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Sheffield’s Junior Chamber is welcoming their twinned chamber, JCI Mayo from Ireland, to the city this weekend to mark their official association.
The weekend’s events, which will include personal development, networking, volunteering and training opportunities, will begin officially with a reception on Friday afternoon, hosted by the Lord Mayor Councillor Vickie Priestly at Sheffield Town Hall. Junior Chamber International members will benefit from training on Linkedin and organizational development from visiting Ireland National Deputy President Derek Reilly, as well as volunteering as part of their community action programme.
The visit will coincide with Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival: three days of music at different venues across the city.
Junior Chamber International Sheffield President, Dan Senter, said: “We are proud to welcome fellow young entrepreneurs from Ireland to Sheffield to sample the warm hospitality of the Steel City. Sheffield has so much to offer in terms of tourism and business opportunities, so it seemed like a great time to welcome our visitors over during the iconic Tramlines Festival.”
Doncaster Business GreenFayre was awarded the Sine FM ‘Simply Fred’ BizJuice Award recently introduced by the ‘Simply Fred’ show. The award aims to reward and recognise entrepreneurship in Doncaster and raise the profile of local businesses.
Peter Davies, Mayor of Doncaster, said: “The entrepreneurial spirit is strong in Doncaster with many successful and inspiring businesses based here. To stand out amongst outstanding company is an achievement indeed and I’d like to congratulate GreenFayre Gifts & Homewares on winning this Award.”
The BizJuice Award was launched earlier this year to give Doncaster businesses the opportunity to showcase their achievements and allow the general public to vote for the best business. As well as taking home a winner’s certificate, GreenFayre has won a 6-week advertising campaign on Sine FM.
Chrissy Moog, Media Services Manager at Sine FM, said: “We exist for the benefit of the Doncaster community and were therefore delighted to support the ‘Simply Fred’ BizJuice Award by offering a free advertising campaign to the winning business. It’s exciting to see such a thriving business community in Doncaster at a time when there’s been such an air of doom and gloom about the economy for such a long time.”
Julie Poland, who co-owns GreenFayre with her husband Ian, said: “We are so pleased to have won this Award for our business. We would like to thank our fab customers for their loyalty and their recognition in voting for us! Doncaster is a fantastic town with great renewed spirit and, it’s brilliant to be showcasing something new and refreshing in our village of Rossington.”
GreenFayre was born out of Julie and Ian’s frustration at the lack of inspiration and affordable gifts on the ‘High Street’. They decided to look further afield and promptly fell in love with some beautiful products that they wanted to share. They began with a stock order of under £200 and an ‘Open Day’ at home in July 2011, then swiftly expanded to open their ‘Bricks & Mortar’ shop in the heart of Rossington less than a year later, in April this year. Their motto: ‘Fair Trade, Handcrafted, Recycled & Battery Free!’
Sine FM Presenters are volunteers; they choose their own show content according to their passions and interests and this gives Sine FM a great variety of shows to broadcast to the Doncaster community and beyond. The Simply Fred show airs live every Friday from 10am to 12noon on 102.6FM in Doncaster.
One of the most well known businesses in South Yorkshire has joined Rotherham United’s new corporate hospitality club.
Family owned Norton Finance has become a Gold member of the Millers’ 1925 Club at the New York Stadium, which will provide luxury match day treatment for local businessmen.
Director Keith Stringer, who founded the firm in 1974 and has lived in the town all his life, said: “The 1925 Club will provide us with a facility to entertain our business partners, and our employees will also be rewarded for their hard work with the opportunity to use our tickets.
“The New York Stadium looks excellent and it will attract a lot of people, both for football and its offerings to the business community. Rotherham United are moving forward and we wanted to become a part of the club’s future success.”
Norton Finance, based in Mansfield Road, Rotherham, employs around 250 people and is one of the UK’s longest established independent finance brokers.
The 1925 Club is named in honour of the Millers’ inaugural season as Rotherham United, after the merger of Rotherham Town and Rotherham County, when the team played in a gold and black strip.
