments somewhere young people could live, afford and enjoy living in. “Sky-House has been designed to create communities by building more sensitively dense communities like we used to build in Victorian times. “With Sky-House we’ve got a new town centre, which is going on site this year. We’ve got the new school and then we’ve also got the density of the population we will create,
ARTIST IMPRESSION OF THE NEW SKY-HOUSE DEVELOPMENT
centred around the pocket parks. “We think it will be a great place to live.” All Sky-House properties will be eco-friendly, featuring highly insulated, low E appliances. The compact design of the homes also means minimal heat loss, creating properties with lower than average running costs, a key goal for CODA. Most national house builders concentrate on delivering three bed houses or two bed apartments, and SkyHouse is aiming to provide the link between the two with its spacious two bedroom houses. David said: “Success for Sky-House would be 40 first time buyers, and four young families moving in. “Sky-House’s target buyers could be anyone really, but first/second time buyers, young
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The growth of Waverley does not look to be slowing down away from the business sector either
families, that would be perfect.” Leading Sheffield/ Chesterfield based real estate agent Redbrik will sell the properties at Sky-House, using their own brand of marketing to reach a wide audience across the Sheffield City Region. David said: “We are delighted to be working with Redbrik, who will be bringing the properties to the market. “It has taken us several years of detailed negotiation with site owner, Haworth Estates, which has been amazing in its support, to select the right location for us to deliver this contemporary development. “Sky-House has been one of CODA’s most talked about and applauded concepts and one that we feel will fit in perfectly with the Waverley development plan.”
Mark Ross, director at Redbrik, said: “Sky-House is an utterly inspired housing development which is sure to transform the area and bring much needed homes to the Sheffield and Rotherham border. “The developers at CODA are doing brilliant work in bringing this vision to life. They have spent a great deal of time developing this project to ensure they are able to provide the very best starter homes possible. “Waverley is a real up and coming location situated next to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), and home to internationally renowned companies such as Boeing and Rolls Royce, so now is the perfect time to be buying a property here.”
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colloco founder Tim says Sheffield is in the midst of several exciting developments
NO LONGER THE ‘POOR NEIGHBOUR’ The city of Sheffield is currently in a period of rapid growth and expansion that hasn’t been seen here for some time; so now is it time to ask the question of whether Sheffield is finally aspiring to the be the city we want it to be? Is it time for the city to no longer be seen as the ‘poor neighbour’ when compared to Manchester, Leeds and Birmingham? Over the past 24 months, we are finally seeing the city centre skyline being dominated by construction cranes, with roads shut as the old and derelict buildings of Sheffield are being knocked down and modernised in keeping with the new direction the city is going in. Several large-scale development projects that
have been in the offing for years are finally coming to fruition. This can be seen across the city, from the development of Little Kelham by Citu to the continuing development of Sheffield DC. Acero is now 75 per cent let and Scarborough Group are planning on starting on site later this year developing the fourth building at Sheffield Digital Campus, Vidrio. The Heart of the City 2 development that the council are bringing forward with its development partner, Queensberry, is starting to take shape. The first phase (HSBC) is nearing completion and the further phases will be coming forward in the next few months. The independent and creative businesses are also flourishing, with examples
being seen at PR agency Jaywing Plc and drug development consultancy Certara. This sentiment is echoed by an increase in city centre office take-up, which is at levels not witnessed for some years. We are also seeing new vibrant co-working emerging across the city centre. Spaces have just opened a new centre in Acero and there are other co-working ventures being talked about across the city centre. Work is planned to commence on Park Hill Phase 2 at the end of the Summer, where a full range of units will be on offer, and all I can say is watch this space! This increase in activity is further endorsed by an upsurge in the food and beverage sector, which
is going from strength to strength. There’s the Milestone Group on Kelham Island, for example, who are transforming Cutlery Works into a food hall featuring multiple restaurants, communal dining spaces and bars. Plus, leisure units such as Cornish Steel Works and Little Kelham, which are both about to go under offer. colloco is playing a key part in these projects, largely in its capacity as sole agent, to assist clients in making their commercial properties amazing spaces. If you are interested in starting/relocating your business into any of the above properties, then why not get in touch? We’d be more than happy to help assist with your business’s relocation.
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GOOD Corporate Social Responsibility is becoming a focus for firms large and small. unLTD’s Jill Theobald met Tracy Viner of the Cathedral Archer Project to find out how businesses themselves can also benefit
Don’t take Tracy’s word for it – here, in their own words, companies across the city region who have supported CAP tell us why and what they got out of it.
Lego and Rolls Royce Aerospace are doing it well. But Apple, Samsung and Volkswagen – not so much, apparently. What is it? Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR). Three little words that can make a big difference According to Forbes, analysis of 170,000 company ratings from 15 countries placed global brands including Lego in the top ten companies with the ‘best CSR reputations’, while Apple and Samsung dropped down the list to 49th and 89th places respectively and VW ended up 100th. It’s been estimated that the biggest businesses in America and Britain together spend in excess of $15 billion a year on CSR, a figure sure to rise as more companies realise customers are keen to buy products or services from firms with a good CSR reputation. ‘Social responsibility’, meanwhile, was rated as an ‘important business value’ by a significant number of respondents in Deloitte’s Millennial Survey 2016. Closer to home, one woman who knows the power of CSR is Tracy Viner marketing and
B. Braun Medical Ltd Hans Hux, chairman and group chief executive, said: “The feedback from all B. Braun employees involved with the various projects at The Cathedral Archer Project is consistent in saying it was such a privilege to give something back, but also that there are many aspects to homelessness. Some people that helped serve breakfast heard stories from the clients and also staff that changed their views on homelessness and living rough.” Evolution Print Director Graham Congreve said: “It is more than just taking part in dress down days and sleep outs. It is about how we support them to become more sustainable, being proactive in the relationship such as social media and the whole team knowing they are valuable relationships just the same as any of our customers. Supporting charities and seeing them do well is part of our culture and we are with them side by side.”
