Good news roundup from across the region

Published 2nd June 2017 at 3:24pm

LIBERTY Speciality Steels plans to create 300 jobs as it re-start its biggest furnace, and to use green energy. Liberty House Group bought the business which is now Liberty Speciality Steels from Tata four weeks ago for £100million; it currently employs 1,700 at five steelworks including Stocksbridge and Rotherham.

THE Helena Kennedy Centre for International Justice at Sheffield Hallam University has been named Best Legal Education Provider of the Year by the Solicitors Journal Awards.

100 JOBS are set to be created at the North’s first neurological and orthopaedic rehabilitation unit, Steps Rehabilitation, off Abbeydale Road South in Sheffield.  The £5million centre received grant funding from the SCR’s Regional Growth Fund to help create the new employment opportunities at the centre which is on a former derelict site.

BEATSON Clark, the Rotherham glass packaging manufacturer, has created special miniature Vimto bottles to be used as gifts for Ramadan. Miniature replica bottles of Vimto will be sold as a 12-pack at Bloomingdales stores in Dubai and Kuwait.

OVERSEAS investors put more than £60 million into Sheffield’s office market last year, bringing more top quality developments to the city. The success is put down to the attraction of work on the new retail quarter, and prestige properties such as like Vulcan House at the J2 Riverside Exchange and Riverside East office.

A DAY’S free workshop is to be run for women programmers in Sheffield by Zoo Digital on June 16 and 17. It’s aimed at complete beginners and will give attendees a practical insight into the world of work.

SUPERCAR maker McLaren’s first prototype chassis is due to be moulded in the autumn on a ‘resin transfer moulding’ (RTM) press at the AMRC. (RTM is a vacuum-assisted process which gives outstanding strength-to-weight characteristics.) The SCR is investing £12million in the McLaren research and production project.

YOUNG entrepreneur Sheree White’s sports coaching business has had a kickstart thanks to free support from Growing Rural Enterprise, which delivers support through the SCR Launchpad project in partnership with Derbyshire Dales District Council. Sheree, based in Matlock, attended specialised workshops, creating an action plan with challenging but realistic targets. Sheree offers football sessions for toddlers, girls and ladies and hopes to go into primary schools to teach PE and offer holiday and after-school clubs.   

£15MILLION plans to redevelop a Sheffield city centre car park on Netherthorpe Road with a 17-storey tower of flats and studios have been submitted by Iq Student Accommodation. The development includes a dedicated gaming room and study zones.

SCX Group, the Sheffield-based engineering company, has completed the first part of a retractable roof for the new No.1 Court at Wimbledon. This has used 3,500 tonnes of steel to date: work is on schedule to be completed for the 2019 tournament.

FAST-growing car sales group The Car People has expansion plans for its Catcliffe, Rotherham site that could create 25 new jobs. The group sells around 18,000 vehicles a year.

THE AMRC’s Design and Prototyping Group has developed a unique hybrid 3D printing process that can introduce electrical, optical and structural elements during the build process. Dubbed ‘THREAD’, the process could be used in many sectors such as medical, aerospace and automotive, where the weight and size of components is critical, and is an example of the AMRC’s unique expertise in solving industry problems.

ENGIE, a leading energy and services provider, has bought Keepmoat’s Regeneration division which includes a significant operation in Manvers, Rotherham.

THE disused Wesleyan Reform Church in Wath, Rotherham, has been converted to create 10 much-needed high-quality business spaces, opening as Dearne Valley Business Centre.

LATEST activity at Rother Valley Country Park is hiring electric-powered boats and bicycles. The 750-acres country park has four artificial lakes, recreational activities and nature reserves, and hosts a range of events including park runs, triathlons, the ASA National Open Water Festival and the UK Cable Nationals.

And finally:

EXTRA trains will pull into Dronfield station this weekend for the 10,000 drinkers expected to pour in for the popular free Three Valleys Beer Festival and its 13 venues. Meanwhile there’s a prosecco festival with 15 different types to taste for the students’ union at Sheffield University.

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