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Building work to start on temporary Bus Interchange

posted 19 Feb 2018, 02:04 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Feb 2018, 02:04 ]

Construction of a temporary bus interchange at Forge Island is due to start today in preparation for a £12m upgrade and refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE).

After a competitive tendering process, West Yorkshire-based QSP Construction Group has been appointed to build the temporary facility, which will accommodate most of the services that normally use the interchange. Additional temporary stops will also be added to Corporation Street.

The refurbishment works on Interchange itself - which will include improved lighting, glazing, seating and Passenger Information Displays (PIDs), plus new floors and a CCTV system - are due to start in the spring, with work taking around 12 months to complete.

Changes in the car park include new surfacing, bigger spaces for modern cars, designated walking routes and new cladding. Whilst the works take place, the car park and bus interchange will be closed although the café, shops in the Mall (College Walk) and customer toilets will remain open throughout.

Tim Taylor, Director of Customer Services at SYPTE, said: “Rotherham Forge Island – as the temporary site will be known – will provide 12 bus stands with lighting, seating and a covered waiting area for passengers along with timetables at each stand, a PID, CCTV and a staffed customer service desk.

“Opening a temporary facility at Forge Island will minimize customer disruption while essential maintenance work, fire damage repairs and refurbishment works take place on the interchange and car park above.”

SYPTE is engaging with community groups in Rotherham to inform them about the temporary interchange and the main refurbishment plans and to help them with the transition. 

A wider public information campaign due to start in the coming weeks will include drop-in events for customers, information panels at the interchange, posters and leaflets on buses, as well as messages on social media. 

The temporary facility and the refurbishment of Rotherham Interchange form part of the Town Centre Masterplan, led by Rotherham Council.

Sheffield City Region’s views sought on Strategic Transport Plan

posted 12 Feb 2018, 02:31 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 12 Feb 2018, 02:32 ]

Transport for the North (TfN) has begun a 13-week consultation on its Strategic Transport Plan for the North, and is inviting people’s views at an event being held in Sheffield this week.  

Senior TfN representatives will be visiting Sheffield as part of a dedicated session to outline the plan’s recommendations, advise on what this could mean for Sheffield and the wider City Region and invite questions and feedback that people may have.  

Martin McKervey, a partner at international law firm CMS, is the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Board lead member for Transport, and a member of Transport for the North Partnership Board.

He said: “Sheffield City Region has worked closely with Transport for the North in the development of this important Plan and we are very supportive of its aims and ambitions with regard to the strategic role of transport in enabling the realisation of the Northern Powerhouse.”

Mr McKervey added: “Transport for the North is working to make it easier for people and goods to travel across the region, improving access to jobs, supporting businesses and improving the movement of freight and goods across the North and to ports and airports.

“We are very clear in our ambition to deliver a fully integrated multi-modal transport network, with high frequency and low travel times to major norther cities and to London. We want this to work for everyone so we can maximise the opportunities this will present to further grow the economy of this great city region.’’

Barry White, CEO, Transport for the North said: “An incredible amount of work has gone into the production of the draft Strategic Transport Plan including collaboration between the public and private sector across the whole of the North.  

“The plan is underpinned with a robust evidence base making a compelling case for the investment priorities that would transform the economy of the North and the UK as a whole. I’m delighted that we’re now in a position to share this work with the public and invite their questions and comments. This is crucial to ensuring the plan is fit for purpose and meets the needs and aspirations of those who will benefit from improved infrastructure and economic prosperity, the citizens of the North. 

“This is first time transport in the North has been looked at on a pan-northern level offering a unique opportunity for everyone to have their say on what matters to them in their areas.  I’d encourage people to attend the event.”

The drop-in consultation event is open to everyone and is an opportunity for members of the public to formally submit their feedback on the plan which will be analysed and fed into the final Strategic Transport Plan before its release later in the year. 

Event schedule:
4pm – 5pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A
5pm – 6pm: Drop-in Q+A
6pm – 7pm: Presentation from Transport for the North representative and Q+A

The event will be held at Sheffield City Hall between 4pm – 7pm on February 14 February. 

The thirty-year plan, which was released in draft on Tuesday 16 January, is the first of its kind and outlines how transport connections across the North of England need to be transformed by 2050 to drive growth and close the economic gap between the North and the rest of England.

Transport for the North’s public consultation runs until 17 April 2018 with similar engagement events taking place across the North. A final version of the plan will be published later in the year and submitted to the Government for ministerial consideration. 