FEATURE development manager at city charity Cathedral Archer Project (CAP). “The working population is definitely becoming more conscious of the long-term impact of companies and the need for CSR to be more than just lip service and selfpromotion,” she said. “Some of the graduates we interviewed through the Rise scheme were already telling us they were thinking not necessarily of legacy, but certainly making an impact in any role they went for. “We’ve also noticed among the pre-millennials, those who went to university and paid towards their education in part or in full, who still feel that they were in a privileged position and want to give something back in any job role are as a result looking to work with companies that share their values. “CSR means different things to different companies. Some focus on green and environmental areas, others charitable and community work, some use it to weight their tenders, some all of the above! “Rachel Fletcher at grants and tender specialists FCS Associates, for example, refers to the Social Value Act
TRACY VINER OF THE CATHEDRAL ARCHER PROJECT
that encourages tenders to include weighting for ‘social impact’. More businesses are recognising it as a real differentiator as it can make one to two marks difference. “She’s also noted pressure on the public sector to deliver more in the community, so this is being passed on to their suppliers in the tendering process.” The Cathedral Archer Project was set up in the eighties against a backdrop of declining industry and rising levels of unemployment, when Sheffield Cathedral had become a regular place of shelter for people who had nowhere else to go. The
congregation responded by providing a basic breakfast, but what started as tea and toast has developed and expanded into a holistic service designed to help homeless people to improve their lives including the Breakfast Club. Membership of The Breakfast Club supports a week of breakfasts and each year the business can choose a week for staff to serve breakfast to those using the project. Corporate support also includes Wear a Woolly Day and The Sleep Out which sees participants sleep under the stars in a safe environment next to the Cathedral to experience rough sleeping for themselves,
both great opportunities for fundraising and sponsorship. Tracy said: “Over many years of working with businesses, I have realised that, donating items, time or money – while all really valuable and appreciated by the benefiting charities – it’s actually the organisations themselves that take away so much more. “I don’t think companies see it as staff development, but it really is. Employees can learn new skills, while employers can observe how staff organise and project manage a simple event like a sponsored dress down day or raffle – something outside the comfort zone of their day job. It’s also an excellent opportunity for new employees to get to know everyone. “Then there are the teambuilding opportunities which offer the chance to discover employees’ hidden talents, seeing how they react to ideas generation and new situations and challenges. “And, of course, the feelgood factor of helping others cannot be under-estimated. “For a business, working within the community does more than just benefit the charity. It can have huge, longterm benefits for staff and for the organisation as a whole.”
HR Media Director Martin Ross said: “As a boss it really pleases me that CSR is something different team members have taken responsibility for – to know I employ people who are passionate about charitable work and make it an additional part of their role. The team have served in the kitchen at Breakfast Club, donated Christmas boxes and are regular participants in the sponsored Walk the Weirs event. Not only do they return enthused and sharing their experiences, but engaging with the community helps to extend their network, opening up new opportunities.” Irwin Mitchell Partner Dorrien Peters said: “We have seen some people show skills we were not aware they had. I didn’t realise how creative one of the team in particular could be. I am sure we have gained more than we have given.”
A CUT ABOVE THE REST With Savills ranked in Top 50 Barber Establishments worldwide, we spoke to Master Barber Joth Davies about Sheffield’s ‘big village’ vibe and why they’re far from just a boys’ club
Tell us all about the business “Established in 2009, Savills is a multi-award winning, globally recognised traditional barber shop. “In 2015 we achieved recognition as Barber Shop of the Year, as well as individual success with employees picking up Wahl Barber and Apprentice Barber of the Year awards. More recently we won ‘Best Barbershop 2018’ in the Exposed Magazine awards. “We champion the highest quality service inspired by the traditional art of barbering, and are home to a diverse range of experts in classic cuts, facial hair care, hot towel wet shaves and modern re-works on retro styles. “Our training academy was founded in 2014, to guide fully qualified barbers and hairdressers in honing their skills. It’s certainly broadened our reach – people join the scheme from New Zealand, Australia, USA, Canada and across Europe. “They’re not the only ones to benefit, as they practise on our customers, who receive
a free haircut overseen by one of our professional barbers. “Another area we’re leading the way is a women’s barbering service. Nowadays women are inspired by a lot shorter styles and we are masters of that precision cutting. “We’re not just a boys’ club and are keen to break the barrier that states men must go to the barbers and women to the salon. We welcome everyone who wants the Savills experience.” What’s the secret to Savills’ success? “Crucially it’s the quality of the services within a wider trend of ‘barber boom economics’. “With the public exposed to fashion trends via social media and celebrity
endorsements, there has been a swift increase in demand for cuts, in particular 1920s and 1950s styles. “Our retro barber shop environment adds to the consumer experience, with antique furniture and vintage cutting accessories, while our app and online booking feature ensure smoother customer service. “Our own Copacetic brand incorporates luxury but affordable goods for professional barbers, and is a brand that is growing rapidly. “We’re affiliated partners with lifestyle brands Dr Martens, Dickies and WAHL, and often support them at festivals, tattoo conventions, and exhibitions. “We also enjoy giving back to our consumers, turning the shop into a social hub by opening as a live music venue.”
