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Growth Hub Enhancement Project nears 150 applications

posted 10 Aug 2017, 08:03 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 10 Aug 2017, 08:03 ]

Nearly 150 high-growth businesses within the Sheffield City Region have now submitted applications for help to achieve their growth potential from the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project.

Launched just over a year ago, the assistance provided by the project to the businesses located throughout the nine Local Authorities that make up the Sheffield City Region, aims to boost the Sheffield City Region’s economy by adding more jobs and increasing the GVA of the SMEs in the Region.

Dave Grimes, Head of the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, said: “The Growth Hub Enhancement Project has been a fantastic addition to the suite of business support offered by the Growth Hub.”

“The journey from its inception in April 2016 to now, where we are actively helping businesses, has been remarkable and we hope to celebrate a lot more successes over the coming weeks, months and years.”

Working with local businesses with high-growth potential, the Growth Hub Enhancement Project aims to provide business support in areas where there is no existing provision.

Businesses receive support tailored exclusively to their needs through liaison with a dedicated, expert Growth Specialist with access to grants which can support growth projects.

There is access to a suite of free masterclasses that businesses can sign up to, which provide advice on a range of topics, from employee engagement and business law, to tendering and digital marketing. Masterclass content is driven by demand from businesses across Sheffield City Region.

Advisors work with the business to identify relevant support for their business needs and assist in every step of the process – removing the need for the business to research or understand sometimes complex support initiatives.

Over half of the successful applicants have currently received approval for specialist support grants and started their growth activity utilising external specialists, whilst a number of businesses have already received support and grants and completed the identified work to enable their growth.

Stagecoach launch new bus route to Doncaster Sheffield Airport

posted 9 Aug 2017, 07:07 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 9 Aug 2017, 07:08 ]

Passengers from Sheffield and Rotherham travelling to Doncaster Sheffield Airport have a new option thanks to Stagecoach Yorkshire.

The first ever direct bus route from Sheffield city centre to Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) sets off on September 2nd and will operate 7 days a week, taking approximately 45 minutes to reach the terminal building.

This news comes on the same day that the airport announced its Summer 2018 routes with Flybe to 10 destinations across Europe including Paris, Dublin, Faro and Malaga now on sale for travel up to June 8.

Steve Gill, chief executive of Doncaster Sheffield Airport said: “This is excellent news all round for our passengers. We are thrilled that Stagecoach Yorkshire is introducing this new route from Sheffield to the airport.

“This is a further step in improving our connectivity and strengthens our proposition to the rest of the travel and airline industry.”

The service will operate eight times a day from Sheffield serving peak flight times in the early morning and evening focusing on Wizzair and Flybe flights from the airport. 

Matt Davies, managing director of Stagecoach Yorkshire, said: “We are extremely pleased to be launching this new service from Sheffield city centre to Doncaster Sheffield Airport.

“We are keen to support the growth of Doncaster Sheffield Airport which we see as an important regional asset whose growth will only be of wider benefit to the region.

“We’ve worked closely with the team at the airport to develop a schedule that works with their busiest flight times and we are looking forward to working with partners to develop this service further in the future to accommodate more flight times“

The 737 Stagecoach bus service will depart from Sheffield Interchange, from Saturday September 2nd, with the first service leaving at 4.45am calling at Wickersley, Bramley, and arriving at the DSA terminal at 5.30am.

Tickets for the new service cost just £6 single fare, £6.30 for an unlimited travel explorer ticket which also includes Supertram services and £10 for a family explorer ticket for two adults and up to three children.

Rotherham based GO Superfoods Ltd wins nine Great Taste awards

posted 3 Aug 2017, 08:14 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 08:15 ]

A Rotherham manufacturer and wholesaler of dietary supplements has won a total of nine Great Taste awards for its exotic products.

Based at Dinnington, GO Superfoods Ltd trades as Green Origins and Rainforest Foods and supplies in bulk and private label. It searches the world for nature's finest foods; travelling across continents in pursuit of 100% pure, ethically-sourced superfoods, with exceptionally high nutritional profiles. Premium products include Acai, Hemp seed, Maca, Maqui berry, Spirulina and Wheatgrass.

