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University of Sheffield’s AMRC named Boeing Supplier of the Year at global awards ceremony

posted 13 Apr 2017, 08:33 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Apr 2017, 08:34 ]

● Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) recognised at Boeing’s Supplier of the Year Awards
● The AMRC was honoured in the Innovation category of Boeing’s annual Supplier of the Year awards in Dallas, Texas
● It’s the second time the AMRC has been honoured, previously receiving an award in 2011 in the best International (Technology) category

The University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) received international recognition for its outstanding research and development as it was named a Supplier of the Year by The Boeing Company at an awards ceremony in the USA last night (12 April 2017). 
The AMRC, which was co-founded with Boeing 16 years ago, was honoured in the Innovation category of the company’s annual Supplier of the Year awards, acknowledging its instrumental role in the introduction of new products that meet Boeing’s current and future business needs.
Yesterday, the AMRC was honoured alongside 12 other companies at an awards ceremony in Dallas, Texas, which recognised the distinguished performance of the winners and the value they create amongst Boeing’s thousands of suppliers from around the world.
The AMRC has a global reputation as a centre of excellence for manufacturing research and leading the way in innovative engineering. This second award is a testament to the strong performance of the AMRC and its long-standing collaboration with Boeing.
It is the second time the AMRC has received global recognition from Boeing since becoming the first British company to win the accolade in the International (Technology) category in 2011.  That award celebrated the AMRC’s role in allowing Boeing to meet and exceed the expectations of its customers by developing new technologies and processes for machining high-performance metal alloys used in aerospace.
Professor Keith Ridgway, Executive Dean of the AMRC said: “It is a great honour for the AMRC to be recognised for a second time under Boeing’s Supplier of the Year Award scheme.
“The award is a tribute to the hard work and talent of the AMRC engineers who develop and introduce the manufacturing technologies and processes that keep companies like Boeing - and the UK manufacturing sector – competitive in a global market.”
Last month Boeing announced it will open a new manufacturing facility alongside the AMRC in Sheffield, which will enable the company to bring the manufacture of key high-tech actuation components and systems used in Boeing’s Next-Generation 737, 737 MAX and 777 aircraft in-house, enhancing production efficiency and reducing costs.
Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, added: "It is a great honour for the University of Sheffield AMRC with Boeing to once again be named Boeing Supplier of the Year.
“We are deeply proud of the vision and talent of our engineers who have a global reputation for advanced manufacturing research which works directly with industry in ways which transform business, create jobs and strengthen our economy.
“It is increasingly clear that what has been achieved here in Sheffield and Rotherham is unique, not only in the UK but globally. This work was the reason Boeing decided to open its first production facility in Europe to work with us and we will be working with the company in the US too, creating wealth and opportunity in both nations.
“Truly it is an inspirational partnership going from strength to strength.”
Boeing’s Leader for Enterprise Supplier Management, Kent Fisher, said: “Boeing’s success is a testament to the partnerships we hold with the finest aerospace suppliers in the world such as the AMRC. Together we will continue to deliver affordable, technologically advanced products and services that give our customers a competitive edge.”

McLaren Automotive investment to supercharge the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District

posted 13 Feb 2017, 07:29 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 13 Feb 2017, 07:30 ]

Rotherham Council welcomes McLaren to Rotherham's world-class Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Business and civic leaders have welcomed supercar producer McLaren Automotive’s move to locate research and production facilities within the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the Sheffield–Rotherham border as a further boost to the region’s status as a world-leading centre of manufacturing excellence.

The investment, announced at The University of Sheffield’s Factory 2050 today (Thursday 9 February), will generate more than £100m of value added in the economy over the next 10 years.

Creative Sheffield, the business-facing arm of Sheffield City Council, was instrumental in securing McLaren  Automotive’s move to the city, working closely with Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council, University of Sheffield’s AMRC and the Sheffield City Region team to bring the supercar producers on board.

It was confirmed at the launch event that the location for the development will be at Rotherham's Advanced Manufacturing Park, which lies within the AMID.

It also positions key partner the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), which offers the automotive company unrivalled access to world-class research, skills and industry partnerships as a global centre of expertise in lightweight manufacturing and materials development.

The creation of the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre close to Factory 2050 at AMID represents the company’s first purpose-built facility outside of the current McLaren campus. 

