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6: Sheffield Business Awards 2022 All the details on the launch of this year’s Business Awards, including three new categories and how to apply.

Holly Jenkins tells us why family and community are at the heart of their company ethos.

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8-13: News A round-up of the latest news from our region including updates from Sheffield City Council, CC33 and Taylor Emmet. 15-17: Appointments New commercial assistant for Travelmaster, plus the latest career moves around the region. 44: Level up with the best in business podcasts A look at some of the most useful and effective podcasts for your professional development. 45: Recognising and leveraging learning styles Andy Hanselman tells us about the different ways of learning and how you can make your learning style work for you.

62: Have lunch with… unLTD’s Brogan Maguire sits down for lunch with Anna Bollinger from Appt to chat about women in tech, charity and work-life balance.

EVERYTHING ELSE: 25: The Source 29: Legal Matters 31: Equality in STEM 85: Launchpad 78: High Street Heroes 89: Charity

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FOR DIGITAL SCENE This month we invited Mel Kanarek of Sheffield Digital to be our guest editor - here are her thoughts: Sheffield’s digital technology industry is not as new as you might think - the city has been home to leading technology companies for decades. But the sector really started to grow about 10 years ago and has exploded over the past five. While digital companies may look ‘small’ – only a few tech companies in the city have more than 100 employees – they are big in their expertise and innovation, and in their international impact. Sheffield’s digital businesses contribute well over £1bn annually to the local economy. Digital businesses born and raised in Sheffield are expanding into other cities and countries, are selling their products and services around the world, are raising significant levels of funding and are bringing a new dimension to the phrase ‘Made in Sheffield’. In addition to established strengths in creative tech, advanced manufacturing and industrial tech, and educational tech, we are seeing rapid development in health and wellbeing tech, along with expanding capabilities in cyber-security and green tech. When I was asked to guest edit a feature about Sheffield’s digital sector for this magazine, I was pleased and flattered - and then I was worried. How to get across the scope, depth, entrepreneurialism and sheer talent of our city’s digital businesses? Really, I’d need the whole magazine. But what the team has done is create some snapshots to give at least a taste of the innovative work being done. If you’d like to read more stories about digital businesses in Sheffield, please take a look at the Sheffield Digital website.

UNLTDBUSINESS EDITORIAL News & features editor Brogan Maguire Brogan@hrmedia.org.uk Editorial editorial@unltdbusiness.com General hello@unltdbusiness.com 0114 252 7760 ADVERTISING Dan Laver dan@unltdbusiness.com 07867 313995 Phil Turner phil@unltdbusiness.com 07979 498034 General advertising@unltdbusiness.com FINANCE Lis Ellis accounts@exposedmagazine.co.uk DESIGN Marc Barker CONTRIBUTORS Andrew Rowley Chris Coates Jackie Cook Jo Davison Matt Holmes Alice Hughes Ryan Kennedy Georgina Kerr Dan Laver

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The Sheffield Business Awards is returning for its 20th year. The awards, which have been held annually in the city since 2001, will celebrate the best of Sheffield business across 15 award categories. Hosts are aiming to celebrate Sheffield’s inclusivity and attract a more diverse range of entrants this year, with a more easily accessible website and brandnew award categories – the Cultural Vibrancy Award and the High Street Hero award. The awards will be presented at Peddler Market on December 8, hosted by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and unLTD business magazine. Tanya Holt, partner at CMS, said: “We’re so excited to be the headline sponsor for this year’s Sheffield Business Awards. It’s a prestigious event which celebrates the very best of business in our city, highlighting Sheffield as a

place to celebrate and invest.” Phil Turner, publisher of unLTD, said: “Sheffield Business Awards encompass everything that’s great about our city – from small businesses to large enterprises, with focuses on environmental impact, high street revival and use of technology. “It’s an exciting time for Sheffield, with developments happening all over the city, so it’s important we recognise and commend the businesses leading the way for innovation.” Louisa Harrison-Walker, joint executive director at Sheffield Chamber of Commerce, said: “Sheffield is not short of success stories. Fantastic businesses - delivering worldclass, innovative, cutting-edge work. But what we don’t do enough of, is shout about it. The Sheffield Businesses Awards is the opportunity for us to do this. For us to

show pride and unashamedly celebrate that Sheffield is home to some of the best businesses in the UK. “Whether big or small, I encourage all to apply when applications open on September. 6. Tell us, and our business community, what you have been doing, and what we as a city should celebrate.” This year, event

organisers have invested in a new website and online application portal, so it could not be easier to apply. Applications are open from September 6 to October 10, with shortlistings announced November 3. For more information, visit www. sheffieldbusinessawards. org.uk. B R O U G H T TO YO U B Y

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Yorkshire accent UK’s best for customer service, survey reveals According to new research, the Yorkshire accent is the best UK accent for customer service. A survey by Moneypenny of 1,000 UK office workers revealed that the accent is the most encouraging. While results revealed that all regions had a bias towards their own accent, the Yorkshire accent proved consistently popular and was described as one of the UK’s most-loved accents. Mark Lazenby, operations director from Sheffield contact centre CC33, said: “When we speak to a person for the first time on the phone, accents can impact how we’re perceived. You can’t see how the person looks or their facial expressions, so accents help us create a picture of that person in our minds.” Most of CC33’s team working at the Ecclesall Road office are local people from Sheffield and the wider Yorkshire region. The company employs over 400 people and offers customer acquisition, management and retention services. Results of the Moneypenny survey showed that 17 per cent of respondents voted Yorkshire as the best accent for customer service, beating off competition from the Geordie and Southern Irish accents.

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YEAR-LONG £5M PROJECT WILL CREATE A STUNNING TEA HOUSE AND 22 JOBS AT WENTWORTH WOODHOUSE The transformation of Grade II* building Wentworth Woodhouse’s historic Camellia House from roofless shell to destination tea house begins this month. Restoring it and giving it a new life will cost £5m. Construction specialists William Birch & Sons Ltd will complete the task after winning an exacting tendering process. The York-based company was selected for its expertise in the heritage sector, having delivered the award-winning restoration of Hylton Castle, a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and most recently, the restoration of the Old Deanery and Exchequergate Arch at Lincoln Cathedral. The building’s refurbishment will include repairing or renewing roof timbers, stonework, windows and doors, walls and ceilings. Up to 22 local hospitality jobs will be created when the tea house opens next summer. A tea menu will embrace tea-drinking ceremonies and cultures

from across the globe and the Camellia House will also serve as an evening events space. Its restoration and

repurposing are thanks to several grants, including £4m from The National Lottery Heritage Fund, £250,000 from Historic England and £364,622 from The Hamish Ogston Foundation via Historic England. WWPT’s funds and grant applications will contribute £136,536 – the Garfield Weston Foundation has donated £118,257, the Ian Addison Charitable Trust £7,500, in-kind donations total £19,270 and volunteer time £33,400.

Council to trial food waste recycling collections At the beginning of this month, Sheffield City Council and Veolia began the city’s firstever food waste recycling trial with 8,200 households being urged to recycle food waste separately from the rest of their rubbish. Parts of Meersbrook, Woodseats, Burncross, Ecclesfield, Arbourthorne and Darnall have been selected to take part in the trial. All households in the trial

areas will receive a food waste bin for outside, half the size of their blue paper bin, plus a fivelitre kitchen caddy for inside and a roll of 52 biodegradable liner bags. The food that we eat and throw away impacts the amount of carbon dioxide we omit into the atmosphere and so, the new collection will contribute to the council’s objective of becoming a zero–carbon city by the start of the next decade.

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SHEFFIELD DELIGHTED TO BE SHORTLISTED FOR EUROVISION HOST CITY Sheffield is one of seven cities shortlisted out of 20 who expressed interest as host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Eurovision organisers confirmed that the UK would host on behalf of Ukraine last month and Sheffield, in partnership with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority submitted a phase one bid to be host. Sheffield has been shortlisted to apply for the next stage along with Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and Newcastle. Cllr Martin Smith, Economic Development and Skills Policy Committee chair said: “We’re working with our partners across the region on the next stage of the bidding process. It’s an exciting step closer

Sheffield City Council targets developers for two new Heart of the City sites

in our collaboration on this, and we plan to work with our Ukrainian communities and partners, bringing cultures together in solidarity. "We know that Sheffield can deliver international

events at the highest level. With support from Barnsley, Doncaster and Rotherham we can bring communities and cultures together and really show Europe what we have in South Yorkshire.”

Rail Minister Wendy Morton MP welcomed to Doncaster ahead of GBR HQ vote deadline Partners from across Doncaster and South Yorkshire, including the Mayors of Doncaster and South Yorkshire and local MPs, welcomed Rail Minister Wendy Morton MP to the city as part of the national competition to be the home of Great British Railways. The Minister visited Doncaster’s rail cluster – including major employers, the Danum Gallery, the Library and Museum and National College of Advanced Transport & Infrastructure and heard from business leaders and students on the future for the railways in South Yorkshire. Mayor of Doncaster, Ros

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Jones, said: “Doncaster’s heritage with rail dates back to 1853 and world-famous locomotives, hundreds of them in-fact, were born here. Today that tradition continues with over 50 rail companies basing

Doncaster as their home, employing over 8,000 people. By becoming the HQ for Great British Railways, we propel our workforce, our economy, our skill-sector and we make our local ancestors proud.”

Sheffield City Council has gone to market with two exciting new development plots within its transformational £470m Heart of the City masterplan. The Council and its appointed marketing agent, CBRE, are seeking buyers for two development sites located on the former car park between Rockingham Street, Wellington Street and Carver Street. The two new plots are located at opposite corners of the evolving Pound’s Park, having been originally outlined during the Council’s public consultation for this landmark public space. The sites are expected to provide active ground floor uses such as cafes and restaurants onto this highquality public realm with office, hotel and residential uses on the upper floors considered appropriate. Whilst both sites could be developed by a single purchaser, the Council will consider separate or combined offers for the sites. The Council is keen for any proposed developments to add to the dynamism of the area and is requesting active ground floor frontages along Rockingham Street and Wellington Street, and in particular, the buildings would need to connect into and enhance the Pound’s Park experience.

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SYNETIQ TEAM TACKLE TOUGH MUDDER TO RAISE OVER £3,300 FOR CHARITY Double nomination for Taylor Emmet in 2022 Yorkshire Legal Awards Taylor Emmet has received major industry recognition after being shortlisted for two categories in the Yorkshire Legal Awards (YLAs). The firm’s Private Client department, and the Residential Property department have both been awarded a YLA shortlisting, acknowledging the success of these teams over the last year. The shortlisting showcases Taylor Emmet’s Private Client department, noting its wealth of experience from ultra-highnet-worth family wealth plans to agricultural estates and complex intestacy matters. The shortlisting also showcases Taylor Emmet’s Conveyancing department, which has been shown to significantly minimise delays, with some clients completing the initial instructions process within 45 minutes of receiving a quote, leading to contracts being submitted in sale transactions in 24-48 hours. By focusing on the clients’ best interests, and onboarding automation technology, Taylor Emmet has shaved four to six weeks off transaction times. This allows the team more time to contact clients directly, helping to steer them through sometimes challenging processes and building strong relationships. The last 12 months have seen consolidation of previous record high transaction figures, with just short of 7,000 transactions taking place per year.

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The challenge proved to be “shocking”, cold and muddy for the daring team of SYNETIQ colleagues supporting Sue Ryder. A group of SYNETIQ colleagues took on the infamous obstacle course at the end of July. The team, made up of 35 colleagues tackled 20 obstacles over the 10k or 15k courses. Since completing the course in 2021 in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support, SYNETIQ colleagues were eager to get involved again, this time

raising money for Sue Ryder. The charity supports those affected by life-changing illnesses through palliative and neurological care. With donations from colleagues, friends and family, the group raised more than £3,300. The team conquered fast-paced, team-oriented challenges including the ‘Kiss of Mud’, ‘Arctic Enema’ and ‘Electroshock Therapy’. Natalie Buckley, head of hr at SYNETIQ said: “The Tough Mudder course was challenging but we all had

an amazing day and it was all worth it to raise money for such a beneficial cause. Almost every family will have someone who is in need of carers at some point and anything we can do to support them is so helpful.” Lou Addison, corporate partnerships manager, and Sue Ryder said: “We are so grateful to the team at SYNETIQ. The money raised will go towards funding our expert and compassionate bereavement, palliative and neurological support services.”