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Origin Broadband invest £2.5 million in move to Manvers

posted 26 Jan 2018, 01:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 26 Jan 2018, 01:06 ]

Award winning network operator, Origin Broadband, is excited to announce a £2.5 million investment in its new premises at Callflex Business Park, Rotherham. The move has come as part of a wider growth strategy for Origin Broadband, as the company continues to compete with the top five players in the UK telecommunications market. 

Since its launch in 2011, Origin has developed its own infrastructure and now hosts the sixth largest broadband network in the UK. Future growth forecasts suggest Origin will continue to grow its customer-base, reaching 257,000 customers by 2020.  

Origins’ staff base will flourish too. This time last year Origin employed 54 people, however, in the last 12 months employee numbers have now tripled, exceeding growth targets set in May last year. The move to the new building provides an even bigger opportunity for employment growth, with 53,665 sq. ft. it has the capacity to seat up to 700 people across all three floors.

Oliver Bryssau, CEO of Origin said; “We are really excited about Origins’ Head Office moving to Manvers. Doncaster has been a fantastic home for us, but our two current sites are no longer big enough to accommodate our future growth plans. Having both our Residential and Business divisions under one roof will help us share best practice across the whole of Origin.

Trips have been put on for colleagues to visit the new building and everyone has been impressed with its size and the opportunity it provides for future growth.” 

Origins’ new premise benefits from a robust transport network, including links to the M1 and A1(M), as well as integrated rail and bus routes from Rotherham, Barnsley, Doncaster and Sheffield. 98% of Origins’ employees have confirmed they will be moving to the new site, but the company will be offering CV workshops to those who will have to look for work elsewhere. 

Oliver continued; “We want to make the move as easy as possible for our colleagues. Exciting announcements have been made about contract changes; including shorter working hours and increased holiday allowances, with salaries remaining the same. 

The next phase for Origin is to continue our work on enhancing the customer experience. We set out to offer a better standard of broadband service nationwide and we will continue to do just this. Our values still remain the same, we will still offer industry leading prices and outstanding value for money, without ever outsourcing any of our operations overseas.”

Rotherham leading the way as Yorkshire’s fastest growing economy

posted 15 Jan 2018, 02:33 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Jan 2018, 02:33 ]

Rotherham Council leaders have welcomed a new report which reveals Rotherham is the fastest growing-city economy in Yorkshire, and the eighth fastest growing economy in the UK.

The UK Powerhouse study by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) provides an estimate of growth and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities.

The report shows that Rotherham had a growth of 1.8% across October to December 2017. The only economies ahead of Rotherham were Cambridge (2.2%), Aberdeen (2%), Derby, Milton Keynes, Ipswich, and Oxford (all 1.9%).

The report goes on to state that Rotherham has built on its historical manufacturing sector specialising in heavy steel, and now plays a key role in the manufacturer of bespoke products for the aerospace, nuclear and transportation industries, driven by research and development in technologies.

The location and success of the Advanced Manufacturing and Innovation District – which sits on the Rotherham/Sheffield border – and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing and Research Centre was significant in attracting investment from the likes of Boeing and McLaren, making a significant difference to the assessment of Rotherham’s performance against its peers.

Dorrien Peters, partner and Head of Business Legal Services at the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell, said: “Our latest Powerhouse Report shows that Rotherham’s impressive growth is a huge testament to the vision of our universities, together with Rotherham and Sheffield, to build a world class Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District. It is a decision that is supported by the hard economic data that shows the worth of manufacturing and education to the wider Sheffield City Region.”

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott added: “Rotherham’s ambition is to create the right conditions for growth and regeneration and these results give confidence to businesses looking to invest in jobs, homes and developments within Rotherham. We look forward to creating an economy in which there are more growing and innovative businesses, where more local people are in work, both highly skilled and entrepreneurial, and where the transport, digital and environmental infrastructure, along with the housing offer and quality of place, support economic growth.”

New UCR roof "topped off" as build reaches one step closer to completion

posted 15 Jan 2018, 01:40 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 15 Jan 2018, 01:41 ]

A topping-out ceremony was held last week to celebrate a huge milestone in the construction of the brand new University Centre Rotherham.

Willmott Dixon are just months away from completing the build of the £10.5million brand new campus, which will expand the range of degrees and higher level training available in Rotherham.

John Connolly, Chief Executive for the RNN Group, the organisation behind University Centre Rotherham and Rotherham College, welcomed Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council and other representatives from partner organisations including Sheffield City Region and Rotherham Together Partnership, to mark the completion of the highest point of the building.

A representative from Lloyds Bank also attended the event, an organisation that has both supported and partly-funded the project.

