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ALSO INSIDE... 8: News Golden hopes of Paralympic stars, tattoo studio wins big and major cultural event set for the city. 14: If You Ask Me... Devolution - big hitters give their verdicts. 22: Calendar All the very best business and social events happening around the city. 30, 46 & 57: Five minutes with... Bullion, Yang 4 Young and Harvey Morton explain their companies and why Sheffield is a great place to start a business. 32: Networking What makes a good networking event? We take a look at the world of business meet and greets. 45: Business Awards All the winners from the Sheffield Business Awards. 54: Your Pitch A great opportunity for start-ups to sell their business. 68: Weekend Brunches Looking for the best place for a bite to eat over the weekend? We’ve got you covered.
74: Weekend Escapes Planning a long weekend away? Here is our guide to the best city trips in Europe and the UK. 81. Appointments Who’s moved where and when and why. 82: Stats Crunch This issue we crunch the travel numbers in the Sheffield city region.
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WE’RE BACK WITH A BANG! Happy New Year and welcome to issue 2 of unLTD Business magazine. In the music industry they say that the second album is always the hardest with all the good ideas gone into making a name for yourself with a ground-breaking debut. If we had any worries about following up our first issue then they were soon thrown out of the window when we began to consider the amount of stories we can tell from the Sheffield business community. There’s plenty here to enjoy at your leisure, although you’d be forgiven for going straight to our guide to the best places to get your weekend brunch. Or why not kick off with our interview with escape game pioneer Hannah Duraid on page 26? It’s an industry that has exploded in the last five years and she tells us why. Unless you’re a political junkie then it’s unlikely – and probably unwise – that you’ve have kept up with every change of direction in the devolution saga. We asked some of the city’s big hitters to find out what they think. The bottom line is that the powers-that-be need to get cracking soon or whatever crumbs are left on the table from the government will disappear. One man who knows a thing or two about the machinations of our governing class is former Sheffield Central MP Richard Caborn. His ambition for our region is certainly bold with parts of his vision already very much a reality. Our chat with him is well worth a read. Finally, unLTD picked up its first piece of silverware recently as we romped to victory at the Benchmark Recruit charity quiz night! As pleased as we were by the win the real victors were charities FareShare and The Real Junk Food Project, who benefited from the generosity of all those who attended. Not that people needed any reminding but Sheffield really is a place where business and social enterprises work very well together. Don’t forget to visit unLTDbusiness.com for daily news updates, opinion pieces and features.
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AGENDA TV experts innovate with new salon
BRITISH WHEELCHAIR BASKETBALL’S NEW ELITE TRAINING CENTRE
NEW FACILITY WILL BOOST HOPES OF GOLD IN TOKYO British Wheelchair Basketball (BWB) has opened its new Elite Training Centre (ETC) at the English Institute of Sport Sheffield (EISS), managed by SIV. The BWB underwent a significant £250,000 refurbishment, changing from a multi-sports hall known as the ‘Blue Hall,’ to a bespoke floor with access to EIS services including strength and conditioning support, nutrition advice and medical care. The opening’s special guest, Dame Katherine Grainger, said: “Creating the right environment for athletes
to thrive is so important at Olympic and Paralympic levels. “BWB and SIV have created a fantastic facility here at the EISS and I think it bodes well for the sport that players will be able to train and compete every day in such a wonderful facility that has a track record of producing gold medallists.” Andrew Snelling, chief executive for SIV, said: “I can speak for everyone at SIV when I say how excited we are about this partnership and we look forward to seeing even more medals and trophies coming through the
doors at the EISS.” The Elite Training Centre will act as the base of operations for the BWB’s innovative National Lottery funded centralised training programme, and will be vital in training both GB teams for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. British Wheelchair Basketball performance director, Paul Davies, said: “Sheffield presents real opportunities for both teams during the Tokyo cycle. We have medal aspirations for the next Paralympics and our Elite Training Centre will be crucial to delivering this success.”
Krynkl offers opportunity for start-up businesses The search is on for a second start-up company to join the businesses at Kelham Island’s acclaimed Krynkl development. The project at Shalesmoor, devised by award winning architects Coda Studios, was created entirely from recycled shipping containers. The £500,000 eco-friendly
design design – the first of its type outside London – won the support of Sheffield Council and is now home to several companies including Sis Beauty, Dermaglow, R1SE Youga Studio, Chocolate Mester, Colloco, restaurant Joro, Redbrik Sales and Lettings Agents and the Sky Bar.
But space has also been set aside specifically to encourage start-up businesses to move in and take advantage of what has being described as a ‘mini creative industries hub.’ Anybody interested should contact Tim Bottrill at Colloco. Visit colloco.co or call 0114 299 3121.
A new city salon Black Cactus, launched by two TV beauty experts, is giving body confidence a makeover. Hair stylist Danny Richardson, and make-up artist Maxine Holland, were inspired to reinvent the traditional salon experience with ‘body transformation’ after appearing on shows like E4’s Body Fixers and Don’t Tell the Bride. Danny said: “Clients are already embracing the opportunity to explore the diverse looks we can create here and the options that new treatments, techniques and technology have opened up to them, all in the comfort of our beautiful and welcoming new salon.” The pair signed a ten-year lease for the salon, which can be found at West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam Street, with the help of Banner Jones Solicitors.
Law students trial their court skills The lecture room turned into court room at Sheffield Hallam University, after a city employment lawyer put law school students through their paces in a mock employment tribunal. Toby Pochron, of commercial law specialists Ironmonger Curtis, put the skills of the next generation of lawyers on trial as students cross-examined witnesses and presented their legal arguments. Mr Pochron said: “Enacting an employment tribunal gives students a deeper insight into the real-world application of the law. They see what they are studying being put into practice and it helps them understand how their growing knowledge will be used in the future.”
AGENDA Blades submit plans for expansion Building design development plans for Sheffield United’s South Stand have been revealed. Detailed design information will be submitted to Sheffield City Council following an outline consent originally granted in 2009. Proposals seek to add more than 5,400 seats, new executive boxes and a media centre. The design looks to celebrate the exposed steelwork supporting the cantilever roof from above, uses high quality profiled steel cladding and areas of red brickwork helping to anchor a building of this scale.
EMILY DAWSON WITH HER AWARD
TATTOO STUDIO WINS BIG AT AWARD CEREMONY The Rotherham Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award 2017 has been won by the town centre’s first ever female tattoo artist. Emily Dawson, 27, received the grand prize of £1,000 to invest in her business, Holy Ghost Tattoo Collective, at the award ceremony held at Magna Science Adventure Centre while studio was also awarded the
title of Most Innovative Business of the Year. Uniquely, everyone who works at the studio has suffered from mental health issues and the business also supports a number of mental health charities. Emily said: “Tattooing is often not portrayed in a great light, so I am over the moon that my business has been recognised
not once, but twice in these awards. I wanted to be a tattoo artist from a very early age and have faced a lot of criticism and gender discrimination throughout my career. I put every penny I had into setting up Holy Ghost Tattoo Collective and I am extremely proud of both the studio that I have created and the industry in which I work.”
The Floow eyes China market after Minister’s visit The Floow, a world leader in telematics innovation, welcomed Baroness Rona Fairhead, the UK Minister for International Trade, to its new Sheffield HQ to discuss how UK companies can succeed in achieving international expansion. The visit comes after a period of rapid growth for The Floow, fuelled by £13m in equity investment received in March 2017 from a group of investors led by China-based Fosun group.
In September, The Floow opened its first North American office, with a new site in Detroit, USA. The US site will support rapid expansion in that market, where telematics is growing rapidly as an insurance and fleet proposition. The company also has operations in China, which is a market representing huge growth potential. Baroness Rona Fairhead, Minister for Trade and
Export Promotion, said: “I was delighted to visit The Floow on my first visit to the Sheffield City Region as Minister for Trade and Exports. The company is an excellent representative of the region on the world stage as demonstrated by their rapid expansion in the US and the Chinese investment they attracted earlier this year. We stand ready to help UK companies – large and small – to build their businesses for exporting.”
The Club, which increasingly uses the stadium for a multitude of non-footballing events, is seeking approval for a new second tier with an additional 5,400 seats with an associated concourse and food/drink kiosks. In addition, improved facilities for the less abled, new executive facilities, a multipurpose function room, an exhibition space and a new ticket office are all proposed. Sheffield United chief operating officer Andrew Birks said: “We have a rich historical background in the city and within football. Our stadium of the future will reflect this relationship and be capable of contributing to the long-term future of the Blades.” Plans are anticipated to be submitted to Sheffield City Council December by January 2018 and at this early stage an anticipated decision is expected in early Spring 2018.
• Sheffield has made the top ten cities for recruitment according to a report by CV Library – the only northern city to make the top 5 with job growth of 22%, and beating Leeds (14.7%) and Manchester (13.8%). • And a growth rate of 29% is anticipated in Sheffield among small businesses, according to another report. The nationwide survey by Square ranked Sheffield fifth out of 15 cities on growth potential, with 48% of small businesses saying they were confident in areas including ability to hire, expand and invest. • Idaq Networks has agreed a ten-year deal with Sheffield City Council to provide highspeed Sheffield Free Wi-Fi in the outdoor areas and public buildings of the city centre in a bid to help the council meet its ambition to be one of the best-connected cities in the country. • Sheffield Digital Campus has welcomed software firm Simcyp to the new Grade A office development. The research-based software company has taken a ten-year lease on the second floor at Acero at the Campus. • Sheffield’s Business Improvement District (BID) has launched a Sheffield Gift Card which can be used at participating businesses to help ‘encourage a higher level of city centre spending and increase footfall post-Christmas and in the long term’.
• The Yorkshire region missed out in the Chancellor’s November Budget after Phillip Hammond announced investment across the Northern Powerhouse – but in areas with mayors including the North West, North East and West Midlands.
PHIL MOTT AND JONATHANRICHRDSON OF RUSSELL RICHARDSON
WASTE FIRM CUTS IT WITH PRINT CLIENT A waste specialist is keeping the UK’s top web-to-print company running smoothly by recycling 160 tonnes of its scrap paper - the weight of 20 elephants every month. Russell Richardson have not only taken on extra staff at their Attercliffe HQ, but are also shipping three vast compactor skips to the Bluetree Group to deal with the huge amount of paper trimmings it produces after printing millions of business cards and flyers.
Phil Mott, said: “Russell Richardson’s service is proving
ultra-efficient and totally reliable. Everything here has to be cut to size, which produces a huge amount of scrap trimmings and cuttings. It’s imperative we have a totally reliable waste collection service.” Russell Richardson’s sales manager Nicky Hellewell said: “We won the Bluetree contract on service and reliability, and the competitive rebates we offer. They’re our biggest client to date in terms of tonnage, and we are proving more than capable.”
UTC Principal appointed to Government panel UTC Sheffield Principal Alex Reynolds has been appointed to a new government panel as part of a national shake-up of vocational education. The government is launching 15 new technical qualifications, known as T Levels, as part of an overhaul of the education system for 16 to 19-year-olds aiming to support young people and adults to secure skilled employment and meet the needs of the economy. T Levels aim to put technical qualifications on an equal
footing with academic ones and simplify the process of vocational training in England. They will be available in 15 subjects, and start replacing current vocational qualifications from 2020 onwards. The Department for Education (DfE) has set up panels made up of employers, professional bodies and education providers to develop the outline content for the new T Levels in sectors including digital, construction, health
and science, legal, financial and accounting. Alex Reynolds has been appointed to the T Level panel for engineering and manufacturing – a technical specialism offered at the UTC. He said: “UTC Sheffield has a national reputation for equipping students with high level advanced engineering and manufacturing skills that employers need, and I am delighted to be appointed to the T Level panel for this sector.”
AGENDA Celebrating Sheffield’s cultural heritage in 2018 A major programme of concerts, events and educational projects to celebrate Sheffield’s cultural industries and heritage is being planned with a view to a launch next year. Representatives of local communities, music-based organisations, education groups, charities and others are working together to organise events throughout the year that highlight Sheffield’s status of the UK’s first City of Sanctuary. They have been brought together by commercial, educational and philanthropic venture Music City Foundation with long-term targets
including 12 events under the banner of ‘Sanctuary Way’ with international music and fringe activities in and around the city centre. Initial proposals are being firmed up with a view to incorporating venues on a Sanctuary Way route and the concept is also being discussed with a range of organisations – Sheffield United, Sheffield Cathedral, Meadowhall, Sheffield International Venues, The City Council and both universities. Some key figures in national and international music businesses are closely involved
in creating a structure that promises to bring big names and other exciting musical projects to the city. The blueprint for Sanctuary Way was rolled out at a meeting bringing brought together community and youth groups, music-based organisations, representatives of the Sheffield business community, entrepreneurs, traders and legal, financial and crowdfunding experts. MCF chairman Stephen Thomas said: “Of all the businesses I have ever been involved in, this is one of the most exciting.”
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MILLGATE IT HAS NOTICED A SIGNIFICANT RISE IN THE SALES OF DELL 2-IN-1 LAPTOPS
RAPID SALES GROWTH FOR IT FIRM The increasing popularity of 2-in-1 laptops signals a change in working conditions, say experts from Sheffield-based IT firm Millgate. Millgate has noticed a significant rise in the sales of Dell 2-in-1 laptops with managing director Chris Calvert saying it is because of a new remote working culture which sees businesses move away from the traditional desk and office-base to more flexible environments such as cafes and working on the move. Chris said: “We’ve noticed a huge increase in our sales with customers choosing to go with 2-in-1 laptops rather than the
standard ‘boxed’ laptop. “Customers have adapted to working in new surroundings outside of the traditional office-based environments, therefore the 2-in-1 laptops have moved with this change. “Being significantly lighter and having a longer battery life than its competitors, gives it qualities ideal for new remote working environments. “The obvious adaptability of 2-in-1s can’t be emphasised enough. Whether it’s flipping around into presentation mode to turn a quick discussion into an impromptu showcase or going from laptop to tablet mode for quick movie screening, 2-in-1s are at their
best in situations that you didn’t foresee.” Key features, which Dell 2-in-1 laptops have to offer, include the hours of runtime per session – depending on usage customer can experience up to 15 hours without charging. Now based at Vantage Drive, Sheffield, Millgate opened its first office in Rotherham in 1996 providing IT and communication solutions for Yorkshire businesses. Today it is one of the top 100 resellers in UK, serving more than 6,000 customers nationwide with a turnover in excess of £40million.
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AGENDA Take the deal to get region moving again
DIARY BY RICHARD FIDLER Our unLTD editor looks at some of the key issues facing the region’s business community
ARTIST’S IMPRESSION OF THE ORTHOPAEDIC AND REHABILITATION RESEARCH AND INNOVATION CENTRE
DON VALLEY SITE IS STILL WORLD-CLASS When you get past the anacronyms, the medical speak, the White Papers and the seemingly endless array of strategies the news coming out of Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is simply staggering. For the uninitiated the Park is on the site of the old Don Valley Stadium in Attercliffe. Already there is a school, a University Technical College and brand-new 3G community sports pitch – a returning home for Sheffield Eagles. A venue for DBL Sharks Sheffield is also in the final stages of planning. These all back on to the English Institute of Sport Sheffield and iceSheffield to create the boundaries of the Park. But it is what comes next which is most exciting. Two pioneering projects: The Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Research and Innovation Centre (ORRIC); and The Centre of Child Health and Technology (CCHT) are a step closer to being realised after Chancellor Philip Hammond’s announced in the Autumn Budget that the government is allocating a further £2.3bn to investment in research development. The centres will be led by Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust and
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and will put the city right at the heart of positioning the UK as a world-leader in health technology. This is big stuff. For example the CCHT will bring together the NHS, private sector and academia to develop cutting-edge health technology to improve the treatment and management of long-term conditions such as asthma, diabetes, epilepsy and neurodisability that affect millions of children. The ORRIC will promote similar collaborative research to address some of the most common yet debilitating musculoskeletal injuries and conditions such as those affecting the spine, hips, knees, ankles, shoulders and elbows. As I said, lots of big words, lots of capital letters and lots of stuff going on behind the scenes with government proposals and announcements. When it boils down to it, though, it is Sheffield doing what it does best. Where once steel workers at Brown Bayley made Sheffield stainless steel famous and Jessica Ennis-Hill trained to bring home gold from London 2012 the site will still be world-leading. And that is something to celebrate.
