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SFSY Voucher Scheme funds Eaton Commercial’s faster broadband connection

posted 20 Jul 2017, 06:49 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 06:49 ]

SMEs within the Sheffield City Region can now benefit from SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers worth 50% of the cost of faster broadband connections and new digital innovations.

Sheffield’s Eaton Commercial Property Consultants have benefitted from an SFSY Connection Voucher, which has provided 50% of the cost of their new 40Mbps wireless connection.

Founded in 1994, Eaton Commercial is a firm of Chartered Surveyors providing property consultancy to a wide range of clients, specialising in the motor trade sector, advising in the acquisition of sites for dealerships and analysing their assets to maximise property returns. They also act on behalf of a range of industrial and retail clients providing advice on property portfolios within these sectors. Clients include JCT600 Motor Group, Nationwide Accident Repair Centres, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Lidl Food stores, and fellow Sheffield-based Henry Boot Developments.

Their new wireless connection has enabled them to kick-start the marketing of properties, edit their material through internal connections and external resources such as Rightmove at a moment’s notice, and provides instant access to legal documents and large data files such as architects’ plans, consultancy documents and online planning applications.  

Robert Eaton Managing Director of Eaton Commercial said, ‘The claim process has been swift, and we would certainly recommend that other SMEs apply.’

Natalie Ward,  Programme Manager for Superfast South Yorkshire, added ‘We are delighted to be offering SMEs in the Sheffield City Region the opportunity to take up faster connectivity  with vouchers worth up to £2500, and to introduce new digital innovations with vouchers up to £12,499, with the aim of improving performance and driving growth.’  

For full information on the SFSY Connection & Innovation Voucher Scheme visit:, contact, or call on 01709 334334.

Eadon Consulting awarded funding to develop nuclear decommissioning system

posted 20 Jul 2017, 06:32 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 20 Jul 2017, 06:33 ]

Eadon Consulting based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, have won funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency to develop a new system for decommissioning ageing nuclear facilities. 

The company, which was founded in Sheffield 9 years ago and now employs 18 people, specialise in the design and analysis of complicated industrial machines and large moving structures. 

Eadon will now lead a consortium of companies to pioneer a faster, cheaper, cleaner and safer approach to nuclear decommissioning. The project will develop a “Versatile Decommissioning System” using laser scanning and computer based modelling to accurately plan complicated tasks, coupled with new equipment and tools specifically suited to the challenges of nuclear decommissioning.

Company Director, James Hill, said:
“As a small company of specialist engineers we are ideally placed to solve problems, our size allows us to innovate and quickly develop new ideas. This funding from the UK’s Innovation Agency unlocks our potential, allowing us to really focus on the challenges of decommissioning nuclear facilities. 

Collaborating with other small companies means that we can tap into a wealth of knowledge and experience from lots of different industries and pick out all the most useful bits. Our immediate focus in on decommissioning the nuclear site at Sellafield, but the systems we are developing have huge potential for export all over the world.”

Decommissioning the Sellafield nuclear site is a hugely onerous task with an estimated cost of £85 Billion. Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation Agency, have funded a competition to develop new technologies which will enable faster, cheaper and safer nuclear decommissioning.

The project will start in August and run for 3 months. Work will include developing concept designs for new equipment and exploring new techniques for planning and visualisation of decommissioning tasks. On successful completion of the first phase, Innovate UK will release additional funding to develop full working prototypes and start trialling the new system.

Applications open for Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund

posted 4 Jul 2017, 07:51 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Jul 2017, 07:52 ]

Yorkshire businesses seeking funding for growth can now benefit from business loans and equity finance from the new Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund. 

The £57.5m fund – Enterprise Ventures Equity Finance - will provide investment of up to £2m for SMEs in Yorkshire and Humber, while the £51m Enterprise Ventures Debt Finance, offers loans from £100,000 to £750,000. 

Both funds are managed Enterprise Ventures, part of Mercia Technologies PLC, which has a team of over 20 investment professionals based in offices in Sheffield and Leeds. It believes the funding will help companies to attract a further £220m or more in private sector investment and generate around 1,800 jobs. 