Why Sheffield? “Sheffield is a big village and we take great pride in our roots. “The city has a great culture of collaboration and inspiration and a shared sense of community helps sustain a happy work atmosphere. This vibrant atmosphere attracts and preserves talent – and Savills is a prime example of this!” For more info drop in to Savills barber shop: Unit 3 Eldon Court, 114118 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SF. Visit the websites: www.savillsbarbers.com www.copacetic-gent.com Email: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org Call: 0114 276 1011 Check Savills out on social media: Instagram – savillsbarbers copaceticgent Facebook – Savillsbarbers Copaeticgent
Specialist digital educational publisher Twinkl was recently named as a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise. unLTD’s Laura Metcalfe caught up with CEO Jon Seaton to find out how the firm is making working life ‘engaging and enjoyable’
TWINKL CEO JON SEATON
The Twinkl office very much reflects its founder and CEO, Jon Seaton – it is bright and open, and very busy. When I meet with Jon, it’s clear he is very hardworking, but you would never guess that he used to be a lawyer. He said: “I’m used to, as I imagine a lot of entrepreneurs are, a more corporate work environment. “I didn’t necessarily dislike that environment, but I feel like if I want to come to work in jeans and a t-shirt then that’s what I’m going to do. “I’m a great believer that life should be taken a little bit more lightly – I think people work better when they’re more comfortable, when they’re enjoying what they’re doing and when they’re in a calming environment. “We wanted our offices to have a nice feel, putting in cool features like a café and some plant life. We wanted
the whole place to feel quite natural. “If you’re going to be spending a lot of time at work then it should be enjoyable.” Twinkl, based on Ecclesall Road, is a specialist digital educational publisher with a workforce of more than 460 members worldwide. ‘To help those who teach’ is the driving force that started the company and this mission still inspires everything the team do today. They recently received royal recognition after being named as a recipient of a Queen’s Award for Enterprise in International Trade. Jon continued: “You have to work unbelievably hard at building and reevaluating the culture. It’s not even maintaining it, it’s shaping the culture and rebuilding it where needed. “For me, company culture is about building relationships, whether that’s within the team
or externally with our teacher community. “All business is about relationship building – you want give and take when there’s a problem and if you just take, take, take, you’re definitely not going to get any give when you need it. “I always say to our team that there’s never a good reason to give anyone bad service. We don’t argue with our customers because you’re never going to win in that situation. Even if you think you’ve won, you haven’t won.” Many of the staff at Twinkl are ex-teachers, with many of those writing the content still in teaching, meaning the materials on offer are created by teachers for teachers. Jon believes in a very hands-on approach to people management and spends much of his time ensuring he can help his staff in any way possible. “I lead in a way that I believe
people need to be led – quite pushy but supportive, firm but fair. I think every person needs the right level of challenge in their daily work because as humans we tend not to stray into things that we’re a little bit fearful of. We don’t push ourselves enough,” explained Jon. “As a leader what I’m trying to do is say to people that it’s okay to fail. Don’t be afraid of getting something wrong because that’s how we learn and grow. I encourage my team to fail fast and then communicate why and what they have learned on that journey. “Good communication is fundamental to building a good company culture. And it’s really hard work. We work on lots of different projects every single day, so it can be quite difficult for us to communicate every idea. But we have communications
channels to make it easy to encourage conversations, even with our remote team, we use our intranet and I encourage quick, regular video calling. “Our method to improve what we do is to constantly ask questions, every single day, to try and gauge how the team are perceiving the culture and work streams. For me, it’s being consistent in asking those questions to see how we can improve. “I always think if you stick to your values and you do the right thing, that’s the best you can do. “Due to having such a clear culture at Twinkl, that everyone buys into, we know that even the quickest of decisions are made with the best interests of everybody at heart. We also listen – decisions can be reversible.” Staff engagement is important to Jon and he is keen to encourage his team to
Being engaged with the Twinkl mission is completely vital and we work really hard to ensure our staff understand what our core aims are.
get behind Twinkl’s goals and values. “Being engaged with the Twinkl mission is completely vital and we work really hard to ensure our staff understand what our core aims are,” he adds. “I recently started sharing a weekly video update which allows me to provide all key information directly with staff. I’ve found this is a nice way to communicate with the teams as it opens a dialogue and encourages people to ask questions, which is exactly what the team needs. “A lot of my role is focused on empowering others, so I try to avoid having too many meetings booked in. I find this approach works better for me as I like to be flexible enough to help people throughout the business. “This gives me the room to talk things through with my staff and work towards a fast and effective solution.” One thing is clear about
Jon – he works hard, and he expects the same of his staff. “I view every problem as an opportunity,” he continues. “We have a very particular way of doing things at Twinkl, in that we expect rapid work. It’s about facing the task at hand, finding the best possible solution, and producing highquality work. “We’re lucky that Twinkl staff are incredibly hardworking and focused. There’s a wide range of people with expertise in different areas who work together to make the best resources possible. “We want to cultivate a positive working environment where our team feel appreciated and enjoy coming to work every day. Our staff are incredibly talented and have a wealth of options open to them, so it’s important that we make life at Twinkl as engaging and enjoyable as possible.”
Talking the talk AND walking the walk – when Holly Crosby decided to launch her life coaching business Simplyou Coaching full-time, she, quite simply, took her own advice… 62
FEATURE Having spent 12 years as a counsellor working part-time with public sector clients including the NHS and local authorities, Holly Crosby realised she had set up her own business for the days she wasn’t working. “I was working with clients on issues like confidence building and asking them to identify what was holding them back. Meanwhile I was holding on to my part time job – so it was time to take action!” Holly launched Simplyou Coaching just over a year ago after qualifying as a coach – and the name sums up her client-focused approach. “When I started looking into coaching I realised I had in fact been working with some clients in this way. I started my work in the bereavement field, before working as a High School Counsellor and have also worked for an Alcohol Service as a Counsellor.
“Throughout my career, I have worked with people on issues including stress, managing a work/ life balance, anxiety, and career progression to name a few. “But my approach is I don’t coach on a certain aspect or theme. I help people to understand themselves and their thoughts and to gain better control of their life. When we feel something is not within our control we don’t manage stress and anxiety as well, lack confidence, don’t live as happy – or all of the above. The sessions will be tailored specifically to your needs.” In other words, ‘Simply’ focusing on ‘You’.