Formed through a partnership between McLaren Automotive, the University of Sheffield’s AMRC and Sheffield City Council, the new Composites Technology Centre will create more than 200 jobs through a combined investment of nearly £50 million. 

The target is that the new Centre will deliver cost savings of around £10million when compared to costs of today and £100 million of GVA (gross value added) benefit to the local economy by 2028. 

Opportunities for expansion thereafter create an ambition of doubling that to £200 million. 

The in-sourcing of the manufacture of the carbon fibre chassis also increases the average percentage (by value) of a McLaren car sourced in the UK by around eight per cent from its average of around 50 per cent, depending on model.

McLaren Automotive and the University of Sheffield will deliver a two-year research and development programme, which will lead to the development of a production facility to build its lightweight carbon fibre chassis for its new models from 2020.

In making this investment, McLaren Automotive will join Rolls Royce and other planned aerospace and automotive investors developing their products of the future at AMID.

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council and Cabinet Member for Business and Economy, said: “This is a tremendous achievement for Sheffield, its people and workforce, and its growing research and development sector.

“It is further proof that AMID is the place for leading manufacturers to come not only for research and development and industrial collaboration, but also for production. 

“This combination of value-adding research and development investment and related production employment is the key to our future economic success.  

“We offer something unique here in Sheffield and Rotherham – a cutting-edge manufacturing base that links our two Universities and leading businesses to create jobs and investment across the Sheffield City Region.

“Sheffield and Rotherham have led the charge to create a place that draws in and develops world-class people and a place where the world's leading companies come to explore new technologies and operating methods and deliver research and technology into the UK's supply and value chains.” 

Rotherham Council’s Cabinet Member for Jobs and the Local Economy Cllr Denise Lelliott said the move was a significant deal for the Advanced Manufacturing Park and further great news for the Sheffield City Region’s economy.

She added: “McLaren joins other global names developing the next generation of advanced engineering and manufacturing technologies and products. These businesses are choosing to come to a place that has a history and future of engineering excellence.

“As we look to the future of manufacturing and the next stage of our economy in Rotherham, the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District project is the standard to which other parts of the country aspire."

Mike Flewitt, Chief Executive Officer of McLaren Automotive said: “The now-iconic McLaren F1 was the world’s first road car to be built with a carbon fibre chassis and every car built more recently by McLaren Automotive has the same. Creating a facility where we can manufacture our own carbon fibre chassis structures is therefore a logical next step. 

“We evaluated several options to achieve this objective but the opportunity created by the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre at the University of Sheffield was compelling. 

“At the AMRC, we will have access to some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities, and I look forward to building a world-class facility and talented team at the new McLaren Composites Technology Centre.”

President and Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield, Sir Keith Burnett, said:  “This investment - and the innovation, jobs, training and opportunities it offers - is hugely significant for our region, the North of England and the UK’s global, industrial ambitions. 

“What we’re offering is unrivalled access to world-leading research, development and established partnerships with industry. We also have an exceptional facility that offers degree apprenticeships - meaning we can train our region’s young people with the skills it needs to power the manufacturing workforce of the future.” 

The new McLaren Composites Technology Centre will be a catalyst for innovation-led manufacturing across the Sheffield City Region (SCR) and Northern Powerhouse, attracting new international investors and generating a research and development revolution.

The AMP has already seen a decade of development, propelled by the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and a growing cluster of advanced manufacturing and technology firms. 

The AMRC is now expanding the development of world class research facilities on to Sheffield Business Park with the building of Factory 2050 and the 50-acre AMRC 2 campus. The AMID will also encompass the new Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre with Toshiba at the Olympic Legacy Park.

Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Sir Nigel Knowles said: “This is fantastic news for the Sheffield City Region, and proof that our research and manufacturing capabilities are up there with the best in the world. As McLaren themselves have made clear, the chance to be part of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District was compelling not least because of the opportunity to access some of the world’s finest composites and materials research capabilities.

“The announcement today is the culmination of a tremendous amount of partnership working across the public and private sectors and shows that our super-connected city region is a place that lives up to its enviable reputation as a place that is straightforward, practical and business focused. The Sheffield City Region LEP and Combined Authority have provided and will continue to provide considerable support to ensure this investment flourishes.