The fund brings together funding from the UK Government, European Regional Development Fund, British Business Bank and European Investment Bank. 

Paul Taberner of Enterprise Ventures said: “The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund aims to improve access to finance and help ambitious Yorkshire businesses to scale up and grow. We look forward to working with the British Business Bank and other partners to identify and support new rising stars in the region. Our team is highly experienced and is well known to many in the regional business community and has expertise across the full range of industries.” 

The Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund project is supported financially by the European Union using funding from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020 and the European Investment Bank.

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Trade Rotherham launched to stimulate local business & encourage Buy Local

posted 4 Jul 2017, 04:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 4 Jul 2017, 04:06 ]

The Rotherham Business Growth Board have launched Trade Rotherham, a new user friendly website to increase awareness whilst promoting and developing inter-trading between Rotherham businesses.  

Rotherham Business Growth Board Chair, Julia Bloomer said:


“The Business Growth Board believe that all companies can procure more goods and services locally than they do currently. Regardless of the size of business or organisation, Trade Rotherham has been specifically designed to encourage business to trade and buy from other local businesses within the Borough of Rotherham”

It's free for companies to register on Trade Rotherham and a local events section is included. Also built within the site is a special offers page where, for a nominal fee, promotions of products or services can be added which will be promoted to the network of businesses registered on the site.  As a special introductory offer, users registered before 1st August will receive a one month promotion free of charge (terms and conditions apply, contact Trade Rotherham for more information).


Trade Rotherham is supported by major companies as well as The Council, NHS Trust and The RNN Group. 

Visit the website here to register and for more details

Rotherham based AME Group celebrates 20 years in business

posted 26 Jun 2017, 07:57 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 26 Jun 2017, 07:59 ]

Dinnington based AME Group, a leading prototype manufacturer, is looking to develop its product design business as it celebrates 20 years since starting up in a concrete outbuilding at founder, Ian Jones' Rotherham home.

The innovative company combines a team of creative designers and technical designers who work on new products and create high-specification prototypes using 3D printing technology for customers including Dyson, GlaxoSmithKline, Hornby, Morphy Richards and Unilever.

The business was founded in 1997 after managing director Ian Jones - a mechanical engineering graduate, who cut his teeth working at the Selby coalfield - was made redundant from his job with British Coal.

Seeing the potential of 3D printing technology for prototyping, Ian drew up a business plan and raised enough money to buy an early print machine.

"When it arrived, it was absolutely rubbish," Jones recalls. "I am not sure it managed to produce one successful part. It was very slow and, in retrospect, had been launched too early. The positive side was that it opened a lot of doors to prospective clients and ultimately led me to discover other more reliable technologies and partners that were already using them."

One of AME Group's first clients was Stanley Tools, and the success of the partnership resulted in AME investing in new technology and premises.

Ian's long-standing friend and MBA qualified manager Paul Howell joined the business as joint managing director and co-owner and the Dinnington headquarters were built on the site of a former South Yorkshire colliery in 2006. The premises house a growing design team and state-of-the-art prototyping workshop.

Jones (pictured, right) said of the growing business: "We had become highly skilled at prototyping but we knew there was an opportunity to move upstream and get closer to our clients by using our expertise in product design. Securing work from globally renowned manufacturers such as Procter & Gamble showed that our approach was right."

Having started out as a prototyping specialist, the future for AME Group is focused on developing its product design business. "We want to increase our design revenues over the next three to five years," says Ian "and continue to deliver the very best in innovative product design services, developing market leading products solutions for our clients, helping their businesses experience commercial success."

The quality of the work produced was recently recognised with a prestigious Red Dot product design award for its work on JigTech Pro, an innovative device that enables door handles to be fitted in minutes.

Jones concluded: "I'm proud of the fact that we have traded very successfully throughout the ups and downs of a changing economy but, most of all, I'm proud of the way the business has developed its staff. Several people have been with us for more than 15 years. Paul and I are not micro managers. We give freedom to the team to grow.