Hydra Creative scoop international creative award Sheffield-based Hydra Creative has scooped an international award for an innovative project with the UK’s most successful basketball team - volunteer-led Sheffield Hatters. The website design represents the powerful women who are part of the Sheffield Hatters team, including pioneering founder Betty Codona OBE. Now it has helped Hydra scoop the prestigious Hermes Creative Award 2022, which is an international competition for creative professionals. It is hoped the website will

help the Hatters obtain new sponsorship and investment opportunities after they struggled to fundraise during the COVID-19 pandemic and had to miss a season as a result. Ryan Daniels, director at

Hydra, said: “It is no secret that businesses have faced many barriers over recent years, so being able to support and work alongside the Hatters has been a real pleasure.” Vanessa Ellis, Betty’s daughter, said: “The new website created by Hydra is amazing. It really stands out and is different from most websites that you see. It really captures our story and our community.” Hydra was nominated for the Hermes Creative Award in May and scooped the platinum award.

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SOUTH YORKSHIRE SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT SCHEMES AWARDED £570M The Department for Transport has awarded the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA) £570m to invest in sustainable transport schemes across the county, including several Sheffield initiatives. The funding (City Region Sustainable Transport Settlement) will support schemes for the next five years and delivery will be managed by SYMCA. In Sheffield, Supertram will be improved and several priority bus routes will be established, including better active travel links to the north of the city, via the Northern General Hospital. Wider schemes across the region will also have an impact on Sheffield’s transport facilities, including improvements to the bus network and the introduction of zero emission buses. The latest funding complements the work already

Official running club partner confirmed for Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k

in progress in Sheffield through the Connecting Sheffield schemes, which aim to transform the city’s transport infrastructure to encourage walking, cycling and travel by public transport. Cllr Julie Grocutt, co-chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said:

“We are committed to safer and more sustainable travel and it is fantastic that Sheffield, as well as the wider region, has secured the funding it needs to see out its ambitions. We will work alongside the people of Sheffield through consultation to deliver these important changes.”

John Lewis building now Grade II listed Historic England has listed the former John Lewis building, in Barker’s Pool, at Grade II on the National Heritage List for England. The decision comes after the Council applied for a Certificate of Immunity of Listing for building. Cllr Mazher Iqbal, co-chair of the Transport, Regeneration and Climate Policy Committee, said: “The decision to list the former John Lewis building demonstrates the importance of the post-war heritage of Sheffield and recognises the significance of the Cole Brothers store and the work of the City Council in rebuilding Sheffield following the bombing of the city in the 1940s. “We have received a range of submissions of interest in Stage 1 of public consultation,

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with several parties wanting to retain and reimagine the building for new uses, and others showing a preference for demolition. A department store of this scale is unlikely in the current or future retail environment but we’re

really excited to now work with bidders to find a way to repurpose the building in a way that will re-establish the property in its rightful place as a key attraction in the new city centre that is emerging around it.”

The Redbrik Foundation Chesterfield 10k has confirmed North Derbyshire Running Club once again as its official running club partner for its 2022 event in Queen’s Park. North Derbyshire Running Club will provide pace runners and support runners for the event, which is taking place on October 16 2022, starting at 10am. Those aiming for a particular time can join a pacer’s group at the start and follow them throughout the race. The pacer tries to run even splits, moving at the same speed from start to finish, checking their time regularly and making any necessary adjustments. The role of the 10K support runners is to help anyone throughout the race who may need extra support or motivation but importantly have a great time. John Timms, eevent director, said: “Pacers and support runners are a vital part of the Chesterfield 10k, helping people stay motivated, no matter their ability. The feedback we had last year, particularly regarding the support runners was overwhelmingly positive, so it’s really important that we’re able to offer that experience to entrants once again.”

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THIRD YORKSHIRE STORE FOR MATTRESS ONLINE Innovative online retailer Mattress Online has opened a further store as part of an ambitious clicks-and-mortar expansion. The Yorkshire-based business acquired the Skipton Bed & Sofa Centre earlier this year and has now added the premises of Sheffield bed outlet, Eades & Co – formerly Discount Beds –to its portfolio. Mattress Online aims to acquire and roll out 10 physical stores over the next five years, blending its excellent customer experience and quick turnaround times

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with a traditional in-store experience. Mattress Online’s first fully branded store opened at Alderson Road, Sheffield on August 12. Steve Adams, Mattress Online chief executive officer, said: “It is really exciting to be launching our very first branded store here in South Yorkshire, increasing our footprint as a business and creating new jobs locally. “This omnichannel approach blends our product selection, high level of service and seamless delivery model with a personalised face-to-

face service, strengthening our brand in the north of England. “As customer needs and behaviours change, companies need to be able to change with them and as a fast-growing tech-driven company, we are always looking to innovate and try new approaches. “Our physical stores offer the best of both worlds and we’re looking forward to welcoming customers into our new premises which is just a goal-kick from Bramall Lane.” Steve was supported by a team of Yorkshire advisers

from Leeds law firm Clarion’s corporate practice. Lucy Storey from Clarion’s real estate team, said: “Mattress Online is a wellestablished business with a clear vision and strategy for continued success. Its ambitious buy and build programme provides customers with the best offering, adding physical stores to its digital presence, and we look forward to continuing to support its expansion.” Mattress Online continues to go from strength to strength. Last financial year, the Rotherham-based company processed 128,500 orders from 3.1 million web visitors turning over £37.5m. It also saved more than 40,000 mattresses going to landfill last year and is pushing the bed industry for greater sustainability and ongoing change.

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GLU RECRUIT ANNOUNCE THEIR FIRST UNETWORK TOPIC: THE RIGHT TO DISCONNECT Glu Recruit have been shouting from the rooftops about the relaunch of their popular uNetwork and their first event will be discussing a very important topic. Toby Pochron, director at Freeths LLP, will be joining Glu as guest headline speaker to talk about ‘The Right to Disconnect’ and whether this is going to work for British businesses. The Right to Disconnect is the principle that an employee should not be expected to manage calls and emails, or work communications outside of working hours. Data collected from Mercer’s Global Talent Trends 2022 Study, shows that of 11,000 respondents, 81 per cent feel at risk of burnout – a huge leap from 63 per cent in 2019. According to this study, lockdowns have led to a spike in symptoms of stress, anxiety

look for British businesses and we’re sure it will lead to a very interesting discussion!” The first uNetwork event will be held on September 21 2022, 8.30 am-11am, at Electric Works, Sheffield.

and depression. Employee exhaustion has now been recognised as the number-one risk with six in 10 HR leaders and executives concerned about high employee absence rates and remote worker fatigue. Rob Shaw, managing director at Glu Recruit,

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Glu Recruit are the new, exclusive recruitment partner for Whyy? Change

This follows the announcement of their initial partnership back in May, which was formed to help tackle recruitment and training problems in one go. This development in their partnership will build on the values that both Glu and Whyy? Change share in being committed to upskilling and retaining talent in the region. Ray Byrne, CEO of Whyy? Change, said: “Glu Recruit’s personable and approachable attitude towards recruitment is just one of the reasons we decided to choose them

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as our recruitment partner. We believe in finding the right people with the right behaviours and mindset for us to grow. Glu understood this and there is no chance we will be going anywhere else.” Rob Shaw, managing director at Glu Recruit, said: “Our partnership with Whyy? Change keeps going from strength to strength. Both Glu and Whyy? have aligning values which is what makes us such a good team.”

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NEW APPOINTMENT AT TRAVELMASTER TravelMaster has appointed a new commercial assistant. Stephen Porter has joined the team following previous customer service roles in the hospitality sector. He is the first point of communication for the public if they have queries about the tickets offered by TravelMaster. Stephen, originally from Doncaster, went to university in Sheffield and now lives in the city. Alongside working in hospitality, he has stood for parliament and local government in the past. Stephen said: “This role is a drastic change of career direction for me, but I was attracted to TravelMaster because I know how useful their products are. I still have family in Doncaster and that means I often must jump between trams, trains and various bus companies to visit them.” TravelMaster’s mission is to provide South Yorkshire with great value and simple ways to pay for public transport.

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New Audit Partner appointed at BHP BHP Chartered Accountants has boosted its senior team in Sheffield with the appointment of Danny Varley as Audit Partner. Danny has moved to BHP after 15 years in a national firm in Leeds, having worked as an Audit Director since 2016. Danny has extensive experience working with privately owned and private equity-backed

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businesses specialising in the manufacturing, construction and care home sectors. Danny’s role at BHP will involve getting to know the Sheffield market and business community and developing overall client relationships to support their business growth, improving connections in Sheffield with his comprehensive audit experience across a range of sectors.

Sheffield’s Shaun becomes Make Dough manager for Element Society Award-winning Sheffield youth organisation Element Society have appointed Shaun Davies from Woodseats to manage their new mobile pizzeria- ‘Make Dough’. This innovative pop-up pizzeria will be run by the not-for-profit’s young people themselves, to help them gain industry experience. Shaun, who is originally from the North-East, previously had a 15-year career in theatres and restaurants around the Oxfordshire area before returning North to take up this role, explains: “Discovering the inspiring social enterprise Element Society with its new Make Dough young entrepreneur development concept, felt like a natural fit for my experience and ambitions. Element is a not-for-profit organisation based in Sheffield City centre, which has supported over 4000 young people to volunteer over 200,000 hours to make a difference in their own lives and communities.”

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SHEFFIELD STREET TREE PARTNERSHIP WELCOMES NEW CHAIR AS PROGRESS CONTINUES A new chair has been appointed to the Sheffield Street Tree Partnership and is already playing an active role in steering the invaluable work of the group. Earlier this summer, Nathan Edwards, director of Urban Wilderness, took over from Liz Ballard, CEO of Sheffield and Rotherham Wildlife Trust, who has played a pivotal part in progressing the delivery of the Sheffield Street Tree Strategy since 2019. Nathan brings with him a plethora of skills and experience in urban greening and landscape planning, which will enhance the work of the partnership and ensure progress continues across all outcomes identified in the strategy. In the last year alone, significant progress has been made by the group, with several objectives outlined in

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the strategy being delivered on successfully. These include Sheffield being awarded a certificate of compliance for managing street trees

sustainably by the world’s largest Forest Certification Scheme, PEFC UK and the publication of exemplary Street Tree Guidelines.

#TeamAirmaster celebrates promotions and new apprentices A year on from becoming an employee ownership trust, Airmaster, based in Swallownest, is celebrating several promotions across the business, including Gareth Campbell to operations director, Andy Benson to finance director and Ross Blackwood to contracts director (pictured, left to right). Each with extensive experience in the industry, Airmaster is ecstatic to strengthen the leadership team. The company continues to grow from strength to strength as James Dawson becomes head of design and Dan Birch moves from design to contracts, becoming junior project engineer. Airmaster has also taken on two new apprentices Max Brough and Owen Struggles. The new apprentices add to the team of installation

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engineers including Chad Lake, Brad Kimpton and Ash Sanderson who have all now completed their apprenticeships at Leeds College of Building, with Chad becoming an installation engineer and Brad and Ash joining the team of maintenance engineers.

Sheffiled business turnaround and insolvency practice Graywoods has welcomed a new face to its expanding team. Chris Callaghan takes up a new post in the advisory and restructuring team at the Graywoods Sheffield city centre HQ. Chris said: “I’m looking forward to offering a high level of support to business owners and also to accountants seeking advice for their clients, especially in South Yokshire and North Derbyshire.” Graywoods partner Deborah Lockwood added: “We are delighted to welcome Chris to the team and, having known him for many years, we feel that his breadth of knowledge and experience will be a major asset to the company. “As the business community continues to emerge from this extremely difficult period for all sectors of the economy, we are confident that we have a team that can provide the best support in every area of turnaround and insolvency.”

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BEST BINGO NIGHT IN SUPPORT OF THE MASTER CUTLERS CHALLENGE FOR CAVENDISH CANCER CARE Best Solicitors are hosting a MUSIC BINGO night at the fabulous Mr Wilson's bar at 99-109 West Street Sheffield. There will be lots of fun games and prizes. We are also holding a raffle with the MAIN prize being a weekend away for 2 people at The Hayloft, Snitterton near Matlock. This will not be your average bingo night out, get ready for MUSIC BINGO, with songs from the 80's, 90's and not forgetting the 00's - all genres included, so if you know your Dolly Parton from your Cardi B........this event is for you! All tickets include your bingo tickets and a free drink token - who doesn’t love a free drink?! All you need to bring is yourself and your iPhone/Android Tickets for the raffle will be available on the night - don't worry if you can't make it on the night, there will still be an opportunity to enter the raffle All proceeds from ticket sales and raffle tickets will be donated to Cavendish Cancer Care “Search ‘Best Bingo Night” on eventbrite

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when interrupted. In the digital world, interruptions are constant, whether that’s email notifications, the temptation to check social media, or an incoming call when you’re mid-meeting. We must now be intentional about not being interrupted, and not detract attention from the task at hand. Mindfulness is important, at its essence, it’s about being present and maintaining concentration and focus – and ultimately making better decisions. Is there a threat to job security with increased digitalisation? We need to reframe, rather than reinvent! Digital is unlikely to replace humans, but humans must adapt to capitalise on the opportunities digital can offer. For example, the influx of readily available data and facts enables us to make increasingly more informed decisions. However, we must be much clearer about the decisions we need to make for that mass of data to be useful to us. We need to keep up to date, or upskill, to be agile and open to change. Systemising work processes to the way people work and making sure understanding is clear, is key."

