The Latest Round-up of the Region’s Good News

Published 17th March 2017 at 10:47am

A £100million warehouse for Amazon at iPort, Doncaster, is set to create 1,650 jobs when it opens in September. The size of 14 football pitches, it will dwarf Amazon’s fulfilment centre, also on iPort and is the company’s fourth building in Doncaster.

Great article in the Guardian this week about Sheffield’s outdoor festival:

The energy used in Sheffield is to be analysed by a new £1.8 million centre at the University of Sheffield. Sensors and thermal cameras on drones, balloons and cars will scan the city: researchers at the Urban Flows Observatory will then create a model of energy usage. This will help to create a detailed understanding of the energy embodied in city buildings, which buildings are losing the most heat, and where solar energy can be most effective.

Employment in Yorkshire and the Humber increased at the fastest rate since June 2015 during February and the rate of job creation was steeper than the UK average for the fifth consecutive month. According to Lloyds Bank Regional Purchasing Managers’ Index survey, business activity growth also outpaced the country as a whole for the third month running during February.

DWP is running a high-level campaign to increase employers’ awareness of the benefits of disability employment. The campaign is being led by a new Disability Confident Business Leaders Group which is chaired by Tim Fallowfield, Corporate Services Director of Sainsbury’s. Details at:

Rockliffe Homes Ltd has begun work on a £5.5million development that will see 37 new homes being built in Brimington, Chesterfield. Ringwood Meadows has financial backing from the Homes & Communities Agency through the new £3billion House Building Fund.

The Chatsworth Estate Farm Shop is a finalist for Farm Shop of the Year in the prestigious Farm Shop & Deli awards. Winners will be revealed at the Farm Shop & Deli Show, NEC, Birmingham in April.

Barnsley-born Michael Parkinson has backed a £5million fundraising campaign to renovate The Civic in the town and reinstate its historic main entrance. (Artist’s impression above.) The Civic is a Grade II listed building that has been part of the town since 1877.

A Doncaster-based mechanical and electrical contractor has reported its ‘best ever’ start to the year after winning new business worth more than £27million. Mechanical Facilities Limited (MechFS) started 2017 by securing new contracts with major brands including Travelodge, Hilton and Aldi. The family-run firm, which has its headquarters in Beckingham, has also opened a new Sheffield office on Fox Valley Way.

Family-owned steel castings business William Cook has invested more than £6million in a 3D printing facility at Parkway Avenue, Sheffield, which combines 3D printing and casting technology to make complex components. It is a partner of the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, where a dozen of its newly-hired apprentices are training.

A parking permit allowing local residents to park free in Derbyshire Dales District Council car parks for 19 hours every day is in the post this week. It’s the 16th year that the District Council, one of the pioneers of the permits scheme, has issued a free permit to all 34,000 households across the Dales

Sheffield Says, a Catalyst Festival of Creativity project, has installed a giant ‘S’ in the Moor Market, which prints out unique art.

And finally . . .

  • ITM Power, the energy storage and clean fuel company based at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham, is to deliver four hydrogen refuelling stations in Sheffield, Birmingham and Swindon. The news comes as the Government’s Office of Low Emission Vehicles is due to announce further grant incentives for hydrogen vehicles and new refuelling infrastructure.

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