“McLaren Automotive will be in good company on the AMID, alongside the AMRC, Rolls-Royce, British Steel, Siemens, Forgemasters and others. I expect this to be just the start of much good news for the city region.”

New SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme!

posted 7 Feb 2017, 02:17 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 7 Feb 2017, 02:18 ]

See your business grow!  Access a faster broadband connection, introduce a new innovation and reap the rewards!   

Do you want a speedy, reliable connection that will open your business up to global markets? Could a new innovation create new business opportunities?  If the answer is yes then the SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme could provide you with the help you need!

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers Scheme offers Vouchers to encourage small and medium enterprises (SMEs) to take-up faster digital connectivity, and to further support SMEs to introduce transformational innovations to the business that can improve business performance through faster digital connections. Vouchers will have a maximum value which will be 50% of the actual cost for the connection or innovation provided, (all figures stated are excluding VAT):

Connection Voucher : Actual connection costs between £1000 and £5000 
(Voucher values would be between £500 and £2500) 

Innovation Voucher:  Actual innovation costs between £5000 and £24999 
(Voucher values would be between £2500 and £12499.50) 

For full information visit:, Call us on 01709 334334 or email:

The SFSY Connection and Innovation Voucher Scheme is supported by the Sheffield City Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), part of the European Structural Investment Fund (ESIF) portfolio 2015 to 2020.

The Superfast South Yorkshire partnership was formed in 2014 between the 4 South Yorkshire authorities alongside a deal of £22m to extend the availability of high-speed, fibre broadband  with further investment of £4.8m to delivery ultrafast technology at the Enterprise Zones and Key Business Parks for ultrafast technology.  The project is jointly funded by Sheffield City Region LEP, the Government’s Broadband Delivery UK (BDUK) fund, BT and Sheffield City Region European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).  For further information visit

International Women’s Day, with ATHENA International

posted 4 Jan 2017, 02:53 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Jan 2017, 02:54 ]

Barnsley are proud to once again be hosting The Sheffield City Region ATHENA International Awards, in conjunction with International Women’s Day, which will be held on 8th March 2017, at Tankersley Manor Hotel.

This year the focus will be on value driven leadership, and how it nurtures and accelerates the potential of individuals, businesses and organisations and communities. A celebration of the contribution women make to society, the economy and to family with speakers both women and men who champion gender equality.

“Values, Leadership and Potential”


We are pleased to announce 3 ATHENA International Award categories


Applications online from Tuesday, 22nd November until Monday, 23rd January 2017. For more information please visit:

Three major Sheffield City Region projects showcased to Chinese investors

posted 11 Nov 2016, 03:51 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 11 Nov 2016, 03:51 ]

Three key projects in the Sheffield City Region have been presented today to high-level Chinese investors in London. The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District which runs between Rotherham and Sheffield, the Aero Centre at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and the Unity development in Doncaster are among a portfolio of 13 projects offering more than £5 billion of opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse.

Sir Nigel Knowles, Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “Sheffield City Region is at the forefront of the Northern Powerhouse with national and global investors showing increased confidence and interest in being part of our success story. With everyone pulling together behind our key investment opportunities we are building a truly competitive centre of business excellence. Last year more than 1,000 jobs were created here by international companies and this growth has brought in £97 million in capital investment.”

The presentation, made by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, Northern Powerhouse Minister, Andrew Percy and International Trade Secretary, Dr Liam Fox, is part of the eighth UK-China Economic and Financial Dialogue (EFD), which will involve a series of events over a two-day period, including discussions on trade, financial services, infrastructure and energy.

Chinese Vice Premier Ma Kai, who brings with him the most senior Chinese delegation to the UK this year, will also have meetings with the Prime Minister and Bank of England Governor Mark Carney, with the overall dialogue focusing on forging a stronger strategic partnership between the UK and China – the world’s second largest economy.

The new portfolio follows the recent strong performance of foreign direct investment into the Northern Powerhouse, which grew at twice the national average last year.
The Chancellor of the Exchequer, Philip Hammond said:

“As we seek to take to take the golden era of UK China relations to the next step, we have a major opportunity to open up investment opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse.