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• Is Linked-in classed as a social media platform? • Should I be on Instagram, Twitter and TikTok too? • How do I use socials? What do I post/say/do? • When should I post? • I am fearful of what others will say or think when I do actually post. All of the above is probably ringing true for a lot of you reading this right now. It really is a minefield out there. It can be daunting and overwhelming, but it can also be extremely useful, informative, fun and massively constructive to you and your business. Disclaimer: I am not a social media expert nor am I a social influencer phenomenon, however, I have been on the playing field for many years actively utilising platforms to self-promote, provide useful content and to grow businesses and brands.

Top Tips (from a total selftaught novice) Don’t just have a profile and never use it. That’s like having a shop on a high street and never being open. Go for progress, not perfection. You are human, be kind. Play about, practice and learn and grow as you go along. It’s not always about the number of likes. Yes, more likes can equate to more people seeing your content, but it needs to be the right people for a start. And you may be going for quality, not quantity. We have had people not like a single post or even let us know that they are consuming any of our content and yet they have become clients of ours. People will more than likely judge you. It’s one of life’s facts unfortunately, but then be honest, you have probably judged others in the past too! Make peace with it, the judgey folk won’t be a client of yours and if they are your friends/ acquaintances they probably shouldn’t be for much longer… Don’t fret over algorithms and all the techy stuff until you are actually on the pitch

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THE SOURCE GOES BACK TO SCHOOL TO LEARN HOW TO HELP OUR LOST TEENS Despite employers struggling to fill job vacancies, and a record number of apprenticeships unfilled, a high percentage of 16-year-olds are at risk of falling into jobless futures. The number not in education, employment or training is at its highest level since 2012, says Department for Education data. Youth Employment UK believes many young people think there are no local opportunities for them, even though there is a record number of job and apprenticeship vacancies nationwide.. The Source Skills Academy has been helping students at schools and sixth forms into employability training and apprenticeships for 20 years, and is now striving to do more to tackle the worrying disconnect between young people and existing opportunities. “We know that the pandemic has left many with anxieties about their futures and mental health is suffering. We are doing more than ever to reach them and guide them to career opportunities,” said Dale Robinson, director of business development and facilities. “There are currently over 900 apprenticeship roles available across the SCR. We manage. one in six vacancies across numerous sectors. We are determined to play a part in finding out what is holding young people back and helping them move forward.

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LONGLEY PARK A LEVEL STUDENT NAWAL MOHSEN, WITH DALE ROBINSON AND CATHERINE COOMBES, HEAD OF PEOPLE AND CULTURE AT THE SOURCE Our new Schools Engagement Plan increases our work helping students to access jobs quicker and more closely aligns the education system with employers and training providers.” The Source has already begun its proactive stance. This spring it began a successful information and support project with Brigantia Trust at Longley Park Sixth Form College and Yewlands Academy in Shiregreen, running support sessions and one-to-ones on school premises. Dale Robinson has joined Longley Park’s Career Ready Board and in May the training academy staged a two-day careers event with the college.

Over 100 students attending found over 750 apprenticeships on offer and 35 were offered roles. Its Recruitment Team will be attending GCSE and A level results days at Longley to advise students on live jobs and apprenticeships they can apply for with their new qualifications. From September, the team will be running regular sessions with Longley students, helping them find out about the world of work and giving direct access to employers. In addition, Dale is mentoring Longley Park A level student Nawal Mohsen for a year. During a recent internship with The Source’s HR team she helped take staff expenses digital.

Berni Edge, teacher of Business and Career Ready Co-ordinator at Longley Park, said: “The Source has provided immense support for the Career Ready programme and has connected us to numerous supportive organisations it works with. “Dale has been a constant contact for advice regarding employers, careers and apprenticeships.” The Source wants to roll out its Schools Engagement Plan to more schools, sixth forms and colleges. Found out how it could benefit your education establishment or business by contacting Dale.Robinson@ thesourceskillsacademy.co.uk

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Andy Froggatt looks at why using a accountant might save help your business

REASONS FOR USING AN ACCOUNTANT A new set of articles written by an Accountant must surely create a real sense of excitement for unLTD magazine readers, no? Oh well, it could be that perhaps you don’t know what we can do to help make life easier for you and your business. Royston Parkin’s Andy Froggatt tells us some of the reasons why you may wish to consider using an Accountant. Taxation This is perhaps one that most people will assume we can help with – and we can! Whether it’s Corporate, Income, Capital Gains or Inheritance Tax, National Insurance etc. we can calculate and plan to ensure the correct and fair amount of tax is paid. Accounts Preparation Another one that’s no surprise. We ensure that you have a set

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you navigate these unchartered waters. Saves you Time and Money We know the rules and we can provide bookkeeping, payroll, preparing VAT Returns, accounting systems, SelfAssessment Tax Returns. Your job is hard enough, and you need to earn the money running the business. September is National Payroll Month, so what better time is there to let your accountants manage payroll for you– saving you both valuable time and money. Raising Finance Looking to grow your business further by buying assets? Who owns the asset? Company, pension fund or personal ownership? Should you lease, rent, HP, or buy outright? What about the VAT consequences? Cashflow forecast perhaps?

We can help to answer these questions and work out the options that best suit you. Accountants ask those awkward questions…. Is this a good reason for choosing an Accountant? If you want to earn £100k per year, is what you are doing worth £200 per hour? If not, pass it on. What’s your most profitable product? How much will you lose if you discount your products? How many customers can you lose before the increase in sales price affects profit? We ask the questions that need asking, allowing you to spend time ‘on’ your business rather than ‘in’ it. Finally... NEXT YEAR’S ACCOUNTS ARE MORE IMPORTANT THAN LAST YEAR’S!

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KEEPING YOUR ASSETS SAFE IN MARRIAGE For a long time, there has been a feeling that prenuptial agreements rob the relationship of a certain amount of romance. The reality, however, is that the breakup of partners is quite often the result of a couple not wanting to discuss their finances from the beginning of the relationship. In English practice, there are two main types of contracts between legal spouses: prenuptial agreement and post-nuptial agreement. What is a prenuptial agreement? A prenuptial agreement is an agreement entered into by partners prior to their marriage, which determines how they intend to treat their assets both during marriage and in the event of a divorce. In the contract, the future married couple can include not only financial assets, but also matters such as the conditions of communication with children should they separate, lifestyle requirements, etc. However, in practice, the most important thing to determine is the status of assets and savings, as well as the distribution of income from the business. What is a post-nuptial agreement? Post-nuptial agreements differ from prenuptial agreements only in that they are signed by partners who are already married. By concluding this agreement, you can try to avoid uncertainty in the future. Why should it be drawn up before the wedding? When starting a relationship, each of the partners should be

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ready to openly discuss their financial situation and any plans they have for the future. Some couples may have already gone through a divorce, some have children from previous marriages or some assets. By signing a prenuptial agreement, they want to protect what they already have and separate it from the ‘new’ marriage. What exactly is included in marriage agreements depends solely on the partners and on what they agree. It is also important to note that both types of contracts can be regularly modified and are recommended to be reviewed after five years. How can I ensure that my pre/ post-nuptial agreement is valid? Neither are ‘watertight’ agreements that the court will enforce strictly in accordance with their terms. If the judge thinks the necessary criteria have not been met, it is unlikely that your prenuptial agreement

will be valid. For the pre/post-nup to be recognised as legally binding and upheld in court, the following points must be fulfilled: • Both parties are required to seek independent legal advice prior to signing the agreement • The pre/post-nup needs to be written by a qualified solicitor specialising in family law • There should be full financial disclosure by both parties. the terms of the prenup must be fair and reasonable. The agreement itself must be signed by the parties without coercion and of their own free will the prenup must consider the needs of the children that the partners had at the time of its signing, as well as children who were born after it was drawn up careful consideration of details regarding international relations.

Can I be forced to sign a prenuptial agreement? There is currently no mandatory requirement to sign prenuptial agreements and they are not enforceable in UK courts. So, if you do not want to sign it – don’t! However, if you decide to sign, be aware that since the historic decision in the Radmacher v Granatino case, prenuptial agreements have become much more prominent in family law. The judges must take into account the marriage agreements concluded between the spouses and if such agreements were correctly drawn up by a family solicitor, then their conditions will be fully considered. Is a contract drawn up independently, but in the presence of witnesses, valid? For the marriage contract to have legal force, both parties must receive independent legal advice and the agreement must be drawn up with the assistance of family law professionals and in accordance with the guidelines above. At Bell & Buxton, our solicitors are highly experienced in drafting pre-nuptial as well as post-nuptial agreements. If you wish to discuss this further before deciding to draw up such agreement, then we offer a free initial appointment. Should you choose to instruct us we offer an affordable fixed fee services and flexible appointments to suit you. To arrange an appointment or for more information please contact our Family Team on 0114 249 5969.

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HOW MANUFACTURING BUSINESSES CAN GAIN AN ESG ADVANTAGE

People are looking to the manufacturing sector to lead the way in creating long-term positive changes in every element of ESG: environmental, social and governance. There is increased pressure from customers and financial institutions for businesses to communicate their strategies. It is essential to ensure all employees and shareholders are aware of and support the ESG programme and where businesses are getting it right, they are set to gain competitive advantage. What is ESG? ESG is how a business demonstrates they are a responsible organisation that operates in a positive and mindful way for all stakeholders, local community and the wider world. It considers all aspects of sustainability, including environmental, social and governance. ESG ensures you are building a resilient and sustainable business that can cope well with change. Bringing it all together under one banner means businesses

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can show not only that they are a sound investment, but that they are a good organisation to work with and for, and they have a net positive impact on the world. The challenges for manufacturers Large manufacturing organisations are already making extensive changes with their ESG strategies and policies, with some small and medium sized manufacturers yet to make the same impact. Smaller organisations without specialist teams or resources are increasingly asked to prove ESG efforts as sustainable practises progress. Unless consideration and operations are aligned to growth plans this is difficult for SMEs to translate or know where to start. The importance of ESG in manufacturing To understand the full ESG impact of their products and services, manufacturers must take a holistic view and understand the impact of ESG from end to end. Addressing developments

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postgraduate and industrial level. What qualifications did you take or gain along the way? A First Class MEng Aeronautical and Aerospace Engineering and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Leeds. Why do you love working in STEM? Understanding, and the application of that understanding, are fundamental to our evolution as people and as a species. That’s true at a mechanical level, at a sociological, economic, and ecological level, and the interconnection and intersection of these things should drive progress. What challenges have you faced in your career? And how have you overcome them? I’m a trans woman in a

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When it comes to creating products that help dramatically improve the lives of children with special postural support needs, Sheffieldbased Jenx Ltd is leading the way. This month the family-run company is celebrating its 40th birthday, so unLTD’s Brogan Maguire caught up with director Holly Jenkins to find out how the business started and what the future holds… Postural support specialist Jenx Ltd, and its UK distribution division, Jiraffe, are based in Hillsborough, which is where I headed for my interview with Holly. I knew the company was one of the leaders in its industry, but what I didn’t realise until our meeting was just how interesting its history was. The business was founded, Holly told me, by her parents all the way back in 1982.Her mother, Catherine, was a physiotherapist who worked in special needs schools across the city, while her father, Clive, was an engineer. When Catherine was working with a child who couldn’t stand independently, she came up with the idea of making something that would help him. With Clive’s technical knowhow, the pair worked together to create the right product, and the rest is history. After that, other families and therapists began asking if the couple could make a product that would benefit them and their needs – and thus, Jenx was born, with the aim of enriching lives and changing perceptions about disability.

