Exciting News from the Sheffield City Region
- The Sheffield City Region has been chosen against stiff competition to host the global ‘Horasis 2017’ conference next November. Horasis, which has a similar status to the Davos economic summit, attracts heads of government, ministers and influential investors. Together they investigate strategies that will shape the global economy and forge new approaches to pressing social, economic, and geopolitical challenges.
- Three key projects in the Sheffield City Region were showcased this week to high-level Chinese investors in London – the AMID, the Aero Centre at Doncaster Sheffield Airport, and the Unity development in Doncaster. They were among a £5billion portfolio of opportunities across the Northern Powerhouse. The presentation was made by the Chancellor, Phillip Hammond, Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy, and International Trade Secretary Dr Liam Fox.
- Sheffield tech firm The Floow this week accompanied Theresa May on her first trade trip to India as Prime Minister. The company, which serves insurers around the world, joined the three-day mission to showcase some of the best of British small and medium sized companies. It included an Anglo-Indian technology event jointly hosted by Theresa May and Indian PM Narendra Modi.
- Leading global customer experience and business process outsourcing company, Webhelp, has announced plans to recruit 170 people at its Manvers site in Rotherham. Webhelp acquired the Dearne Valley site in 2013 when it bought leading contact centre operator, HEROtsc.
- A detailed planning application has been submitted by British Land for the £300million leisure hall extension to Meadowhall, set to create more than 1,000 jobs. This follows a £60million refurbishment due to be completed at the end of 2017.
- Meanwhile, Darren Pearce, centre manager of Meadowhall, has been appointed new President of Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
- A Northern Advanced Manufacturing Corridor (NAMC), stretching from the Sheffield City Region to Lancashire, could enable a ‘fourth industrial revolution’, according to a new science and innovation audit by the universities of Sheffield and Lancaster.www.sheffield.ac.uk/news/nr/science-and-innovation-audit-fourth-industrial-revolution-1.659628
- The next phase of the Olympic Legacy Park has started with construction company Henry Boot working on infrastructure and landscaping. The Park recently welcomed delegates from Kawasaki City which is a host city for the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
- Firth Rixson, which employs people across the Sheffield City Region, and was bought up by the US firm Alcoa two years ago, is to split into two companies. Alcoa, founded in 1886 and a pioneer of the aluminium industry, will specialise in alumina, aluminium and bauxite products. Arconic will focus on high-tech components for sectors including the aero and automotive industries.
- The Northern Powerhouse economy is bigger than Norway or Poland’s according to a report by the British Business Bank.
- And finally . . .
Virgin Trains is introducing a 05.07 train service from Doncaster arriving in London at 07:00, Mondays to Fridays from next month. It will also add a weekday late departure from London to Doncaster at 22.57, set to appeal to business and leisure travellers.