£2.5m win in sustainable transport bid – just the latest milestone for Sheffield City Region LEP

Published 27th May 2016 at 11:30am

This week Sheffield City Region welcomed the news of its successful bid for £2.5m from the Government for sustainable travel. The money will be used to improve the commute of local businesses and employees and help sustain a number of schemes for greener and safer travel. This project is part of the Sheffield City Region Growth Plan, which aims to create 70,000 jobs and 6,000 new businesses over the next decade.

Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region LEP, said: “We are fortunate to have strong Sheffield City Region working together with the Combined Authority and the LEP. This approach is already delivering real value to business and the community. The latest win of £2.5m is just another milestone in our recent work. We have had a busy month and there is more to come.”

Just last week Sheffield City Region held its first official Skills Summit. The event was attended by over 250 delegates who discovered how taking on an apprentice can help their business, the wide range of support available to businesses and some of the real skills success stories in the Sheffield City Region. The Skills Summit was a huge success and the plan is to make it an annual event.

Sheffield City Region has also been instrumental in the vision for the Olympic Legacy Park (OLP) – a ‘living lab’ which aims to create synergy between active sport, health studies, and wellbeing research. Inspired by the London 2012 Olympics, the OLP will have an Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre at its heart, hosting 50 research academics and PhD students, delivered in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University. Global technology leader Toshiba, which already agreed to provide £1.5m worth of cutting-edge equipment, and its private sector partner, health insurer Westfield Health, are working closely with the team that is getting the OLP up and running.

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