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Jenx Ltd make modular products, designed to be tailored to children’s individual needs to support them in sitting, standing, laying and during therapy. The company strives to give children with disabilities access to equipment which will give them maximum comfort, function and importantly protect their growing skeleton to help prevent pain and joint, muscle and bone problems as they get older. Fast forward 40 years and the business is continuing to grow, with more than 150 employees, state of the art machinery and huge projects on the way. It is already an established brand across the USA, Australia, New Zealand, Spain, Italy, Portugal, the United Arab Emirates and more, with an international reputation for being one of the most innovative and proactive companies in its field. But one thing that has never changed, Holly assured me, is that the children are the most important part of everything Jenx does. She said: “Putting the children at the heart of what we do is absolutely paramount. They are at the

centre of every discussion, every change in strategy, every new product – we always make our decisions based on what will deliver the most for them.” Each product goes through rigorous development, with a clinical team involved at every stage of the design. It then gets tested in practice, with children and families offering their feedback to ensure every item is exactly how it should be. Holly added: “Our team are trained to make bestinterest decisions and we have created an environment where everyone is very welleducated and understanding. We put our customers first and the rest just follows. It’s vital to stay focused on what we’re doing this for, we have the opportunity to change lives and that is both a great honour and a great responsibility. ” Another thing that is important at Jenx is helping the local community and giving something back. Since the business was founded, they have aimed to employ as many local people as possible, working with University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University to

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nurture upcoming talent, as well as offering opportunities for people across a broad range of sectors from design to manufacturing, customer service and marketing. “When the company was founded in the 1980s the country was in a recession,” Holly said. “Our area had been hit particularly hard, with thousands of job losses from the steel industry over the preceding few years leading to high local levels of skilled unemployment. We were lucky to be in a position to buck that trend and in doing so attract people with skills and experience far beyond what we would have ordinarily expected into our small company, as it was then. Many of those people stayed

with us as we grew and were instrumental to our early successes. “Some of our employees have been with us for more than 30 years and they are as much part and parcel of this business as our products and services. “As we grow, we bring in new people with new perspectives and ideas. We are always changing, learning and adapting. It really is a great position to be in.” Sheffield isn’t just a city to Holly and the Jenx team, it’s an identity. Many employees live so locally they are able to walk to work and the business works with lots of local organisations and schools to be as ingrained in the community as possible.

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I’m Sheffield born and bred and I’m so proud to be leading a business here. It means a lot to be able to support so many great people and great causes in the area. Holly said: “Sheffield is very special – it’s a manufacturing hub and the location carries a lot of weight. I’m Sheffield born and bred and I’m so proud to be leading a business here. It means a lot to be able to support so many great people and great causes in the area.” One of the organisations Jenx works with is Paces, a Sheffield-based specialist centre, charity and school for individuals with Cerebral Palsy and motor disorders. Paces has been Jenx Ltd’s charity partner for the last two years and the pair work closely together on a number of projects. The fundraising over the last two years has contributed to the £3.5m needed for Paces to move its school into a new home at Thorncliffe Hall, which will allow it to work with almost three times as many people. “Paces is such a fantastic organisation and so aligned with what we do,” Holly told me proudly as she filled me in on the partnership. “We are both about giving children the opportunity to thrive and succeed so we feel really lucky to be able to share this journey.” Another project the two organisations are working on together is a new accessible

playground, sponsored by Jenx. The aim is to create a space where children of any level of ability can come together and play with each other, with no restrictions or barriers. Holly said: “This project is so exciting and vital for inclusivity. The playground will really stand out and, because there are sadly so few accessibly playgrounds out there, it will be a real UK flagship. The hope is that it will help put Sheffield on the map as the inclusive and caring city it is and encourage other places to do the same. “We don’t want children to be seen as their condition or for the things they ‘can’t’ do. The business of childhood is play. Play is absolutely vital to children’s development, quality of life and exploration of the world. The more we can do to break down any barriers that exist, the better.” Of course, we couldn’t make it through the interview without talking about the exciting milestone Jenx is celebrating this month and all the fun things Holly and her team have planned. They include activities focussed around three core principles - celebration, children and community. The first event is an exclusive dinner with founders Clive and Catherine to celebrate the working partnerships with valued distribution partners from around the globe. Following this, Holly is extremely excited to be hosting an employee celebration event at the popular Peddler Warehouse in Sheffield. The team then have a range of additional activities, working closely within the local and customer community, planned throughout the next 12 months. These include donating 40 trees to schools around the country and publishing 40 stories from customers and partnerships to provide a hub of knowledge and support for the children and families they work with. “We have achieved so

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COVER STORY much in the last 40 years, it really is incredible and I am so happy we get to celebrate that together. My parents built a legacy that I am immensely proud to carry on. We have retained their core values of being caring and compassionate right at the heart of who we are. This is a really big deal for Jenx and we couldn’t have done it without all the wonderful people in our teams, past and present so I hope they enjoy all the festivities.” So, what’s next for the company after all the excitement of this year? “To put it plainly, growth!” Holly told me. “Right now, we are very busy, with so much opportunity for further progression, especially internationally. Things are only going to get bigger for us. We’re also looking to take more people on by the end of the year. “Being an excellent employer is one of my passions. I am always thinking about how we can offer value and inspire people to be their best. That’s why we invest so much time and energy into staff engagement and training programmes. “But no matter how much we grow, we will always stay true to our vision of helping as many children and families as possible. We are very fortunate to be in a position where we can take now that to a larger scale. ‘Forty years of helping some of the most vulnerable children is a legacy of which we are immensely proud. Tens of thousands of children and families around the world have benefitted from what we do and it is their journeys which are the real success story here. We are now bigger and stronger than ever before and looking forward to the next 40 years and changing the lives of another generation of children.”

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USING TRANSFERABLE SKILLS TO FOLLOW THE PATH LESS TRAVELLED

Careers rarely follow the path we think they’re going to, meaning many of us end up with jobs that we never expected to have, or didn’t even exist when we entered the job market. A recent survey by Slack revealed that a third of UK workers planned to change jobs in 2022, in a trend that’s been branded the ‘Great Resignation’. As employees gain transferable skills and our current roles evolve, more and more people are finding themselves in unconventional routes to new positions.

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CHLOE ANGUS, A PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT COACH, TOLD US ABOUT HOW SHE FOUND HERSELF WHERE SHE IS. How did you follow the conventional route? I suppose I was driven by societal expectations to get my A-Levels and go to university. I got an admin job straight after university back in Sheffield, in an engineering firm. I enjoyed the fact that my dad was originally in engineering so it felt nice to be part of South Yorkshire’s successful modern engineering team. After multiple promotions I left after 15 years in December 2020, holding the role of head of global customer service for a £200 million turnover company. Why the switch? Despite doing well, I realised I wasn’t happy - I was effectively burned out. The reflective work I did helped me to realise what was important to me and without knowing what was next, I handed my notice in. My passion was always people and communication. I took my coaching qualification in January and set up my coaching and training company in April 2021. I then started working part time for Cavendish Cancer Care as corporate wellbeing manager shortly after. Why did this work for me? I would say there are two main elements to this. Firstly, all the work I am doing is aligned to my values and what is important to me. It gives me true satisfaction. I often cannot believe that I can help people look after their wellbeing and have confidence in themselves, while helping fund important therapy for those affected by cancer in the local area. Secondly, I can be more intentional with my time and my energy. I enjoy the mix of working alone and with others and that each day can be so different. It encourages me to make time for me whether that’s connecting with others, exercising or reading. My thoughts on transferable skills? There are transferable skills that have helped with my transition from full-time employed role to a part time and self-employed set up. The key skills are communication, confidence at all levels, negotiation and emotional intelligence and management. I have always been curious, asked lots of questions and wanted to understand more about people and organisations. This has also helped as it gave me a general understanding of many areas, not just expert knowledge of my own specific role and industry.

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JEN BEAL, CEO OF HRM, TALKED US THROUGH HER CAREER CHANGE FROM PROPERTY TO PR.

NICHOLAS BRENNAN TALKED ABOUT HIS PATH FROM BANKING TO DIRECTOR OF LODESTONE RECRUITMENT.

Can you summarise why you switched careers, from and to, and what it meant to you? I left banking in 2014 to pursue a lifelong dream of travelling. I had been wanting to do this for a while and at the age of 28, I decided to quit my job and go out to Asia. When I arrived back, I wasn’t sure what to do, but I knew my skills were in sales and building relationships. My friend said that his company were doing interviews for trainee recruitment consultants, and I sort of fell into the sector. It was very different, as it was a niche sector involving engineering, manufacturing and technical work, and I have no background in this. It meant starting again by building a desk and Which transferable skills did your previous role equip you with, platform to win clients, working with some great people in finding them new jobs, as well as building a fair amount of technical and why are these useful in your current role? My career in property, coupled with my degree in Communication knowledge about engineering, some of which I am still learning today. Studies, has helped no end with my ability to communicate After six years at one company, I felt that I had more to give and effectively, both in writing and in person. Dealing with the public and, often demanding, clients has also taught me how to problem wanted a new challenge. I set up Lodestone Recruitment, after a burning desire to work for myself and do things my way. This was solve and negotiate, helping to turn challenging situations particularly a challenge as we were still in recession! around to a mutually satisfactory outcome. In my role at HRM, I draw these skills daily as I navigate the landscape of running a What stood out from your journey? successful business. I always trusted that I could sell and generate revenue but The interpersonal and management skills that I’ve been was unsure whether I had the knowledge to set up a business equipped with are invaluable when interacting with clients and successfully. I had built up so many walls thinking I wasn’t capable my team, whether that be leading productive meetings, dealing or couldn’t do it, but 21 months in and I am proud to say that I have with contract negotiations, building strong client relationships, a respectable business in the sector. interviewing prospective new employees, or motivating and supporting the team. Why did this work for you? I think belief in yourself is the key. I speak to so many people and How important are transferable skills in the workplace? business owners who say the same thing. If you put in the hard Soft transferable skills such as communicating well, being organised, prioritising effectively, and demonstrating creativity in work in and do a good job, the results and success will follow. how you approach a situation are essential to me as an employer. Tell us about how you see transferable skills sitting within this It’s a bonus when you have someone with relevant experience - and how important transferable skills were for you and your looking to work for you, but above all else, I look for people with journey. transferable key skills as we can teach the rest! With banking I found real joy in working with customers to help them save money and as a result, I built some really good How do you encourage your team to develop these? relationships. That has served me well in my recruitment career. One thing I haven’t yet mentioned is personal accountability, In banking, I would be keen to help customers either save the ability to take ownership of one’s actions and performance. money or reduce debts. I was able to transfer these problem This is the most important skill I look for and encourage within solving skills from banking into recruitment. With recruitment, I the team. At HRM, we consider individual success to be our own try to understand the job seeker and what companies would be a responsibility, so we actively seek ways to learn new things and good fit for their skills, or find out a culture of a company in order improve our transferable skills. to find the best talent that would suit their next stage of growth. I like to spend time with everyone, discussing their key Previously, I would have clients with extensive knowledge of strengths and highlighting the areas which need work. These banking, but also people with little or no knowledge meaning I can sometimes be the transferable skills I have discussed above, quickly developed good communication skills. I used these skills such as building confidence in face-to-face meetings, so we in recruitment to convey information in an easy-to-understand, work together to develop these using a combination of in-house jargon-free, and yet professional way. Being able to communicate workshops and mentoring. with people from all walks of life is key to developing relationships. Can you give a brief overview of your career change? After 15 years working within the property industry in various roles, I was presented with an opportunity earlier this year to step into the CEO role at HRM | PR & Creative, the region’s longestestablished PR agency. Undoubtedly, the move was a significant shift for me, transitioning from an industry I knew inside out to something new with its own set of challenges. My successful track record of managing teams and client relationships, combined with my experience in marketing and branding, gave me a solid foundation for the second chapter in my career.

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Level up with the best in business podcasts

The number of us listening to podcasts is on the rise every year, with a massive 21 million of us tuning into our favourite episodes this year alone. So, it’s no wonder they’re so popular – as well as being really entertaining, podcasts are a great way to learn about a topic while on the move, and they can be much easier to digest than reading a lengthy article. In the business world, the right podcasts can help you gain confidence, advance your career, and learn more about your field. But with millions of podcast episodes out there, it can be hard to know where to start, so take a look at our top recommendations.

