The Final Good News Roundup of 2016

Published 23rd December 2016 at 7:53am
  • Derbyshire Dales has been voted the best place to live in the Midlands and North of England – and fourth in the UK – in the 2016 Halifax Quality of Life Survey. The survey was based on residents’ health and life expectancy, employment and earnings, and high scores in personal well-being surveys.
  • The Yorkshire Post carried a very positive ‘Comment’ piece by Business Editor Mark Casci this week. The full text is at www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/opinion/mark-casci-forget-the-negativity-here-are-the-reasons-to-be-cheerful-from-2016-1-8296989
  • Software business WANdisco, with HQ in Sheffield and California, has won a major contract with IBM, the automotive multinational. IBM will deploy WANdisco’s patented cloud service, WANdisco Fusion, rebranded as IBM Big Replicate, to ensure customer data is moved seamlessly between data centres and the cloud.
  • Outline planning consent has been granted for the £75million Phase 1 development at the Chesterfield Waterside scheme. One of the UK’s largest regeneration projects, it is being developed by Chesterfield-based Bolsterstone Plc with the Arnold Laver Group and Chesterfield Borough Council. Funding of £2.7million has been invested in infrastructure by Sheffield City Region.
  • Telecoms and media giant BT is to create 500 customer service jobs primarily at sites in the North of England and Wales, including Doncaster. The new roles are in addition to the previously-announced target of 1,000 UK and Ireland customer service jobs by the end of March 2017.
  • Sheffield Forgemasters is to recruit 14 new apprentices in early 2017. The manufacturing giant, which produces castings and forgings for suppliers to the engineering, nuclear, and process industries, has been praised for its four-year apprenticeship programme by education, training and sector experts.
  • Plans to build a 154-bedroom hotel on the west side of Doncaster Racecourse have been approved. Work on the Hilton Garden Inn will begin at the start of next year, with the Inn opening in the summer of 2018. The six-storey venue will include event space, hospitality suites, parking and landscaping.

And finally . . . (apart from festive wishes)

Researchers from the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre in Rotherham are developing an advanced mobility device which overcomes the drawbacks of current wheelchairs and scooters.

They are working with Corporal Phil Eaglesham, a former Royal Marine Commando soldier who contracted the disabling Q Fever on active service in Afghanistan.

Phil, who competed in the Rio Paralympics, his wife Julie and businessman Brian Meaden have set up the venture Conquering Horizons to create ‘VICTOR’ – a mobility device that allows users to be at the right height to eat, work, or talk to other people at eye level.

It can also tackle difficult terrain, mount kerbs, fit through standard doorways and manoeuvre easily, and should cost no more than £10,000. Conquering Horizons is now looking to raise funds through crowdfunding.

For more information on VICTOR, visit: www.victormobility.com.

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