Latest news roundup from the Sheffield City Region

Published 19th September 2016 at 1:45pm

This week we submitted the results of our Devolution consultation to the Secretary of State, the next step in the devolution journey – Further details

The Inward Investment team fly out to Berlin next week from Doncaster to promote the region to investors at Innotrans, the world’s leading transport technology trade fair. Rail companies from the SCR will also be there.

A consultation on the Supertram starts on Monday. Running to the end of October, it will help make the case for Government funding to prepare Supertram for the future, and allow services to operate for another 30 years.

Take part at travelsouthyorkshire.com/tramfuture.

Rotherham MP Sarah Champion visited The Welding Institute at the AMP to see two of its key technologies: friction stir welding and laser additive manufacturing. She was particularly interested in ‘welding with chocolate’ – the demonstration that the Institute takes to schools on the strengthening effect of joining metals.

Entrepreneurs are leading the way for job growth in Yorkshire and the Humber according to new figures from the NatWest Regional Economic Tracker. In Sheffield the proportion of the self-employed rose to 13.1% while in Leeds the figure is 9.9%.

Chesterfield kicked off Cycle to Work Day this week with the opening of a new off-road walking and cycling link all the way from Somersall into the heart of Chesterfield.

Planning approval has been granted for new development at Markham Vale North and subject to securing an occupier, building work is expected to start later this year. At 480,000 sq.ft. in area, the building will be slightly bigger than the Great Bear building, currently the largest development on site.

HSBC has taken a 15-year lease on 140,000 sq ft of offices in Sheffield’s new £480m Retail Quarter. Construction is set to start early next year.

A Sheffield-based provider of surgical instrumentation has won its first export order to Japan – to supply medical tuning forks. Uniplex won the contract with Muranaka Medical after joining a trade mission. The forks are used in almost every GP surgery in the UK but Muranaka had not seen them before.

Last weekend the Festival of Food and Drink returned to Clumber Park in Worksop with celebrity chefs and the UK’s best food and drink producers. There were also interactive cookery classes by the School of Artisan Food at Welbeck.

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