THE HIGH PERFORMANCE PODCAST

Guests on the High Performance podcast come from all kinds of industries, but all have first-hand experiences and lessons to share. The hosts, Jake Humphrey and Professor Damian Hughes, find out what non-negotiable behaviours they employed to get them to the top and keep them there, and are ready to share them with you. Find out more - www.thehighperformancepodcast.com/

HOW TO FAIL WITH ELIZABETH DAY

Sometimes, you have to fail to succeed in business. This podcast celebrates the things that haven’t gone right. Every week, a new interviewee explores what their failures taught them about how to succeed better. With big names like Jane Goodall, Russel Kane and Asim Chaudhry joining in recent weeks, it’s not one to miss. Find out more - www.elizabethdayonline.co.uk/podcast

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Bruce Daisley interviews psychologists, neuroscientists and work place experts to understand how we can improve our jobs. The series has a focus on science and experts, over gurus and opinions. Recent topics include “Abandoning offices? Not so fast!” “Community: how a table changed a culture” “Sweeping the sheds – what can we learn from the culture of the All Blacks.” Find out more - eatsleepworkrepeat.com/category/ podcast/

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By Andy Hanselman

Recognising and leveraging learning styles Whether you’re starting a new role, changing careers entirely, or just levelling up your current skills, we’re always learning new things at work. But not everyone learns in the same way, and there are benefits for both employees and employers to acknowledging this fact. unLTD spoke with Andy Hanselman from Andy Hanselman Consulting about making the most of

different learning styles. What are learning styles? It’s the way we learn, and we all do it differently! For example, some people prefer ‘learning by doing’ and others need to know the ‘theory’ behind a concept before they do anything. So, by understanding someone’s learning style, you can help them maximise any training they do. There are lots of different models, but the one I like is the

‘Honey and Mumford’ model that highlights four main learning styles. They are: Activist – These types of learners are happy to have a go, and work well when thrown into the deep end or provided with a brand-new situation to work through. They are ‘impulsive’ and prefer short, ‘here and now’ type activities. Reflector – These learners are more careful and listen well to assimilate information. They like to carry out research, and review what has happened to see what they have learned. Theorist – These types of learners like logical, vertical thinking. They’re rational and disciplined, working well when they have time to explore methodically. They don’t particularly like ‘subjective’ things! Pragmatist – These are practical, realistic learners that like to get straight to the point. They work well when they have the chance to try out and practice techniques and don’t have much time

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for things with no obvious (to them!) application. Why is this relevant for the world of business? The danger is that employers take a ‘sheep dip’ approach to training everyone in exactly the same way and waste time, effort and money. There are so many ways people can learn today, whether that’s a training course, (face to face or online), reading (or listening to) a book, watching videos, working with others, or just ‘having a go’. If you do undertake some training and development you should look to find ways to maximise it. For example, if you’ve got an activist in your team, giving them a business challenge or problem to support the training may get the best out of them. Reflectors are more thoughtful and withheld, so ensure you create plenty of time for them to ‘research’ and ‘think’ things through. Helping people understand their own learning style is a good start, whether that’s via a simple online assessment tool or trying different ways and evaluating which they get on best with, it’s definitely worth ‘having a go’ (that’s the ‘activist’ learner in me!) In summary, one size does not suit all. By recognising and getting to know your people’s (and your own) learning style, you’ll get the best out of the training and them – and that’s great for employers and employees alike!

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Thanks to rapid digital transformation happening across all types of business, companies are becoming more connected, efficient, and intelligent. Not only this, but there are also a multitude of businesses based on digital strategies alone, emerging onto the landscape. Whether they’re using AI for insights and decision making, helping existing businesses transform their legacy equipment, or bringing entire virtual worlds to life, these companies are paving the way for business in Sheffield. This month, unLTD guest editor, Mel Kanarek, put her questions to some of the city’s biggest, and most upcoming names in tech.

DAVID RICHARDS IS THE FOUNDER, CEO AND PRESIDENT OF AIM-LISTED DATA SOFTWARE COMPANY WANDISCO PLC – HERE’S WHAT HE HAD TO SAY: If you were speaking to your parents, how would you describe what your company does? We are the plumbers of the internet. We move the largest datasets from the edge – servers usually found in company premises – to the cloud, where they can be combined with the most powerful computers in the world. In one sentence, how is your company breaking the mould or innovating in the industry? From smart meters across Europe to 50 per cent of all new vehicles sold anywhere in the world, we are moving the biggest datasets ever. How has your innovation helped other companies? WANdisco is enabling the fundamental transformation of entire industries. In these difficult times, we are helping Europe’s power companies to monitor energy consumption. We have helped insurance companies to move from actuarial science to data science. This means drivers can pay monthly premiums based on how they drive, rather than demographic information like their age. A few years ago, our software helped the European Southern Observatory, the pre-eminent intergovernmental science and technology organisation in astronomy, to discover a new planetary system! What piece of advice would you give to someone starting a tech company in

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Sheffield? Think global and think big. This is a common problem across the UK where companies set their horizons much lower than their Silicon Valley counterparts. It really is okay to have the aspiration to build a trilliondollar company. I’m sure that when Elon Musk started Tesla, he did not think about building a $10m company. He would have thought about a multi-trillion company. That’s how people must think. The world has got much smaller. Post pandemic, there is no significant competitive edge from location. It is no different starting a business in the middle of Sheffield or Silicon Valley. The use of modern internet tooling means that talent can be absolutely anywhere. That means Sheffield, with a much lower cost base than London or Silicon Valley, can have many advantages. It just needs the spark of innovation. What excites you the most about the next couple of years in this industry? The advent of huge datasets and the power to process them will uncover enormous new possibilities and business models in multiple industries. In healthcare, we are getting quantum computers that will be capable of protein folding, solving an age-old problem in biology. To put it in historical context, this will have a similar impact to the discovery of penicillin, which greatly reduced the number of deaths from infection.

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LEVERAGING DATA FOR BETTER PRODUCTIVITY, PERFORMANCE AND PRODUCTION

Chris Iveson, CEO of FourJaw Manufacturing Analytics If you were speaking to your parents, how would you describe what your company does? A fitness tracker for manufacturers. In the same way a fitness tracker monitors your health and sporting performance, our hardware and software platform monitors productivity performance of production machines. In one sentence, how is your company breaking the mould or innovating in the industry? Machine monitoring for the purposes of productivity gain is not a new idea. Market incumbents have been doing it for many years. However, they have a lengthy and complex installation that can commonly cost tens of thousands of pounds, making it prohibitively expensive for many businesses. FourJaw’s plug-and-play hardware has been designed with speed and simplicity of install, meaning our customers can install themselves in a matter of minutes on any machine regardless of age, type or brand. Our flexible commercial packages mean that customers get immediate return on investment, de-risking the purchasing decision significantly compared to other offerings. These benefits combined mean that customers from Sheffield to New Zealand are getting up and running with FourJaw and loving it! How has your innovation helped other companies? Recently, FourJaw worked with 200-year-old Midlands-based manufacturers of prestige quality bathroom fittings and architectural furniture, Samuel Heat. It has expanded its skilled workforce following the installation of FourJaw’s machine monitoring technology to help their team improve machine productivity. Samuel Heath, which is renowned for the enduring craftsmanship and flawless finishes of its products, deployed FourJaw’s plug-and-play machine monitoring system to discover continuous improvement opportunities within their shop floor operations. It revealed a startling fact. The data showed that while the firm had impressive productivity levels when their machines were running off a batch, it was awaiting setups in between batches that was the main limit to higher productivity levels. By deploying the FourJaw machine monitoring platform, Samuel Heath gained operator input from tablets placed next to each machine, showing the reason codes and durations of downtimes. Viewing this information on the FourJaw web dashboard, it was clear to see that a lack of shop floor staff was the bottleneck, as machines were sat idle awaiting a setup. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting a tech company in Sheffield? Make as many connections as you can and keep all options open as you never know how things will play out. What excites you the most about the next couple of years in this industry? Digital connectivity is set to revolutionise factory productivity in the coming months and years, and factories need to get going or risk becoming non-competitive. FourJaw is excited to be at the forefront of this new wave, transforming the competitiveness of manufacturing businesses around the world.

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EQUIPPING CHILDREN TO THRIVE SAFELY ONLINE Manjit Sareen, co-founder and CEO of Natterhub Respone If you were speaking to your parents, how would you describe what your company does? Your child inhabits two worlds, the real world and the online one. In the real world there are many safeguards in place to protect them from dangers - at school and at home. When children spend time online, they are entering an adult environment which can expose them to things that are inappropriate, scary and even abusive. In every other aspect of childhood, we let children learn through practise, whether that’s swimming lessons, riding a bike, etc. So, why should online learning be any different? Natterhub exists to help your child thrive online. Despite the dangers, the internet provides a wealth of information, learning and enjoyment and we are strong believers in giving them access to this, but equipped with a good knowledge of the

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digital environment and its potential challenges. We provide schools with the means to deliver comprehensive and engaging online safety lessons, through ageappropriate content and a realistic, safe space in which to practise digital communication, have discussions with classmates and learn how to be safe, savvy and kind. In one sentence, how is your company breaking the mould or innovating in the industry? Natterhub provides a unique learn-through-doing experience that mimics the real online world so children can safely explore, ask questions and become savvy digital citizens. How has your innovation helped other companies? Our fresh approach to online safety tends to resonate well with others. Our focus on providing a child-friendly experience is being seen

more and more within the sector. We believe wholeheartedly in education as an impactful way to protect children online and our solution complements the important messaging being shared by other industry leaders. Our own quantitative research provides key trends for industry, charities and enterprise on children’s attitudes, behaviour and knowledge linked to online safety. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting a tech company in Sheffield? I’d say go for it! The area is great for a start-up because it has so much talent on the doorstep through the colleges and universities, as well as a connected ecosystem that provides support for every part of the business and stage of your start-up journey. For Natterhub, the support we’ve received from

Twinkl since becoming the first company to join the Twinkl Hive Accelerator, has been second to none. We have benefited so much from being under their wing, both with cash and the incredible services they provide. I would recommend reaching out to Twinkl Hive as they are always looking to support innovative tech businesses. What excites you the most about the next couple of years in this industry? Working in tech is always exciting because it moves at such a fast pace. I recently wrote about the metaverse - which is both thrilling and scary in equal measure - and it is a vision of a future that children need to be prepared for. In our business that means we must become well-versed in the kind of environments young people will find themselves in, to expand our educational content and create realistic safe spaces for children to explore.

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TRIED AND TESTED SUCCESS FOR ENTREPRENEURS Amber Jardine, head of TwinklHive If you were speaking to your parents, how would you describe what your company does? TwinklHive supports early-stage start-up founders to grow their businesses through providing funds and support. We share our experiences and instead of founders making mistakes and working everything out on their own, we show them a tried and tested method for entrepreneurial success and give them access to mentors who can give them that much-needed advice as early as possible. In one sentence, how is your company breaking the mould or innovating in the industry? Our aim is to reduce founder stress and disrupt the traditional funding landscape by reducing the number of hoops founders have to jump though to allow them to deliver the mission that they initially set out to address. How has your innovation helped other companies? We have invested in 31 companies in seven different sectors including Edtech, Fintech and Future of Work Tech. We have supported the launch of more than 25 products to market. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting a tech company in Sheffield? Build and utilise your network. Sheffield has a thriving network of individual interested in technology. Join communities such as Sheffield Digital or Women in Tech to kick start building key relationships.

UPDATING SHEFFIELD’S FINANCE SOFTWARE Sam Newton, founder, Gravitate Accounting What do you find most exciting about the technology/ digital sector in South Yorkshire? From my experience, the majority of businesses want to improve their utilisation of technology. We have rarely come across a business which is scared of change. This is a huge opportunity for us as a lot of businesses are still using dated finance software and we are loving implementing cloud based finance functions that are saving between 10 and 20 hours a month! When working with businesses in the technology and digital sector, how are their needs different to other clients and customers? For those businesses which are already on a digital journey, they are already benefiting from the tech. These businesses must look for the next software or app that is around the corner that can be slotted into their accounting technology stack to improve things further. Accountancy is evolving so quickly and we spend a high proportion of our time reviewing and testing new apps before implementing them for clients. What are the big issues that you find they need support with? One of the biggest issues we see is integrating the system used to run the business on the day to day and the system used to run the finances. If we can get their systems talking to each other, the benefits are huge. This is one of the major benefits of working with Xero which has open API and integrates with lots of systems. How do you help them? What else makes you a great place to support a technology/digital client? As a tech driven accountancy practice, we have lots of clients and contacts in a similar space, so even if we can’t directly help, within a few hours we can have a call set up with someone who can.

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MANAGING THE CHALLENGES OF WORKING FROM HOME Holly Crosby, coach, trainer and counsellor at Think:me What do you find most exciting about the technology/digital sector in South Yorkshire? Digital businesses are often filled with younger teams with tonnes of enthusiasm. They are excited and passionate about their work and it really shows. As a sector, it’s really important to know your workforce and what can help them find their work rewarding, what they respond to and what values matter to them. Technology and digital businesses are often quick to recognise what their employees need, be it flexible working or reward packages, and they recognise that a salary isn’t the be all and end all for a lot of their employees – a strong work/life balance is often just as valued. Mental health is valued by younger teams and knowing they have support if life gets on top of them makes a strong statement to a prospective workforce.