I won’t harp on about the Sheffield City Region devolution proposals as they are covered elsewhere in this issue but suffice to say the people in charge of this in our area need to start doing what they’re paid to do. There was a very interesting debate recently between MPs whose constituencies cover the Barnsley area. Barnsley Council, of course, is looking for a ‘One Yorkshire’ deal, which isn’t on the table, at the expense of the SCR proposal. Angela Smith, MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, was easily the most impressive on this subject as she urged her Labour colleague Dan Jarvis (Barnsley Central) to use his influence to take the deal being offered now as a way of getting our area up and running in the devolution game. If, further down the line, a decision is made to work closer with local authorities from across Yorkshire then at least investment will have started to flow. This seems a commonsense position to take, for me. Already other parts of the country are forging ahead with their elected mayors so let’s take what’s on offer and make it work for us.
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Where do you stand on the devolution debate? We’ve asked two of the city’s big hitters their thoughts
DEVOLUTION TIMELINE JULY 2012
Then Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg visits The Sheffield College to mark the launch of the “City Deal.”
First wave of Sheffield Growth Deals announced.
Central Government will transfer money into a £72m investment fund in skills and will also put money into a transport fund worth up to £500m.
£295.2m from the Government’s Local Growth Fund for Sheffield City Region to support economic growth in the area.
Building on the City Deal Document sets out the and the City Growth Deals, terms of a deal between the a devolution agreement Government and Leaders giving Sheffield greater of Sheffield City Region to control over transport, devolve a range of powers skills, housing and to Sheffield City Council and business support was to a new Directly Elected announced. Mayor (DEM).
DECEMBER 2015 Sheffield Council Leader Julie Dore says that the authority will not support the government devolution deal as she disagrees with the DEM’s power to veto unanimously supported decisions. She said the veto should be removed and council leaders given the right to override the mayor if two-thirds agree.
AGENDA Through all the debate about the geography of devolution to South Yorkshire, it can be easy to forget the main goals we want devolution to fulfil and the challenges we need to face. Sheffield is Britain’s ninth biggest economy, generating over £11 billion a year. Despite this contribution, it has some of the lowest wages of the major conurbations. According to a recent Government report, Sheffield is 212th in the country for social mobility – among the Northern cities behind Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Hull and York, and an independent report earlier this year found that Sheffield was the lowest paid city in the country. Fixing this gap must be a priority and a test for devolution, giving us the powers to invest in the skills and infrastructure needed to make Sheffield fit for the future economy. It’s not only an issue of fairness for people living here, it’s vital for businesses too, ensuring that graduates from our two universities stay for the opportunities our city can offer rather than graduating and leaving. For any devolution deal eventually passed in Sheffield, transport will be a top concern. The state of rail and road transport between Sheffield and Manchester is not just an uncomfortable inconvenience
LOUISE HAIGH MP SHEFFIELD HEELEY AND SHADOW POLICING MINISTER
I believe that with the right powers and funding, devolution can help put Sheffield and South Yorkshire back at the top of the league tables where we belong.
for travellers, it restricts the prospects for economic growth in both cities. The Government’s U-turn on rail electrification this summer cost us a reduction in journey times of nearly 40%, plus the chance to cut journey times to Leeds by a quarter and now we learn they’ve cancelled plans for the new line between Sheffield and Manchester. The diesel bi-mode trains they’re instead pushing will not deliver anything like the improvements in speed and pollution that proper electrification would have offered. South Yorkshire urgently needs electrification on the Transpennine and Midland Main Lines, and a devolution deal which enables us to push hard for or even part
fund this work will be a crucial test of its ability to deliver jobs and growth for South Yorkshire. It’s not just physical infrastructure we would need to equip our economy for the future. A devolved authority would need the power to rejuvenate our badly underperforming digital infrastructure too. Of the 63 urban areas studied by the Centre for Cities, Sheffield ranks 59th for access to superfast broadband, with access rates in 2016 of just 40%. While Google’s Digital Garage has done good work in widening access to digital skills, there is only so much they can do when the basic resources are not in place for our digital economy. With the coming fourth industrial revolution, our tech industry – and other sectors adapting well to the change – could be a leading player in Britain, but only if we are prepared. Any devolution deal must deliver new resources for our city. It would give scant comfort to be given the power to decide on skills and infrastructure policy ourselves, only to find no funds to make them work for Sheffield. But I believe that with the right powers and funding, devolution can help put Sheffield and South Yorkshire back at the top of the league tables where we belong.
The devolution deal wins the support of all nine councils affected within Sheffield City Region. Sheffield was the last to sign.
Leader of Derbyshire County Council, Councillor Anne Western says the authority has been left with no choice but to launch a legal challenge against proposals to put a Sheffield City Mayor in charge of council services in Chesterfield.
The High Court rules the consultation on whether Chesterfield should be part of the Sheffield City Council was unlawful and unfair.
Election for a new DEM is delayed until May 2018 at the earliest because of the legal challenge.
Yorkshire devolution proposal rejected by Sheffield Labour MPs.
Waiting on a judicial review from London High Court over the proposals, which are believed to be “misleading and flawed.”
AGENDA In 1762 Jean-Jacques Rousseau wrote in The Social Contract that: “The people of England deceive themselves when they fancy they are free; they are so, only during the election of members of parliament; for as soon as a new one is elected, they are again in chains, and are nothing.” Against that backdrop it seems to me that three things are important. Firstly, the great cities of the North, including Sheffield, are economically important and geographically relevant; functioning properly they are a ‘counterweight’ to London. Secondly, in order to achieve ‘economic mass’ and to harness the ‘agglomeration effects’ there needs to be much better connectivity within and between the Core Cities and City Regions of the North. Thirdly, economic growth potential is best unlocked by the devolution of key powers and funds to City Regions formed of Combined Authorities and Local Enterprise Partnerships under the visible and accountable leadership of a directly elected metro Mayor. This is the route map for devolution. The Sheffield City Region began its devolution journey in 2015. Since it was formed the region has received growing freedoms, flexibilities and funding from government so we can deliver our vision for growth. We were, I guess, beginning to take responsibility. Devolution makes us masters of our own destiny with control over funding and greater freedoms and flexibility in areas such as employment
MARTIN MCKERVEY, PARTNER AT CMS AND BOARD MEMBER OF SHEFFIELD LEP
We want this for the whole Sheffield City Region. Are Barnsley and Doncaster really saying they don’t want these things?
support, skills, business growth, transport, housing, and planning. These are all areas of interest and importance to everyone in the Sheffield City Region. Government made it clear that we would need an elected Mayor to access devolved powers and resources. Manchester, Liverpool, the West Midlands and Tees Valley had elections this year and they now have mayors and are benefiting from new devolved funding and new powers. Their devolution journey is going well. Sheffield signed up to all this in 2015 and reaffirmed our commitment to this journey in 2016. Earlier this year we
hit a bump in the road and our devolution journey has stalled. Sheffield and Rotherham want to continue the journey, Barnsley and Doncaster have stalled. We will however elect a Mayor in May 2018. Our Mayor must be a force for good, bringing our region together. Government has so much confidence and trust in this part of the world that it is ready to hand over £900m of funding to locally elected Council Leaders and the elected Mayor. It is time then to get back on track with our devolution journey and time for the leaders of Barnsley and Doncaster to lead and to be accountable, working with everyone for the benefit of everyone. I have to say we are doing really well. We have attracted substantial investment into the region and since 2014 we have created 37,000 new jobs. Just imagine what we could achieve if we could get that devolution journey back on track. Is there anyone who would not want greater investment in our towns and cities, better places to live and work, new businesses investing here, more employment, better skills and training --- all laying solid foundations for everyone in the Sheffield City Region and building a successful future for our children and young people --- the future. We want this for the whole Sheffield City Region. Are Barnsley and Doncaster really saying they don’t want these things? Leadership is defined by an ability to lead and to be accountable …
Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy has warned council leaders the Government will not agree to a plan for a Yorkshire elected Mayor, and branded it a “distraction.”
Chesterfield Borough Council announces its withdrawal from the devolution agreement.
A Yorkshire-wide devolution deal has been ruled out by Northern Powerhouse minister Jake Berry.
Sheffield City Region’s devolution deal is put on hold until September.
17 Yorkshire Councils, including Barnsley and Doncaster, have signed up to the “Yorkshire Day” agreement. The deal could see devolution brought to the entire Yorkshire region.
Bassetlaw District Council confirms it no longer wants full constituent membership.
At a meeting of the Combined Authority, Sir Steve Houghton of Barnsley and Elected Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones, said they wanted to explore any benefit of other deals.
The Sheffield City Region devolution deal continues separately.
DEVOLUTION? A SENSE OF DEJA VU ... IN A
NUTSHELL BY JILL THEOBALD Our unLTD feature writer gives her take on the great devolution debate
Writing a column entitled ‘In A Nutshell’ when the theme is devolution… It’s fair to say, I’ve had less daunting editorial tasks. Fortunately for me as the writer – and you as the reader – you’ll find a handy timeline on the next page which pulls out some of the key stages for a quick ‘at a glance’ guide. Plus our If You Ask Me contributors before me have taken a more detailed look at some of the key stages of and issues surrounding devolution, not least of which CMS partner Martin McKervey who is also on the boards for Sheffield City Region LEP and Transport for the North Partnership. “Sheffield signed up to all this in 2015 and reaffirmed our commitment to this journey in 2016. Earlier this year we hit a bump in the road … Sheffield and Rotherham want to continue the journey, Barnsley and Doncaster have stalled.” Devolution, says Martin, ‘makes us masters of our own destiny with control over funding and greater freedoms and flexibility in areas such as employment support, skills, business growth, transport, housing, and planning’.
Many of these areas also crop up in MP Louise Haigh’s column, too, identified as ‘the main goals and challenges’ that ‘devolution needs to fulfil’. Any devolution deal must deliver new resources for our city, too, according to Louise: “It would give scant comfort to be given the power to decide on skills and infrastructure policy ourselves, only to find no funds to make them work for Sheffield.” Other areas in the country are already underway with this. As Martin points out: “Government made it clear that we would need an elected Mayor to access devolved powers and resources. Manchester, Liverpool, the West Midlands and Tees Valley had elections this year and they now have mayors and are benefiting from new devolved funding and new powers.” Whereas the city business region remains – at time of writing – still stuck on what Louise Haigh refers to as ‘the debate about the geography of devolution’, a phrase which gave me a real sense of déjà vu.
In February last year I attended a summit on HS2 organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce which heard from a panel of speakers from across the UK and Europe. Addressing the ‘Victoria versus Meadowhall’ station location debate, finance expert Justin Urquhart Stewart told the summit: “It is a rather parochial attitude and the longer you take to decide what’s going on the more it erodes confidence.” Urging the city region to be more imaginative and ambitious, Justin finished saying: “Make a decision, get on with it and make it happen.” I suspect he, like many others, may be similarly frustrated by our lack of progress when it comes to devolution, too. But I’ll end on a more uplifting note – just as Louise did – by using her closing quote: “With the right powers and funding, devolution can help put Sheffield and South Yorkshire back at the top of the league tables where we belong.”
Leaders of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield councils could not reach agreement, to initiate public consultation on mayoral powers relating to devolution.
Case for the One Yorkshire deal to be debated in the House of Commons.
Barnsley MP Dan Jarvis is to hold talks with Northern Powerhouse Minister Jake Berry over the ongoing deadlock on Yorkshire devolution, after the pair exchanged messages over Twitter.
Minsiter Lord Bourne states that the devolution deal should continue to go ahead despite Barnsley and Doncaster withdrawing support.
Council Chiefs from across Yorkshire hold a talk to try and iron out a plan to persuade the Government over the One Yorkshire plan.
Councils haven’t formally announced they have backed out.
Labour’s John Grogan wrote to Archbishop of York John Sentamu asking him to consider calling a meeting to end the Devolution debate.
TALKING ‘BOUT A DEVOLUTION GETTING DOWN TO
BUSINESS BY ANDY HANSELMAN Our new columnist is a business expert, author and international speaker who helps business build skills, create strategies and develop leaders
Is it me, or is there a lack of leadership here in South Yorkshire? I definitely do not mean in many of the amazing businesses we have in the region, I mean in our local politicians. Anyone in business knows we’re in unpredictable and uncertain times… globally, it’s Trump, Russia and North Korea, nationally, it’s Brexit, and locally a key issue is devolution (and of course, which of the Steel City teams will end up above the other in The Championship!). Devolution appears to offer real opportunities for the region’s businesses but there doesn’t seem to be anybody in the political world ‘standing up’ and exploring how we could maximise those opportunities – or provide ‘alternatives’ to it if they don’t want it. THAT’S a lack of leadership and is creating more uncertainty among local entrepreneurs and business leaders. So, what can our local political leaders learn from business? Well my experience shows that winning business leaders ‘Get That Vision Thing!’ That means they create a clear picture of the future that ‘stimulates excites and inspires everyone’ in their business. They share it, get ‘buy in’ and ensure that this drives their performance. What does a vision look like? Well it’s NOT simply a set of financial figures, or
successful leaders do to make this happen that they (and you) could do too… 1. Create it…. Establish a clear picture of the future that ‘stimulates, excites and inspires’ everyone in your business (constituency)…. It starts with yourself – YOU have to believe in it – and show that! 2. Get ‘Buy – In’…. Share a business plan. (It’s worth it and get everyone in your pointing out that Martin business (constituency) ‘on Luther King didn’t stand board’ and ‘bought in’ to that on Capitol Hill in 1963 and future picture so they feel say “I’ve got a strategic part of it. business plan and a cash flow 3. Get The Messages forecast”). A ‘vision’ IS …. a picture of a Right…. Ensure the right messages get to the right future you want… something people in the language and that stimulates, excites and format that works for them – inspires…. a point of strategic winning leaders find different focus for everyone to work ways to get everyone pulling towards…. and a driver and in the same direction! shaper of performance. 4. Keep It Alive And Use When it comes to devolution, there seems to be it … Ensure that your vision shapes and drives your day to a complete lack of this, either day decisions and activities at for it or against it – nobody every level of the business that seems to want to ‘paint that keeps you moving forward. picture’ either way. 5. Deliver … Do all you can What should our politicians to reach your destination – it’s be doing to demonstrate about finding a way! leadership and ‘Get That As one of the great Vision Thing’? Well, when I ‘visionaries’ of our time, Steve work with business leaders, Jobs said… I encourage them to paint a “If you are working on picture of where they will be something exciting that you in three years’ time: really care about, you don’t • What will be in place? have to be pushed. The vision • What will they be doing pulls you” (differently)? So three questions for you • What will be happening that (and our political leaders)… isn’t happening now? Have you ‘Got That Vision • What won’t be happening Thing’? that is now? Are your people stimulated, • How will everyone will be excited, and inspired by it? feeling? Are you? I then ask if that needs to Andy Hanselman is a happen, what needs to be in business expert, author and place in 12 months’ time and international speaker who what does that look and feel like? Their challenge then is to helps business build skills, create strategies and develop share that vision and get ‘buy leaders. Find him at www. in’. THAT’S what our political andyhanselman.com or on leaders should be doing too. 0114 243 4666. Here are five things I see
Barnsley and Doncaster councils decided to give the public in both towns a vote on December 20 on whether they should join the Sheffield City region or One Yorkshire.
A £5 million project to help long-term unemployed in South Yorkshire is halted by the Government because of uncertainty over devolution.
Chancellor Philip Hammond announced half of a new £1.7bn Transforming Cities Fund would be shared by six areas with elected mayors in the Autumn 2017 Budget Speech.
Lord Jim O’Neill, former treasury minister, said a cabinet of four mayors serving over each of the corners of Yorkshire could be the solution to solving the region’s deadlock over devolution.
MATTERS BY JAY BHAYANI Jay is a solicitor, HR specialist and a regular unLTD columnist. Here she looks at the very topical issue of sexual harassment in the workplace
SEXUAL HARASSMENT Is the workplace full of Harvey Weinsteins? It’s been difficult to miss the subject of sexual harassment at the moment given all of the media coverage of what appears to be a systemic issue. From Hollywood A-Listers, politicians, lawyers and ordinary working people, everyone has a story to tell. A recent BBC survey of 6,000 men and women found that two in five women in the UK say they have experienced unwanted sexual behaviour at work and only a quarter of them reported it. Among men, one in five (18%) said they have been harassed at work. With the #metoo social media campaign, many more are feeling confident in speaking out. So let’s look at sexual harassment in the workplace. What is sexual harassment? Sexual harassment is a form of unlawful discrimination and is covered under the Equality Act 2010. For it to qualify as harassment the behaviour needs to be of a sexual nature and: • violate your dignity • make you feel intimidated, degraded or humiliated • create a hostile or offensive environment It could be sexual comments or jokes; physical behaviour, including unwelcome sexual advances, showing pictures, photos or drawings of a sexual nature or sending emails and texts with a sexual content. Victims and perpetrators can be men or women.