“This portfolio, opening up billions of pounds of investment ready projects to Chinese investors, will support our work to grow and create jobs across the north, as well as underpin our ambitions to bring world class infrastructure to every corner of Britain.”

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy said:

“Building the Northern Powerhouse is at the heart of our efforts to create an economy that works for everyone.

“Investors from abroad know that the North has some of the world’s best and most talented entrepreneurs and businesses, and today we’re showcasing 13 oven-ready opportunities to them which could create thousands of jobs for years to come.”

Sheffield City Region projects in the Northern Powerhouse Investment Portfolio:
  • Aero Centre, Doncaster: working with Doncaster / Sheffield Airport in the next phase of development to create new offices, logistic units and aviation hangars.
  • Unity, Doncaster: a major regeneration and infrastructure project that will create 3,100 new homes, a transport interchange, school and community uses. There is also an opportunity to invest in commercial space for manufacturing uses, 6000 new jobs, a new power station and a materials recycling facility.
  • Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, Rotherham / Sheffield: an opportunity to invest in a 2,000+ acre centre of excellence for innovation-led advanced manufacturing in metals and materials. Over 4,000 new homes will also be created in the district.

Europe’s biggest aerospace castings facility nears completion

posted 10 Nov 2016, 06:17 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 10 Nov 2016, 06:17 ]

AMRC Castings Titanium Caster, showing (top to bottom) the electrode delivery and power supply system, melting and casting chambers
A new plant capable of producing some of the biggest Titanium aerospace castings in the world is nearing completion at AMRC Castings’ facilities on the outskirts of Sheffield, England.

Two large scale power supply units have been installed to deliver the energy required by the organisation’s new Retech Consumable Electrode Casting Furnace.

The furnace is capable of melting the 1000kg of Titanium required to make a 500kg casting and has three interchangeable bodies, which give it the versatility to produce components with a finished weight ranging upwards from 60kg.

Closed loop cooling systems that prevent the furnace bodies themselves from melting are being installed, along with hydraulic and pneumatic systems, which carry out a number of functions, including removing air from the furnace and casting chambers – essential when dealing with molten Titanium, which reacts violently with oxygen.

The systems are also used to rotate the furnace body to pour molten Titanium into a ceramic mould in the casting chamber below, which incorporates a turntable that can spin the mould at up to 300 revolutions a minute to create a high quality centrifugal casting.

A new plant is being installed to make ceramic mould shells up to two metres in diameter and 2.5 metres long which could weigh more than 2.5 tonnes and will be large enough to produce the largest variants of aero engine intercases up to 500kg, and other structural aerospace components.
Furnace construction is due to finish in time for training and cold commissioning to start during November and will be followed by hot commissioning and the first test melts in December, depending on when permission is given to energise the power supplies.

AMRC Castings, part of the University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC), has extensive expertise in manufacturing smaller Titanium castings and its technology has been used to produce Titanium castings with a poured weight in excess of 300kg, demonstrating its scalability.
Initial casts will be poured into a static metal mould before trials begin using static ceramic moulds from the new shelling plant. Staff will then start building up the experience needed to operate the centrifugal casting system at full speed.

AMRC Castings’ new furnace is part of a major investment and R&D programme, designed to enable UK companies to break into global markets for large-scale Titanium aerospace engine and structural components.

The programme is backed by the UK’s Aerospace Technology Initiative (ATI); its innovation agency, Innovate UK; and High Value Manufacturing Catapult funding and will help to ensure the UK retains its place as the second-largest national aerospace industry in the world and the largest in Europe.
In the past, only the United States is believed to have had the capability to cast near net shape aerospace components weighing up to 500kg. 

“We plan to create a world class Titanium casting capability in the UK developing the skills base necessary to enable companies to reap the rewards of carrying out a process that is very, very challenging,” says AMRC Castings’ Richard Gould.

In addition to the new furnace and shelling plant, AMRC Castings has expanded its capacity for producing large scale dimensionally accurate replica patterns.

The organisation has acquired an SLA 3D printer that can make components for replica patterns that are up to 650mm by 750mm by 550mm from photosensitive epoxy resin and a bespoke CMS Poseidon 5 axis CNC machine which can make single piece pattern components up to 2.6x4.0x2.0 metres from polystyrene.