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When working with businesses in the technology and digital sector, how are their needs different to other clients and customers? Along with being quick to embrace flexible working, which was already common before the pandemic, it’s really important to keep a sense of engagement with your team. Digital teams are very good at communicating and use technology to enhance the working relationships incredibly effectively, but it’s essential to watch out for changes in a colleague’s mood, performance or engagement that could be signs they are struggling with other issues. While working from home is often freeing, it can also be very lonely, especially when projects are at their peak and there is lots of work to do. Even if a team is meeting up regularly, I encourage organisations to take responsibility for checking

in on their teams, and I try to help find ways that they feel comfortable doing that. What are the big issues that you find they need support with? Difficulties with your mental health or the overuse of alcohol can be easier to hide if working from home. There is also a lot more opportunity to allow it to become a problem. Busy periods can lead to increased stress and bad habits can escalate into genuine problems that can affect work themselves. It’s extremely important to ask those questions that ensure someone’s wellbeing, but they can be difficult for a manager to ask as well as hard for employees to answer truthfully to their manager or someone senior to them. Sometimes, my role is to step in with a client and explore those concerns myself, sometimes it means helping colleagues to help

one another. How do you help them? What else makes you a great place to support a technology/ digital client? Once the “warning signs” are recognised, I help businesses follow that through. There are paths of support that may or may not be appropriate, but a supportive environment is the most important aspect. In a world where we are more connected than ever, it’s also easier to feel more distant and I help my clients to find ways that they can support their teams within the framework of their business. The methods will vary according to the size of the business, the age, gender and working habits of the teams, but finding ways that employees can voice whatever causes them difficulty means that they are working better, working harder and want to repay that trust.

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SUPPORTING SHEFFIELD’S DIGITAL BUSINESSES THROUGHOUT THE EMPLOYEE LIFECYCLE Jay Bhayani, managing director Bhayani HR & Employment Law If you were speaking to your parents, how would you describe what your company does? We look after employers and employees. We support employers with HR issues, covering everything in the employee lifecycle from recruitment to termination and looking after compliance issues like contracts, policies, performance issues, and HR training. We work for individuals as well, with issues like unfair dismissal. What do you find most exciting about the technology/digital sector in South Yorkshire? While I’ve lived in Sheffield for 35 years now, the last 10 years have seen a growth in the number of exciting new start-ups that are really innovative. We’ve worked with those starting from a local seed and growing massively – there’s impressive evolution of some of these

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companies that are niche but working on a national and global level, thanks to the talent of a local entrepreneur. When working with businesses in the technology and digital sector, how are their needs different to other clients and customers? People that run tech companies don’t tend to be people focused, meaning they struggle with managing people - lots of my clients would happily agree with that. They might need extra help to get the best out of people. For example, they can mentor technically but don’t think about what else is important to retain employees and get the best out of them. We also work on diversity including neurodiversity - lots of employers and employees might encounter challenges if they are on the neurodiversity spectrum, so this is an area that we focus on.

What are the big issues that you find they need support with? Tech companies often struggle with quick growth. They start off with people they know well and form a small company. But then they grow at speed, without proper written procedures and policies, and not every employee works in the same way as their original team. Clients which enter business because they have a good idea with friends might begin to pull in different directions, but without agreements in place it can turn into a nightmare. Businesses should futureproof themselves from the start, with proper procedures and HR policies in place. How do you help them? What else makes you a great place to support a technology/ digital client? We have an outsourced HR

package, that can grow with them. We understand that not every business wants to commit to a large cost, so we offer minimal cost for compliance documents, all on a portal. Then, as they grow, we have diff levels of support for recruitment, more handson HR support, recruit, and legal issues. We’ve recently become an associate sponsor of Sheffield Digital, allowing us to connect with others in Sheffield’s digital industry, working cohesively to address challenges in the field. What piece of advice would you give to someone starting a tech company in Sheffield? Don’t just focus on the tech, think about all the other bits that make it work like financial viability, marketing, and recruiting the right people. Future proof the business, rather than just focusing on the tech idea. It might grow faster than you think.

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Working Win is a ground-breaking programme that helps people in South Yorkshire to find and stay in work and has recently been extended until March 2023.

Delivered by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, in partnership with the DWP, NHS England and South Yorkshire Housing Association, Working Win provides support for people who have a health condition who are in work and off sick, and people struggling to remain in work. Working Win also supports people who are unemployed and looking for a new job role and works with employers to help their teams to stay well and flourish. Over the past four years, Working Win has supported nearly 3,000 people to return to work or find employment. The programme is completely free to participants and the extension to the scheme means more local people and employers can be supported thanks to the funding boost from the Government’s Work and Health Unit. One of those to receive support is Anji. Working Win

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supported Anji to remain in a job she loves by building her confidence to speak to employers about her health condition. Anji’s employment specialist, Paul, supported her to initiate conversations with her line managers about her condition, and to discuss how small adjustments to her role could help her to manage her wellbeing and do her job effectively. Anji said: “When your body won’t do what you want it to do, it really knocks your confidence and self-esteem. One of the things that Paul taught me was not to be afraid to ask for reasonable adjustments. It was about Paul empowering me to advocate for myself - I’ve got the confidence to do that now and didn’t have that before Working Win.” Working Win participant, Mark, was out of work and struggling with his mental health, but with support from his employment specialist,

Tina, found work as an accounts assistant. Mark said: “Within a week of being on Working Win, my whole life changed. I recognised my strengths and was able to start back at work part time. Within a few weeks I was offered full time work, which I accepted and have now been offered a promotion. I learned to quash the depressive thoughts that were holding me back and to focus on my own value and self-worth. I feel like I’m back

now and able to contribute to society.” Mark is employed by Ada and Co. Accounts in Sheffield, led by Chief Executive Nesli Akkus, who said: “I do recommend Working Win to any employers and I do like the support I’ve received from Tina (Employment Specialist). Now I can talk to my other staff if they’re feeling down.”

Working Win is open to people living or working in Sheffield, Doncaster, Barnsley, Rotherham and Bassetlaw. Businesses can find out more by contacting 0114 2900 218 or workingwin@syha.co.uk and both employers, employees and people looking for work can make a referral to Working Win via: www.workingwinreferrals.co.uk or alternatively can speak to a GP or Health Professional. Places are limited and referrals will close on December 31, 2022. Working Win support continues until March 2023. More information can also be found at: www.sheffieldcityregion.org.uk/working-win

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HAVE LUNCH WITH… ANNA BOLLINGER

From business owner to humanitarian and women-intech advocate, Appt’s Anna Bollinger is a force to be reckoned with. unLTD’s Brogan Maguire sits down for lunch with her to talk robots, diversity and heading up an amazing charity… I first met Anna at a networking event a few months ago, where we enjoyed a brief conversation, and even in that moment it was clear this is a woman with not only impressive business skills, but also a huge heart. Appt is an award-winning international digital agency, which specialises in bespoke app, web and software development and digital communications in the UK and China. The company was founded by Anna and her husband Jon after they left university and is what they have poured their heart and soul into ever since. She said: “We took a real risk by starting the business but it was clear very early on that we didn’t want to get traditional 'nine to five' jobs and that we wanted to use our skills to start something for ourselves, with the goal of helping lots of other people too. “It’s led to lots of sleepless nights and quite a few years without a holiday but it has definitely been worth it.” The business has gone from strength to strength over the years and has three main aims, Anna tells me. The first is efficiency – they come up with bespoke app and tech solutions to make tasks simpler, faster and more user-friendly. The second is connectivity – creating webpages and digital and social media campaigns that bring people together. And the third is creativity – listening to ideas from businesses and using technological know-how to build creative and unique content that will

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help them go further. (Think AI bots that can play bridge and ‘Tinder’ for student properties.) It’s obvious, even from spending just one lunchtime with Anna, that these are principles she brings into her own life, too. There’s no rest for the wicked, and in her ‘spare’ time she runs a charity, Hope English School, as well as being on the operations team at Sheffield Women in Tech. “I think it’s so important to show diversity in our sector and shine a spotlight on all the amazing women doing such great things with technology,” she said. “We run lots of events to encourage women to consider careers in tech and to support those who already work in it. We want to change the narrative and show that both the technology industry and the broader use of it should be accessible to all.” That’s also the motive behind Anna’s charity, which provides English lessons and digital skills courses to asylum seekers and refugees – this is one busy woman. She said: “Sheffield is a City of Sanctuary and that is a really important part of who we are. Language should not be a barrier for anyone and neither should technology. If used correctly, technology can open up so many doors and connect so many people and we want that opportunity to be available to everyone, no matter their background.” Anna, you’re an inspiration!

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HAVE LUNCH WITH... FRESH FOOD GALORE AT THE HORSE AND JOCKEY

Living just down the road from Riverside Kelham, it’s no surprise that I’m a sucker for a True North Brew Co. pub – and if you’ve ever had their chips, you’ll know exactly why. The Horse and Jockey in Wadsley is another True North venue and one I had never visited before, so when I met Anna there one sunny lunchtime last month, I was really excited to try it. The beauty of summer is that you can take advantage of the warmer weather – well most of the time, this is Yorkshire after all – and sit outside to eat. Luckily The Horse and Jockey has a lovely outdoor seating area so we were able to enjoy our food and drinks al fresco. The staff were so friendly and attentive, allowing us to choose whichever seat suited us best and letting us know they were there for anything we might need. The next big tick for me was the selection of drinks available, especially those on draught. I love an IPA, so I opted for Saucery by Magic Rock, one of my favourites, while Anna went for a lovely Camden Pale. Then it was onto the food and the menu at The Horse and Jockey has everything you could ever ask for. I was going out for another meal after work (not bragging I promise!), so I knew I wanted something light and fresh, even if I was tempted by the amazing-sounding burgers and pizzas.

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In the end I opted for a Mediterranean salad, consisting of giant couscous, roasted tomatoes, red peppers, rocket and balsamic and chive dressing, with a serving of grilled halloumi on top. The cheese was the perfect balance of crispy and soft and the dressing was a flavour sensation. Anna went for the marinated beef hanging kebab, served with grilled garlic flatbread, fries and house salad. She said the meat was tender and the accompaniments made up the perfect meal. Obviously, I stole a few of the fries and they were salty, crispy and cooked to perfection. We also got a few small plates to share – the mini chicken souvlaki, halloumi fries and calamari. They were all incredibly tasty and we definitely ate more than we should have, but we have absolutely no regrets. One thing’s for sure, we didn’t leave the place hungry, but we did leave feeling happy, refreshed and with an excellent new venue to add to our eatingout roster.

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CHAMBER

Can you help make Sheffield the best place in the UK to do business?

Yes? Well, we want to hear from you. Sheffield Chamber has been evolving. Over the last 12 months we have formed new partnerships, launched new projects and helped to guide and support organisations in Sheffield in a post-COVID 19 world. But we know we can’t do this alone… Sheffield Chamber are now looking for more businesspeople, who want to play a leading role in supporting this city, to join our Chamber Council from January 2023. Our Council play’s an integral part of Sheffield Chamber. They are a voice for business. They act as a conduit for bringing business issues to our attention, debate the impact and help us shape necessary actions. Made up of elected members from the region's businesses, council members kindly volunteer their time to help us make a difference and have an impact. This year our Council has been more active than ever. They have formed working groups to tackle real challenges facing

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industries today. Supported the development of the Chamber’s new business plan, which has been created to better service our members and helped to launch new projects such as our Chamber Champions. Council members have also played an integral role in city centre consultations. We firmly believe that our Chamber Council members have made and continue to make a difference. Together we have actively participated to support Sheffield businesses through challenging times and celebrated achievements. We have supported charities through the Chamber’s partnership with Sheffield Business Together

and helped shape the next generation of business leaders through our Sheffield College Business and Enterprise Academy. Yes, joining Chamber Council is a great way to help Sheffield. But it is also a fantastic springboard to make new connections, profile your work, for personal development and to give back. Hannah Martin-Singh, of UniHomes, joined Chamber Council in 2021. Hannah said: "Being part of Council has enabled me to diversify my networks, have a say on matters that effect my organisation and attend different events across the city region." This year our recruitment has

a specific focus on professionals with knowledge of sustainability and start up’s. But we would love to hear from people across all private and public sectors in Sheffield. So, if you or your organisation is a Chamber member, we invite you to consider becoming part of Council too.

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Applications close October 9 and interviews will take place in late October. How to apply and a role profile, can be found on the Chamber website www.scci. org.uk. Alternatively, contact nominations committee chair Grace Brierley, via g.brierley@ shu.ac.uk, for more information or an informal chat.

