Our SCR business ethic worth shouting about!
Sir Nigel Knowles, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, will open the prestigious MADE 2017 Festival in Sheffield next week.
He heads up an illustrious line of speakers including Ruth Nic Aoidh, a member of the Executive Board of McLaren Automotive; Barnsley print business founder Simon Biltcliffe who shares profits with his staff; and craft beer distributor Beer52 founder James Brown.
Sir Nigel will tell the audience of entrepreneurs how he took a small regional law firm to global success as DLA Piper, and outline some of his strategies for business success.
He will say: “I want to share with you some of my key learnings from DLA Piper. They’re relevant because much of this learning — mistakes included — is now steering my approach to the City Region. The Sheffield link is also really important because we’re different up here.
“We’re not about nonsense and slow-delivery. Our deep-rooted business ethic is straightforward and about delivery. If that’s not worth celebrating I don’t know what is!
- “It’s fantastic that in the past two years we have seen 37,000 jobs created in the region’s businesses. I’m sure that many of you in this room have recently employed more staff, or are planning to in the near future.
- “This is the region chosen in the face of stiff international competition to be home to new factories for McLaren and Boeing– with all the supply chain opportunities that may bring many of you here.
- “We’ve just welcomed over 300 Chinese and international businesspeople to this city and shown them the region and its magnificent investment opportunities. We beat off world competition for the chance to host the three-day conference and I’m proud to say they were bowled over!
- “We’ve invested strategically in the infrastructure for large projects which otherwise would take a lot longer to get going. The link road to Doncaster Sheffield Airport is one example. It opens up the region, helping the airport to flourish with a host of new flights, and unlocks land for homes and hundreds of jobs at the massive Verdion iport logistics centre. I hope many of you here have taken advantage of the ease with which you can travel to and from the airport and the destinations it offers for business.
- “We also help support major equipment for business which it wouldn’t otherwise be able invest in – this year we assisted Forgemasters buy new plant which means they can provide increasingly complicated, ultra-large cast and forged shapes for industries such as civil nuclear power.
“Talking it up is easy. There’s so much to shout about in this City Region!”