The week’s good news roundup

Published 3rd October 2016 at 9:01am
  • The Sheffield City Region is joining the space race  – the University of Sheffield is launching a joint research institute with China’s Shanghai Academy of Spaceflight Technology (SAST). SAST, a key partner in China’s space programme, is developing the Tiangong 3 Space Station, set to launch in 2020. The AMRC will help develop thin-walled structures for commercial rockets.
  • North Midland Construction has been appointed to carry out highway works for the new IKEA store near Meadowhall at junction 34 of the M1.
  • The top 25 tech companies in Sheffield City Region employ more than 12,000 people and bring in almost £2bn a year, new figures from Sheffield Hallam University show. Insight Direct in Sheffield has the biggest income: the firm, which sells hardware, software and IT services has a £424m turnover. Tunstall Healthcare Group, based in Doncaster, is the biggest employer with 2,968 staff.
  • Chesterfield has joined the ambitious Business in the Community ‘Healthy High Streets’ programme, along with 100 other towns and cities, including Sheffield. The programme, backed by key High Street names such as Marks and Spencer, Wilko, Boots and Greggs,  aims to cut the number of vacant shops by20%, increase footfall by 10%, and grow jobs.
  • Rotherham’s AMRC still has apprentice start dates for this October, so it’s not too late to apply for an Engineering or Business Services apprenticeship. Employers can also place an apprentice vacancy: info@amrctraining.co.ukor call 0114 222 9958
  • Sheffield’s unique Celebration of Sport is to be held at the English Institute of Sport next Wednesday, October 5. The evening will celebrate sporting success across the Sheffield City Region.
  • Keith Jackson, a member of the SCR Business Growth Executive Board, has been made Visiting Professor in the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Sheffield.
  • Sheffield Hallam University’s Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre has announced parkrun as its third major partner alongside Toshiba and Westfield Health. This will enable the AWRC to look at the impact of free running events on health outcomes and conduct research into the nation’s physical activity levels.
  • Chesterfield’s Peter Swallow, the developer of the Waterside project, is taking part in stand-up comedy at Sheffield City Hall on Thursday 20th October to raise funds for Weston Park Cancer Charity.
  • Students moved into Sheffield’s £10million second University Technical College at the Olympic Legacy Park this week after an induction period and employer visits.

Press coverage this week included the front page of the Business section of the relaunched, new-look Sheffield Telegraph with the first Business Column from Sir Nigel Knowles celebrating six years of the SCR. The column also appeared in the Doncaster Free Press and the South Yorkshire Times.

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