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AS PART OF THE QUARTERLY ECONOMIC SURVEY (QES) IN Q2, BUSINESSES ACROSS SOUTH YORKSHIRE HAD THE OPPORTUNITY TO SUBMIT QUESTIONS ON KEY AREAS AFFECTING THEIR BUSINESSES. HERE, CHAMBER LEADERS, RESPOND: WHAT DO CHAMBERS WANT THE NEW MAYOR TO DO FOR BUSINESSES IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE? Louisa Harrison-Walker and Alexis Krachai, joint executive directors of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce We expect political leaders of South Yorkshire to be a visible and effective champion for business – setting the right tone and selling our region to the outside world. We want the mayor to be active in engaging with our business community and responsive to its concerns and ambitions – such as on challenging developments like the future of Doncaster Sheffield Airport. In our joint People and Skills manifesto, we set out three things that really matter to us: • Their ability to secure and commit funding, where it’s needed, to deliver our manifesto and South Yorkshire’s Local Skills Improvement Plan • Their success in convening South Yorkshire’s businesses, skills and education establishments to deliver on the shared responsibilities set out in our manifesto and the Local Skills Improvement Plan • Their success in achieving the nationallevel commitments and changes needed to deliver our manifesto and the Local Skills Improvement Plan HOW ARE CHAMBERS IN SOUTH YORKSHIRE ENGAGING

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WITH THE GOVERNMENT’S ‘LEVELLING UP’ PLANS? Andrew Denniff, CEO Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce Collectively we welcome the ambition to close the economic gap between South Yorkshire and the wealthiest areas of the country like London and the South East. I would say that we’ve been working towards this for much longer than ‘levelling up’ has been around! Over many years we have worked closely with partners in local government and the private sector in responding to national initiatives around levelling up and will continue to do so however these evolve under a new Prime Minister. This will include shaping regional funding bids, designing programmes and using the lobbying power we have through our national network, the British Chambers of Commerce. However, most of what we do isn’t reacting - it’s being on the front foot in campaigning for investment in South Yorkshire, supporting innovative companies to locate here and working hard to improve our local skills offer. Throughout this year the Chambers have led South Yorkshire’s Local Skills Improvement Plan on behalf of businesses and education and training providers: aspiring to a shared vision for a high-skill economy would go a long way to ‘levelling up’.

HOW CAN GOVERNMENT FINANCIALLY INCENTIVISE INTERNATIONAL, NATIONAL AND LOCAL BUSINESSES TO INVEST MORE IN WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT? Dan Fell, CEO of Doncaster Chamber By listening to businesses and learning from what has worked well already. Whilst the apprenticeship levy has many flaws, one significant upside is that it has encouraged finance directors to look carefully at this area of the business, so repeating this trick is a good idea. In another policy area, it’s worth noting that R&D tax credits are a great way of incentivising investment and encouraging innovative business behaviour. I would like to see government introduce an equivalent incentive for workforce development that encouraged businesses to invest in skills and long-term success through people. This was one of the 40 practical recommendations in our recent People and Skills Manifesto The results of the QES help South Yorkshire Chambers ensure business interests are represented by key decision makers - on a local, regional and national level. The QES for Q3 is open from August 22 to September 12. To complete this, please visit your local Chambers website for access to the online survey link. The more businesses that take part, the stronger our voice.

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LEGAL Katie Ash of Banner Jones Solicitors discusses some of the things you will need to consider when hiring your first employee

Employing staff to invest their time and skills in a business can be hugely beneficial, but for many new business owners, there is still a nervousness about taking the plunge. Here, we discuss the most common fears and how to overcome them. One of the biggest worries when it comes to taking on an employee is the affordability of the commitment. Always remember though, that in the long run, the financial cost of employing staff should be outweighed by the skills and knowledge they bring and the income they help you generate. We would recommend seeking financial advice before recruiting your first employee to understand the true cost to your business. As well as their wages, you will need to consider national insurance and pension contributions as well as the potential additional costs of employer’s liability insurance and meeting your health and safety obligations. Recruitment needs to be dealt with fairly and there are a few things to consider. The first thing to do is to identify

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the vacancy and write a job description for the role so that you have a clear idea of the skills and experience you need, which will also help to determine the appropriate level of pay. Consider whether the job needs to be performed on a full-time basis or whether it is open to job-sharing, part-time working, or homeworking and whether the appointment is to be made on a permanent or temporary fixed-term basis. You should be confident in explaining any requirement for a job to be performed on a full-time basis, as this may be challenged as being discriminatory by those who need to work flexibly because of, for example, caring commitments. Advertising the job may seem easy, but remember, where you advertise the role is

also covered by the Equality Act 2010, so advertising in more than one place is advisable. Also, avoid specifying any protected characteristic such as gender or age or any physical attributes in the advert. The next step is to shortlist the candidates. The selection process can vary depending on the nature of the vacancy and the size of the business, but whichever selection process is decided upon, it’s important to ensure that the process is fair and consistent and results in the appointment of the best person for the job. The next stage is to make an offer of employment to them. This should be confirmed in writing and include the job title, the terms of the job such as being for a fixed-term or a part-time position, the starting salary and any conditions to which the offer is subject, for

example, receipt of satisfactory references. You should also ask the employee to confirm their acceptance of the offer. Once the offer is accepted and a start date is agreed you can consider writing an employment contract. Whilst a contract isn’t compulsory, employees must be given a written statement of their main terms and conditions on day one, and this needs to include certain information to ensure it is legally compliant. Employing staff can be hugely rewarding, but should something go wrong and you’re not sure what to do, the best thing to do is seek advice before taking any action. It is worth noting that ordinarily, employees do not actually accrue unfair dismissal rights until they have two years’ continuous service. KatieAsh@bannerjones.co.uk

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HYBRID WORKING WorkfromHub explains how the business was brought to life and how it could benefit you.

It all started from director Neal Byers, whose career had been focused on future mobility. He kept noticing a need for combining transport with other uses so people’s day could flow better. When the pandemic hit and everyone who could work from home did, he saw a new set of problems. People were finding the home a distracting and disruptive place to work, but the idea of working five days a week in the office was dead for many people. There was a need emerging for a ‘third space’, which could provide the best of both. Being a father of two himself, Neal was experiencing the challenges face-on when working from home. The lack of privacy, sufficient workspace and the natural chaos of home-life all caused problems. However, on the flip side, there was this amazing feeling of being able to spend more time with the family and gaining back that ‘lost time’ during the commute to the office. Neal saw a great opportunity to re-imagine how current

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spaces are used and wanted to explore if he could reuse redundant space to create something out of nothing. That’s when WorkfromHub was born. After a year of piloting the service and developing operational aspects, WorkfromHub launched in May 2022, followed closely with an app developed in August for users to book at their fingertips. Below you will read the story of Dan and how WorkfromHub fitted into his new working life. Dan, a father of three, is a senior digital developer for an ad agency who has been working from home since March 2020. Since then, the agency

decided that all employees are to work from home and have sold their office space to save money. Over time, Dan has fully adapted his dining room into a semi-functional office space. The dining table is the perfect size to set up his second monitor etc. However, when it’s family time, the office gets dismantled back to a dining table to have a meal with the family. Dan has to do this almost every day. When it’s school holidays, the household is a lot busier and chaotic. This means ultimate privacy and a quiet space is out of the question. Trying to win a new client in this chaotic environment is much harder for Dan. He decided to have a look around his area at what private spaces were available for his next client call. There were numerous co-working spaces available, but none that offered complete privacy. That’s when he came across WorkfromHub… Once he booked his session through the app, all that was left for Dan to do was head down to the hub, unlock his space and

settle in. With a strong Wi-fi connection and a second monitor already set up, he was online in a flash and started to perfect and practice his pitch with no interruptions. The hub was soundproof with very little outside noise and located in a peaceful environment to give Dan some quality quiet time to focus and get everything prepared for his meeting. . Once Dan was finished for the day all he had to do was pack his laptop away and walk out the door. When he walked back into his home, he felt like he could properly switch off and enjoy some quality time with his family! These are one of the many scenarios where we have found our hubs can help remote workers across South Yorkshire. Sometimes we need to escape our usual routine and chaos especially when there are big milestones to achieve. WorkfromHub is here to help you do just that, when you need it most. Head to www. workfromhub.co.uk for more information.

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LEFT TO RIGHT: COUNCILLOR MAZHER IQBAL AND TONY SHAW City programme, Pound Park is being funded by the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority through the Government’s Getting Building Fund. The park will provide an expansive, safe

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BRM Celebrates over 800 plot sales exceeding £100 Million BRM Solicitors celebrated over 800 plot sales in the previous 12 months, having established the plot sales team in June 2019. In total, 846 homes were sold in the 12-month period, with the average selling price being £156,000. The BRM plot sales team was recruited in advance of large-scale instructions from several regional developers. The team has gone from strength to strength, leading to an incredible close to June, with the team completing over 127 property completions in one day. The department completes on properties as far away as Cumbria,

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also can help with attracting and retaining employees. We sell a range of tickets and have a ‘flexi’ range, which was introduced to help commuters who have changed their working patterns following the pandemic. The Flexi5 ticket allows up to five journeys over one month and is priced the same as four day tickets, making it much more cost-effective. This means you save money compared to buying separate day tickets and you don’t need to worry about getting your money’s worth out of a standard weekly ticket if you are not commuting more than three days a week. Who are your customers and how are you targeting them?

Our tickets are available to anyone who needs to travel in and around South Yorkshire. They can be purchased through our website or via the First or Stagecoach app, making it easy for people to choose the right ticket for their needs. You can also buy our tickets on the bus, tram and at railway stations or from ticket machines in interchanges and Payzone stores. We also offer tickets to local businesses that subsidise travel as part of their employee benefits packages. Companies can benefit from discounts when buying our tickets in

bulk, and we are in the process of developing new flexible tickets. This will include a new Flexi50 ticket initially priced equivalent to 37 day tickets which will be offered for business use in response to the increase in hybrid working and to help businesses get their team to the office to collaborate. How can people get in touch with you? We’re always happy to chat to local businesspeople and put together a competitive quote if they would like to subsidise travel for their staff on the region’s buses, trams and trains. The easiest method of contacting us is through our website, www.sytravelmaster. com. There you’ll find details of all the tickets we offer and the various ways you can purchase them. If you would like to talk to us about what tickets we could offer for your business, email enquiries@sytravelmaster.com and one of our team will get in touch to see how we can help.

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LETS SHOUT ABOUT OUR AMAZING REGION Levelling up has been a hot topic over the past 12 months. In July alone, a staggering 36,418 media articles referenced “levelling up” – setting the news agenda across the UK. Putting aside cash injections, economic programmes and party politics, the whole levelling up debate also raises critical questions about how the region portrays itself. It’s time to level up how we talk about ourselves. That is particularly pertinent here in South Yorkshire. It’s one thing to lobby for, and to be excited about, economic projects and inward investment, but if we truly want to level up Sheffield, we need to start shouting about ourselves at the same volume as the South and core cities like Birmingham, Leeds and

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Keeping our high streets alive and kicking is essential to both businesses and our communities alike. Supporting local business owners, bringing money into the local economy and bringing vibrancy to our streets is something we are very passionate about here at unLTD. From hosting panel discussions on the topic at our unLTD social event in April to running a regular ‘Shop Local’ feature in the magazine, it is a cause we are keen to carry on supporting in any way we can. This year, the Sheffield Business Awards have a new category – High Street Hero – sponsored by Business Sheffield. The award recognises an independent retail, hospitality or leisure business that is playing a vital role in supporting the high street experience in Sheffield. Applications for the awards open on September 6 and close on October 10. To celebrate the new category, we wanted to shine a spotlight on some of the amazing independents in our area and get their experience of being a high street hero, so for this issue we spoke to Petal Accessories on Sharrow Vale Road.

Tell us about yourself, your business, where you are and what you do? Petal Accessories is just about to celebrate its 10th anniversary on Sharrow Vale Road.

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How did you get started and what do you love about what you do? We started our business with the idea that people needed to be able to accessorise their outfits quickly and easily by seeing handbags, scarves and jewellery displayed in colour matched sections. Thankfully, lots of customers like this concept. What’s great about your area (parks, other businesses, what makes it unique)? Sharrow Vale Road is the perfect location for our business with lots of independent shops and cafes, perfect for people to have a stroll and browse. What makes your customers keep coming back to you? What can you offer and do for them that larger businesses don’t? Our customers do come from all over Sheffield and Derbyshire when they need to get the perfect bag or accessory for any outfit or occasion, and very interestingly one of our main customer bases are the mums with children at the universities, who call in to see us every time they drop off or collect their offspring. It’s like a real community. All small shops find it difficult to compete with online retailers but our main advantage over them is that it is very difficult to accurately judge colours on a monitor!