“We are not a massive company but we have a highly credible and experienced team that inspires confidence from a diverse portfolio of clients that see us as a strategic product development partner."

Source: Rothbiz

Sheffield City Region Jobs Board Launched

posted 22 Jun 2017, 07:26 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 22 Jun 2017, 07:28 ]

A new dedicated jobs platform is being launched to help companies recruiting in the Sheffield city region (SCR) to find and retain talented and locally-based employees.

With support from Invest Sheffield, the inward investment arm of Sheffield City Council, The Jobs Board has been created by Sheffield-based technology and recruitment solutions firm TribePad. It aims to support employers within the city region, whether they are operating in the private, public or third sectors.

McLaren Automotive, who will be creating more than 200 new jobs in the recently announced Composites Technology Centre in Rotherham is one of the first big names to have signed up to the Jobs Board and expects it to play an important part in their recruitment process.

Jonathan Clement, head of commercial affairs at the McLaren Composites Technology Centre, said: "Sheffield City Region has a long-standing reputation for excellence in research, advanced manufacturing and engineering; consolidated by the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre and the wider Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.

"We will be creating significant numbers of jobs over the next few years as we establish a manufacturing presence here. It is important to us that we tap into the specialist expertise that exists here.

"A regional jobs board is a fantastic way for us to achieve this and ensure that we raise awareness of employment opportunities with local residents."

Using the latest algorithmic insight, the specialist online platform ensures that regional jobs rank higher within the principal internet search engines, thereby providing benefits to both local employers and job seekers. 

The Jobs Board utilises specialist applicant tracking software to enable employers to process job applications received and has the facility, if required, to provide a video interviewing platform. 

It aims to boost local employment and retain talented people by showcasing some of the best jobs and people based on locality.

For regional businesses, and incoming inward investors, this online platform will be free to use and is being pitched as a new recruitment resource. 

Based in The Innovation Centre in Sheffield city centre, TribePad, which lists Tesco and the BBC among its clients, is offering this facility completely free of charge.

Dean Sadler from TribePad said: "Our aim is to support the local economy by making it easier for jobseekers and businesses to connect.

"Following a successful pilot, TribePad may look to replicate this initiative elsewhere, however it is our intention that it will remain a free service for the Sheffield City Region and its employers. Once again, this is a prime example of Sheffield leading the way."

The Jobs Board is expected to be particularly advantageous for inward investors seeking to discover the existing talent pool in Sheffield city region.

Meanwhile, data generated from the site will complement the existing support offered by Invest Sheffield, enabling them to quickly match people to positions.

Source: Rothbiz

Liberty begins steelworkers recruitment drive in Rotherham

posted 14 Jun 2017, 05:10 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 05:11 ]

Metals and industrials group, Liberty House, began the first phase of its drive to recruit new steelworkers, as it expands production at its recently-acquired Speciality Steels business in Rotherham.

The move comes only a month after Liberty’s £100m takeover of the business, securing the future for 1,700 existing employees and opening the way for the creation of a further 300 jobs.

Working closely with trade unions, Liberty Speciality Steels this week starts the process of hiring the first 40 new staff, most of whom will be assigned to the bar mill at Rotherham, which is doubling the number of shifts in order to boost output from 78,000 tonnes to 137,000 tonnes a year.

Some of the new recruits will work at one of Rotherham’s two electric arc furnaces, which will also be increasing production, while others will be based at the company’s mill and finishing lines in Stocksbridge.

Further recruitment, including the engagement of new apprentices, will take place in September and employment will continue to grow over the next two to three years, as production expands.

Liberty, which is part of the GFG Alliance, acquired the Speciality Steels operation from Tata at the beginning of May as part of its GREENSTEEL strategy to establish a major integrated, competitive and low-carbon steel and engineering enterprise across the UK. 

In the past 18 months alone the business, along with its sister company SIMEC, has invested more than £500m in acquiring key industrial assets in Britain and it plans to invest hundreds of millions more to ensure the future of these facilities.

Speciality Steels produces a range of high-value steels, alloys and components used in the manufacture of vehicles, aircraft, industrial machinery and equipment for the oil and gas industry. More than two thirds of its products are exported worldwide.