It has also invested in a Teubert moulding machine to make expanded polystyrene patterns using metal tooling for longer production runs and a Pacific Kiln Furnace large enough to fire the ceramic moulds its new shelling plant can produce.

Major China Summit for Sheffield City Region

posted 10 Nov 2016, 06:13 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 10 Nov 2016, 06:13 ]

'China and the World Economic Outlook 2017' summit to bring delegates from across the globe to investigate sustainable business practices, innovation and collaborations to build vibrant economies 

Tuesday 8 November: Today in Interlaken, Switzerland, Sheffield City Region (SCR) will receive the formal confirmation of its bid to host Horasis 2017, a global economic summit that has set the agenda for the World's East/West collaborations for over a decade. It will be marked by an official handover address to delegates by SCR Chairman, Sir Nigel Knowles.  

Heads of government, ministers and influential investors will be in Sheffield in November next year to investigate strategies that will shape the global economy and forge new approaches to pressing social, economic, and geopolitical challenges.  Horasis 2017 will attract chief executives from the world's leading companies and is considered by many of the world’s foremost business leaders to be alongside the Davos economic summit in terms of its influence.

Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP), a partnership of local authorities and business leaders with a growing global network, was invited to bid to host the summit in 2016 following the appointment of Sir Nigel Knowles as Chairman.  Sir Nigel had previously attended Horasis and Davos and was convinced that its ambitious East/West approach would suit the enterprising ethos of the SCR and its business and academic partnerships. The City Region beat off stiff competition from around the globe to stage Horasis 2017.

Sir Nigel said: “With everyone pulling together, and a great sense of community, we are achieving transformational change and building a thriving, super-connected and successful economy. Chinese partners are a major and growing part of Sheffield City Region’s unfolding success story, with the biggest Chinese investment outside London coming to the city centre earlier this year. This is exactly the kind of approach championed by Horasis. 

“The organisers of this important international conference have made this excellent decision because of the growing confidence and interest from global investors in Sheffield City Region. Last year more than 1,000 jobs were created here by international companies and this growth has brought in £97 million in capital investment.”

Dr. Frank-Jürgen Richter, the Swiss-based Chairman of Horasis, is known by top business, political and intellectual leaders around the world for building bridges between the emerging and developed markets. He said: “I am delighted that the Sheffield City Region will be hosting the Horasis China conference. It is clearly a region with an international outlook which is ahead of the game in defining the issues that need to be tackled by global economies.

“I have visited the City Region and was very impressed by what I saw. I am certain we will learn a lot from this meeting of global leaders and I am very much looking forward to Horasis China 2017.”

Idaq Networks Launch Major Rebrand

posted 29 Sep 2016, 03:36 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 29 Sep 2016, 03:37 ]

Sheffield internet service provider Idaq Networks has undergone a complete brand refresh and today launched their new look website.

Idaq Networks own and operate a completely independent network which provides ultra-fast, business grade internet connectivity throughout Sheffield and most parts of Rotherham. The service was created to meet the needs of businesses and operates via carrier grade, state-of-the-art radio equipment. Idaq Networks are unlike traditional ISPs as their Icnos service is super reliable and they offer low installation charges, unlimited data transfer, and quick installation. 

As the company has evolved, they outgrew their website and their brand needed to be refined to allow them to thrive in a competitive market. Earlier this year, the company decided to overhaul their look to create a stronger brand identity that reflected their offering of ultra-fast reliable internet access for landlords and businesses and increase their online presence. 

Barnsley-based marketing communications agency Script were approached and worked on refreshing everything including the branding, social media, website design and copy, promotional materials, and marketing strategy to ensure the fresh new look made an impact.

As part of the partnership with Script, the new website has been launched to increase and strengthen brand presence and raise the company profile through new branding, targeted marketing, and refreshed use of social media. The new animated website explains how wireless internet works simply, and features a brand new blog to go with the new look. The new marketing strategy will focus on customer retention and reaching out to new potential clients. 

Idaq Networks is a sister company to Idaq, which was formed in 2003 and provides domain names, web hosting, reseller hosting, virtual servers, and server backup. 

Script offer social media management, public relations, web design, re-design coding and hosting, graphic design, illustration, animation, video production, eshots, branding, photography, copywriting, and strategic marketing planning.