The quality of the products has now been recognised with a stamp of excellence from Great Taste, widely acknowledged as the most respected food accreditation scheme for artisan and speciality food producers. 

Green Origins has been awarded 2 star awards for its Bee Pollen, Cacao Butter and Virgin Coconut Oil and 1 star awards for its Baobab Powder, Cacao Nibs, Cacao Powder and Hemp Seeds.

Rainforest Foods has been awarded 1 star awards for its Organic New Zealand Wheatgrass Powder and Organic Maca Powder.

The Great Taste Awards were established in 1994 and the independent accreditation enables small food and drink businesses to compete against supermarket premium own label brands.

GO Superfoods Ltd picked up a Queen's Award for International Trade for its outstanding overseas sales growth in 2016. About half of the company's turnover is overseas trade and there has been rapid growth, with turnover almost quadrupling in the three-year period. The firm has also seen a trebling in profits and an increase in staff numbers from four to 23.

Started in 2009 by Hardip Singh after completing an MBA, he chose the superfood sector due to personal interest, the growth potential, and the opportunity to work with producers from around the world. 

Source: Rothbiz

Chamber Means Business Exhibition Returns

posted 3 Aug 2017, 07:36 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:38 ]

The Chamber Means Business event returns to Rotherham on Thursday 14th September, giving member businesses the opportunity to promote themselves and their products and services.

The event, which will be held at Rotherham's New York Stadium from 8am to 3pm, is free to attend and open to all businesses, regardless of location, whether you’re looking for products, contacts or networking. There will be over 50 businesses exhibiting and you will have the opportunity to speak face-to-face, build relationships and trade services and support. 

For more information and to book your free place, visit the website here.

AESSEAL's new facility given royal seal of approval

posted 1 Aug 2017, 07:14 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:39 ]

HRH The Duke of York returned to Rotherham recently to see the continued investment from leading manufacturer, AESSEAL.

With its global headquarters at Templeborough, the company manufactures mechanical seals for a wide range of industries, including oil and gas, food, water, mining and pharmaceuticals.

To meet a huge demand for both new and repair of dry gas compressor seals, AESSEAL has doubled the current capacity and increasing the diameter of seals that it can manufacture, refurbish and dynamically test up to 380mm (14.96") shaft diameter.

Work began in a former store area of the state of the art premises in November last year. The company previously announced a multi-million pound investment in large capacity 9-axis machining centres which are an essential requirement for both new manufacture and repair of third party dry gas compressor seals. Lifting equipment has also been installed to increase the lifting capacity to 2,500kg (2.76 tonnes).

Before officially opening the facility, the HRH The Duke of York met with some of the 300 Rotherham-based staff, including the company's founder and managing director, Chris Rea, and Madeleine Kearney, an AESSEAL engineering apprentice who has spent time working in the test house.

During his visit, HRH The Duke of York said: "It is a pleasure to be invited back here and to see the growth since my last visit in 2002. It is also a pleasure to see a company committed to its workforce and to manufacturing in the UK."

Source: Rothbiz

Aardvark Swift Wins Prestigious Award

posted 1 Aug 2017, 07:05 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:40 ]

Rotherham-based Aardvark Swift has reinforced its standing as one of the UK's top recruitment firms for the video games industry by winning a prestigious award.

Established in 1989, Aardvark Swift was the first recruitment agency to dedicate its services to the mushrooming video games industry. Based at Nightingale Court on the edge of Rotherham town centre, the firm helps major players such as Microsoft, Sony, EA and Nokia recruit the stars of tomorrow. Expanding into new areas such as toys and licensing, managing director Ian Goodall bought the company outright in 2012.

The firm recently picked up the Recruiter Award at the Develop Awards 2017 which aim to celebrate and reward UK and European games developers, focusing purely on creativity, teamwork and inspiring innovation. 

In addition to its own achievement, awards were picked up by Aardvark Swift's clients and partners, including Playground Games receiving recognition with the Independent Studio Award and Guerrilla Games being awarded the prestigious title of Studio of the Year.

Ian Goodall, managing director of Aardvark Swift (pictured, centre), said: "The Develop Awards shines a light on the UK's very best and recognises the hard work that goes into every facet of making a video game.