John Connolly, said of the build: “It’s fantastic to see our new University Centre Rotherham really starting to take shape and beginning to take its place on the Rotherham skyline.”

“Over the coming months, people will hear much more about the courses and brilliant facilities, and we’ll be working closely with more employers to get them involved so training meets their needs for highly-skilled staff.”

Behind the scenes at the RNN Group, the organisation is working collaboratively with the university partners which accredit their degrees and with regional employers to develop courses that are sought after within the local economy.

The centre is a key part of the Rotherham 2025 strategy to regenerate the town to make better place to live, work, invest in and visit.

Andrew Denniff, Chief Executive of Barnsley and Rotherham Chamber of Commerce said:

"The culmination of this project will bring what many businesses in Rotherham have been hoping for a long time - a university campus in our own town and in a central location. The number one priority for a majority of businesses is getting staff with the right skill set and developing our own 'home grown talent' will prove a major step forward. This also ties in with the Rotherham Together Partnership ‘game changer’ of increasing skills and employment in the borough".

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy, Councillor Denise Lelliott, said she was excited to see work on the Centre progressing:

“University Centre Rotherham will be a great asset to the borough," she said. "As Rotherham looks forward to a future with more growing and innovative businesses, the UCR will help to develop a home-grown future workforce with the necessary skills and knowledge.”

Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair of the Sheffield City Region (SCR) Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The University Centre will help to attract, retain and develop skills in the region which are so important for the SCR’s sustainable growth. It will be a major asset to Rotherham and the employers and workforce of the region - the ‘let’s get it done’ work-ethic in Sheffield City Region harnesses drive and ambition.”

Richard Stowell, Operations Manager for Willmott Dixon said, “UCR has made fantastic progress since the start in September 2017; in the space of a few months we have completed the groundwork, erected the steel, cast the floors and started the perimeter cladding.

“The roof topping out marks a significant milestone in the project calendar as we begin to commence internal trades, and is another milestone in our work to achieve completion later this year, so that UCR can welcome its first students this autumn.”

University Centre Rotherham is due to welcome students from autumn 2018, offering a huge range of degrees, foundation degrees, higher national certificates and diplomas, and other professional training in areas such as business enterprise, graphic design, performance, engineering, education, computing, media and photography and much more.

Rotherham Salon Is A Cut Above Thanks To UKSE Funding

posted 11 Jan 2018, 04:15 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 11 Jan 2018, 04:16 ]

A Rotherham-based luxury hair and beauty salon, Beautan, has launched since receiving funding from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund. 

Driven by demand from those looking to transform their appearance, Rebecca Duffy and Victoria Gale - the team behind Beautan – have invested in vital marketing collateral and staff uniforms, thanks to the £500 funding from UKSE.

Established in June 2017, Beautan is a prime, luxury beauty and tanning salon offering an array of treatments such as spray-tanning, hair removal, gel and acrylic nails, and haircuts, blow-dries and colouring.

Rebecca Duffy, qualified make-up artist and co-owner, has seen a surge in bookings leading up to the Christmas period. Due to the increase in demand, the duo already have growth plans to expand their team to four, allowing them to accept more appointments and increase turnover.

Victoria Gale, co-owner of Beautan, commented “I believe that the success of Beautan so far stems from the wide range of services that we offer. Often, people come to us for a haircut, realise we do nails and tanning too and leave having had the full works!

“The UKSE funding has enabled us to pursue a passion, and we’re both very grateful for the support we have received. We’d love to expand in the future and Rebecca is currently completing a barbering course, something else that we’ll be able to add to our services allowing us to open the door to a wider range of clientele.”

Launched in February 2016 by UKSE, with support from RIDO and Rotherham Youth Enterprise, the Kickstart Fund is dedicated to supporting people looking to establish a business in the local area.

Keith Williams, from UKSE, said: “Victoria and Rebecca have shown real entrepreneurial spirit, they’re both very passionate about what they do and this shines through with the quality of services they provide to a growing client base.

“With any new business, it’s important to get the basics right and it’s great to see that our funding has helped Beautan start trading, market themselves in the area and fuel initial growth.”

A subsidiary of Tata Steel, UK Steel Enterprise provides equity and loan finance to growing companies. Established businesses in need of growth finance can contact the UK Steel Enterprise team on 0800 915 1188.

MacRobert Award 2018 Entries Now Open

posted 19 Dec 2017, 04:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 04:05 ]

Entries are now open for the 2018 Royal Academy of Engineering MacRobert Award. 

The MacRobert Award, first presented in 1969, is the UK's longest-running and most prestigious national prize for engineering innovation.  