“I work with the individual on what they want to change or achieve. If they are anxious, is it because they don’t feel in control of something? Or if they are stressed, is it because of unrealistic expectations? “It’s not about me telling people what to do. We are all experts on ourselves so my role is to help the client understand their thoughts and move forward. From there it depends on the client – it’s very fluid. We may look at how they are spending their time at home and at work, how they react and cope in situations or it may be that we set up some goal-setting between sessions.”
Holly is also working within businesses to support staff with the varying issues they face. “A 2017 HSE Survey shows that 12.5 million working days were lost due to work-related stress, depression or anxiety in 2016/17. Wellbeing in the workplace is gaining momentum, and more businesses are looking to support staff to reduce sick days, improve productivity and provide a better working environment. “By providing staff access to coaching, vast improvements can be made in all of these areas resulting in big gains for staff and employer. “Through working with me, employees will gain a better understanding of their wellbeing to help them recognise the problems they are experiencing and find the tools to deal with them effectively.”
Top tips for better mental health… • For employees
Take breaks We’re not designed to work for 12 hours a day, so don’t! Have short breaks often, or one longer lunch – whatever works best for you. Just make sure you take them. You’ll perform better when you come back, anyway!
Be realistic – sometimes that means lowering your expectations! If you think you’ll always get through your to-do list, be on time for everything, juggle work and home brilliantly, and hit targets – you’re wrong. Because you’re human. Don’t be Talk about things you usually hard on yourself when, at times, wouldn’t you fall short. Talk to others about how you feel. It doesn’t have to be major, just a simple ‘this is worrying me’ or ‘I feel stressed’. It helps to get another perspective and talking out loud can help to work it through.
Do things that make you happy What makes you happy? If you don’t already know – find out. Taking time to read a book, meet with friends or go for a walk all help you to feel fulfilled. It’s not being selfish – it’s self-care.
Exercise and eat well The two things we all know we should do but often don’t! Both can be fitted in to your day no matter how busy you are – or how many times you’ve tried before and it didn’t last.
• For employers Home/Work life Work and home life aren’t as separate as we’d like to think and often impact on each other. Recognising this will happen from time to time is the start and then supporting staff with Promote a culture of openness it is key. and honesty Chances are you like to think 1:1s this is already the case, but is it? They’re important so always Do staff really feel they can be keep them in the diary. Okay, honest about problems they are work is busy, which means the facing or changes they’d like? first thing to go out of the diary If not, what are the obstacles is a 1:1 session. There will be they face and how can these be times when it’s unavoidable removed? Change won’t happen but notice how often it happens overnight but small steps count. and make sure you are having them Staff support more often. It’s How do you currently support important for staff staff? What else can you do? to have time to Employees value honest, caring talk. employers far more than a big wage, so what else can you do to help them live more happily and healthily?
BOOST CITY BUSINESS WITH â€˜PERFECT CORPORATE GIFTâ€™ Can you make staff happy, support Sheffieldâ€™s economy and increase trade in and visitors to the city centre with one purchase? The team behind a city centre gift card scheme reckon so â€“ with what theyâ€™ve dubbed â€˜the perfect corporate giftâ€™. The Sheffield Gift Card has been launched by Sheffieldâ€™s Business Improvement District (BID) and is the first card scheme of its kind for a major city centre in England. The card works similarly to a store gift card but can be redeemed at a wide range of retailers, restaurants, leisure and entertainment venues in Sheffield city centre. More than 80 businesses have already signed up to accept the card including Sheffield institution Atkinsonâ€™s, coffee wonderland Mangobean, high street favourites M&S, Office, Debenhams, John Lewis, and Thorntons, as well as restaurants such as Silversmiths, Cubana and Piccolinos.
The card can be purchased via a dedicated website â€“ www. sheffieldgiftcard.co.uk â€“ and loaded with anything from ÂŁ5 to ÂŁ200. Its flexibility makes it not only the perfect present for weddings, birthdays and Christmas, but also an ideal corporate incentive to reward hard-working staff. Gift Card manager, Shane Spence, said: â€œWe have seen an increase in enquiries and sales from Sheffield-based businesses, who have been using these for Christmas and birthday gifts for their teams, as a local alternative to the usual bottle of wine or food hamper. â€œWhen you give staff have the freedom to buy what they like most, rather than distribute unoriginal corporate incentives and gifts, you end up with a much happier workforce! Team that with knowing that by making your staff happy, you are supporting Sheffieldâ€™s economy, and the Sheffield Gift Card really is the perfect corporate gift.â€? With a design by local artist
When you give staff have the freedom to buy what they like most... you end up with a much happier workforce!
Matt Cockayne â€“ who created â€˜Hendophantâ€™ for the Herd of Sheffield sculpture trail â€“ the gift card is run by Sheffield BID, a private, not-for-profit company responsible for delivery of the city centreâ€™s Business Improvement District (BID). BID manager Diane Jarvis said: â€œIt is an opportunity to lock-in spend into the city centre economy, attracting new customers and more business. â€œA gift card scheme for Sheffield city centre will provide a highly efficient sales and marketing tool. It will also enable our independent businesses â€“ who could otherwise not afford a card programme â€“ to benefit from more visits, new customers and additional sales.â€? Any retailers within the city centre BID area can get involved provided they accept card payments and just need to email info@sheffieldgiftcard. co.uk to register. For more info visit www. sheffieldgiftcard.co.uk.
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FANTASTIC ACTIVITIES The arrival and escalation of the escape room industry – as demonstrated by Sheffield’s very own and original The Great Escape – means days out are no longer limited to a
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more interaction with and innovation from our trips in and around Yorkshire. While we wait for The Crystal Maze Experience to make its way across the Pennines
from Manchester, here are our fantastic four diverse activities you can do in the region to have an action-packed and braintesting day out with a difference during the summer break.