What if it happens to you? If it does happen to you what should you do about it? Here are some practical steps you can take: • Politely challenge the offensive behaviour. Tell them you are not prepared to tolerate the behaviour, tell them how it made you feel, tell them what action you will take if they repeat their behaviour. • Speak to someone you trust within the business whether that is your line manager, HR or anybody else. • Implement the harassment and grievance policy and make a formal complaint. • If the outcome is not appropriate, consult an Employment Solicitor for advice on a Constructive Unfair Dismissal and Discrimination claim. • In some situations, it may be appropriate to contact the police. How can you prevent sexual harassment occurring in your business? An employer has a duty of care to protect staff from unlawful discrimination in whatever form it may be. Whilst you cannot control all of your employee interactions there are practical steps that you can follow to minimise the chance of it happening and, in the circumstance that it does, handle it lawfully and appropriately: • Have a clear harassment policy and grievance procedures and ensure that these are issued to all employees. • Create a culture of respect
and dignity and make it clear that unacceptable behaviour will not be tolerated. This not only creates an environment that potential harassers do not feel able to do it in without recrimination but also means that the employee being harassed feels able to speak about it in the event that it does happen. • Appoint a staff ‘champion’. • Be consistent in your approach to dealing with any issues that arise at any point. Inconsistency in dealing with any issue brought to you by a staff member can leave you vulnerable to a discrimination or constructive unfair dismissal claim in the Employment Tribunal. • Show good leadership. This is massively important. Whether you are the CEO or a Line Manager if you exhibit the behaviours of good leadership then this will encourage your team to not only behave appropriately but also feel as though inappropriate behaviour will not be tolerated. • Train staff and managers. Training on equality and anti-discrimination is the best evidence of your attempts to take preventative action and acts as a defence to a discrimination claim against the business. Jay Bhayani is a specialist employment law solicitor and MD of Bhayani HR & Employment Law. Jay can be contacted on 0114 3032300 or email email@example.com
JANUARY 3RD BNI (BUSINESS NETWORK
16TH JANUARY UTC SHEFFIELD OLYMPIC LEGACY PARK SPORT SCIENCE SHOWCASE
Venue: UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, 2 Old Hall Road, Sheffield, S9 3TU Time: 5:30pm - 7:30pm Cost: Free About: Meet the Principal, Dr Sarah Clark, try out some exciting activities, take a tour and see the outstanding facilities, including fitness suite, sports science laboratory and activity studio. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Venue: Nuffield Gym Napier Sreet, Sheffield S11 8HA Time: 7am - 8.30am Cost: £10 payable on the door About: A chance for members to meet and discuss businesses and support each other by sharing referrals. Contact: Gavin Spencer, gavin@thorntonsaccountants. com
4TH THE PROPERTY HUB MEETUP Venue: Ink & Water, The Plaza, 8 Fitzwilliam Street, Sheffield, S1 4JB Time: 7pm - 8.30pm Cost: Free About: Monthly evening events to bring together Sheffield’s scale-up and high growth business community and offer a taste of what the Eagle Lab has to offer. Contact: www.labs.co.uk. barclays/events
5TH BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING Venue: Abbeydale Sports Club Ltd, Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield, S17 3LJ Time: 6.30am - 8.30am Cost: £10 About: Exchange contacts and referrals which as a result will lead to more business. Contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
11TH BUILDING A BETTER BUSINESS WORKSHOP SHEFFIELD
Venue: Natwest Commercial Offices, 1 St Pauls Place, Sheffield, S1 2JF Time: 8:30am - 12pm Cost: Free About: This workshop takes you on a journey through the exciting world of Building a Better Business. Whether you’re a startup or you’ve been in business for years, you will take away real, implementable ideas on Business Growth, Social Media Marketing and how to build a
business that really works. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
12TH QUARTERLY ECONOMIC REVIEW
Venue: The Source, Meadowhall, 300 Meadowhall Way, Sheffield S9 1EA Time: 8am - 10am Cost: Free About: This event will look at the quarter four survey results. The event will include guest speakers, a questions and answers session, networking and of course breakfast! The winner of the free flight draw will also be announced. Contact: www.screconomy. org.uk
17TH EFFECTIVE SEARCH ENGINE OPTIMISATION
Venue: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Albion House, Savile Street, Sheffield, S4 7UD Time: 9am - 4:30pm About: How search engines work, Ensuring your site is properly crawled, The key to effective keywords, Competitor research, Getting links right, What your web page needs for great, optimised SEO, Monitoring your website’s visibility Contact: natalie.evans @emc-dnl.co.uk
Venue: Ponds Forge International Sports Centre, Sheaf Street, Sheffield, S1 2BP
Time: 11am - 7pm Cost: Free About: Want to run your own business and be your own boss but don’t want to go it alone? Come and meet people who have done all the legwork for you by creating a brand and formula that works so well they are now offering franchises of their business. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
Olympic Legacy Park in Spring 2019. It is also a chance to hear about the role AWRC can play as an ‘Emerging Technologies Hub’ in sport, health and wellbeing. Included in the event is a tour of the university facilities as well as a networking opportunity with other businesses over breakfast. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
18TH CURRY CLUB BUSINESS
25TH CREATING A BUSINESS –
NETWORKING BUSINESS GROWTH INSIGHTS Venue: Village Grill Restaurant 344 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FP Time: 7pm - 10pm Cost: £10 About: A gathering of likeminded entrepreneurs and business owners sharing ideas and learning from each other so that their businesses can be taken to the next level via the strategies of Mastermind participants and exclusive guest speakers. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
23RD ADVANCED WELLBEING RESEARCH CENTRE NETWORKING EVENT
Venue: Sheffield Hallam University, Howard St, Sheffield S1 1WB Time: 8:30am - 10am Cost: Free About: This event is relevant to companies that wish to find out more about AWRC and its plans towards opening at the
THE YORKSHIRE WAY
Venue: Mercure Sheffield Parkway hotel, Britannia Way, Catcliffe, Sheffield S60 5BD Time: 12pm - 2pm Cost: Free About: The story of how Simon Biltcliffe built a £30m marketing services business from nothing but loose change and a cunning idea. Contact: www. connectyorkshire.org
26TH LAUNCHPAD AWARDS Venue: 92 Burton Road, Sheffield S3 8DA Time: 6pm — 10.30pm Cost: Invite only event, visit: www.eventbrite. co.uk/e/launchpad-awardsregistration-40071012477 and then enter the password ‘LaunchpadAwards’ About: Launchpad is a free business support programme delivered across the Sheffield City Region and brings together a wide range of
AGENDA start-up services to help entrepreneurs set up and run successful businesses, and SMEs under 2 years old to take the next step to grow their business. Contact: www.eventbrite.co.uk
27TH BURNS NIGHT Venue: Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield, S10 3BU Time: 7pm - 12am Cost: £24.95 About: Celebrate the life and poetry of Robert Burns while enjoying a traditional Scottish three course meal including neeps and tatties and of course a spot of haggis. Contact: 0114 2660051 o
31ST UNCOVER YOUR TRUE COLOURS WITH BENCHMARK
Venue: Showroom Café Bar, 15 Paternoster Row, Sheffield S1 2BX Time: 8am - 10am Cost: Free About: Join the team from Benchmark to reveal your ‘true colours’ using the Insights Personality Discovery Wheel looking specifically at how this affects your behaviour in the workplace. Contact: www. connectyorkshire.org r
FEBRUARY 1ST CURRY CLUB – BUSINESS
NETWORKING AND BUSINESS GROWTH INSIGHTS
See January 18th for details
2ND BUSINESS BREAKFAST MEETING See January 5th for details
13TH LOVE MY BUSINESS Venue: Tapton Hall, Shore Lane, Sheffield, S10 3BU Time: 10am - 5pm Cost: Full-day tickets - £18, Half-day tickets - £12 About: Great opportunity for networking with other local
18TH FEBRUARY BEAT THE BEAST
Venue: Sheffield City Hall Memorial Hall, Barker’s Pool, Sheffield S1 2JA Time: Doors open at 6:30pm Cost: £20.16 About: Using interactive quiz keypads each member of the audience will compete against ‘The Beast’ from TV’s The Chase through seven gruelling rounds in a quiz that will test your knowledge, make you laugh and get those competitive juices flowing. Contact: www.sheffieldcityhall.co.uk/events/Beat-the-Beast
businesses, also to attend seminars surrounding a variety of topics. Contact: 0114 266 0051 or email@example.com
14TH NORTH EAST DERBYSHIRE BUSINESS NETWORK
Venue: The Blue Stoops, High Street, Dronfield, S18 1PX Time: 8am - 10am Cost: Free Opportunity to find out about the D2N2 growth hub and the support and services that are available. Contact: Jane Weston, 07866681601 or jane.weston@ ne-derbyshire.gov.uk
19TH CLOUD ACCOUNTING FOR
27TH VIDEO MARKETING, INCLUDING
Venue: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Albion House, Savile Street, Sheffield, S4 7UD Time: 1pm - 4pm Cost: Free About: The aim of this is session is to introduce delegates to cloud accounting and the benefits of moving to the cloud, there will be a focus on how the cloud can assist businesses to better manage their inventory and manufacturing processes. Contact: 0114 201 8888
Venue: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, Albion House, Savile Street, Sheffield, S4 7UD Time: 9am - 4:30pm Cost: Free About: An insight into how valuable video is to businesses both on their website or across their social media channels. With the continued improvement in technology it has never been easier to produce video content.
INVENTORY AND MANUFACTURING
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MAKE A DATE Events contribute enormously to the economy of a city. Festivals attract visitors, visitors spend money, which as a result, boosts the local economy both on and off the event site. On-site spending could include entry fees, parking fees, food and beverages, but off-site spending generates revenue more widely for communities as well. For example, visitors stop at local petrol stations, shops, restaurants and those staying the night would spend on local hotels too. Sheffield boasts some of the top festivals and events in the UK such as Tramlines, Sensoria and Cliffhanger all making their return to the city this year.
Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF) Location: Showroom Cinema Date: March 9th – 11th shaff.co.uk/shaff18 More than 100 of the best adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked for you from around the world. As well as watching films, you can share a ShAFF beer with adventure sports athletes and filmmakers in the bar, check out the exhibitors area in the Outpost, take inspiration from free ShED Talks or get involved in a range of outdoor activities. Sheffield Business Show Location: Sheffield United Football Club, Bramall Lane Date: April 26th www.sheffieldbusinessshow. co.uk
A selection of the biggest and best events happening in Sheffield over the next 12 months
An exhibition of a wide range of local organisations, business networking connecting you with exciting new opportunities and clients. The event will include seminars on key business topics, to educate and help develop your business.
Sheffield Food Festival Location: Peace Gardens, Winter Gardens, Millennium Square, Town Hall and Fargate Date: May 2018 www.foodfestivalevents.co.uk Get your taste buds at the ready because Sheffield’s Food Festival will be returning for the eighth year to showcase what the city has to offer. Freshly baked bread, locally brewed beers and mouthwatering cakes are a few of the options on offer to try during the culinary weekend. DocFest Location: The Workstation Date: June 7th-12th www.sheffdocfest.com One of the world leading --- and the UK’s premier --- documentary festival is returning to Sheffield in 2018 celebrating the art and business of documentary and all nonfiction storytelling. This six-day festival experience connects thousands of creatives together, resulting in the discovery of new talent and collaborations. Last year saw more than 32,700 festival attendees. Tramlines Location: Devonshire Green, O2 Academy, Foundry
Date: July 20th-22th www.tramlines.org.uk Every July Sheffield plays host to one of the UK’s largest inner-city music festivals – Tramlines. However, 2018 promises to be bigger and better than ever, as it will be celebrating its 10th Birthday. Five stages, three parks, 73 acts, making this one weekend not to be missed. After Dark Location: Don Valley Bowl Date: TBA (Most likely November 2nd) www.yellowbusevents.co.uk/ after-dark Yorkshire’s biggest bonfire and firework display will be making its yearly return to Don Valley to host a night of spectacular fireworks, funfairs and food stalls. The event has attracted up to 20,000 people in past years and is set to continue its success in 2018. Cliffhanger Location: Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square, Winter Gardens and Devonshire Green Date: TBA wwtheoutdoorcity.co.uk/ cliffhanger-the-lowdown
Sheffield city centre turns into a giant playground for the weekend when Cliffhanger returns. Areas for running, cycling, mountain biking and bouldering will be set up in various locations across the city to watch and for anyone to join in. Sensoria Location: Various locations across the city Date: TBA www.sensoria.org.uk Celebrating its 10th year, the UK’s popular festival of film and music returns to Sheffield with a mix of screenings, performance, talks, events and exhibitions across the city for film and music enthusiasts to take part in.
THE ESCAPE EXPLOSION Your blindfold comes off and you quickly realise you’re trapped in a locked room, chained to your team mates. Words, numbers and pictures are scrawled on the walls, while in the background, a fuzzy TV picture replays a coded message. A voice announces you’ve just 50 minutes to escape. No, this isn’t the stuff of nightmares… it’s just one of the many ways people get their kicks these days. Part game, part immersive theatre, part team-building exercise, escape rooms are a modern phenomenon, with more than 1,000 now operating around the UK where there were none just five years ago. A Sheffield company, The Great Escape is at the forefront of that growth. Founded three years ago as a way of helping trained carpenter and co-owner Pete Lacole ‘keep busy’, it’s become one of the most innovative escape room operators in the market. With three sites already running (two in Sheffield and one in Leeds) and at least two more set to open this year, we spoke to co-founder Hannah Duraid and discovered that the growth in this market is far from finished.
unLTD’s Phil Turner meets Great Escape owners Hannah Duraid and Peter Lacole and takes a look inside one of the companies behind the rise and rise of the escape game industry
So tell us how you got started? I met Peter while I was travelling and we had played a similar kind of concept in Asia which we absolutely loved, but at the time, I didn’t realise there were any others elsewhere in the world let alone the UK. When I got back home, I’d been raving about them and so I took my friend to one in Leeds. She loved it
regulations are different he had to wait six weeks to get his health and safety card. He’d ended up with a job in a call centre but hated it. So I was feeling really bad. I was getting up at 6am and leaving the house and then not finishing working on my teacher training til late… I hadn’t shown him around or introduced him to anyone. So almost as a side project, we decided maybe there was an opportunity in Sheffield to create our own escape game. There were none here at that time and if I’m honest, it was probably a bit of a whim project to keep Peter busy. Never in our wildest dreams did we expect it to grow like this.
So how quickly did you realise it was going to be more than a ‘pet’ project? Within a few days of setting but compared to what we’d up we had bookings and experienced before, I thought within four weeks we needed it was really disappointing. another member of staff, so I was doing my PGCE pretty much straight away. I at the time and Peter had was still doing my PGCE and moved here from his home although I’d work evenings in Brisbane. It was winter, and weekends, Pete just so it was cold, snowing and couldn’t cope. A month later we had just come off a year we’d opened a second room, travelling… so you can imagine Homicide. what he was thinking! He’s And we’d never run a a carpenter by trade and business before so we didn’t because UK and Australian know how to manage staff,
HANNAH WITH PETER LECOLE
interview people or basically and we’re just about to have run a business. We were very an area manager joining us. DID fortunate in that we had YOU KNOW? help from the University The size of the market has who really went above grown hugely since you • According to Peter the escape and beyond. They had launched. Do you worry game phenomenon was caused by mentors, PR training, it’s reached a peak? the popularity of escape room apps on web developers, Well there were smart phones. marketing advice – 48 escape games in • The Great Escape has just launched its and they put us in the UK when we first latest game, Devil’s Playground. When front of people such started, now there are they started, a game cost them around as Jill White and Andy over 1000, every town £1k, this one came in at £30k. Hanselman who run or city you can think of • There are 3 times more escape leadership courses. It has one. There’s five here rooms in Europe than on the gave us a bit of a safety net in Sheffield now, so yes, it’s American and Asian and the confidence we could exploded. But we’ve created continents. make it work. a generation two concept We’re not afraid of hard and most others go in at work either. In the past I had generation one level, expand five jobs… So what was it that made it quickly and the problem is the work? quality’s not there. Five jobs? All at once? What Hard work and passion. What’s the difference were those? Once I’d finished my PGCE between generation one and I was a waitress at Bramall we pretty much worked 13 two? Lane and another café. I hour days, every day. Our Technology, theming, worked in my mum and dad’s accountant told us we’d done immersiveness… the whole post office, taught Zumba three years work in a year! I experience is more like a three times a week and was don’t know how we did it but Hollywood theatre set with also a receptionist at school without that it wouldn’t have sounds, flashing lights and where I did some part time worked. We just didn’t stop that kind of thing. In some teaching too. So I like being going, none of us did. games you can even shoot busy. I must have had a big gut It helps that we didn’t have each other. People want more feeling it was going to work. any responsibilities; no house, from their entertainment I put all my savings into it and no kids, we weren’t married so these days, they have high I don’t do anything without we could throw ourselves into expectations, no doubt. We’re being confident. And the first it completely, we had nothing strong compared to other room we opened (in January to lose. And it’s working, we escape rooms in the UK. We’ve 2015), Mad Scientist, wasn’t a have three venues now and played hundreds and we know big financial risk. more in the pipeline, 46 staff we are among the best.
