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Peaty’s Steel City Downhill

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watch now http://www.pinkbike.com/video/442348 Ride Sheffield sent us this awesome Pink Bike video of last week’s Steel City Downhill. It doesn’t look like the snow put anyone off on the day – evidence of the hardened Mountain Bikers we attract here to The Outdoor City. Fantastic to see so many local businesses involved and to see retired British world champion Tracey ...

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Candidates for Sheffield’s 2016 Elections

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Candidates have been announced today for this year’s local council and Police and Crime Commissioner (PCC) elections, and the Sheffield Brightside and Hillsborough parliamentary by-election on 5 May. All of the city council’s 84 seats will be contested in the Sheffield City Council local elections. There will be 372 candidates across the 28 wards in Sheffield, with voters asked to ...

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The Outdoor City secures over £100,000 for major run route project

Image: Runner takes in the dizzy heights of Sheffield; The Outdoor City by Duncan Philpott

Sheffield is to benefit from one of the largest installations of running routes in England thanks to a new city-wide partnership which has secured over £100,000 of funding from England Athletics. The first phase of this trailblazing project will be completed next month (April), with eleven new run routes (ranging from 1km to 10km in length – a total of ...

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Six pieces of advice for my 14 year old self


Rebecca Fielding is the founder of Gradconsult Ltd. As a lead partner working with Creative Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University, The University Of Sheffield,  Gradcore and local SMEs  to deliver RISE (a Sheffield-born talent retention scheme) Gradconsult specialise in people and talent management, particularly the graduate market. Rebecca shares her experience setting up and growing her business in Sheffield and gives ...

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It’s hard leaving a steady job to start a company

Hannah Chaplin

CEO & Co-founder at Receptive Hannah Chaplin moved to Sheffield aged 6 and has chosen to make it home for her family and global business. In this interview Hannah explains why. What were your early ambitions? I never knew what I wanted to do! There was always a keen interest in business, politics and economics but I was a big ...

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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

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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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