Rotherham United chairman Tony Stewart said: “As a family club we are delighted that a family owned company like Norton Finance has got on board. The local community is really behind the New York Stadium and businesses in Rotherham continue to show tremendous interest in the 1925 Club.”
Sheffield’s Meadowhall Shopping Centre will be inviting shoppers to ‘Sew It Better’ on 13 and 14 July in aid of their charity of the year, The Children’s Hospital Charity.
The pop up sewing workshop will be run by the Sheffield based sewing school, Sew in the City, and is one of a series of pop up shops the shopping centre will be hosting over the summer. The team will host 30 minute sewing workshops every half an hour between 10am and 5pm, working with up to 20 participants per session to design their own customized Children’s Hospital Charity, ‘Make It Better’ lapel badge.
Yorkshire Tea are supporting the event, which will ask participants to make a minimum £2 donation to The Children’s Hospital Charity. Modern vintage brand, Cath Kidston, along with arts and crafts superstore, Hobbycraft, will be supplying the materials for the weekends workshops.
The Make It Better appeal will raise much needed funds that will go towards modernizing the hospital, helping children to recuperate quicker by using the best possible equipment in the best possible environment.
Events Manager at Meadowhall Shopping Centre, Alex Caley, said: “At Meadowhall, we’re always on the lookout for the latest trends, and, this year, sewing is top of the trends list thanks to the likes of the BBC series, The Great British Sewing Bee. As part of our Park Life Summer Campaign, we wanted to include a sewing workshop for shoppers, so, for the nimble fingered and novice stitchers alike, please ensure you join in the fun next weekend.”
Sew In The City’s Danielle Downs added: “Sewing has certainly enjoyed a resurgence in the last couple of years and we’re delighted to be bringing our sewing workshops to Meadowhall. You don’t have to be a professional on the sewing machine to get great results; a little understanding can take you a long way. Customizing your own fashion is a great way to create your own unique style, and that’s what we’re wanting to introduce shoppers to this weekend with the Make It Better lapel badge in aid of The Children’s Hospital Charity.”
The Sewing It Better pop up will be located in the Park Life area, on the Lower Arcade near Marks & Spencer. For more information, visit meadowhall.co.uk
A £6.9million funding package has been formally approved for Sheffield Hallam University to develop the UK’s first centre of excellence for food engineering.
The university will receive the funds following a successful bid to the Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) Catalyst Fund, which provides funding for university-led projects that work together with businesses to support the UK’s economic recovery.
The money will be used to create the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering, which will be developed at the University in collaboration with the Food and Drink Federation and National Skills Academy for Food and Drink. Industry partners, including Cargill, Dalehead Foods, Mars, McCain Foods, Nestlé, Premier Foods, Warburtons and William Jackson Food Group, will contribute equipment, facilities and mentors or advisors.
The centre will be fully operational by 2017 and will see the University become a leading education provider for the food and drink industry. It will include state of the art facilities , as well as research and development services to address efficiency in food production and the manufacturing process. The centre also aims to address the growing skills shortage in the food manufacturing sector.
Sheffield Hallam also recently announced that it was working with a variety of industry partners and the Food and Drink Federation to set up the UK’s first dedicated food and drink engineering degree, which will start in September 2014.
Professor Roger Eccleston, Pro-Vice Chancellor for the Faculty of Arts, Computing, Engineering and Science at Sheffield Hallam, said: “We are delighted that this funding will go ahead as planned. The new Centre of Excellence for Food and Drink Engineering at Sheffield Hallam will play a key strategic role in developing advanced engineering capability for the food and drink industry, providing a major competitive advantage to this important and significant sector of the UK economy.”
Head of the Department for Engineering and Maths at Sheffield Hallam, Dr Martin Howard, said: “The centre will support the food and drink industry to develop and implement new and enhanced facilities, processes and equipment to keep the UK at the forefront of capability and efficiency in a very competitive sector. It will also enhance the development of a highly educated and knowledgeable workforce, through staff development and supporting employees with experience of leading engineering systems and processes.”
He added: “This project builds on our existing strong track record of providing excellent research and knowledge transfer, and of working in partnership with industry to develop education programmes that are designed to support companies by creating highly skilled and employable graduates, ready for the world of work.”