Development Director for Idaq Networks Mike Hague said: “We're a relatively new company operating on a local level in a highly competitive marketplace. Over the last couple of years we’ve grown our network and our partner and customer base without any strategic marketing in place. We have ambitious plans; so we decided to take things to the next level and put some robust marketing in place to support that growth. The new revamped logos and website are just the start of some really exciting new things to come, with the help of Script.”

Script Assistant Studio Manager Laura Blackburn said: “I created the logo based on a mast that delivers Idaq Networks' signals and wanted to create something that would work when animated. For the website, I wanted it to feel modern and up-to-date with the latest trends, whilst sticking with the original colours to ensure the brand was still recognisable.”

Digital Healthcare Opportunities in China

posted 22 Sep 2016, 01:49 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Sep 2016, 01:50 ]

Are you a Sheffield City Region based business working in digital healthcare innovation?

Join us on Friday 30th September from 8.30am – 11.00am at AMP Technology Centre, Rotherham, S60 5WG

  • Launch of the Sheffield City Region-Xi’an District Digital Healthcare Chinese Prosperity Fund (CPF) project
  • Hear about opportunities to do business in China providing digital healthcare innovations to the Xi’an district (Shaanxi Province).

According to the outline of Xi’an’s thirteenth five year plan, digital healthcare will be a priority policy for the city over the next few years in order to increase access to healthcare for the population in rural areas; to improve efficiency in healthcare delivery; and enhance the patient experience through integrated care. Xi’an is investing significantly in new-build hospitals in the next 5 years, creating commercial opportunities for technology partners from Sheffield City Region with the expertise to support the design and construction of advanced digital health infrastructure.

08.30     Registration & Networking
09.00     Introduction from SCR LEP - Creating Opportunities for SCR Business
09.10     Sheffield City Region-Xi’an District Digital Healthcare CPF Project
09.20     Overview of healthcare system in China & Digital Healthcare opportunities in Xi’an district
09.40     Doing business in China
10.00     Opportunity to meet Xi'an partners in October visit (pitching opportunity)
10.10     Questions & Answers
10.30     Networking
11.00     Close

Growth Hub appoints team of eight growth specialists

posted 6 Jun 2016, 07:04 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 6 Jun 2016, 07:05 ]

A new business service has appointed eight business growth experts with more than 200 years of combined experience to help the growth of businesses across the Sheffield City Region. 

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) Growth Hub, which has core funding of £4.82m, has appointed the eight business growth specialists with experience from sectors ranging from creative industries and healthcare technologies to aerospace and rail.

The Growth Hub is designed to be a single point of contact for all businesses across nine local authority areas to access specialist support in key areas, whether that is from one of the eight specialists or from a partner organisation.

The partners include successful companies, consultancies, universities, Chambers of Commerce and local authorities, and national provision such as Innovate UK and UK Trade and Investment.

Head of the SCR Growth Hub, David Grimes, said: “It’s great to have these eight excellent business people ready and in place to help businesses far and wide to develop and expand. The eight business growth specialists all have different sectoral experience and can go in and help businesses from the word go.

“Everything is coming together for the Growth Hub and we can now start getting some results from businesses. I have great confidence that the people in place are going to be a huge part of that and they can impart their wisdom that they’ve accumulated over the years across the region.”

The Growth Hub offers support across the nine local authorities of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield. 

The team of eight, appointed because of their backgrounds in a variety of different industries, have knowledge in areas including business planning, culture change, start-up support, leadership and management, and product innovation.

One of the business growth specialists, Antony Davies, has almost 20 years’ experience in business support, and has been managing director, director and co-owner of a successful innovation and enterprise support consultancy business. He has worked as far afield as Russia and Japan and has business experience in both retail and logistics. 

Antony said: “It’s great to be given this chance to help businesses small and large to grow and expand. As individuals we all have differing strengths, but together we make a specialist team that is designed to be able to help any business across the region whether that be a brand new start-up or an established company.”

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub aims to simplify all regional and national support that is available to businesses. It can offer support and advice in innovation, start-up, exporting, skills training, access to finance and growth demand. The Growth Hub can be contacted via telephone or email.

The Growth Hub can be contacted on 03330 00 00 39, emailing  or visit

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