"We're incredibly grateful and humbled to have won this year's Develop Award for best recruiter, and look forward to helping studios make great games with our award-winning services in the years to come."

The event was held alongside Develop:Brighton, a conference, expo and networking event that brings together the game development community.

Part of the Grads in Games initiative, Search For A Star is a series of critically acclaimed annual talent competitions, with challenges designed and assessed by games industry professionals. Prizes include guaranteed opportunities for internships and jobs at leading UK games studios including Sumo Digital and Playground Games.

In 2015, 80% of students who qualified for the second round were able to get a games industry job on graduation. Launched in 2014 by Aardvark Swift, Grads in Games has the mission to unify all games graduate activities, information, advice and jobs in one place.

Source: Rothbiz

Rotherham Gym Boosted By UKSE Funding

posted 1 Aug 2017, 06:42 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:41 ]

A Rotherham gym has expanded the services it provides thanks to funding from the UK Steel Enterprise (UKSE) Kickstart Fund.

The funding has allowed the owner of Pivotal Fitness, Rob Newton, to purchase "MyZone" equipment and a group heart-rate-tracking wearable piece of equipment. Alongside this, Rob has invested in new signage and branded items of clothing for the members of Pivotal Fitness to purchase.

Based at Parkgate, the gym houses six personal training consultants and has a formidable social media presence, which Rob utilises to further increase his clientele.

Rob said: "There has been a real improvement to the ways in which we operate since receiving the £500 funding from UKSE – we've been able to focus on making our services better, but also getting our name out there with branded kit and marketing collateral.

"We have introduced a new class timetable with a greater number of classes each day, which has allowed us to increase the number of clients and booked classes significantly, utilising social media to really push our brand.

"The £500 investment from UK Steel Enterprise has really helped us mature our services and we are all looking forward to seeing how much progress we can make in the coming year."

UK Steel Enterprise, a subsidiary of Tata Steel, was launched in 1975 to support the economic development of steel industry areas. Launched in February 2016 by UKSE, with support from RIDO and Rotherham Youth Enterprise, the Kickstart Fund consists of a £40,000 pot dedicated to supporting people looking to establish a business in the area with grants between £500 and £1,000.

Allan Wood of UKSE (pictured, centre), said: "Rob has demonstrated an admirable drive to expand Pivotal Fitness and ensure he puts the investment to great use, keeping his clients at the core of his focus. 

"We're very much looking forward to see how Pivotal Fitness grows over the next year."

Source: Rothbiz

ICD Alloys Opens New Facility in Rotherham

posted 1 Aug 2017, 06:30 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:41 ]

American firm, ICD Alloys & Metals LLC has extended its reach into the European market with the opening of a newly established subsidiary, ICD Europe Ltd in Rotherham.

Founded in 1952 as a global merchant for bulk chemicals, ICD Group has diversified into a major international conglomerate. The New York headquartered group has its Alloys and Metals division in North Carolina which specialises in the processing, preparation and supply of primary and secondary materials into the aerospace, medical, petrochemical, electronics, wear part and industrial gas industries.

The new subsidiary has taken over 10,000 sq ft at the Aldwarke Business Park where it will supply nickel and cobalt super alloys, tantalum, hafnium, rhenium, molybdenum, tungsten, niobium, ferro-alloys, rare earth elements as well as various intermediates and oxides of these products.

The facility is now fully equipped to handle the processing and handling of super alloys, prime metals and ferro-alloys and is also capable of vacuum preparation.

Wayne Hawkes, managing director at ICD Europe Ltd, told AMM: "The opportunity of capturing and reacting to a buoyant European market along with timing was and is absolutely critical. Consumers need, want and demand a proactive supplier that able to react to just-in-time deliveries.

"Through the expansion into Europe, the company aims to improve its flexibility and its ability to service and adapt quickly to evolving customer needs.

"The wealth of knowledge, technical experience and the full backing of our facilities in North Carolina and offices in China gives us something different to bring to the market."