Commenting on this initial recruitment drive, Jon Bolton, chief executive of Liberty Speciality Steels said: “We have big ambitions for the future so we’re eager to start the process of getting new people on board to help us move ahead with our plans.

“We’re looking for recruits from a broad range of backgrounds, especially adaptable people from the locality with a positive attitude and a hunger to learn about steel. We’ve got many highly-talented and experienced people on the team here who will train newcomers for key roles in an exciting industry entering a promising new era.”

For further details on the available positions please email your CV to or contact the local Adecco office on 0114 273 0075.

Source: Liberty House Group

Rotherham firm amongst UK's fastest growing exporters

posted 14 Jun 2017, 04:00 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 14 Jun 2017, 04:01 ]

 Rotherham based History & Heraldry has been named amongst Britain's top 200 mid-market private companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

The Hellaby company was ranked at 97th in the Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 league table which ranks firms with over £25m in total sales based on their growth in international sales over the last two years of available data.

History & Heraldry was started in 1994 by Malcolm Ogg and Diane Clothier in their kitchen, making coat-of-arms keyrings for common surnames. With the global headquarters and design centre in Rotherham and operations in Estonia, the US and China, it now employs 191 staff and has expanded its range to include a children's division which supplies the high street, toy and tourist destinations with kids' personalised gift lines.

The company also operates the Paper Island brand in the card and gift sectors and holds the UK license for Hallmark fragrances. Supplying 70,000 retal sites worldwide, overseas retail outlets include Monoprix and Toys R Us.

Demand for its range of scented candles has helped to boost exports as the company continues to focus on designing new products and helping retailers through a custom built stock management system.

Now selling to 70 countries, the league table shows that the firm reported that international sales accounted for £20.6m of its total £29.6m in sales for the year ending December 2016. The annual international sales growth over the two years was an impressive 42%.

Amanda Murphy, UK head of commercial banking at HSBC, said: "This year's Sunday Times HSBC International Track 200 is testament to the exciting opportunities available to ambitious UK businesses with appetite to grow their goods and services abroad. The ten companies in Yorkshire are putting the region firmly on the map as a thriving business hub. We work very closely with our business customers to help them achieve their goals, so it makes me immensely proud to see so many of them succeed."

Source: Rothbiz

Entries open for the Barnsley & Rotherham Business Awards

posted 6 Jun 2017, 08:42 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 6 Jun 2017, 08:44 ]

Businesses from across South Yorkshire are being given a chance to share their success over the past twelve months at the 2017 Barnsley and Rotherham business awards.

The RNN Group, which is responsible for operating Rotherham College, North Notts College and Dearne Valley College have pledged their support after being named as headline sponsors of the glittering event, which will take place at Magna on Friday 13th October.

There will be twelve different awards on offer this year, including three new categories which will recognise excellence in customer services, commitment to the environment and finally, a new Chamber lifetime achievement award. The overall award of the evening, the Business of the Year award will recognise one business which has demonstrated outstanding achievements and is regarded as one of the region’s most highly sought after prizes.

The Chamber is also calling on member businesses, who are celebrating a significant anniversary this year, to get in touch to receive a Salute to Business on the evening.

All businesses with an “S” postcode as well as members of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber are eligible to enter the awards.

Lisa Pogson, President of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce, said:

“The business awards ceremony is one of the highlights of our year and we’re calling on companies from across South Yorkshire to celebrate their success with us. This year there are a number of new awards which have been launched, meaning there’s never been a better chance to get involved, whether your business has success to shout about or celebrating a memorable milestone in 2017

“There are many ways for businesses to get involved with this year’s event and a range of sponsorship packages are currently available. Our headline sponsor this year is the RNN group, and through the generous support they have provided, this year’s event promises to an unmissable event which recognises the vital contribution businesses make to the local economy.”

The awards are open to enter now and will close on Friday 1st September. S

ponsorship packages are available. For more information, contact Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber on 01709 386200.

Visit the awards website at

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.”

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