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HOW TO APPLY FOR THE HIGH STREET HERO AWARD This award recognises an independent retail, hospitality or leisure business that is playing a vital role in supporting the high street experience in Sheffield. Who should apply? This award is open to independent retail, hospitality and leisure businesses of all sizes, based in Sheffield or a member of Sheffield Chamber. Small businesses wishing to enter will be given access to a live and/or recorded workshop where they will receive coaching on award submission writing. A guide to what the judges will be looking for: • Your approach to creating a great high street experience • How you play a positive role in your area/ community. This could be about community projects you’ve taken part in, or just how you meet the needs of your customer base. • What you’re doing to make your business environmentally friendly. For example, using local suppliers, reducing waste or shifting to more sustainable products/ materials • How you’ve made sure your business survived and/or thrived during difficult times • Your plans for the future and how you aim to sustain or grow your business. What you need to include: Contact name Contact email address Full company name Company address Website address Telephone number Relevant social media

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handles Business sector Legal status of company Number of employees Year that the business started trading Please provide a brief description of your business, its products or services, and the markets in which it operates. Why should you win this award? Ensure the points set out below are covered in your answer: • Initiatives/activities you have undertaken to improve the high street experience • Evidence of positive impact for community and customers – for example, customer service, value for money, positive brand image for the local high street • Examples of the ways that you are making your business environmentally friendly – for instance, using local suppliers, cutting down on wastage • Ways in which you made sure your business survived/thrived in difficult times - for example, adapting your product/service, offering home delivery. Outline of your future plans and how you intend to stay ahead of the market. This year we are aiming to celebrate Sheffield’s inclusivity and attract a more diverse range of applicants, which is why we have introduced a number of new award categories and made the application process easier than ever. Head to www. sheffieldbusinessawards. org.uk to find out more.

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management in and around the retail sector. Both Paul and Dawn have had lived experience with violent situations either personally or within their previous working environment which helps understand the real-world situations faced throughout society. How has Launchpad helped you? Launchpad has been invaluable in pointing us in the right direction. The help and advice on offer is a great opportunity that can guide anyone in the right direction to start a business. The types of training available can be bespoke one to one offering such as business, legal or marketing advice or attending a range of online training sessions, Launchpad is the answer to anyone looking into setting up a new business. What are your hopes and aims for the business? Our hope is that we become a sustainable local business that will travel nationwide to spread

what we have on offer. The combination of Paul and Dawn is hopefully the perfect mix to be consistent, reliable, and sustainable. Both directors have an open mind mantra for life and continue to develop and learn to stay relevant and in front of the curve. We have seen a rise in violence over the past 12 months with new sectors reaching out which previously didn’t feel the need too. We can offer solutions and guidance for employers and employees alike, for them to understand certain situations, and to remain safe and as calm as can be. The hope is for a business providing a regular income and work life balance whilst meeting the specific needs of our clients. We are also looking to grow and employ a new generation at Instincts so the legacy can continue empowering communities and society to be able to do the right thing at the right time.

Advisor statement from Julia Millea: “Paul and his business partner Dawn initially attended our fasttrack business programme to build and shape their business. Paul and Dawn have a unique range of skills and experience that they can share with others in their training packages which addresses some important aspects of people remaining safe in the workplace. We continue to support them and wish them every success with their business..” “Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created. Part funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality. “Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email growthhub@ sheffieldcityregion.org. uk.”

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CHOOSE TO LOSE Melanie Pym from Choose to Lose explains how working with Launchpad helped her build her business. Tell us about your company. Choose to Lose is a new local weight loss organisation. I opened a few meetings in July 2021 to help people feel better about themselves and to stop the rising obesity levels in the local area. We run weekly meetings with a private weigh-in and motivational talks. Within our first year, those few meetings had grown to 22 and we have another five planned to open in September alongside a zoom meeting. We only have 25 members in each meeting, so it stays very personal, and every member gets the time they need. When did you first decide to start up on your own and what inspired you? I had worked in the weight loss industry for over 25 years but after leaving in June 2019, I missed seeing members achieve goals, gain confidence, and feel great about themselves again. Local authorities were struggling with obesity levels, and I thought I could use all my skills and help people feel good again. As soon as we opened our doors and started to help people, I was just so excited to see all the success, and this inspired me to expand and help even more people feel good. How has Launchpad helped you? Launchpad has been amazing; I have been on free courses that have helped me build my

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Advisory statement from Fiona Humpage, Launchpad business advisor: “Mel has embraced all the support that Launchpad has provided as well as the grant that the Council has awarded to her. Since we have been supporting, Mel has celebrated one year of trading as well as expanding the offer of meetings across North Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and into Derbyshire. It’s truly inspirational to see how Choose to Lose has helped people and how this has been life changing.”

skills and meet new people. It’s great having support that is just a phone call away if needed. I also found out about grants and connections that I would never have known about if it wasn’t for Launchpad. What are your hopes and aims for the business?

I hope to keep growing into new areas so I can help more and more people feel great. I’ve started contacting local companies as I think Choose to Lose would work well in businesses to bring well-being support to employees. One day I would love to work with local GP surgeries and offer Choose to Lose to their patients.

“Starting and growing a business is not easy and that’s why the Launchpad programme was created. Part-funded by the European Regional Development Fund and our partners means there is no cost to the entrepreneur, so we can get straight to work on turning those dreams into reality. “Stop dreaming and do it. Contact us for information now on 03330 00 00 39 or email growthhub@ sheffieldcityregion.org. uk.”

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NEW CANCER AND LEUKAEMIA WARD AT SHEFFIELD CHILDREN’S HOSPITAL REVEALED TO PUBLIC Thanks to generous donations from businesses, individuals, community groups and schools around the region, the newly transformed Cancer and Leukaemia Ward at Sheffield Children’s Hospital opened to patients and families at the beginning of this year.

The new ward has bright spaces, ensuite bedrooms with views across Weston Park, fridges in patient rooms, a new playroom, facilities for teenagers and more. Fundraising for the ward started back in 2018 with an appeal launched by The Children’s Hospital Charity to raise £2.75million. From supporting the Bears of Sheffield to sponsoring a snowflake at Christmas or wearing pyjamas all day for Pyjama Day, everyone who has donated or fundraised has made the new ward a reality for patients and families. The next appeal for The

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Children’s Hospital Charity is to build a helipad on the roof of the hospital for patients needing urgent critical care. How you can help – the snowflakes are coming! Each year Sheffield Children’s Hospital is lit up with sparkling snowflakes sponsored by generous businesses, schools, community groups and individuals. Over the past eight years, the display has raised over £1million for Sheffield Children’s. Already more than 140 snowflakes have been sponsored and as the autumn months begin, the charity is

calling on the support of your business to sponsor a snowflake and help raise the money to build a helipad on the roof at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This year, the twinkling display is expanding across the region with snowflakes not only on the side of Sheffield Children’s but also available to sponsor on Sheffield City Hall, Crystal Peaks Shopping Centre, St John’s Church at Owlerton, the Alhambra Centre in Barnsley, Frenchgate Shopping Centre, Homes by Holmes in

Chesterfield and even a new site in Mansfield. Sponsors see their name next to a twinkling snowflake showcasing their business name for everyone to see and are invited to watch the lights be switched on. Tchad Western, chief fun officer, said: “Over the years the snowflake displays have helped to fund specialist equipment and new facilities at Sheffield Children’s Hospital. This year the money raised will go towards our appeal to build a helipad on the roof of the hospital. Every penny raised through snowflake sponsorship really does make a big impact.” Find out more about how your business could sponsor a snowflake by e-mailing snowflakes@tchc.org.uk or visiting www.tchc.org.uk

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ABBEYDALE BREWERY CELEBRATES SOUTH YORKSHIRE HOMELESS CHARITY ROUNDABOUT WITH FRESH START South Yorkshire homeless charity Roundabout has been honoured with a brand-new beer brewed by Abbeydale Brewery to celebrate the charity’s amazing work across the region. The Abbeydale team has brewed Fresh Start, a 4.1 per cent dry hopped pale ale created with a blend of Enigma, Simcoe and Vic Secret hops. Roundabout is a youth homeless charity specialising in supporting over 300 young people aged 16-25. Being a part of the End Youth Homelessness (EYH) partnership, a national movement aiming to end youth homelessness in the UK, Roundabout also works

to prevent homelessness amongst youths in South Yorkshire. Working with the brewery, Roundabout coined the name Fresh Start to reflect

the charity’s ethos and the impact the charity has on the lives of young people in South Yorkshire. The beer is now available and is being released in cask

only, with 10p from every pint sold going to Roundabout. Fresh Start is already going down a treat in popular Sheffield pubs including The Rising Sun in Fulwood, the Rutland Arms in Sheffield City Centre, the Dorothy Pax at Victoria Quays and The Dog and Partridge on Trippet Lane. “We are so pleased that Abbeydale have come up with this great way of supporting our work and I was delighted to be invited to the Fresh Start brew day at the Abbeydale brewery,” said Roundabout Events Fundraiser Emily Bush. “This is just the start of what we are sure will be a great year of fundraising support by the Abbeydale team.”

Recycling for Yorkshire Air Ambulance Did you know you can recycle unwanted clothing and shoes to help raise vital funds for Yorkshire Air Ambulance (YAA)? Over the last two years, recycling has raised over £308,000 for the lifesaving charity. The charity has more than 230 textile bins across Yorkshire provided by its partner Recycling Solutions. Recycling Solutions is a family-run business and since 2007 it has been working with charities and local authorities to reduce the amount of textile waste going to landfill. For every item of clothing or pair of shoes donated, YAA receives a percentage of the sale of the donated goods. Good quality items are re-sold to second-hand clothing traders in the UK and worldwide. Can you host a recycling bin at your business? Do you have space in a car park

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or a small area outside your building? The standard bank is 4ft wide, 4ft deep and 6ft high. However, other sizes are available. Katie Collinson, partnerships manager for YAA, said: “Our business collection scheme is convenient for everyone meaning we arrange to come to you making it easier than ever before for people to recycle and raise vital funds for YAA. “It costs £12,000 per day to keep our charity saving lives across the region and our recycling scheme gives us sustainable income that we can rely on, as well as helping the planet in the process. We are very grateful to everyone for their support.” To find out more about recycling for YAA and to locate your nearest YAA recycling bank, visit www.yaa. org.uk/recycling/

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MAKE THE MOST OF GRANT FUNDING Well, it is back to school time and it went by in a flash didn’t it? My kids are grown up now, so many of you with younger ‘little darlings’ may not agree with me! I wanted to remind you of three things this month: Make sure that you apply every year for up to £10k from the National Lottery Awards for All. You can top up your core costs pot, undertake a project or buy some capital equipment. The application isn’t a huge one and decisions take about eight to nine weeks currently. I have had five clients receive their funding this last month, if you need help, drop me a line. Ensure that any grant funding is monitored from day one of your grant award. You will need to implement a system for accounting for the funds, as well as measuring the impact of what has been funded. Get used to completing Equality, Diversity

and Inclusivity questionnaires for everyone – that way it is easy to supply this information when asked. Ensure you are monitoring how your service users are finding the project or new investments made – this could be focus groups or asking for feedback on social media posts/videos. Keep asking for testimonials and case studies from beneficiaries, service users, partners and stakeholders – these should appear in your company accounts, on your website and in marketing literature. What other people say about you is far more powerful than what you say about you! Next month I want to introduce you to a couple of my retained clients who are going to explain how I have worked with them to support their growth, have a good month! Wendy Ward, Let’s Save Consultancy Services, 0772 9481010, wendy@letssave.biz

WESTON PARK CANCER CHARITY ANNOUNCES NIALL BAKER AS NEW CHAIR Weston Park Cancer Charity has announced Niall Baker as its new chair of its Board of Trustees. Niall brings a wealth of experience to his new role, being a partner at Irwin Mitchell and chair of Irwin Mitchell Asset Management. Niall succeeds David Whitney after nine years of chairmanship of the Weston Park Cancer Charity. Niall has previously shown a passion for the charity, having been a trustee of the charity for some time, where he will now use this valuable experience in leading a team of volunteer trustees in how the charity is managed and run. The charity has recently

EMMA CLARK AND NIALL BAKER developed a new ambitious strategy which aims to help each cancer patient across South Yorkshire, North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire. The charity

supports individuals during the most difficult times by enhancing treatment experiences and enabling vital research. With one in two people getting diagnosed

with cancer, the charity works hard to make lives better for each cancer patient across the region. Niall said: “One in two people will face a cancer diagnosis in their lifetimes, and as more people are diagnosed, we need to ensure people in our region have access to the very best cancer care and treatment. “With this in mind, I am honoured to be appointed as the new chair, especially at a time when the charity is committed to deliver an ambitious strategy.” For more information about Weston Park Cancer Charity, visit www.westonpark.org. uk or call 0114 553 3330.

Give Wendy at Let's Save Consultancy Services a call on 0772 9481010 or email wendy@letssave.biz

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