Indoor Bungee Jump, Magna Science Adventure Centre in Rotherham As you climb the 143 steps to the peak of the tower, music and dry ice are pumped out of the wall and seven huge video screens project images of what you are about to experience. As you fall in semi-darkness for 150ft feeling the wind in your hair and the rush of adrenaline, the cord will snatch you back up into the air. Either taking the plunge by yourself or with a group of friends/family/colleagues at the Abyss in Magna is the highest indoor bungee jump in the world and will be a day out with a difference. While you’re there check out the three other activities the Abyss has to offer: the 250ft zip-wire, abseiling from 150ft and a 150ft freefall on to the Abyss’s unique powerfan. For more information visit: www.ukbungee.co.uk/ content/26/the-abyss-at-magnathe-awesome-foursome
AFTER HOURS Vampire Curse Trail, Windsor Terrace in Whitby Have your wooden stakes and holy water at the ready as you embark on an adventure to rid Whitby of its vampire curse. The trail is based on Bram Stoker’s book, Dracula, so have a look at all the plaques and signs that commemorate the buildings and atmosphere that inspired Stoker when he was writing his novel. The trail is equal parts terrifying as it is fun, and you’ll need
Whitby wits about you to use your knowledge and ability to discover new clues and lift the vampire curse. The trail is over 2.5 miles long, covering both the east and west sides of the town and can be explored with friends, family or colleagues. When you stumble across the mysterious cure make sure you go to the Treasure Trails website to submit it and, if you’re right, find out how to break the curse. For more information visit: www.treasuretrails.co.uk/ things-to-do/north-yorkshire/ whitby
Indoor Snowboarding, Snozone in Castleford Who needs the sun this summer when you could be shredding down the white, snowy slopes inside these first-class indoor facilities. Whether you are a beginner looking to learn, wanting to rediscover your skills or a seasoned veteran, Snozone has something for everyone. Using excellent equipment, expert coaches will teach you in a safe, welcoming environment.
Swegway Park, Ecclesfield in Sheffield Swegway Park is the UK’s first self-balancing scooter park or hoverboard park. Grab a Swegway to test your balance, dexterity and overall ‘gnarly’ skills. First timers and experienced riders can traverse various ramps and jumps inside the spacious 3,500 sq ft of facilities free
Snozone offer one-to-one sessions if you wish to gain greater experience and with the option to do a full day course for those who have experience on the slopes, you can push your knowledge of snowboarding to new heights – literally! The Snozone Orbit is a wide revolving indoor dry slope for dedicated one-to-one coaching. This 45-minute session is ideal for beginners or people wishing to perfect their skills. For more information visit: www.snozoneuk.com
from uneven surfaces and potholes. Explore on your own or with a team, but either way you are guaranteed to have some fun. Sessions last 45 minutes where you can enjoy the various activities. And don’t worry, Swegway Park takes safety very seriously and will provide all safety equipment, with activity monitored to ensure a fun and safe environment for all ages. For more information visit: www.swegwaypark.com
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SUN-SHINING, SUMMER DINING Here at unLTD HQ we love nothing more than a drink and a bite to eat in the sun to unwind after a hard day’s graft. Here, we list some of the best beer gardens the region has to offer – bottoms up!
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Summer is finally here! And catching those summer rays can be thirsty work so to celebrate the sun making an appearance we’re taking a look at some of the best beer gardens to sit back and relax in. From the heart of the city, to Rotherham, Barnsley, and everything in between, there are a wide range of pubs and bars available to serve up the perfect pint, classic cocktails and some delicious alfresco dining. The Fat Cat Address: 23 Alma Street, Sheffield, S3 8SA Website: www.thefatcat.co.uk Contact number: 0114 249 4801 Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am Social media: Facebook: @kelhambrewery Twitter: @fatcatpubS3 About: What better place to spend the summer months than at The Fat Cat. Known nationally for its quality
real ales, traditional pub atmosphere and industrial setting in the heart of Kelham Island, the awardwinning Victorian pub has a great mixture of young and old patrons, and its onsite brewery produces a range of specialist beers that have won several awards, including the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain. Tuck into some traditional home cooking from a menu that includes vegetarian, and vegan or gluten free food in the wonderful walled garden, complete with plenty of benches and seats. The Gardeners Rest Address: 105 Neepsend Lane, Sheffield, S3 8AT Website: www.thegardenersrest.com Contact number: 0114 272 4978 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 3pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 11pm Social media: Facebook:
@gardenerscomsoc Twitter: @GardenersComSoc About: Billing itself as ‘more than a pub, we’re a community hub’, The Gardeners Rest overlooks the River Don and provides a lovely spot to enjoy a sip of beer and snap some pictures for Instagram. The team at the communityrun pub in Neepsend pride themselves on the high quality beer selection, regular arts and musical events and their charitable work with vulnerable adults and people with learning difficulties, by providing employment opportunities. The beer garden is filled with lovely plants, repurposed furniture, and quirky items to enjoy a must needed rest – it’s all in the name. Kelham Island Tavern Address: 62 Russell St, Sheffield S3 8RW Website: www.kelhamtavern.co.uk Contact number: 0114 272 2482
Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 12am Social media: Facebook: @kelhamislandtavern Twitter: @thekelham About: Kelham Island Tavern’s award-winning beautiful beer garden provides a wonderful place to soak up the sun. Complete with benches, the garden is filled with plenty of plants and flowers, creating a lovely outdoor space to enjoy some drinks and dine. It is also ideal for animal lover as dogs are welcome (on leads) … but maybe keep an eye out for the resident cat! The Forum Address: 127-129 Devonshire Street, Sheffield, S3 7SB Website: www.forumsheffield.co.uk Contact number: 0114 280 8227 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 10am – 11pm, Friday: 10am – 2am, Saturday: 10am – 3am, Sunday: 10am – 10pm Social media: Facebook: @ forumsheffield Twitter: @ForumSheffield
Instagram: theforumsheffield About: The Forum, overlooking Devonshire Green, is ideally located for some fun in the sun! The restaurant and bar have a great outdoor seating area, with the heated area’s swimming pool style tiled walls and floor adding to the summer vibes. The menu ranges from small plates and sharers and the kitchen is renowned for its pizza. Or if you’re in a the mood for something fresh, plump for a powerbowl which comes with either a quinoa mix salad or house leaf. Race you to the giant orange deckchairs… Dam House Address: Mushroom Lane, Sheffield, S3 7NZ Website: www. damhousesheffield.co.uk Contact number: 0114 266 8041 Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 12pm – 11pm Social media: Facebook: @ DamHouseSheff