Our accountant told us we’d done three years work in a year! I don’t know how we did it but without that it wouldn’t have worked. We just didn’t stop going, none of us did. Last year you had a difficult episode after you launched a game called Asylum which some said stigmatised mental health. What happened there? When we launched it in Leeds we had considered the connotations but in all honesty, didn’t expect them to offend anybody. It all started with an article in The Yorkshire Post which misrepresented the game a bit and we had people trolling us on social media as well as healthcare professionals criticising us. And what was their logic behind it? They were saying that we were causing a barrier for mentally ill people to go into hospital because we were almost demonising mental health and the doctors that treated it. They thought that potentially they would be scared off going and seeking help. So we listened, met with the council and mental health professionals. It wasn’t our intention to upset anyone so we resolved it quickly. A lot of people thought the reaction was over the top but we didn’t want to offend anyone
COVER STORY so we dealt with it quickly by changing the name to Abducted as well as some of the wording. As a business owner, it’s inevitable you’ll have to go through challenges. What did you take out of this one? I think to act quickly. We worked with an amazing guy called Nick Britten who used to work for the Daily Telegraph and now deals with crisis management. He talked us through everything and totally understood our point of view. He actually felt people were bullying us to be honest, but gave us great advice and really re-assured us. I mean it’s scary, you don’t know what some of these people are going to do. They knew our names, where we lived, that kind of stuff. The staff were really stressed, in fact they were angry some of them, but it actually meant we pulled together as a team. So you have to take the positives out of it. Westfield Health came on the back of it because they said we dealt with it well and wanted to experience the game.I always take the positives; not everything happens as you want it to, you’ve got to learn, manage it and not let it get to you. And we gelled as a team and I saw people’s strengths and weaknesses and learned about them in a way I wouldn’t have otherwise. You and Peter are a couple. How have you found running a business together? Interesting. I’m operations and he’s strategy so we try not to cross over. It’s not always been easy but it’s really good now. Things definitely get heightened but we’ve learned to compromise and communicate. Where in the past, we’d stick to our opinions a bit too much, we’ve learned how to work together. I think we’re both open and honest anyway, we’ve always said what we think to each other so I think that’s helped inside and outside of work. As things have progressed, we’ve learned to give each other a
lot more space. We need it. I know people who run businesses and really struggle when they want to share their issues with their partners because they just don’t get it. I’m guessing that’s not an issue in your house? No. It’s good because of course we understand exactly what each other is going through. I think if you were to go home with someone who does a 9 to 5 job and talk about the stresses of running
a business they just wouldn’t get it. We’re both equally passionate. It’s hard not to talk about work at home though. Sometimes we have to discipline ourselves and just put on a film or whatever to stop from talking about it. The Great Escape is a great place for a company away day. They provide a meeting room and food and drink as well as the escape room experience. Information and prices are at www. thegreatescapegame. co.uk or call 07391 651072.
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HOMICIDE 2.0 FOLLOWING THE DISAPPEARANCE OF HEATHER KELLAND – SOUTH YORKSHIRE POLICE’S TOP INVESTIGATOR FOR SHEFFIELD HOMICIDE CASES - YOU RECEIVE AN INVITE TO PLAY A GAME OF LIFE AND DEATH. WITH LESS THAN AN HOUR ON THE CLOCK, YOU MUST DISCOVER WHO THE SHEFFIELD HOMICIDE KILLER IS AND FIND THEIR SECRET HIDEOUT, BEFORE HEATHER’S (AND YOUR OWN) TIME RUNS OUT.
Coming from Brisbane to Sheffield in winter, that must have been fun. How did you find the move? Ha. Cold. I’d been to the UK on holidays a couple of times so it was fine, really. I knew what to expect. It took a bit of time to settle, I guess. I had a job at a call centre at first, which I hated, but once we started this, it’s been great. And have you been surprised by your success? Yeah, I guess so. It took a bit of time to get bookings… we tried everything; flyers, newspapers, anything we could think of and then we got a feel for what worked. We’ve slowly expanded and its doing well. We’d like two more this year but we’re not saying where! Hannah mentioned that there are now over 1,000 escape games in the UK. Are you concerned the market is becoming flooded? Not really, if I’m honest. We think our product is better than most. Some operators that are coming into it late at a lower level might struggle but I think there’s plenty of room for growth for us. There have been some big players coming in but I think we have played our cards well and we’ll be alright.
SENT ON A RESCUE MISSION ON A SUBMARINE, YOU ARE SUBMERGED DEEP INTO UNKNOWN TERRITORY. NO ONE HAS HEARD FROM THE TEAM IN DAYS. YOU FIND A VESSEL FLOATING DESOLATELY IN THE OCEAN. YOU CAN’T FIND A SINGLE MEMBER OF THE TEAM, NOT A PERSON, NOT EVEN A BODY. YOU BEGIN TO ASK YOURSELF --- WHAT HAPPENED HERE?
ABDUCTED ABANDONED IN 1986, LEEDS CHOPHOUSE LIES DILAPIDATED, LIKE AN UNWANTED MEMORY OF OUR PAST. WHEN YOU FIND YOUR WAY IN, YOU STUMBLE UPON A COLLECTION OF WORN PHOTOGRAPHS… IMAGES OF OTHER CAPTURED SOULS, TORTURED AND TORMENTED. ONE PARTICULAR PHOTO CATCHES YOUR EYE. A PERSON STARVED. EXCRUCIATINGLY THIN. MOUTH SEWN TOGETHER AND EYES BLEEDING CRIMSON TEARS. AS YOU LOOK CLOSER, YOU REALISE THE DATE PRINTED ON THE PHOTOGRAPH READS THE VERY DAY YOU ENTERED THE CHOPHOUSE.
FIVE MINUTES WITH...
An award-winning British ‘bean-to-bar’ chocolate. We spoke to founder Max Scotford...
I was inspired to start my business by ... I’ve always had a real interest for food which led me to train to become a chef. During this time I became fascinated with chocolate – everything from the history to the incredible nuances that can be derived from each origin. Realising that there were only a handful of people actually making chocolate from the bean, I was inspired to start producing it at home and turn my passion into a business. Aiming to speak for the growers and bring the best out of the beans that I work with. My favourite thing about running my business is … I literally love every aspect of running my business. It doesn’t feel like work, it just feels like the right thing to do and it’s empowering to continue to realise your goals. The three words that best describe my business are … Craft Transparent Quality Sheffield is a great place to start a business because … Even though it’s such a large city, I feel like it’s retained a sense of community spirit. This is fantastic for people starting a business as word soon gets around and you can connect with some truly amazing people to help you on your journey. Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because … Bullion has only been trading for 10 months, so we’re still very much in the start-up stage. I’m positive that it’s a fantastic place to grow a business - come back in a year’s time and we will see for ourselves!
BULLION FOUNDER MAX SCOTFORD
The best advice I ever got was … Funnily enough, I saw a quote on a wall outside the Sheffield Hallam University library and it’s kind of stuck with me since I graduated. “The important thing to do is to try and remain true to a vision that you had and that can be very hard, very hard, but if you’re prepared to put the work in the rewards are rich”. I believe it was just quoted from a student at the university but he/she is speaking sense! The worst advice I ever got was… “Be patient” - the term gets used regularly in life. But in business, if you truly want something, you need to start taking steps towards it and immerse yourself in challenges that will get you closer to where you want to be. If not, somebody else will beat you to it - it’s only a matter of time.
The Sheffield organisations that have supported me and my business include … Sheffield Hallam University and Business Sheffield.
Education is key to differentiating our products within the confectionary market and teaching consumers about the amazing journey from bean to bar.
The main challenges facing my industry/sector are … Education – Bean to Bar is a relatively new term to consumers. We’re actually working from cocoa beans as a raw ingredient and taking them through a series of complex steps that result in a finished bar of chocolate. Education is key to differentiating our products within the confectionary market and teaching consumers about the amazing journey from bean to bar. In 5 years’ time I expect my business to … I’d hope that our bars would be recognised internationally within the bean-to-bar market.
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WORKING THE ROOM We all know the type – at ease in any social situation, the life and soul of the gathering of many people in suits – and wonder how they do it. But attending a networking event needn’t be an internal referendum on whether you can hold a conversation with a stranger while balancing a
coffee in one hand and a plate stacked from the buffet with another and at the same time trying to reach for a business card. There’s also the issue of trying to explain what the heck you do without lapsing into comfy soundbites that make you cringe every time you say them.
“Do you fancy this networking event…?” The very words often send a shiver down the spine of anyone who is not a natural raconteur. unLTD’s Richard Fidler was sent out for a mingle
Networking should be something you look forward to and get the most out for you and your business. I have been to several events over the past year and here’s my favourite ones… Sheffield Chamber of Commerce – Anthony Joshua Any event that has the
heavyweight champion of the world at it is sure to be a knockout (sorry). However, what Sheffield Chamber did well was to use it to promote the city’s sporting offer. Taking place in April before Joshua fought Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley Stadium the event was well-timed and made people
NETWORKING feel they had an insight into a world-class athlete’s preparations. Joshua spoke to people from his training base at the English Institute of Sport in Attercliffe and was happy to pose for selfies and sign autographs. The networking then occurred naturally with people from a variety of business backgrounds coming together around a shared interest. Business people often use sporting analogies in the way they communicate so there is a clear relationship between Joshua’s goal of being world champion and his audience’s desire to be as successful as they possible can be. Connect Yorkshire – Masterclass with David Grey, chairman of the OSL Group and chairman of Sheffield City Trust Who better to explain what Connect Yorkshire hopes to achieve with their masterclasses than Sophie Patton who is their Operations Director. She said: “At Connect Yorkshire’s monthly Masterclasses, not only do you get to meet the business owners/directors of companies across the Yorkshire region, you also get to listen to some of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs giving their thoughts and advice on topics and subjects that affect every business.” And this was true of David Grey’s masterclass. David, who had recently taken up the chairmanship of Sheffield City Trust, when he gave his presentation, is known as a straight-talker and he didn’t disappoint. Hosted by the Mercure Hotel on the Parkway the event was well attended and in a good location for people to reach from across the city region. David challenged people’s preconceived ideas and there was plenty of discussion both during and after his talk. It was good to hear first hand from someone who has been
hugely successful about the trials and tribulations he encountered along the way.
local MPs - Angela Smith MP for Penistone and Stocksbridge, John Healey MP for Wentworth and Barnsley & Rotherham Dearne and Dan Jarvis MP for Chamber of Commerce – Barnsley Central – at a time Barnsley MPs forum when there are serious topics, A breakfast networking (cough devolution), still to be event succeeds or fails, in my resolved. opinion, on the quality of food The panel had very and drink it is offering. differing views over Just a day after the devolution which provided Chamber’s AGM this forum an insight into how difficult of Barnsley MPs at the town’s an issue this is to resolve. Digital Media Campus passed All three spoke passionately the breakfast test with about their constituencies flying colours thanks to the and didn’t duck any of the piles of bacon and sausage questions thrown at them by sandwiches on offer! the audience. It also enabled businesses I mentioned earlier about to directly question their this forum taking place
just a day after the AGM. I thought this was good as it immediately cemented relationships between those who had attended both. Ardent networkers will see the same faces time and again around the region and perhaps that is why they seem so self-assured. Looking back the three events are all very different in format but enjoyable for the same reasons – compelling speakers, accessible venues and good quality catering. It’s not as easy as it sounds to host a successful networking event but follow these requirements and you won’t go far wrong!
PITCHING THE PERFECT PLAN OF ACTION
Sheffield is on the right track to become an economic driver, says Richard Caborn. Peter Kay met him
Throughout a long parliamentary career Richard Caborn was never short of causes to champion. And little has changed, even though he left Westminster seven years ago. These days the focus is on flying the flag specifically for the economic regeneration of the Sheffield City Region. The commitment, determination and enthusiasm that marked his 28 years as a Sheffield MP – ten as a government minister – is being channelled into supporting and highlighting the region’s emerging new economic identity. It’s a drive that underlines the achievements so far in establishing a reputation for excellence in high value manufacturing, the digital and creative industries, sports-related industries and education and training – achievements that already rank as world class, says the former Sheffield MP. Moreover, there is a lot more to come, he insists. In particular, the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park on the site of the former Don Valley Stadium continues to offer a winning formula, while the more established Advanced Manufacturing Research
Centre at Catcliffe has created a template of local and national significance capable of further expansion. Increasingly on the radar are moves to attract some of Channel 4 TV’s operations to Sheffield allied to creation of a National Screen Industries Institute that would put the city at the heart of new and emerging digital technologies. So there is plenty to keep Richard busy on his home patch. Crucially, he points to the model that has proved to be the bedrock of successes so far – one that brings together the expertise and experience of the two Sheffield universities, its hospitals, the private sector and the local authority. The momentum continues to grow, so much so that it’s time to start proclaiming a little louder the innovation and technology that is beginning to redefine the region, says Richard. The message needs to go further and deeper, especially in convincing central government that the region should get recognition and financial help as a result of it meeting the demands for greater productivity and competitiveness. “We are not singing our
song loud enough,” says Richard. “We have some phenomenal people in this city - ordinary people doing extraordinary things - and the institutions we are building are internationally-renowned. “But I think we have to be much bolder in our dealings with central government. “If they are serious about helping to boost the North’s productivity and competitiveness, then they have to be aware that we have got some of the answers. In the past, I think Sheffield has been timid in its requests to government.” Richard points out that the approach being taken in the Sheffield City Region is in line with the Government’s recently announced Strategy for Industry which seeks to intervene in key sectors to tackle weak productivity and bolster businesses. Business Minister Greg Clark spoke about the need for Britain to capitalise on some of the world’s best universities and research institutions, as well as leading companies in sectors ranging from advanced manufacturing to financial services, life sciences and creative industries. The Government announcement shows that the
region is already on the right track, says Richard. At the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Richard chairs the board that includes representatives of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Sheffield Hallam University, the British Olympic Association and the city council. The brief was to replace Don Valley Stadium, which was losing £750,000 a year, with a sports, health and education campus that would generate lasting improvements in public health, well-being and learning in the wake of the 2012 London Games. It was to be for elite and community use. The results have followed quickly since the demolition of the stadium in 2013. So far the site has been redeveloped to include Oasis Academy Don Valley, a school for 1,200 two to 16-year-olds, and a University Training College specialising in health sciences, sport science and computing for up to 600 13 to 19-year-olds. A 3G pitch will allow Sheffield Eagles Rugby League Club to return to Don Valley and is also open to school and community use.
RICHARD CABORN ON THE TRACK AT THE EIS
Construction is due to start next year on the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, backed by Sheffield Hallam University and with sponsors Toshiba Medical and Westfield Health. It will be a research hub for the National Centre for Sports and Exercise Medicine. Meanwhile, two world class research and technology centres in healthcare are set to massively boost the Park’s reputation. The Centre for Child Health Technology will be led by Sheffield Children’s Hospital, the Orthopaedic and Rehabilitation Research and Innovation Centre by Sheffield Teaching Hospitals. Richard, a former Sports and Trades Minister, describes progress on the 35-acre Attercliffe site as “absolutely fantastic” and the result of a
“great team effort.” It is now part of a sports, health, leisure and education corridor stretching from Hallam University’s Woodbourn Road athletics stadium to Broughton Lane and the Arena, also encompassing the English Institute of Sport (EIS) and iceSheffield. “The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is being recognised nationally and internationally. When we wanted to use the word ‘Olympic’, the International Olympic Committee challenged us. It’s a protected word. But after talking to the British Olympic Association, they agreed that we are part of the legacy of the 2012 Games. “We are the first city outside the Olympic cities to be allowed to use the word ‘Olympic’ in recognition of
what we are doing.” Further along the Don Valley, near the M1, collaboration between the University of Sheffield and private sector has produced a state-of-the-art manufacturing park. Founded in 2001, the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre carries out world-leading research into advanced machining, manufacturing and materials. More than 100 industrial partners range from global giants such as Boeing, Rolls Royce, BAE Systems and Airbus to small companies. Last February highperformance sports car manufacturer McLaren Automotive launched a pioneering partnership with the University of Sheffield for a new composites centre where the advanced carbon
fibre chassis for its super cars will be built. The AMRC’s success in the core areas of aerospace, energy/nuclear and medical has spawned expansion in the shape of the University of Sheffield’s Factory 2050 at the Sheffield Business Park on the other side of the Parkway. “We are meeting a real need to provide world leading, high value manufacturing and making a major contribution to the competitiveness of British manufacturing,” says Richard, who is strategic adviser to the AMRC. “High value manufacturing is in our DNA. “The AMRC has been hugely successful, and now we are coming up against land and skill constraints. We are trying to address the land issue in discussions with Rotherham and Doncaster and others.”
