News Update from the SCR
- The SCR Quarterly Economic Survey shows that businesses are, overall, positive about the regional economy looking forward. The QES is part of a national survey coordinated by the British Chambers of Commerce which acts as an economic indicator for the Bank of England and Whitehall. Details: www.screconomy.org.uk
- 2016 saw Doncaster’s Lakeside Village report its strongest results in almost a decade with total sales rising by more than 5% and over 1.7million transactions. Lakeside also won ‘Friendly WiFi’ status for its commitment to helping young people stay safe online.
Sheffield’s historic Abbeydale Picture House is to become a new home for the Creative Arts Development Space Trust. CADS aims to improve the art deco building and get a full premises licence to bring the venue back into full community use. Longer term it will work to attract urgently needed funds for major restoration work. The Picture House was opened by the Lord Mayor of Sheffield in 1920 and was the largest and most luxurious cinema in Sheffield with 1,560 seats.
- The Goldthorpe Railway Environmental Improvement Project has received £40,000 of Section 106 money to help transform a disused railway line close to the town centre into a community space.
- A £3million, three-year programme is set to restore the grounds of historic Cannon Hall, in Barnsley, to their former glory. The work is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund and the Big Lottery Fund’s ‘Parks for People’.
Urban trampoline brand Jump has opened its third UK site at Meadowhall – the brand’s biggest in the UK. It includes 120 trampolines, airbags, slam dunk nets, a running zone, and a performance zone.
- University of Sheffield PhD student Mozart Queiroz is in the running to become the world’s best steel maker. Mozart has won the student category for Europe, Africa and the Middle East in the Steel University Challenge: competitors have 24 hours to create a grade of steel that meets stipulated technical requirements at the lowest cost per tonne. It’s the first time a UK student has got this far.
- A new factory is being built on the former Glass Bulbs Site in Harworth, Bassetlaw, where Persimmon homes will produce approximately 400,000 bricks a day plus tiles and timber frames. The first stage of the project, the brick plant, is expected to create up to 30 jobs as part of a £10million investment.
- Chesterfield residents and businesses are being asked for their views on a revised Local Plan which sets out where key housing and industrial developments will take place in the future. A copy of the draft Local Plan is at www.chesterfield.gov.uk/localplan.
- The SCR’s strengths in healthcare technologies featured in the Business pages of the Yorkshire Post this week: www.yorkshirepost.co.uk/news/region-is-leading-the-way-in-medical-health-technology-1-8325439
- Meanwhile the Mayor of Rotherham and Rotherham Council staff are among delegates visiting Northwest China to showcase the UK’s expertise in healthcare. Last year, the Council joined with the SCR to target the Chinese region and the growing healthcare market.
- Work has begun to transform part of Platform 3B of Doncaster Station into the Draughtsman Alehouse, selling Yorkshire real ales and Doncaster pork pies. It will keep many original features including tiling.
- Twice weekly flights to Sofia, capital of Bulgaria, have been launched from Doncaster Sheffield Airport by Wizz Air. Wizz Air now serves 12 destinations from Doncaster, and celebrated 10 years of operating from DSA this year, their largest UK base outside of London Luton.
And finally . . .
The SCR is sponsoring the Logistics Leaders conference at Harworth, Bassetlaw, on 16th February including a tour of the Transdeck UK premises. Transdeck recently won a major order from Boots UK for 60 fixed double deck Wedge trailers.