Twitter: @DamHouseSheff Instagram: damhousesheff About: The Dam House is set within the cracking confines of Crookes Valley Park, which provides a perfect view from their beautiful beer garden. The team provide themselves on ‘offering great value for money but maintaining a highquality menu’ so choose from the classics, a sarnie or nibbles like the Dam House Platter (or discover the ‘secret fries’). The Chef’s Own Carvery is served from 12pm on Sundays and there’s also a menu dedicated to pizza. The Nursery Tavern Address: 276 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield, S11 8PE Website: www. thenurserytavernsheffield. co.uk Contact number: 0114 266 8934 Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 11am – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 12am Social media: Facebook: @ thenurserytavern
Twitter: @ilovetav About: Located on Ecclesall Road, The Nursery Tavern has outside seating in abundance, with a garden at the front and rear of the pub. While you decide which to opt for, grab a cocktail, or a handpicked craft beer or cider. And if you work up an appetite, choose from the ‘great value, great taste’ menu including 21-day aged prime steaks, deliciously crispy taco salads and social sharers like nachos and chicken wings. The Brothers Arms Address: 106 Well Road, Sheffield, S8 9TZ Website: www.facebook.com/ thebrothersarms Contact number: 0114 255 3995 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 11pm Social media: Facebook: @thebrothersarms Twitter: @TheBroArms About: Arguably one of
the best beers gardens in Sheffield, thanks to its stunning view over Heeley and across the city, The Brothers Arms is a must. Watch the sun set in the evening with plenty of outdoor seating to relax with family and friends, and admire the view. An added bonus – dogs are welcome! There’s a wide range of beers on offer, although your al fresco dining will be limited to nibbling on bar snacks (or ‘Yorkshire tapas’ as the bar staff have dubbed them). The Hallamshire House Address: 49-51 Commonside, Sheffield, S10 1GF Website: www. myhallamshire.com Contact number: 0114 266 4466 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 4pm – 11:30pm, Friday: 2pm – 12:30am, Saturday: 12pm – 12:30am, Sunday: 12pm – 11:30pm Social media: Facebook: @TheHallamshireHouse
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Twitter: @HallamshireHaus Instagram: hallamshirehouse About: The Hallamshire House in Crookesmoor is a welcoming and traditional pub at the heart of the community and it is easy to see why. Their ‘secret garden’ is one of the worst kept secrets as it is an amazing location to soak up the sun and enjoy some of the fabulous drinks, and al fresco dining on offer here. This includes street food, BBQs, award winning craft beers, as well as guest beers from selected partners, alongside a changing selection of bottled beer and premium spirits. And if you want to take a break from the heat, then duck inside for the full-sized snooker table for a quick game.
The Rutland Arms Address: 86 Brown Street, Sheffield, S1 2BS Website: www. therutlandarmssheffield.co.uk Contact number: 0114 272 9003 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 11pm Social media: Facebook: @rutland.arms Twitter: @RutlandArms About: The Rutland Arms has a fab walled beer garden featuring a bit of street art Phlegm (on the exterior) and is a popular post-work haunt (including for team unLTD). Drinks-wise there’s a wide range of choice here, including real ciders and real ales, with seven breweries featured from around the country to enjoy. The food ethos is ‘to offer good value restaurant
standard cooking in an unfussy atmosphere’, which is reflected here. Recent dishes included a Vindaloo Kebabwich (roast black pork from Heeley City Farm) and the menu also offers numerous vegan options that are always a little more adventurous than your standard pub fare. The small plates menu is also an option for those wanting to pick and share. Cricket Inn Address: Penny Lane, Sheffield, S17 3Az Website: www.cricketinn.co.uk Contact number: 0114 236 5256 Opening hours: Monday – Friday: 11am – 11pm, Saturday – Sunday: 11am – 11pm Social media: Facebook: @ cricketinnsheffield Twitter: @CricketInnSheff Instagram: cricketinntotley
About: Located on Penny Lane, close to the Peaks, the Cricket Inn is a beautiful pub inside and out. The décor is bright, stylish and modern, with quirky yellow beams and ‘from brewery to bar’ artwork on the wall. Outside is also stunning. The location of the pub has you feeling content in the country – a welcome break from the hustle and bustle of the city. This really is a place you can come to sit down, dine and unwind in. The Roebuck Tavern Address: 72 Charles St, Sheffield S1 2NB Contact number: 0114 272 1756 Opening hours: Sunday – Thursday: 11am – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 11am – 12am About: The Roebuck Tavern, located in the heart of the city on Charles Street, is a
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traditional British pub serving a range of classic food – bangers and mash, fish and chips and burgers. The interior is warm and welcoming and outside is a patioed beer garden with plenty of benches ready for the summer season. On the drinks menu there is range of cocktails, spirits, wine, draught and bottled beer and ciders. The Strafford Arms Address: Park Drive, Barnsley, S75 3EW Website: www. thestraffordarms.co.uk Contact number: 01226 287488 Opening hours: Monday – Thursday: 12pm – 11pm, Friday – Saturday: 12pm – 12am, Sunday: 12pm – 10pm Social media: Facebook: @ strattfordarmsbarnsley Twitter: @thestrafford About: The Strafford Arms in Barnsley, was lovingly refurbished in 2014 to ‘bring the modern benefits of the 21st century whilst keeping the traditional charm of its historic past’. The pub is rather lovely inside and out, as a result, thanks to a
massive beer garden and the interior featuring elegant décor and quaint touches. Check out the feature wall with a marvellous map of the town and surrounding area. #BarnsleyIsBrill, indeed. The Strafford Arms has a reputation for its professional service and excellent food, all of which is freshly prepared and home made using all the finest locally sourced ingredients available. Rivelin Hotel and Pub Address: Tofts Lane, Stannington, Sheffield, S6 5SL Contact number: 0114 233 6650 Opening hours: Monday – Sunday: 11:30am – 12am Social media: Facebook: @RivelinPub About: Located in Stannington, The Rivelin Hotel and Pub is perfectly placed, with beautiful views overlooking the Riverlin village and the River Rivelin (funnily enough). The beer garden also means that you can sit and enjoy a classic pub meal or a beverage in the sun, while admiring the stunning view. Within the garden there
is a great play area for the children, too. INC Address: 294 Shalesmoor, Sheffield S3 8UL Website: www.i-n-c.co.uk Contact number: 0114 299 3177 Opening hours: Sunday – Tuesday: closed, Wednesday – Thursday: 4pm – 10pm, Friday: 2pm – 11pm, Saturday: 12am – 11pm Social media: Facebook: @IncSheffield Twitter: @Inc_Sheffield About: INC takes the idea of a beer garden to a whole new level – quite literally! This rooftop bar in Kelham Island is ideal for any afternoon or evening drink with a great vibe and some quirky features, most of all being the fact it is built from upcycled shipping containers. This really is quite the hot spot for cocktails and craft beers (and sharing your snaps on social media) this summer season. And don’t worry about the evening chill, as there are heaters here so the drinks can keep coming even when the sun has set.