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RICHARD CABORN AT THE SHEFFIELD OLYMPIC LEGACY PARK
To help provide an increasingly skilled workforce, the AMRC has a successful apprenticeship training programme. Around 250 apprentices a year from Sheffield, Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Chesterfield go through the pioneering programme, which combines on-the-job training with the opportunity to gain a doctorate in engineering from a red-brick university. Each apprentice is sponsored by an employer. “We are training the workforce of the future, both at the AMRC and the OLP,” says Richard, whose background is in engineering and who was Labour MP for Sheffield Central from 1983 to 2010. And he hopes that a firm foothold in the creative and digital industries can be further strengthened by attracting Channel 4 operations, currently based in London, to Sheffield city centre, alongside a National
High value manufacturing is in our DNA.
Screen Industries Institute. Sheffield’s record in annually hosting DocFest – the International Documentary Film Festival – and the Children’s Media Festival makes a good fit with at least two of C4’s commissioning arms. Richard chairs the committee leading Sheffield’s bid to the Government in competition with other authorities. Land near the railway station is being offered as a potential location. He is especially excited by the potential for a National Screen Industries Institute that would “put the city at the heart of new and emerging digital technologies”. It’s a familiar theme. For the institute would bring together the private and public sectors to develop world-leading digital technologies based on the model of the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and AMRC. “We have creative and digital sectors that are second
to none outside London,” says the former MP, who is also an unpaid business ambassador to the city council. In general, he adds: “We are moving our core skills into the 21st century. The institutions we are building are internationally renowned, building on the great partnerships with the two universities, a leading teaching hospital, a children’s hospital and the private sector. “We are different in that we have not gone for the service sector. We are making things for people who want to buy them at the right price. “With the Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park and AMRC and other projects, we are becoming more ambitious and believing we can be the economic driver for the city and the region. “We are building our skills base to meet the government’s agenda of being productive and competitive – and it’s exciting.”
WATCH THIS (OFFICE) SPACE
From yoga spaces to sleep experts – unLTD’s Jill Theobald looks at how blurring the lines between home, leisure and work is affecting office space
‘Location, location, location’? Not so much, it turns out, when it comes to the bases for businesses. A UK real estate report by law firm CMS has found technology and changing attitudes – ‘partly driven by the growing millennial cohort’ – are
OVER 95% OF REAL ESTATE PROFESSIONALS FELT THE OFFICE IMPACTED ON PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING
transforming the very nature of work. A blurring of the lines between home, leisure and workplace is having a knock-on effect – leading to the rise of the ‘experimental office’. And our city is no exception, as Tanya Holt, a Partner in CMS’
86% OF WORKERS FELT THE OFFICE HAD A SIGNIFICANT IMPACT ON THEIR PHYSICAL AND MENTAL WELLBEING
Real Estate team in Sheffield told us: “Absolutely. Sheffield is no different than any other major city in this regard. “It has little do with the location of the office, and everything to do with how changing attitudes of employers and their staff are
OF OFFICE WORKERS FELT THAT WORK-LIFE BALANCE, INCLUDING AGILE WORKING PROVISIONS, WAS THE MOST IMPORTANT FACTOR OVERALL WHEN CHOOSING AN ORGANISATION TO WORK FOR
shaping the way offices are constructed and designed. “Sheffield is a modern, dynamic city – there is no reason to think Sheffield would be anything other than at the cutting edge of trends like this. “Just as offices of the 1980s and 1990s were fundamentally
60% OF MILLENNIALS FOUND WORKING REMOTELY FROM A PUBLIC SPACE (COFFEE SHOP, PARK ETC.) APPEALING; JUST 26% OF BABY BOOMERS LIKED THIS IDEA
different to those of the 1920s and 1930s because of changing working cultures, so too is it inevitable that today’s offices are different.” The report incorporates interviews with industry figures, data from 350 real estate industry professionals, and the views of more than 1,000 office workers, and aims to highlight new ways of thinking about office space, noting that: “Investors, developers and occupiers alike are evolving from space providers and users, into creators and curators of experience, wellness and community.” The ‘millennial cohort’ certainly had their say when it came to working remotely from a public space like a coffee shop or a park with 60% finding the notion appealing – compared with just over a quarter (26%) of baby boomers. More than 80% of office workers found the idea of
working in a co-working or flexible space appealing – and nearly 90% of real estate professionals think co-working spaces will be on the agenda for large companies in the next five years. As well as talking the talk in their report, it turns out CMS walk the walk when it comes to office space, too. “CMS has informal meeting areas for when a room isn’t required,” said Tanya. “We have space for yoga. We have an onsite cafeteria. “We are keen to ensure every staff member has a rewarding and productive day in the office when they come to work. For a firm in a relatively traditional sector, our thinking is as advanced as that of many of the companies featured in our report.” They’re not alone. Take B. Braun Medical Ltd’s recent refurb – a full-service café is among the features of its contemporary corporate
workspace. Meeting zones incorporating bamboo, voiles and glass, distinctive lighting and contemporary seating are also part of the new-look head office and distribution centre at Thorncliffe Park. Explaining the reasons behind the revamp, Chief Executive Hans Hux said: “The dynamic expansion of our business alongside digitalisation and modern working practice made it necessary to upgrade and optimise our office facilities.” Meanwhile Westfield Health’s new city centre offices are home to a relaxation room, onsite gym, a rooftop terrace – and a ‘Sleep Geek’. Sleep expert James Wilson is based at the company’s new HQ, offering a range of group and one-to-one sleep coaching sessions in the ‘science of sleep’. Sheffield made the top three of ‘Cities or Towns to Watch’ outside the big six in
OF OFFICE WORKERS FOUND THE IDEA OF WORKING IN A CO-WORKING OR FLEXIBLE SPACE APPEALING
the CMS report and the city has ranked consistently in the top five since CMS’ first report in 2013, thanks in part to our advanced manufacturing USP. Added Tanya: “Sheffield is a large, modern city, where hundreds of thousands of people come to work every day. It is keen to be as competitive as possible and to attract and retain top talent. It has long been a centre of innovation – the home to two top universities and developments like the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC). “This innovative approach will come even more to the fore as the city seeks to transform itself over the next few years, with old buildings making way for state-ofthe-art office and mixed-use developments like those planned to be HSBC’s new home.” Sheffield – watch this (office) space.
OF OFFICE WORKERS FOUND THE IDEA OF GAMIFYING THE OFFICE ENVIRONMENT TO REWARD HEALTHY AND SUSTAINABLE BEHAVIOURS APPEALING
THEY MIGHT BE GIANTS… To some it’s just ‘the children’s’ but last year youngsters came from as far afield as Australia and the USA for specialist treatment at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. Corporate Partnerships Manager Tchad Western reports
One of our corporate partners once asked me what makes working at The Children’s Hospital Charity so special. Well, apart from the fact that my work supports a world leading hospital that deeply cares for the children and families it serves, what really strikes me is the integrity of the charity team, the use of messages of hope and opportunity rather than fear and guilt and the fact we really care about partnerships. A fantastic example of this is our snowflake campaign that takes place each winter. Snowflakes have now adorned the hospital for 13 years. In their first year the lights raised £25,000 with a handful of corporate supporters – Irwin Mitchell and Gripple were amongst the first to take part. Snowflakes were chosen because each one in nature is unique – just like all the children who come to the hospital. In 2017 this grew to 132 companies and local organisations taking part, raising £130,000 in the process. Some of this money has helped to fully fund a liquid chromatography
SNOWFLAKES ON THE SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL
tandem mass spectrometer – the gold standard for the diagnosis of vitamin D deficiency (a condition which is on the rise and can cause rickets in children). The machine will be used by the ‘behind the scenes’
Clinical Chemistry team at the hospital who are just one of the vital supporting teams that keep the hospital as a national leader in its specialisms. Year after year we get the same companies coming
back to us as they are a fantastic way for businesses to be recognised for the great support that they give the charity. I think most people in Sheffield know about them and how traffic snarls up outside the hospital! Having it all lit up is a cheery sight on the dark winter nights and businesses recognise that it is a great way to be recognised as giving something back to the hospital and their community. Snowflakes are just one way that the charity partners with businesses from all over the City Region and now more than ever this is a vital need for the hospital. Upcoming projects for 2018 that are in the pipeline include a new cancer inpatient ward and an emergency helipad – the hospital is a regional trauma centre and the sickest children need to get to it as quickly as they possibly can. Get in touch – to find out how you can partner with The Children’s Hospital Charity please contact Tchad Western (Corporate Partnerships Manager) – Tchad@tchc.org. uk / 0114 271 7203.
LEWIS LAWSON AND MANDI SKELTON FROM LLOYDS BANKING GROUP SWITCH ON THE MAIN LIGHTS
TEAM KNOWHOW JASON ROBERTS HEAD OF CONTACT CENTRE OPERATIONS “WE LOVE SUPPORTING SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL ACROSS THE YEAR WITH FUNDRAISING AND THE SNOWFLAKE CAMPAIGN IS ALWAYS ONE THE COLLEAGUES LOVE TO SEE US INVOLVED IN, REALLY ALLOWING THEM TO FEEL PRIDE IN SUPPORTING SUCH A GREAT LOCAL CHARITY.”
PHOTO: DEAN ATKINS
CATER ALLEN PRIVATE BANK (SANTANDER) KAYE NEWSOME “THE SNOWFLAKES MEAN SO MUCH TO SANTANDER AND MYSELF. WE ARE HERE TO SUPPORT THE COMMUNITIES WE SERVE AND PART OF THAT IS HELPING CHILDREN PROSPER. BY SUPPORTING THE CHARITY ACHIEVE ITS FUND RAISING TARGETS WE ARE WORKING TOWARDS OUR AIMS IN THIS AREA.”
TESCO PLC CAROL GOLLICK COMMUNITY CHAMPION TESCO INFIRMARY ROAD “WE SUPPORT THE CHARITY BECAUSE THEY AND THE HOSPITAL ARE AMAZING. AS A MOTHER AND A GRANDMOTHER I HAVE BEEN IN THE HOSPITAL LOTS AND THE STAFF ARE SO KIND AND CONSIDERATE. WE WANT TO LOOK AFTER OUR CHILDREN, THEY’RE OUR FUTURE. TESCO BACKS THAT AND WE LOVE SEEING OUR SNOWFLAKES EVERY CHRISTMAS!”
AGENDA The SCX Group was founded in Sheffield in 1972, consisting of three complementary businesses that specialise in lifting, mechanical handling, control and automation solutions. SCX is probably best known for doing the iconic retractable roofs at Wimbledon, and the retractable pitch for Tottenham Hotspur’s new stadium.
In the same year as being given the Made In Sheffield mark, and the RoSPA Gold Award for safety, SCX is delighted to be named ‘Large Business of the Year’ at the 2017 Sheffield Business Awards.
Our work creates local jobs and generates new business for our suppliers. And the SCX Academy works closely with Sheffield’s AMRC to grow today’s apprentices into tomorrow’s engineers.
Find out more at scx.co.uk
SHEFFIELD BUSINESS AWARDS
CELEBRATION TIME Find out which organisations grabbed a gong at the glittering Sheffield Business Awards 2017 The 16th annual Sheffield Business Awards took over the International Hall at Ponds Forge, displaying the very best of Sheffield business. Headline sponsored by Elevation Recruitment Group and organised by the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, the glamourous event recognised the outstanding achievements by Sheffield based businesses over the last 12 months. Hosted by BBC Look North legend Harry Gration, the ceremony handed out 15 awards in total, with a record 150 organisations and individuals entered for a chance of winning. The big winners were REACH Homes, who not only won the Lupton Fawcett innovation award, but also took home the grand prize for the night, the City Taxis Outstanding Business of the Year award. The Best Contribution to Sheffield Visitor Experience, sponsored by Meadowhall Winner: Sheffield Doc/Fest The Excellence in International
The SME of the Year – sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University & Sheffield Business School Winner: Doordeals Limited The Employer of the Year – Sponsored by The Sheffield College Winner: Gripple Ltd The Business Person of the Year – Sponsored by SHORTS Winner: Marc Wildes - P Wildes Group
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR WINNERS REACH HOMES AND AWARDS HOST HARRY GRATION (INSET)
The Large Business of the Year – Sponsored by SIMM Winner: SCX Ltd (main picture)
Trade Award – Sponsored by Pressure Technologies plc. Winner: Macalloy The Excellence in Professional Services Award, sponsored by Together Winner: Professional Energy The High Growth Business of the Year Award, sponsored by SIV Winner: Pricecheck The Grey Matter Marketing and Communications Award – Sponsored by Grey Matter Winner: Doncaster Sheffield Airport
The Special Recognition Award – Sponsored by Vine Hotels Winner: The Children’s Hospital Charity
The Excellence in Manufacturing Award – Sponsored by Wake Smith Winner: Thermotex Engineering Ltd
The Excellence in Corporate, Social and Environmental Responsibility Award – Sponsored by Evoluted Winner: Quality Context
The Enterprise Award – Sponsored by Sheffield Hallam University and The University of Sheffield Winner: Klear Commercial Services Ltd
The Innovation Award – Sponsored by Lupton Fawcett Winner: REACH Homes
The Outstanding Business of the Year – Sponsored by City Taxis Winner: REACH Homes
FIVE MINUTES WITH...
YANGFORYOUNG Develops products for young people with sensory impairments. We grabbed five minutes with director Elena Yang Liu... I was inspired to start my business by… After studying graphic design in China and England for six years, I discovered a passion for inclusivity, accessibility and socially responsible design. As an international person, I know how non-inclusive the world can be sometimes. If you visit China you will notice that there are very few people out and about who are challenged by physical disabilities. Just like any countries there are members of our communities who are disabled --- however unlike England, for example, where the disabled are better supported, in China there is no such support. These people therefore stay inside, hidden from view, unable to operate in a normal way as you and I do. As a designer, I want to do something to help so that others are able to achieve their best and lead a full life in modern society. I believe that everyone deserves the same respect from each other. My favourite thing about running my business is… I’m in control of everything. I always think that for designers/makers, we have a mission and a reason to be here which is to create a better world with what we are good at. Our purpose isn’t just to make something look pretty or feel good --- it is also about changing the environment and solving problems. Running a business in another country is very strange to me because I have never had any experience and my background is nothing to do with business. But this is also what I’m so excited about. I am learning bit by bit everyday and
ELENA YANG LIU OF YANG FOR YOUNG
I really enjoy the journey. And I’m very proud of what I do! The three words that best describe my business are… Inclusive --- everyone should have the same opportunity as others in a modern society. Engaging --- having fun while learning with others. Positive --- always! Sheffield is a great place to start a business because… There are fantastic business support teams available whenever you need help or advice. My background is graphic design and when I started my own business in the UK, I was a bit scared. But everyone I have met in Sheffield is so kind and supportive which has encouraged me to believe in myself!
Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because… Sheffield is the first city I stayed in after I came to England. It is always like a home to me – I feel included and comfortable here. You can always find the right person because everyone seems to be connected.
my business include… The Enterprise Team at Sheffield Hallam University, Sheffield Business and IP centre, UK Steel Enterprise, Rotherham Investment and Development Office, Andy Hanselman Consulting, EYECAN and Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind.
The best advice I ever got was … I have received plenty great advice from people. If I have to pick one, I think my favourite is ‘You have got to love what you do’.
The main challenges facing my industry/sector are … A niche market and lack of inclusive and accessible products for disabled people.
The worst advice I ever got was … Not received any yet! The Sheffield organisations that have supported me and
In 5 years’ time I expect my business to… Become a well-known disability-focused design company that aims to create an accessible society. I’d also like to expand into the European market.
THE FIELD OF DREAMS 48
Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter is under redevelopment. unLTD’s Harry Hamling looks at the city’s hottest new area A name like the Steel City often gives off negative connotations of being old and outdated, but in recent years Sheffield has managed to thoroughly reinvent itself as a modern place to work and live. Areas of the city, such as
Kelham Island, are almost unrecognisable from times past, and the next part of Sheffield to receive this redevelopment is the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ). Looking in from the outside, the CIQ perhaps looks a little dated and
run-down. However, it is also full of potential. Located between the city centre and the train station, the CIQ is in a prime location for a bustling modern-day community housing the majority of Sheffield’s cultural businesses. The council estimates there
are now more than 300 companies in the CIQ and most of them are connected to creative or cultural industries, such as film-making, music production, software design, broadcasting, new media, architecture, art and traditional crafts.