It honours the winning organisation with a gold medal, and the team members a cash prize of £50,000. The presentation of the award recognises outstanding innovation, tangible societal benefit and proven commercial success.

Past winners have included the engineers behind innovations such as the Pegasus jet engine, catalytic converters, the roof of the Millennium Dome and intelligent prosthetic limbs. In 2017 the Award was won by the team behind the Raspberry Pi microcomputer.

Originally founded by the MacRobert Trust, the Award is now presented and run by the Royal Academy of Engineering, with support from the Worshipful Company of Engineers.

The closing date for entries is 31 January 2018. Click here for more details on how to apply.

'Fix It Friday' with Sheffield Hallam University

posted 19 Dec 2017, 03:59 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 19 Dec 2017, 03:59 ]

Sheffield Hallam University is offering companies in the Sheffield City Region the opportunity to speak to experts about business needs and ideas. 

The event, which will be held on Friday 12th January 2018, will offer the chance to talk through a particular problem or innovative idea with specialist consultants, with advice on how best to reach a solution.

Topics covered will include:
  • smart infrastructure
  • urban living
  • environmental infrastructure
  • energy
  • connected transport
Refreshments will be provided.

Click here for more details and to book your place.

Career Event Success at Magna

posted 13 Dec 2017, 07:43 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Dec 2017, 07:43 ]

Hundreds of students and job seekers attended the recent Local Employment Advisory Forum (LEAF) event at the Magna Science Adventure Centre to meet with local businesses and training providers and find out about employment and training opportunities in the borough.

The event, which is in its fifth year, provided a platform for more than 60 exhibitors to offer insight into different career options, including the Carlton Park Hotel, Debt Managers and Rotherham NHS. 

Hundreds of live vacancies were available on the day and advice was provided on how to gain the skills needed by employers, as well as help with writing CVs.

Jack Norman, 17, visited LEAF in 2016 and now has an apprenticeship with Mears. Jack was recently awarded the RMBC and Mears Young Apprentice of the Year 2017. He was on hand at the event to offer practical advice to potential apprentices.

He said: “The event was a great way to learn about career options and led to me applying and being offered an apprenticeship with Mears. Without attending last year I would not have known about it, so I really appreciate the opportunities it brought.”

The morning session was dedicated to students from local schools, while the afternoon focused on jobseekers, especially older students and the general public looking for career opportunities.

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said: “Feedback from exhibitors and visitors was very positive, and it was fantastic to see so many people coming to speak to potential employers and training providers. One visitor commented on how beneficial the event was and how it had led to six points of contact to follow up on.”

Mears Rotherham General Manager Andy Chambers said: “We were delighted to be able to once again host the LEAF event along with our partners in Rotherham. We have always supported local employment initiatives and set up the Local Employment Advisory Forum to enable local people to find out more about improving their skills and offering information to help them succeed in their training and employment goals.”

The event was sponsored by Mears and Rotherham Council, delivered in partnership with Jobcentre Plus, with event patrons; Phoenix Enterprises, University Centre Rotherham and Barnsley College.

Another chance to hop on board the Google bus!

posted 7 Dec 2017, 02:57 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Dec 2017, 02:58 ]

There will be another chance for local businesses in Rotherham to boost their digital skills as Google brings its Digital Garage Bus back to the town centre next week.

The Digital Garage Bus is a place for anyone to come and learn free digital skills to grow their business, learn more about the internet, develop career skills or help start a new business.

In the last two years, over 200,000 people across the UK have benefited from Google’s free face to face training on digital know-how. The project first launched in South Yorkshire with the Digital Garage on Sheffield’s High Street, but has taken to the streets to reach more people across the region.

Businesses can take advantage of the Introduction to Digital Advertising course to learn about search, social and display advertising and how to get started with advertising a business.

Cllr Chris Read, Leader of Rotherham Council said: “If you didn't have a chance to visit the bus when it was at Riverside House then this is a great opportunity for local businesses to come along for tips on how to increase their potential online.

“You can either book on one of the workshops in advance, or if you are just looking for some general advice about getting the benefits of the internet, or want to ask the team a question, just pop in during the morning.”

The Google Digital Garage Bus will be available for advice and coaching for local small business between 10am and 5pm, on Thursday 14 and Friday 15 December, on Howard Street, near Boots. 

Business start-up advisors from Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO) will also be on hand to provide free help and support for new and recently launched small businesses as part of their “Mighty” project.

For more information and to book on an afternoon ‘workshop’ session, contact the Google Digital Garage in Sheffield or drop in at the bus during the mornings.

Click here for more information about the Google Digital Garage.

Click here for more information about the Mighty project.

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