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Be courageous and always stay open to opportunities


Sheffield’s digital sector is experiencing high growth both due to indigenous start-ups and businesses relocating to the city from elsewhere. Businesses cite Sheffield’s enviable talent pool, accelerator programmes and industry hubs as major draws to the city. We spoke to serial entrepreneur Mel Kanarek of Sheffield Digital to understand what motivated her to start her own businesses and why in ...

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It’s a marathon not a sprint!

Paula and Natalie

We speak to Paula and Natalie; partners in lingerie business Lucy May, to learn what it takes to launch a business in Sheffield with global ambitions. What were your early ambitions? Natalie: I was always very creative, studying A levels at Art College before completing a 4 year degree in Fashion Marketing. However, I was also inspired by my dad who’d ...

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I guess I could base my business anywhere…

Julia Harrison

We speak to Julia Harrison, founder and Director of greetings cards and gift ware company Dialectable Ltd. For Julia, Sheffield offers the best of both worlds; the support to launch and grow a business and the lifestyle for a family. What were your ambitions? As a child I had no clue about what I wanted to do.  I had a sense I’d get married and have ...

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It’s the best of both worlds

Liz Edwards

Liz Edwards is Director of Muddyfaces, an outdoor play and learning resources for the education and private market. Sheffield offers the perfect back-drop for this business as Liz explains. What were your early ambitions? As a kid I spent most of my time climbing trees, wandering hill sides, building dens, being out on my bike and very much following my ...

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Sheffield feels like a city that really supports creative people

Lucy Ledger, Director of Lucy Ledger Ltd explains how she managed to mix creativity with business. What were your ambitions?  From a very young age I always knew I wanted to be an artist. I was never sure of the exact profession but I spent all my time creating – my hero was Tony Hart and I used to send my work to the Hartbeat gallery. ...

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A first for Sheffield; £38 million PRS development


In a major coup for the city, Sheffield City Council announce plans with award winning company CTP for Sheffield’s first institutionally-owned private rented sector (PRS) development in the City Centre. The 190-apartment building will be located close to the Midland Train station in the Cultural Industries Quarter. It will be named Porter Brook, after the river which borders the eastern ...

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Sheffield women mean business

Sheffield skyline

In 2015 52 per cent of the start-up businesses that Creative Sheffield worked with were set up by women.  In celebration of International Women’s Day this week, Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council are sharing the experiences of women in business through interviews with serial entrepreneurs, first time business start-ups and sector leaders across the city. ...

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Sheffield celebrates women and speaks out for gender equality


8 March 2016 People in Sheffield are joining others across the globe to celebrate International Women’s Day which this year has the theme ‘Pledge for Parity’. International Women’s Day (8 March) has been celebrated for over 100 years and has seen women go from strength to strength, fighting against the countless obstacles that have stood in the way of equality. ...

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Creative Sheffield Talent makes Top 50 Future List

Diana Buckley, Creative Sheffield

Diana Buckley, Head of Economic Strategy at Creative Sheffield has been included in the prestigious Top 50 Future List by theNorthern Power Women. Just one week before International Women’s Day, the Northern Power Women team are tonight hosting an event in Manchester to acknowledge the outstanding women working in both public and private sectors that are shaping the northern economy… read ...

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Sheffield school achievements recognised by Government Office

Children from Prince Edward Primary School

26 February 2016 Prince Edward Primary School has been congratulated by the Government for what is described as ‘high standards of educational achievement’ and ‘hard work and professionalism’. The letter of commendation followed the announcement that the school had ranked in the 100 top performing schools in the country for progress made between Key Stage1 and Key Stage 2. Prince ...

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The Outdoor City inspires Sheffield film-makers

We meet, Morgan Goodsmith and Etienne Soubes-Goldman, two of Sheffield’s rising stars to talk about their video promo business and how living in The Outdoor City inspired their recent wildlife video title ‘ Sheffield; Another Angle’. Entrepreneurs Morgan and Etienne, sixth form students from Sheffield have a passion for film, business and the great outdoors. Tell us a bit about ...

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Sheffield to host BUCS Nationals for further 3 years

BUCS Nationals runners lining up for the 60m heats at EIS Sheffield

Friday 19 February 2016 British Universities and Colleges Sport (BUCS) has agreed a deal with the City of Sheffield to host the BUCS Nationals in Sheffield for a further three years. The agreement which includes the 2016 BUCS Nationals, starting today, is signed in conjunction with a city partnership consisting of Sheffield City Council, Sheffield International Venues (SIV), Sheffield University and ...

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