The redevelopment of the area around Hallam University has already begun, and businesses such as Tamper café, Fusion Organic café and the Great Escape game are already reaping the benefits. It can be argued that the reason that the redevelopment of this area has been so successful is solely down to the high population of students, and how busy and thriving it is. A high amount of people living, studying and working in one area facilitates the need for these types of businesses, like pubs, coffee shops and restaurants. This is something that is being replicated further towards the city centre near Alsop Fields, as there is various student accommodation there, and by developing the area it would not only create a thriving community atmosphere, but would also create a thriving atmosphere for local businesses. This can be seen in action already in the development of Alsop Fields, located within the CIQ. The first £10 million phase of developments here has seen the creation of apartments and studio flats, places to eat and drink and several high-tech offices. Alsop Fields is part of a new wave of optimism that the CIQ can do its bit to enhance Sheffield’s reputation as a
buzzing, lively and attractive place to live and work. City Estates director Dale Fixter said: “The whole area used to be known as Alsop Fields, so we decided to use the name for this new mixed-use development. “It is designed to be a destination in itself --- a regeneration of part of the CIQ that will be like the trendy parts of Manchester and London.” The first development seen here was the refurbishment of Speedwell Works in Sidney Street. What was once an old factory on the edge of the city centre, now provides top quality rented accommodation for young professionals and students in stylish new apartments and studios. The new lease of life for Speedwell Works has been generated by sensitively renovating three storeys of former industrial premises around a central courtyard that is due to feature a café and two other commercial units next to the River Porter. Andrea Marsden, head of residential at City Estates, said: “Speedwell Works offers boutique-style apartments and studios with a character in keeping with the surrounding vibrant quarter. “It is luxury furnished
CIQ WAS SET UP IN 1981 AS A LOCAL GOVERNMENT INITIATIVE
OF SHEFFIELD’S WORKING POPULATION ARE EMPLOYED IN THE CREATIVE INDUSTRIES, WELL ABOVE THE NATIONAL AVERAGE OF 4%. MOST OF THESE INDUSTRIES ARE IN THIS AREA
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CIQ HOUSES THE LARGEST THEATRE COMPLEX OUTSIDE LONDON
accommodation in an excellent location at an extremely competitive price that is ideal for young professionals and students.” Once the Samuel Warren Speedwell Steel Works, the development is one of four buildings that will comprise Alsop Fields, a mix of new buildings and refurbished old factories being transformed by Elmsdale Estates (part of City Estates) and taking its name from an area around Sidney Street in the 18th century. The old Albert Works has already become home to leading marketing agency Jaywing, and Speedwell Works will be joined later this year by offices forming No. 77 @ Alsop Fields and Niche Buildings @ Alsop Fields. The whole development is scheduled to be finished by the end of November this year. Dale also said: “Instead of just student accommodation, we are creating an attractive mix of apartments and studios, places to eat and drink and offices for the high tech and creative sectors. “Jaywing are bringing their staff to the area, which will immediately add life to the area. “All the amenities are nearby, and Sellers Wheel, with its hugely popular café, Tamper,
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Sheffield is a city of immense culture, so we’ve picked out our five landmarks to visit in the CIQ:
1. The Leadmill Just two minutes from Sheffield train station, the Leadmill is a creative hub of all things culture, hosting live music, club nights, theatre, comedy, sport and film screenings. 2. Showroom Cinema The Showroom has grown to become one of the most significant independent cinema venues in the world. Housed in a converted 1930’s car showroom, the cinema aims to provide a distinctive and excitable experience. STUDENT COMPLEX ON THE SITE OF THE FORMER GATECRASHER NIGHTCLUB
has shown there is the demand for this type of development.” City Estates already has previous experience with the CIQ, with their involvement in the development of the Gatecrasher Apartment complex. The site, located on the corner of Arundel Street and Matilda Street in Sheffield city centre, has been transformed into a brandnew student complex on the site of the famous former Gatecrasher nightclub. The £11 million apartment complex provides 243 beds, mostly in clusters of three, four and five beds and are all en-suite. Agents CPP and BNP Paribas are instructed to market the commercial units within Alsop Fields. Rob Darrington, Partner at agents CPP said: “We expect a strong demand for this location, being within a couple of minutes walking distance of the city centre, Sheffield Hallam University and the railway station.” Guy Cooke, Director at BNP Paribas added: “We believe it could offer ideal accommodation not only for restaurants and bars and conventional shops and offices, but also potential occupiers such as doctors, dentists and opticians,
which the area does not have at present, serving the thriving, immediate community.”
3. Tamper Coffee Bringing the best of New Zealand’s café culture to Sheffield, Tamper at Sellers Wheel delivers cracking Kiwi recipies. Plus late opening on Friday means one thing --- after work cocktails.
We expect a strong demand for this location, being within a couple of minutes walking distance of the city centre, Sheffield Hallam University and the railway station.
4. The Site Gallery The Site Gallery is Sheffield’s leading contemporary art space, hosting numerous exhibitions and opportunities for young people to get involved in creating art of their own.
5. Sentinel Brewing A bar/restaurant with its own in-house brewery, offering a wide selection of artisan beers served hand-pulled, from a tap or in a growler to take away.
YOUR PITCH Your pitch is an opportunity for start-ups to tell the world about their business. This issue we meet Nelly Naylor of Same Sex Wedding Photography
PICTURE PERFECT BUSINESS FOR YOUNG PHOTOGRAPHER Tell us about your business – sell yourself! With every passing day equality for LGBT people in the UK and around the world gets more and more accepted, there’s no time like the present to be proud of who we love. My business Same Sex Wedding Photography celebrates, loves and supports the LGBT community. My aim is to creatively and colourfully capture an LGBT romance, from couples being in love, to their engagements, all the way up to their wedding day. What makes this business unique, is that I fully understand an LGBT relationship and make my clients feel comfortable, appreciated and respected (whilst having copious amounts of fun of course!). Beyond the professional yet playful attitude, I deeply care about the LGBT community and make donations to local and national LGBT charities from every shoot. This business combines two of my biggest passions, photography and LGBT rights, creating a unique business with heart and soul. What gave you the idea for your business? My girlfriend proposed to me and after looking into all things wedding related, we finally went searching for our wedding photographer (this felt a little strange as I have always been behind the lens). In our initial search across the web it was apparent that there wasn’t anybody specialising in LGBT photography. It was important we had someone who understood our journey, so
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we could feel comfortable on our wedding day, as for years it’s been hard not to. Who are your customers and how are you targeting them? I have had a very busy
summer this year exhibiting my wedding stall at Pride festivals around the UK. I have been to Manchester, Hull, Leeds and Harrogate, meeting with the general public and marketing this new photography business.
I have also attended the only Gay Wedding Show in the country, I have travelled down to London, Brighton, and Manchester with my stall. Meeting loved-up couples all around the UK is wonderful, and fills me with happiness! How can people get in touch with you? Please get in contact via my Facebook page @ nellynaylorphotography website www.nellynaylor.com www.same-sexweddings.com Instagram: @nellynaylorphotography twitter: @nellynaylor firstname.lastname@example.org 07455 912295 Youtube: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=41XIH3bdYm4 Or just pop in to my studio at 7 East Bank Road for a brew!
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I was inspired to start my business by ... The BiG Challenge --- a competition for schools and colleges where teams are given a £25 investment by their school/college, towards their business objective of increasing that amount by making as much profit as possible. I first entered in 2011 with a keyrings and greetings cards business I ran with a friend and we were lucky enough to be invited to The BiG Challenge Final Awards 2012 where we won ‘Best Presentation to Judges’ and ‘3rd Prize in the Key Stage 3 Category’. Being recognised in a regional competition was the first time I realised I was capable of running a successful business. My favourite thing about running my business is … I love waking up each day, knowing that everything I’m going to be working on, I’ve created for myself. When I first started, it was just something I enjoyed doing as a hobby. But fast forward a few years and I’m doing things the 13-year-old Harvey that entered the BiG Challenge would have never even contemplated!
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Both universities also provide free start-up support to their students and graduates and their enterprise teams are excellent. Sheffield is one big supportive community and that’s what I love about it. I don’t think you’d get that in many other big cities --- we’re extremely lucky.
Sheffield is a great place to grow a business because … There are so many opportunities to get crowdfunding and meet likeminded people. My favourite events include Sheffield Soup, Start-up Weekend and Founder Brunch The three words that best which are open to any aspiring describe my business are … or active entrepreneur, to pitch Focused, innovative and ideas, meet co-founders, and creative. build products with the support of people who have been there Sheffield is a great place to and done it. start a business because … I’ve met so many fantastic, There is so much expert lovely people since starting support available including free my business and I wouldn’t be business coaching sessions and where I am today without the skills sessions from Business support and encouragement Sheffield and The Growth Hub. I’ve received.
The best advice I ever got was … Go and create a business you love and don’t let anyone stop you! The worst advice I ever got was … The support I received from my school and sixth form was mostly fantastic --- however, there were a few teachers who told me my business wasn’t as important as my education and that I should focus my efforts entirely on studying. I loved proving them wrong, plus it’s allowed me to study Business and Enterprise Management at Sheffield Hallam and created so many fantastic opportunities for me. If I’d listened and stopped my business, I can’t imagine what my life would be like now. Don’t let anybody tell you that something is impossible or that you’re not good enough! The Sheffield organisations that have supported me and my business include...
The main challenges facing my industry/sector are … The IT and social media industry is extremely competitive. Everything is so fast-paced and this brings new challenges with it. A recent challenge has been identifying the right kinds of social media influencers, and building profitable and equitable relationships, according to the objectives of our clients’ campaigns --- it’s important that we continue to get this right to achieve the best results for them within budget. In 5 years’ time I expect my business to … I love this business so much that while I’m in the process of setting up other businesses and moving forward with new ideas, I can’t imagine myself not being involved with my IT company. I’d love to continue my charity work with Youth Employment UK and the Prince’s Trust as it enables me to inspire others and make a difference to other young lives. I’m also looking to expand my team and start employing people which will allow me to expand into other areas and cities and take on larger projects.
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SHEFFIELD: A DINING OUT DESTINATION From uber-modern meals served in a shipping container to nostalgic comfort food like gran made – unLTD’s Jill Theobald takes a look at the city’s growing gastro scene
‘Some dishes are merely extremely good … others are downright extraordinary’. As the Guardian Tweet dropped in our timeline it wasn’t long before the unLTD team were – pretty much simultaneously – excitedly emailing each other the review of Jöro restaurant in Shalesmoor. ‘Housed in the most stylish shipping container I’ve ever had the pleasure of spending a couple of hours in.’ ‘This blend of clever and confidently competent cooking sets the tone for the entire meal, and the service.’ ‘The puddings are worth
getting overexcited about, too.’ The review was stuffed full of soundbites and got us talking about the city’s growing reputation as a foodie hot spot. After all, Yorkshire now boasts the largest number of Michelin Starred restaurants than any other county in England outside London. Our closest venue remains Fischer’s Baslow Hall, in Derbyshire. But let’s not forget, Sheffield’s The Old Vicarage held the Star for more than a decade before it was ‘deleted’ in 2015, and the restaurant, in Ridgeway, is still listed in 2018’s Guide.
As recently as November the 1855 Restaurant, based at Copthorne Hotel Sheffield, was awarded the AA Rosette for displaying exceptionally high standards in culinary excellence thanks to the quality of the food and a menu devised using locally-sourced ingredients. Executive head chef Mark Jones said: “This award means so much to me and the team. We’ve all worked so hard to bring top-class dishes and ingredients to our diners and we have been receiving some wonderful feedback.” Boasting two AA Rosettes is Rafter’s, already Michelin-listed
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and described by the Guide 2018 as ‘a long-standing city institution’ where ‘the owners stamped their own identity … using Sheffield cutlery and Yorkshire tweed covered chairs.’ Manager Alistair Myers and Chef Tom Lawson – who studied at Sheffield College – took over the venue on Oakbrook Road in 2013 on a mission to ‘take diners on a culinary journey that encapsulates a nostalgic love of food’. Take the Goosenargh Chicken Chasseur – the first dish Tom learned to cook at college – or the Cauliflower Cheese he picks as a ‘stand out dish’ because it transports him back to making it with his Gran. Plus her antique plates are on display in the restaurant, in homage to his earliest inspiration. But Tom is just as at home looking abroad for new culinary techniques, too. Take the Chocolate, Yuzu, Miso and Banana dessert – and many have, with the modern fusion of sweet and savoury Japanese ingredients becoming a firm favourite with diners. Meanwhile co-owner
THE 1855 RESTAURANT AND BAR AT THE COPTHORNE HOTEL
Alistair is the man to ask about food and wine pairings. He became the city’s first Certified Sommelier in 2016, after studying for the qualification which had previously been bestowed on only a handful of sommeliers in Yorkshire – and no one in Sheffield before him. According to arts and travel site Creative Tourist: “Sheffield’s food scene might still be growing but Rafters is absolutely the finished article.” Other city eateries listed in the 2018 Guide include Kelham Island’s The Milestone which inspectors dubbed a ‘spacious 18th Century former pub … in a regenerated area of the city,’ and Nonna’s on Ecclesall Road – a ‘long-standing Italian restaurant with a lively atmosphere’. But Sheffield’s appeal is not limited to high-end, highprofile eateries. Welcome to Yorkshire describes the region as ‘a contemporary destination which hasn’t neglected its roots’ and we like to think the same could be said of Sheffield when it comes to the city’s burgeoning foodie credentials. Because while the reviews
Our city’s combination of high-end names, smaller, indie venues, and local pride might well be our secret ingredient
and Rosettes are making a name for Sheffield there are plenty of smaller venues channeling a strong steel city vibe to ensure the city retains – and sharpens – its individual, independent edge over other identikit places with the same names and chains. Take for example PJ Taste as a venue that could never be accused of ‘neglecting its roots’. In fact, the local caterers took a thorough ‘root and branch approach’ to opening their 100seat dining, event and meeting venue, Upstairs@PJtaste. Based at their Staniforth Road premises, the refurbished former Take Two Club is now a stylish space with locally inspired features, not least of which – and speaking of ‘branches’ – the bespoke ash handrail on the new staircase. Sourcing most of the wood from PJ Taste’s own plot, local lad Ollie Allen designed and installed the impressive feature which was also part of the portfolio which saw him win Jewson’s Young Tradesman of the Year Award 2017. Sheffield makers Daniels Bros crafted the tables from reused pallets at Portland
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Get your teeth into these bite-size bits of ‘snackable content’ on the city’s food scene…
Sheffield’s food scene might still be growing but Rafters is absolutely the finished article
Gourmet Burger Kitchen and Let’s Sushi are the latest eateries to open at Meadowhall. Joining the line-up at the Oasis Dining Quarter, Gourmet Burger Kitchen’s 2,500 sq ft restaurant is on the upper level alongside brands like Giraffe, TGI Fridays and Carluccio’s, while Let’s Sushi is on the lower level in the family food hall.
The Real Junk Food Project – which turns surplus food destined for landfill into tasty meals at pay-as-you-feel cafés and runs a market, an educational programme, dining events and a catering operation – has been named as a finalist for the ‘Social Enterprise of the Year’ award in the Citi Microentrepreneurship Awards.
Works – and even the sound system was supplied by Cloud Electronics, based 200 yards from the PJ Taste premises. Co-founder Peter Moulam said: “After many years providing creative locally sourced food at venues throughout the city, it’s great to be planning events in our own space. “Having full control of the food, service and venue we can really push the boundaries to showcase our trademark locally sourced and increasingly own grown produce.” Another venue keeping the local flavour is Edward’s Glossop Road, the new bar from the people who brought us Kelham Island’s Ship Inn. Billed as a ‘creative innovation’, the team includes head chef Gary Pickles – who worked with and was trained by Gordon Ramsey – and the bar was named after the building’s main architect,
Edward Gibbs a former student at Sheffield College of Art, (now Sheffield Hallam University). Even some of the city’s mainstays are evolving. Bungalows and Bears on Division Street has recently re-opened its doors after a refurbishment featuring art installations by local artist Geo Law, while just down the road The Old House has become The Devonshire – but retains its reputation for rocking Sunday roasts and an extensive gin collection. Our city’s combination of high-end names, smaller, indie venues, and local pride might well be our secret ingredient in enhancing its credentials as a dining out destination. That glowing review of Jöro ended: ‘This little powerhouse of a place is turning out some highly polished … plates’. The same could be said for Sheffield itself.
The bumper crop of harvested grapes at Whirlow Hall Farm Trust is expected to produce around 1,000 bottles of its homegrown rosé, Steel City Wine – believed to be one of the most northerly wines made in the UK. It won’t be ready to drink until summer, though, when the tipple will be distributed to sponsors of the vines.