Rotherham's New University Centre Appoints Willmott Dixon as Contractor

posted 1 Aug 2017, 06:14 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:41 ]

RNN Group has announced the appointment of Willmott Dixon as their chosen contractor for its brand new campus, University Centre Rotherham (UCR). 

The new centre is expected to bring a wealth of education and training opportunities to the region, building upon their existing range of degrees, higher-level courses and professional training, and will offer a dedicated facility for university students with specialist teaching, study and exhibition spaces, a library, café and social areas.

John Connolly, the Chief Executive of the RNN Group, which is the parent organisation for Rotherham College and the University Centre Rotherham said:

“We are delighted to have taken a big step forward in delivering this fantastic project, which will offer so much to our region’s students and employers. It will be a major boost for us in addressing the skills gaps that employers are expecting to see in the near future, as the economy continues to grow.” 

“As part of the Rotherham Plan 2025, the University Centre Rotherham will be an important factor in helping to bring additional investment and employment to the area, and will contribute to the regeneration of the town centre. We will continue to work with our university partners and key employers to extend the range of degrees and professional courses we can offer, to ensure our students have the right skills and qualifications to be part of that brighter future for the region.”

“We are also pleased to be working with Willmott Dixon, as a contractor and employer with a clear commitment to sustainability and community engagement. Building work will begin over the summer and we remain on track for completion in autumn 2018.”

Director for Willmott Dixon in Yorkshire, Andrew Hurcomb said: 

“As a local company based in Yorkshire with a strong track record of work in Rotherham, which includes the role of our sister company Fortem maintaining homes in the town, we are proud to have been appointed by the RNN Group to take forward its plans to create University Centre Rotherham. It will provide important skills that will benefit the local economy for years to come and we'll also build strong links with the university centre to encourage many of its students to choose a career in construction. Also, during the project, we will work closely with local companies in and around Rotherham to ensure as many as possible are involved with the building work.” 

The University Centre Rotherham forms a key part of the Rotherham Plan 2025, a regeneration strategy for Rotherham, led by the Rotherham Together Partnership.

Councillor Chris Read, who is the Chair of the Partnership and Leader of Rotherham Council added:
“Having our own University Centre in Rotherham is a fantastic opportunity for local people to study at degree level.  This is one of our ‘game changers’ in the Rotherham Plan; to help local people gain higher level skills which will increase their employability. It will also help local employers to find the skilled staff they need.”

For updates on the project, visit 

SFSY Voucher Scheme funds Eaton Commercial’s faster broadband connection

posted 20 Jul 2017, 06:49 by RiDO Rotherham   [ updated 3 Aug 2017, 07:42 ]

SMEs within the Sheffield City Region can now benefit from SFSY Connection and Innovation Vouchers worth 50% of the cost of faster broadband connections and new digital innovations.

Sheffield’s Eaton Commercial Property Consultants have benefitted from an SFSY Connection Voucher, which has provided 50% of the cost of their new 40Mbps wireless connection.

Founded in 1994, Eaton Commercial is a firm of Chartered Surveyors providing property consultancy to a wide range of clients, specialising in the motor trade sector, advising in the acquisition of sites for dealerships and analysing their assets to maximise property returns. They also act on behalf of a range of industrial and retail clients providing advice on property portfolios within these sectors. Clients include JCT600 Motor Group, Nationwide Accident Repair Centres, Royal Bank of Scotland Group Plc, Lidl Food stores, and fellow Sheffield-based Henry Boot Developments.

Their new wireless connection has enabled them to kick-start the marketing of properties, edit their material through internal connections and external resources such as Rightmove at a moment’s notice, and provides instant access to legal documents and large data files such as architects’ plans, consultancy documents and online planning applications.  

Robert Eaton Managing Director of Eaton Commercial said, ‘The claim process has been swift, and we would certainly recommend that other SMEs apply.’

Natalie Ward,  Programme Manager for Superfast South Yorkshire, added ‘We are delighted to be offering SMEs in the Sheffield City Region the opportunity to take up faster connectivity  with vouchers worth up to £2500, and to introduce new digital innovations with vouchers up to £12,499, with the aim of improving performance and driving growth.’  

For full information on the SFSY Connection & Innovation Voucher Scheme visit:, contact, or call on 01709 334334.

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