The Golden Ball Address: Turner Lane, Whiston, Rotherham, S60 4HY Website: www.vintageinn. co.uk/restaurants Contact number: 01709 726911 Opening hours: Monday – Saturday: 11:30am – 11pm, Sunday: 11:30am – 10:30pm Social media: Facebook: @vintageinns Twitter: @Vintage_Inns About: Located in the village of Whiston, Rotherham, this is a beautiful pub with a lovely décor and gorgeous beer garden. There is character in abundance with beautiful beams, feature fireplaces and stylish seating areas outside and in. On the menu is some amazing pub grub, including steak and mushroom pie, fish and chips and a range of burgers and pizzas. They also have an amazing drinks menu with craft beers and ‘the best of British’ – which features Chapel Down vineyards sparkling and still wines as well as Curios beers and ciders. All of which can be enjoyed in the beer garden while you get soak up some summer rays!
We all need to get away from the pressures and stress of work from time to time. This issue unLTD’s Joe Bamford visits the Polish city of Krakow and Laura Metcalfe grabs her bucket and spade and heads to the seaside town of Cleethorpes
While other more glamorous cities like Barcelona, Madrid, Paris and Berlin might make the headlines more often, you’d struggle to find a more vibrant yet understated European city than Krakow. I went as part of a group of five friends of a similar age (early 20s), and was apprehensive before I went that we’d quickly get painted
with the same brush as those who head there to enjoy the city’s ‘stag do culture’. We’d like to think we found a happy medium between culture and nightlife on our trip, as it quickly became apparent that Krakow has far more to offer than a cheap night out. Indeed, while you’d struggle to find a cheaper pint of beer (which we could scarcely believe costs as little as 80p in places) elsewhere in Europe, you’d also struggle to find a more well-rounded place to enjoy a weekend away – whatever your age or the group you’re with. The group I was with, myself included, are huge football fans, meaning we obviously timed our trip to coincide with a Wisła Kraków home game. Wisła, Krakow’s biggest football team, play in the Polish top flight. We were excited to attend a home game while we were there, and we weren’t disappointed – it was an experience we won’t forget in a hurry. When we went, the stadium’s 32,000-capacity stadium was only a third full, but the atmosphere generated by the home support still bettered that of many Premier League grounds we’ve visited back home. Away from the football, there are few European cities which bore more significance during World War Two than Krakow. It was invaded by Nazi Germany in September 1939 and fully occupied within
a few weeks, becoming the administrative capital of the Third Reich. As a result, you’re surrounded by cultural significance and constant reminders of the city’s tragic past. We stayed across the Vistula River, just outside the city centre, in an area we later discovered was just a few hundred yards from the last remaining original wall of the former Jewish Ghetto. Krakow’s Jews were ordered into the Ghetto shortly after the city was taken under Nazi control, and there are few more moving memorials than the area’s Ghetto Heroes Square, which features 33 iron and bronze chairs, which were installed as a permanent symbol of the Jewish Ghetto’s tragedy. More information about the countless memorials and landmarks in the various areas of Krakow can be learnt on a city buggy tour – the best way of seeing as much of Krakow as possible and bookable at kiosks located across the city centre. The tours take between two and three hours, and though costs vary, they tend to start at £15 per person. That may seem like a lot, but by the time the tour’s finished you’ll be so steeped in Krakow’s history it’ll seem like a bargain. On each tour, you get to see the city’s main areas – the stunning Old Town, fascinating Jewish Quarter and interesting but
harrowing Jewish Ghetto. Audio description is available, plus you’ll be driven around the city by a knowledgeable local tour guide, who will provide a few additional Krakow anecdotes along the way. Oskar Schindler’s enamelware factory, or Deutsche Emailwarenfabrik (DEF) in German, is the fourth place you can visit on a number of the buggy tours, for an additional fee – however I’d recommend doing this independently as you’ll want to spend far more than an hour or two there. Entry into the factory, which is a must-see, costs as little as £6. If you thought you understood Krakow’s significance to World War II before you visited, you most certainly will after taking in the factory, which was run by Schindler, a German entrepreneur, during the war. It has since become as poignant a monument as any to one of the heroes of World War II. Though a great deal of the original factory has been destroyed over time, there are still original parts which remain – such as Schindler’s desk. You’ll recognise parts of the factory from the Spielberg film, Schindler’s List, which depicts the story of how Schindler used his enamelware business to save around 1,200 Jews from the Nazis. Across the Vistula River – on which you can also book river cruises – and
back towards the city centre, you’ll find the city’s Grand Square – or Rynek Główny in Polish. It’s another place you shouldn’t leave Krakow without seeing. The stunning 16th-century Renaissance Cloth Hall provides the square’s centrepiece, with the spectacular Gothic 13thcentury Town Hall Tower dominating the skyline. The square is always full of life, with many of Krakow’s best bars, restaurants and clubs located in the streets surrounding it, meaning you can quite easily spend all day, and all night, taking in one of Krakow’s most beautiful areas. Not far from the square is the breath-taking Wawel Castle. Not only is it one of Krakow’s most significant monuments – it was built in the 13th and 14th centuries – it also boasts some of the best views in the city. The castle’s architecture – a mixture of Romanesque, Gothic, Renaissance and Early Baroque styles – perfectly encapsulates all that is great about Krakow’s cityscape. The Old Town in particular is very easy on the eye, you can easily spend hours just wandering the streets. Despite several invasions and countless wars destroying much of the original city over time, Krakow has retained a very original and unspoilt feel – something which adds to the city’s sense of pride.