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REV UP YOUR CORPORATE AWAY DAY AT TEAMSPORT KARTING
The key to any successful business is a strong enthusiastic team. So instead of a few drinks after work why not try a bit of team bonding at a corporate away day. We’ve tracked down some of the best in the region
Who – TeamSport Karting Where – Shepcote Way Unit 7-8 Tinsley Industrial Estate, Sheffield S9 1TH team-sport.co.uk/go-kartingsheffield Why – A thrillseeker’s delight. A state-of-the-art indoor karting venue is the perfect place to get you and your co-workers sharing experiences and challenging each other. What better way to sort the back-seat drivers from those taking a real steer?
Who – Quasar Where – 4 Bank Street, Sheffield S1 2DS laserfun.org.uk Why – Take it back to playful fun at Quasar. The arena is packed with lighting and sound effects, smoke, and music. It’s great for staff nights out and team building as they partner with training agencies so theory and practical can all be done in one place. Plus with great value corporate packages, you probably won’t upset the CFO. Who – Delta Force Paintball Where – Mortimer Road Peak District National Park, Sheffield S6 6JE paintballgames.co.uk/centre/ sheffield-paintball Why – A fast-paced shoot
out and breath-taking game zones will give you an all-round paintballing experience that will transport you from the desk to a day full of excitement. Who – Enigma Rooms Where – 236 Holme Lane, Sheffield, S6 4JZ enigmarooms.co.uk Why – If you’re wanting to try something completely new these rooms are what you’re looking for. These real-life puzzles are a great way to entertain your team and provides a unique way to form team relationships.
Who – The Great Escape Where – Avec Building, 3-7 Sidney St, Sheffield S1 4RG thegreatescapegame.co.uk/ sheffield Why – Boss still telling the team to ‘think outside the box’? These games are designed to get you to think your way out of the room you’re locked in. Get you and your team collaborating, sharing thoughts and communicating in these immersing challenges and escape before your time runs out. Yikes! Who – Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust Where – 37 Stafford Road, Sheffield, S2 2SF
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wildsheffield.com/corporate Why – Fancy swapping the office for the great outdoors? A corporate away day with Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust gives your organisation the opportunity to make a real difference to the people and places right on your doorstep. Get involved in an active conservation project, develop teamwork skills through bushcraft or feel the benefit of the Trust’s beautiful wild spaces across Sheffield and Rotherham getting outdoors for improved health, wellbeing and productivity. Who – Espionage Missions Where – espionagemissions. com/team-building-insheffield Why – Your mission (should you choose to accept it) is to provide your team with some competitive outdoor fun. Fast-paced urban challenges incorporating modern technology all set around the centre of Sheffield, your group will be spilt into teams, to compete and complete various challenges and ‘win’ iconic sectors of Sheffield. A blend of escape room and treasure hunt, challenges include code-breaking, foreign-translation, logic puzzles, and time-trials.
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Who – Hollywood Bowl Where – Valley Centertainment, Broughton Lane, Sheffield Leisure Park, Sheffield S9 2EP hollywoodbowl.co.uk/ourcentres/sheffield Why – Bowling is a fantastic old-school way to give your team a boost and a change from a working environment. This healthy competition will guarantee that your team creates great relationships and has a great time while doing so. Who – Zombie Infection Where – The Stanley Tools Factory, Rutland Road, Sheffield S3 9QH zombieinfection.rezdy.com Why – A guaranteed way to make sure your group works as a team – put them up against a horde of the living dead! A full experience of the apocalypse is set to test the nerve – and your instincts for survival.
This is a great experience for colleagues and gets you away from the more everyday activities. These escape rooms have the perfect combination of problems and riddles to ensure that your team performs at its highest level of collaboration.
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Who – Force 10 Paintball Where – Bawtry Forest, Great North Road, Bawtry, Doncaster DN10 6DF force10paintball.com/ doncaster Why – This place has quality team building days tailored to your needs. With a guarantee of fun, banter, and laughs for all you can’t go wrong. The stories of bravery, heroism, cowardice, and desertion in
the face of the enemy will reverberate around the office for months. Who – Cryptology Escape Rooms Where – 20-26 Eldo Street, First floor, Barnsley S70 2JB cryptologyrooms.co.uk/ barnsley Why – An unforgettable team experience in the heart of Barnsley town centre.
Who – Jump Inc Trampoline Park Sheffield Where – Meadowhall, Vulcan Road, S9 1EW jump-inc.uk/locations/ sheffield Why – What better way to build team morale than jumping around 24,000 sq ft spring-loaded urban playground. Housing 120 trampolines, including 3-Sided Walk the Wall, Big Air Bags, Slam Dunk lanes, Jump Tower and Tumble Tracks. Plus Ninja obstacle course, Half Pipe, Bouldering Wall and Freestyle Zone!
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Looking for the perfect place to enjoy a treat or two over the weekend? Here’s our selection of the best places for brunch
BRUNCH The new year is finally here and what better way to celebrate than to plan your perfect weekend brunch. Quirky cafes and relaxing restaurants featuring some fabulous food and beverages were highly recommended to unLTD through our LinkedIn and Twitter pages – and it is clear to see why. From Campo Lane to Ecclesall Road, Sheffield Antiques Quarter to bustling Broomhill there are so many superb spots in Sheffield. These places are perfect for relaxing at the weekend for all the family or just to grab an
hour away from it all. So whether you choose ‘proper posh sandwiches’ or ‘stuff on toast’ there’s no shortage of varied venues to try.
Forge Bakehouse Address: 302 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, S7 1FL Website: forgebakehouse. co.uk/the-cafe/ Contact number: 0114 258 8987 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am - 5pm Sunday: 9am - 3pm Social media: Facebook - @ForgeBakehouse
Twitter - @ForgeBakehouse Instagram – forgebakehouse About: Opening in the summer of 2015, this stylish café has the perfect recipe for any weekend brunch occasion. You can choose from grilled cheese, tarts and salads, all day brunch and many other, locally sourced goodies. Of course, another clue of what is on offer here is in their name. The bakery guarantees that all bread served will be fresh and delicious. Team these meals with a hot beverage, juice or soda and it is easy to see why Forge Bakehouse has been highly recommended.
Somewhere Else Coffee House & Bakery Address: 965 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8TN Website: somewhereelsecoffee. bigcartel.com/ Contact number: 07891 737126 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 10:30am – 3pm Social media: Facebook - @ somewhereelsecoffee Twitter - @somewhereelsec About: This quaint coffee shop opened three years ago by mother, Caroline, and
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daughter, Katie. Caroline Scott said: “It’s lovely, we know each other’s strengths and weaknesses.” This family run business has a lot to offer. Caroline said: “Our most popular food on the menu is the ‘stuff on toast’. You can choose from cheesy beans, roasted tomatoes and many more. Other menu favourites include sandwiches, the all-day breakfast and porridge. And it gets better as handmade cakes and biscuits are available for any brunching must! Once the eating is over, there is also a little gift section to have a browse in. Featuring jewellery, mugs and tea towels, there’s some lovely things to feast your eyes on. They also sell a lot of items that people bring it, such as jams and preservatives and tea and coffee. Caroline said: “Our busiest time has to be Friday, Saturday and Sunday.” She also said there’s an even mix of customers, including businessmen and women, young families and retired people who love the oldfashioned sewing machines which have been turned into furniture. Cawa Coffee, Broomhill Address: Cawa Coffee, 5
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Crookes Road, Broomhill, Sheffield, S10 5BA Website: cawa.coffee Contact number: 0114 268 5774 Opening hours: Saturday: 7am – 6pm Sunday: 8am – 4pm Social media: Facebook – @CawaCoffee Twitter – @CawaCoffee Instagram – cawacoffee About: As their website says, this café is “your place to socialise, relax, and experience”, especially when it comes to brunch. The menu, freshly baked bread, sandwiches, paninis, soups and patisseries, all lovingly made to ensure your weekend is that extra bit special. Couch, Campo Lane Address: 29–31 Campo Lane Sheffield S1 2EG Website: couchstuff.co.uk/campo-lane Contact number: 0114 275 6361 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 9pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm Social media: Facebook: @couchcoffee About: Couch on Campo Lane also came highly recommended. The venue
says; “Our priority is ultimately to continue to provide some of the most innovative and creative dishes the Steel City has to offer.” Try the homemade flatbreads, a variety of sandwiches or Couch burgers – there is plenty to enjoy on this lunch time menu. Reserved Cafe Bistro Address: Uppergate Road, Stannington Park, Sheffield S6 6BX Contact number: 07745 173475 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm Social media: Facebook: @ ReservedCafeBistro About: Sheffield manager Carrie McGrail opened Reserved Café Bistro in 2016. The café is uniquely made from three shipping containers, thanks to her husband Martin’s business, and retains the heat to ensure a cosy brunch during this cold weather. Carrie said: “there all sorts here” and she’s not wrong. Full English breakfast, poached eggs and vegan options are all available. Carrie said: “Our bestselling is the breakfast bagels.” On the weekends
there is the special offer for the kids. Purchase a full adult breakfast and receive a free child’s breakfast. And family is the backdrop of this café as Carrie’s mum lovingly makes the granola, served with fresh fruit and yoghurt. Reserved café bistro aims to keep things fresh with the use of ingredients and the change of their menu every three months. In 2018 they are also working closer with Sheffield Council on their campaign ‘sugar free Sheffield’. Although they do sell goodies such as their homemade cakes, they try to use different ingredients to cut down on the sugar intake. This includes their weekend frappes, a healthier but still delicious version of the ‘freak shake’. They are also working with MasterChef quarter-finalist, Chris Hale, once a month to bring you some of the finest food. They serve a range of customers too, from young mums, to OAPs, and of course families. Situated perfectly with bi-folding doors looking onto Stannington Park, it is no wonder Reserved Café Bistro comes highly recommended. The Schoolrooms Address: The Schoolrooms,
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Mill Lee Road, Low Bradfield, Sheffield, S6 6LB Website: theschoolrooms. co.uk Contact number: 0114 285 1920 Opening hours: Saturday: 10am – 4pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm Social media: Facebook: @schoolrooms About: The schoolrooms café adds some character to your brunch. The café serves wholesome, quality food from locally sources, fresh seasonal and natural ingredients. The menu features a choice of sandwiches, burgers, pie of the day, vegetable lasagne and soup of the day to give you some warmth to the weekend in this cold weather. Harland Café Address: 68 John Street, Sheffield S2 4QU Website: harlandcafe.co.uk Contact number:
0114 273 8553 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 10am – 2pm Social Media: Facebook: @HarlandCafé Twitter: @harlandcafe About: Located on John Street, the Harland Café features delicious homemade cakes and scrumptious sandwiches, paninis, and Harland favourites, such as the homemade quiche. It is also suitable for all the family with the feature of a kids’ menu to ensure they can join in on a spot of brunch. Cafe Des Amis Address: 97-99 Chesterfield Road, Sheffield S8 0RN Contact number: 0114 258 0142 Opening hours: Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: 10am – 5pm Social media:
Facebook: @DesAmisCafe About: Café Des Amis has brought Turkish cuisine and warm decorations to Sheffield. Suitable for any brunch, you will be stuck for choice at the wide range of options available, including their special Safaihs to a terrific traditional English or Turkish breakfast. Millhouses Park Café Address: Abbeydale Road South, Sheffield S7 2QQ Website: millhousesparkcafe. co.uk Contact number: 0114 262 0313 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm Social Media: Facebook: @ MillhousesParkCafé About: This café is one for all the family. There is a variety of brunchtime choice available, from all day breakfast –
traditional or vegetarian – breakfast specials including avocado, poached egg and roasted tomatoes on granary bread and jacket potatoes. There is also a children’s menu to ensure they are also well fed. Brocco on the Park Address: 92 Brocco Bank, Sheffield S11 8RS Website: brocco.co.uk/kitchen Contact number: 0114 266 1233 Opening hours: Saturday: 8:30am – 10pm Sunday: 8:30am – 6pm Social Media: Facebook: @broccosheffield Twitter: @broccosheffield About: Overlooking Endcliffe Park, this hotel has a great breakfast and lunch menu which has come highly recommended. The restaurant is stylish inside and out, with food being incredibly presented. Choose from a
big breakfast, ‘the Hunter’ – including locally sourced sausages – and ‘the Gardner’ – suitable for vegetarians. There are also many lighter options including smoked salmon and spinach baked eggs on granary toast, porridge, and eggs benedict. For those with a sweeter tooth, then the waffles with maple syrup will be right up your street. Memory Lane Tearoom, Woodhouse Address: 1 Market Street, Woodhouse Village, Sheffield S13 7PD Website: memorylanetearooms.co.uk Contact number: 0114 269 7188 Opening hours: Saturday: 9:30am - 4pm Sunday: 9:30am - 2pm Social media: Facebook: @memorylane tearoomswoodhouse About: The Memory Lane Tearoom is possibly the perfect place to experience the sweet delights of afternoon tea. You’ll get a choice of ‘proper posh sandwiches,’ a delicious home-made scone, a wedge of cake and of course, a choice of tea or coffee. The Depot Bakery/Eatery Address: 92 Burton Road, Sheffield, S3 8DA Website: thedepotbakery. co.uk Contact number:
0114 275 7779 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 4pm Sunday: 9am – 4pm Social media: Facebook: @TheDepotBakery Twitter: @TheDepotBakery Instagram: thedepotbakery About: The Depot bakery and eatery has a lot to offer. You’ll be treated to homemade breads, pastries, and patisserie all showcased in their stylish café. Options include pie of the day, superb sausage rolls, sarnies and salads. And make sure you check their specials board to find some extra goodies. Grind Address: Cornwall Works 3 Green Lane, Kelham Island Sheffield S3 8SJ Website: grindcafe.co.uk Contact number: 0114 272 3929 Opening Hours: Saturday: 8.30am – 5pm Sunday: 9am – 5pm Social media: Facebook: @ TheGrindCafeKelhamIsland Twitter: @THEGRIND_CAFE About: This independently owned café opened in 2010 to great success, grabbing the Eat Sheffield 2013 award for Café Culture. Grind use only the freshest of ingredients and locally roasted coffee beans, but perhaps the most exciting thing are their giant sausage rolls!
Rude Shipyard Address: 89 Abbeydale Road, Sheffield S7 1FE Website: therudeshipyard. com Contact number: 0114 258 9653 Opening Hours: Saturday: 10am - 4pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm Social Media: Facebook: @therudeshipyard Twitter: @TheRudeShipyard Instagram: therudeshipyard About: Do you love to spend your weekend with your head tucked into a book? Do you love food sourced from award winning farmers and locally roasted coffee? If so, then this bookshop-café combo should be your first stop this weekend. Hidden Gem Café Address: Off Folkwood Grove Rear of Bents Green School Ringinglow Road, Sheffield S11 7TB Website: hiddengemcafe.co.uk Contact number: 0114 262 0094 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am - 4pm (Food until 3pm) Sunday: Closed Social media: Facebook: @hiddengemcafe About: The Hidden Gem Café prides itself on its menu created with passion by their head chef Scott, who only uses the finest seasonal ingredients freshly prepared on site every day. Choose from luxurious
sandwiches, such as slowcooked ham hock and seared tuna, served on fresh, handmade bread. Hathersage Social Club Address: Station Road Hathersage, Hope Valley S32 1DD Website: hathersagesocialclub.com Contact number: 01433 650203 or 07809 332100 Openinghours: Saturday: 10am – 4pm Sunday: 10am – 4pm Social Media: Facebook: facebook.com/ Hathersage-Social-Club About: This Kitchen and Bar in the heart of Hathersage is open to all for their brunching needs. It serves a wide range of food, from the wonderful simplicity of their Gourmet Porridge with caramelised banana, to a creamy, spiced Kashmiri take on Kedgeree. Even better, after having a bite, why not relax in their mini cinema? Pom, Sharrowvale Address: 388 Sharrow Vale Rd Sheffield S11 8ZP Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: Closed Social media: facebook.com/Pom-Kitchen About: A newcomer to Sharrowvale bringing a twist to the road by specialising in only the most natural food.
