AGENDA NEWS Heart of the City II milestone Planning applications for the next phase of the Heart of the City II scheme, including a cultural destination and a low-carbon office building, have been submitted by Sheffield City Council.
SHU to reopen campus for September Sheffield Hallam University has announced plans that will see its campus open safely for the start of the academic year in September 2020.
Capturing Doncaster life during COVID Doncaster film maker and multimedia specialist Wayne Sables is using digital technology to create a picture of life and people in the town during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Homeless charity’s virtual gift scheme Roundabout is supporting vulnerable young people at risk of homelessness with a virtual gift scheme to donate to the charity.
Warehouse expansion for global wholesaler Wholesaler and distributor Pricecheck has expanded its warehouse operations to cope with demand.
SHEFFIELD FIRM LAUNCHES ORGANIC BANKNOTE PROTECTION Sheffield company Inovink has brought to the banknote printing industry a newly patented, novel, antimicrobial material – launching early because of COVID-19. BioNote® Organic Banknote Protection had been four years in development with Inovink and development partner Penrhos Bio, a Unilever joint venture company. Inovink’s research showed a naturally occurring material used in marine ecosystems can be applied to banknotes to inhibit microbial growth, preventing problems before they start. MD David Bedford said: “BioNote does not rely solely
on killing microbes on contact like other solutions. Uniquely, it works in a more innovative and sustainable way using nature’s ability to keep surfaces clean. It’s simple, environmentally friendly technology. “The patented technology material prevents contamination from forming in the first place by disrupting harmful microbial colonisation, keeping banknotes safer and cleaner for longer.” Angus Ward, commercial director said: “The World Health Organisation (WHO) say banknotes pose no more threat to spreading germs than any other hard surface. However, our product had
been tested and its efficacy proven by December last year and we were looking to launch in July so when the pandemic happened, it made sense for us to accelerate matters in order to assist with improving public trust in banknotes. “It is a new science for the banknote industry and very different to current antibacterial products.” David added: “It’s great to be a Sheffield company with innovative products going out all over the world – the Sheffield City Region has so much to offer with the universities and the AMRC and we’re proud to be part of that community.”
Work ethic continues for college students despite COVID-19
Employers are continuing to develop their workforces by supporting Barnsley College apprentices and students in industry placements during COVID-19. Candidates applied for roles with Yorkshire Ambulance Service (YAS) by attending online interviews, with the College’s Business Development team helping them prepare, get familiar with the software, and hosting mock interviews.
YAS recruited three candidates as a result and are advertising for two more roles. Indulgence Hair Salon in Monk Bretton has provided online lessons and tutorials to Hair Professional apprentice Olivia Cryer during lockdown. Salon manager Steffany Logan said: “We have an excellent relationship with Barnsley College and are considering taking on an
additional apprentice when we re-open.” Animal Management student Ellie Jordan has continued to attend her work placement at Mount Pleasant Farm in Great Houghton. Farmer Steve Richardson added: “We have adapted the way we work to maintain social distancing. Several of our regular staff are key workers so Ellie’s help has proven invaluable during this busy time of year.”