CLEETHORPES ‘Come fer day, stay fer weekend.’ This is a popular phrase you might hear among the locals in Cleethorpes – a loving description of the Yorkshire folk who pay a visit to the little seaside town with the intention of staying the day but who end up staying (you guessed it) the whole weekend. It’s easy to see why it’s such a popular destination as it offers all the attractions you could possibly want from a trip to the coast – arcades, ice cream, the pier, and of course, some of the best fish and chips you’ll ever eat. And as an added bonus, it’s just 70 miles away from Sheffield making it easy to get to by car or train.
I grew up just a hop, skip and a jump away from Cleethorpes, in Grimsby, so as you can imagine we were there practically every other weekend, especially if we had guests from out of town. It wasn’t until I moved to Sheffield in 2008 that I realised how wonderful Cleethorpes is. On a recent visit, I met up with some of my old friends by the beach and had a fun jaunt around some of the best places Cleethorpes has to offer. Our first stop was a walk along Cleethorpes Pier. The original structure was destroyed by fire in 1903 and rebuilt in 1905, and following numerous closures throughout the years, the present establishment operates as
a café and nightclub. It also offers some stunning views of the sea so it’s definitely worth a viewing. Next up was Oddballs Crazy Golf, situated on the central promenade. This quaint, 18-hole game, is built up of miniature models based on famous landmarks in Cleethorpes, including Cleethorpes Pier, Dock Tower and Waltham Windmill. The course gets more challenging as you go along and is great fun for people of all ages. In keeping with the miniature theme, take a ride on The Cleethorpes Coast Light Railway, voted the number one Tourist Attraction in North East Lincolnshire. The railway, built in 1948, will celebrate its
70th anniversary with a series of events on 14 and 15 July this year. The total running length of the rail line is currently two miles and is a great way to take in the sights, from the seafront to North Sea Lane, close to the Meridian Line. Jump off and enjoy a pint at The Signal Box Inn or ‘The Smallest Pub on the Planet’. Measuring at just 8ft by 8ft, this little pub has a whole lot of heart and offers a surprisingly large range of cask ales, wines and ciders. There’s also a great outdoor seating area, house band and a nine-hole golf course. The Cleethorpes Discovery Centre makes for a great day out all on its own. Free to enter, the centre features an
art exhibition and will provide you with plenty of information about the local wildlife. The Associated British Ports Humber Observatory offers great views of the estuary and a new interactive display shows real time shipping movements of vessels on their voyages. Stop off at Cleethorpes Boating Lake, an idyllic spot where you can rent a pedalo or row boat and feed the ducks. Or for something a little more hands on, the sandpit has a great shipwreck playground sure to keep the littles ones amused. During the summer season, Cleethorpes Paddling Pool is the perfect place to cool down and have a splash around. Open 10am to 5.30pm, this is
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ones of Cleethorpes’ hidden gems guaranteed to entertain. To soak up some of the history, take a walk to Ross Castle situated on the promenade overlooking the sea. While it appears to be the ruins of an ancient castle, it is in fact a Victorian folly. Built in 1863 by the Manchester, Sheffield and Lincoln Railway Company, the mock ruin was designed as a visitor attraction and was named after the company’s secretary, Mr. Edward Ross. If you’re visiting during cooler climates, head indoors to the fantastic range of arcades available on the seafront. You’ll find a whole host of machines, whether you want to challenge your friends
to a dance off, try your luck on the grabbers or play a game of bowling. No trip to the seaside would be complete without a stick of rock and a cone of chips. Cleethorpes rock comes in a whole variety of flavours, from strawberry right through to fish and chips – pick some up from any one of the outlets along the seafront. And for your potato fix, I heartily recommend Seaway restaurant on Alexandra Road, where you can sit in or takeaway. With lots of fun activities, great places to eat and drink, Cleethorpes is a great place to visit with your family, your partner or your pals so be sure to make this your next weekend getaway.
2018 marks the 10th anniversary of Sheffield’s ultimate celebration of all things musical and creative, Tramlines festival. To mark the occasion, this year’s event will be bigger than ever before as the entirety of Hillsborough Park is transformed into a cultural epicentre. Over the weekend of 20-22 July, festival-goers will be rocked by the likes of Noel Gallagher’s High-Flying Birds, Stereophonics and Craig David’s TS5. That’s not all of course, there will be tons of Sheffield’s local talent across the park’s five different stages, as well as the brand-new comedy stage and a pop-up cinema. If you’re somehow still not convinced what all the fuss is about, we’ve put together some statistics for you to have a look at:
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