This beautiful Vegetarian/ Vegan café serves a colourful range of food, from fruity iced teas, rainbow salads and even Froconuts; dairy-free frozen yoghurt topped high in a coconut shell for a healthy, tropical treat. Riley’s Vintage Emporium Address: Farrar Road, Sheffield, Antiques Quarter S7 1BU Contact number: 07854 565146 Opening hours: Saturday: 10am – 5pm Sunday: 11am – 5pm Social media: Facebook: @RileysandCo About: Kay Riley, and her husband Matt, opened this Antique Shop-café hybrid last year after buying and renovating an old Pattern Makers Factory down Farrar Road. The couple had their eyes on the area for a long time, and said: “We knew the antique quarter. It’s a destination for people interested in this kind of Shopping experience.” One year on, Riley’s has something for the whole family, attracting “everybody from students to the retired.” Kay even added that: “Kids like to come in and have a little play. We’ve got a private garden – it’s got a sand pit and a rocking horse they can ride. Kids play with vintage telephones they have never
seen before. For shopping, Riley’s is home to more than 30 different concession stands, selling everything from retro vinyls to vintage clothing. Once you’ve emptied your wallet, you can go for a delicious hand-made burger in the Artisan Café, cooked to perfection by Matt, who has a food-managers degree. Alternatively, on a Sunday you can grab one of their famous Sunday lunches with homemade Yorkshire puddings, that are almost always a sell-out. Jonty’s Sharrowvale Address: 63 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZG Website: madebyjonty.co.uk Contact number: 07803 082488 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am – 5pm Sunday: 9am – 3pm Social media: Facebook: @madebyjonty Twitter: @Madebyjonty About: Born and bred in Sheffield, Jonty opened this well-loved café back in 2010 after mastering his cooking talents across various establishments in the UK. Jonty is a great place to visit first thing in the morning, with breakfast burritos and ‘The Fully Jonty’, whilst in the afternoon, there are sweet treats galore to satisfy your weekend cravings.
Seven Hills Bakery Address: 232 Sharrow Vale Road, Sheffield S11 8ZP Website: sevenhillsbakery. co.uk Contact number: 0114 267 0133 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am - 5pm Sunday: Closed Social media: Twitter: @7hillsbakery Instagram: 7hillsbakery About: The name gives it away. The team behind this well-loved bakery are experts in long-fermented artisan breads made using only the freshest produce from Sheffield Wholesale Market. 7 Hills rotate a selection of flavoured and enriched doughs all week long to keep you coming back every day. Be sure to visit on a weekend for one of their hand-made sourdough pizzas. Bocelli 1831 Address: 359-361 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PF Website: bocelli1831.co.uk Contact number: 0114 266 3311 Opening hours: Saturday: 9am till 11pm Sunday: 9am till 11pm Social media: Facebook: @bocelli1831bar Twitter: @Bocelli1831 Instagram: bocelli_1831 About: You’d be forgiven for rolling your eyes at the thought of yet another
Ecclesall Road Italian, but newcomer Bocelli is anything but. Inspired by Alberto and Andrea’s Bocelli’s sparkling wine collection, this restaurant specialises in weird and wonderful flavour combinations authentic to Tuscany. At weekends, Bocelli bring the ocean to Sheffield with a wet seafood bar serving oysters, prawns, lobsters and dressed crabs for a decadent brunch. Afterwards, you should definitely try one of their many cocktails, especially the blowtorch finished Lemon Meringue. Veeno Address: 509 Ecclesall Road, Sheffield S11 8PR Website: theveenocompany. com Contact number: 0800 085 5987 Opening hours: Saturday: 12pm – 12am Sunday: 12pm – 10pm Social media: Facebook: @veeno.uk Twitter: @veeno_uk About: Veeno sets itself apart from the rest of the long Ecclesall Road by sourcing each and every one of their many high-quality wines and ingredients directly from Italy itself. They even offer wine tasting experiences, for you to spend the weekend embracing your inner connoisseur.
Let’s face it, we all need to get away for a while from the stresses and pressures of working life. unLTD’s Lucy Bloor and Isobel Buffin have been on their travels to find some of the best places to visit in Europe and the United Kingdom 74
ROME This year I was lucky enough to go to Rome, and there really is no place quite like it! Steeped in history, this incredible city will leave you smiling from ear to ear at just how much there is to see and explore. Everywhere in Rome is just picture perfect. Before I get into the sights I recommend, I’ll tell you how we got there. My boyfriend and I booked our holiday through the Travel Republic which I recommend. The site also made it really clear the different options that were available, including hotels and flights, and the amount that it would cost. We flew from East Midlands Airport and there was no stress as everything was sorted by them. We were picked up at Rome Ciampino Aiport and dropped at our hotel, receiving the same treatment when we were heading back to the UK. While in Rome we stayed at the Domus Sessoriana Hotel which I would also highly recommend. The hotel itself was photogenic as it
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is housed in a 10th century monastery – the Basilica of Santa Croce. Also helped by the fact that the view outside of our bedroom window was of a Roman Wall. The staff there are very friendly and speak great English. The hotel is located on the right side of the city, a 10-minute walk from the San Giovanni Metro stop, helping to bring the sights
closer to you – including an amazing stop that brings you up right on the doorstep of the Colosseum. The Colosseum then, there really are no words to describe just how staggering this historic sight is. I have seen a few other famous landmarks including the Sydney Opera House and closer to home, Stonehenge,
but when you see them, you can’t help but feel a tinge of disappointment that they are smaller than they looked on pictures. But the same doesn’t apply to the Colosseum. As soon as I saw it my eyes lit up. The amphitheatre, famous for the gladiatorial battles that took place here, is much grander than I could ever have imagined – it is mind-blowing to think that it was built in 70-80 AD! What also amazes me about the Colosseum is that, located opposite, is The Forum and Palatine Hill. There really is so much to see in Rome and each sight is amazing too. My top tip for these sights is, if you have not already prebooked your tickets, to queue at Palatine Hill and get the ticket that allows you access into this sight, along with The Forum and The Colosseum for a bargain price and a smaller queue! The Forum and Palatine Hill is also well worth a walk around, especially Palatine Hill which is where Augustus
Imperial palaces were built. On one side of the Hill there are brilliant views down to Circus Maximus from Augustus’ balcony, which really allows your imagination to run wild with the thought of the chariot racing that took place there. On the other side of the hill is a balcony area looking down onto the Forum, and with views of the Colosseum, this spot provides a perfect photo opportunity. Taking a short walk from the Colosseum brings you to the Altare della Patria. The biggest monument in Rome, it was built in honour of Victor Emmanuel, the first king of a unified Italy. This spectacular sight is one to be seen, and is located near to the shops and restaurants, perfect for a bite to eat and some window shopping. Continuing up from the Altare della Partria is another must-see, the Trevi Fountain. Finished in 1762, it really is stunning and hard to miss, and not just sheer volume of people surrounding it! Once you’ve got your bearings and managed to get through the busy crowds and near to the front, it is definitely one to get your cameras out for. I could have happily stayed staring in awe at the fountain
all day – coupled with the entertainment value of (but little bit of sympathy for) the security who are continually having to blow their whistles at the crowds for not abiding by the rules. It gets better too. Located around the corner is the Antica Gelateria Trevi, a gelato ice cream shop which, I’m not ashamed to say, we enjoyed on all three days that we were in Rome – it really is that good! Back to the sights, and there are just so many of them. Another walk up from the Trevi Fountain is the Spanish Steps. The striking stairs climb a steep stope between the Piazza di Spagna at the base and Piazza Trinità dei Monti, which is dominated by the Trinità dei Monti church at the top. The view, once at the top is also worth the climb as you get to relax and admire Rome. Heading back to the centre of the city, along the cobbles, the street suddenly opens, and you are greeted with the Pantheon. Built between 113125 AD, it is one of the bestpreserved of all the Ancient Roman buildings and really is stunning from the outside. Although there isn’t too much inside to see, with the interior that of a more modern feel, it
is well worth a look, especially as it is free. The Pantheon Dome is also a great feat of architecture and still the world’s largest unreinforced concrete dome. If the hustle and bustle of the city is too much, then there is the Villa Borghese. This vast area of park and gardens has its own sights to see including the picturesque Temple of Asclepius which was built in 1786 and is surrounded by a scenic lake, providing a great location to relax and reflect on all that you have seen. There are also museums, coffee shops and fountains to keep you entertained. Finally, there is the Vatican. Although we didn’t go and see it, it is high on many people’s ‘to-do list’. Inside the Sistine Chapel is the famous Michelangelo’s ‘The Last Judgement’ and ‘The Creation of Adam’ paintings. Apparently once inside, it is ‘choc-a-block’ with people getting a glimpse at the sights but despite the overcrowding, it is worth it. Top tip time: It is important to remember that the Sistine Chapel, along with the Pantheon, is part of the Catholic Church and so shoulders and knees are to be covered. There are also many
churches dotted around with the same rules applying, so it is important to remember this when packing. My favourite thing, food, is also incredible here. I have not been able to look at pizzas the same way after indulging in ‘proper’ Italian pizzas. Near our hotel, we also had an amazing evening meal at De Santis, located on Via di S. Croce in Gerusalemme. The staff were really friendly, spoke good English and the food was so tasty with us both having another Italian classic – Spaghetti Carbonara teamed with a glass of red wine. I have to admit, I have never been a red wine drinker, but I thought I’d follow the saying: ‘when in Rome, do as the Romans do’ and it was a great choice. I thoroughly enjoyed red wine for the first time in my life and I have to say, my biggest regret is only having hand luggage as the one Euro red from the supermarket was also a highlight. So, there it is, my whistle stop recommendations for Rome. It must be said, there really is no place like it, a truly unique and astonishing city that made me fall in love with Italy and left me dreaming about the next chance I get to go.
FILEY Fancying a weekend break away? Then enjoy some fresh sea air on the east coast of Yorkshire in the small sea-side town of Filey. Whether its taking a stroll along the beach, ambling through the town centre or walking along Filey Brigg trying to spot the seals, there is something for all the family to do. Back in the day, Filey used to be a small fishing village. It has since turned into a popular tourist resort boasting a large beach, which for the dog lovers out there has specific areas where our canine friends can play, plus numerous costal footpaths connecting to the popular neighbouring towns of Scarborough and Bridlington. Catering to the tourism demand, Filey in recent years has seen new developments being built around the town, one popular resort being ‘The
Bay Filey’. Set amongst peaceful parkland, woodland and meadows and fronting miles of beautiful beach, The Bay is a prestigious, award winning development of holiday cottages, apartments and New England style Beach Houses. Inside the complex of ‘The Bay’ there’s plenty to keep you busy from a swimming pool with a sauna and steam room
to a beauty room and a tennis court. There is also a pub in the complex - the ‘John Paul Jones Public House’ which is open seven days a week, serving the best ales and top-quality food. Also on site is an Italian called ‘Lorenzos’, which you can either eat in, or if you fancy staying in at your holiday home, you can get it to take-away. Other resorts along the cost of Filey
include Primrose Valley, Orchard Farm, Blue Dolphin Holiday Park, White Lodge and the Hope Cottages. As well as the glorious fivemile stretch of beach that Filey has to offer, it boasts a rocky peninsula called ‘Filey Brigg’ which allows you to walk to the very tip of the coastline to see the waves crashing over the edge, making it a perfect photo opportunity – Instagram at the ready! (And #nofilterrequired). If you’re lucky enough you might see some seals who occasionally pop their heads above the water, and even come up onto the shore. Another key attraction which is situated between Filey and Bridlington is ‘Flamborough Head’. The chalk headland, with sheer white cliffs is famous for the attraction of migrant birds, especially in the autumn. Flamborough Head
has its own bird observatory so you can see the birds up close and personal, you may even see some Atlantic puffins on the cliffs. Along the beach there are numerous cafes where you could get your morning coffee and go for a stroll along the coast, enjoy a traditional 99 ice cream or even grab fish and chips to take-a-way and watch the tide come in. Of course, not forgetting the unmissable addictive arcades. So, start saving up all your pennies and book your weekend away at Filey. The Bay www.thebayfiley.com Contact: 01723 518 130 firstname.lastname@example.org Primrose Valley â€“ Haven holiday hoseasons.co.uk/holiday-parks/
primrose-valley-prim Contact: 01723 513771 Blue Dolphin Holiday Park â€“ Haven holiday haven.com/parks/yorkshire/ blue-dolphin Contact: 01723 515 155 Orchard Farm holiday village orchardfarmholidayvillage. co.uk Contact: 01723 891582 info@ orchardfarmholidayvillage. co.uk The White Lodge whitelodgehotelfiley.co.uk Contact: 01723 514771 info@whitelodgehotelfiley. co.uk Hope Cottages thebeachfiley.co.uk Contact: 01262 603098 Enquiries@thebeachfiley.co.uk
APPOINTMENTS Exciting expansion for local property company Commercial Property Partners LLP (CPP) has expanded its Property and Asset Management Division with three new team members. Julie Mills, Sarah Staite and Julie Statham are joining the team, bringing nearly 40 years of experience in the property management
industry to the table. The company, whose city office is based on Leopold Street, has recently seen a surge in new instructions, including a new national property and asset management contract. CPP Partner and head of property and asset management, Matthew
Fitzgerald, said: “CPP is now in a position to offer a national full lifecycle service when it comes to sourcing properties that match a company’s individual logistical and geographic needs, through to managing their ongoing property, maintenance and facilities requirements.”
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Sheffield’s Copthorne Hotel has strengthened its senior team with the appointment of a new general manager. Matt Sabzevari has taken on the role at the four-star city centre hotel on Bramall Lane, which is part of the Millennium and Copthorne Group, and will now oversee all its operations. He said: “Food, beverage and hospitality has always been a part of my life, because my father owned a number of restaurants in and around Sheffield whilst I was growing up. “It felt like a natural career progression for me to move in to the hotel sector. I’m excited to have begun the challenge of managing the hotel, which is part of a global brand and has an ideal location. “It will be fantastic to build on the success the team has already achieved and maximise the opportunities to grow the business further.”
Ovo Spaces welcomes new faces Award-winning Sheffield commercial interior design and fit-out specialist Ovo Spaces has appointed two new faces to its expanding team. Monika Baruciak joins the company at its new Victoria Quays headquarters as an interior designer. She is joined by Louise Greveson, the company’s new sales and marketing assistant. A graduate of Sheffield Hallam University, where she studied Hospitality and Business Management, Louise spent a year working in London in a variety of posts before returning to South Yorkshire.
In brief • Two local law firms have strengthened their teams. Ironmonger Curtis has made four new appointments – paralegals Christine Tillery, Matthew Lilley, Georgia Sanderson and practice manager Judith McCoy. While Banner Jones welcome Kelly Parks and Cathryn Young to their family law team. • Tony Dent has joined B&B Vehicle Contracts as a director after spending 19 years with Mercedes-Benz, the last nine of which he was head of Mercedes-Benz Fleet for JCT600.
Creative agency continue to expand with new arrivals GDA is continuing its successful programme of expansion with two new appointments to its client services division. Jonathan Garnett joins the Sheffield-based creative and digital agency as account manager and is joined by Sophie Corden as account executive. “Both Jonathan and Sophie are excellent additions to the team,” said GDA managing director Alistair Farrant. “They bring great experience with them from agencies such as BJL and the Refinery in Manchester, so we’re delighted to have them on board. “The client base is expanding all the time and I’m sure they will help us to continue with our growth plans in 2018.” GDA’s current client list includes Taylor Wimpey, Kingspan, Astonish Cleaners and the British Orthodontic Society.
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The Government launched its Industrial Strategy late last year, with transport a key element including the creation of a new £1.7 billion fund for intra-city transport; for ‘projects that drive productivity by improving connections within city regions’. And the ‘future of mobility’ was identified as one of the strategy’s four ‘Grand Challenges’– with the ambition for the UK to ‘become a world leader in the way people, goods and services move’. Here we take a look at transport in Sheffield city region and break down the facts and stats. More than
city centre roads now have a 20mph speed limit, Sheffield City Council has confirmed
cycling and walking route – which Sheffield City Council expects to be the city’s best yet – has been given the green light
Sheffield to benefit from
£10M 97% share to improve highway roads
Supertram timetable in Sheffield is set to change for the first time in
737 SERVICE has been hailed a ‘landmark step’ by business leaders
in government funding is set to be pumped into three different transport schemes in Sheffield city region
£300M 60,000 to be spent on connections between the HS2 rail route and cities not directly on the route in Yorkshire
40 DESTINATIONS worldwide to travel to from Doncaster-Sheffield Airport as new destinations added including Naples, Italy, Hurghada City, Egypt, and Antalya, Turkey
of Supertram customers said they were very or fairly satisfied with the service overall
Stagecoach Yorkshire has launched the first direct bus route from Sheffield to Doncaster-Sheffield Airport – the new
More than 12 million journeys made by Supertram each year
business park to open at Doncaster-Sheffield Airport A new rail junction near the village of Clayton, could bring Leeds-Sheffield train journey time down by
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Happy New Year and welcome to issue 2 of unLTD Business magazine. In the music industry they say that the second album is always the hardest...
Published on Dec 29, 2017
Happy New Year and welcome to issue 2 of unLTD Business magazine. In the music industry they say that the second album is always the hardest...