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Update from Business Sheffield

Contacts: Yvonne Asquith,, Natalie Fletcher,

  • Sheffield best city to start a business in the Startup Cities Index 2022
    • Winning overall city, Sheffield
    • Sheffield second for business support
    • Sheffield 3rd for talent
  • We will be running social on this and integrating into various pages on the Business Sheffield part of the new website (released end of the month). Please share widely.
  • Start up support in local communities: attached case study about support to the African Women’s Affiliation Group for info.
  • Digigrants: the recent round of digital adoption grants available from BMBC (ERDF). 56 out of 93 entries were from Sheffield businesses. We are encouraging businesses to contact Business Sheffield so we can help businesses apply for a grant, which has a much better success rate than businesses applying directly themselves. If you know of any businesses, B2B, with digital requirements please do put them in touch with us.
  • Low Carbon: audits and grants are proving hugely popular with businesses of all shapes and sizes with approx. 90 of the 185 businesses on the pipeline from Sheffield. For both grants please see the following – Coronavirus – Support for Sheffield businesses.

Update from AMID

Contact: Richard Bland,

  • Department for Levelling Up Homes and Communities funding now received (mid-Feb).
  • Consultation in Feb/Mar to raise awareness of AMID#2 programme and proposals for future/ongoing engagement has gone well and included discussions with econ.shf group, major land owners at Harworth, Sheffield Business Park & UoS; plus recent presentations and discussions at SHU Business and Enterprise Leadership Meeting 2/3/22 & SY Economic Summit 9/3/22.
  • Spatial and Economic Strategy (SES) scope of work are almost complete and draw together all the ideas and comments from a range of different stakeholders. It tries to articulate the scope of issues that the SES needs to address, it is rightly ambitious.
  • Land Supply commission led by Turley & Aspinal Verdi is mid-way through and identifies 72 potential sites for future employment/housing growth connected to AMID. There are a range of potential barriers and constraints that require further examination, and exploration of appetite for intervention, to create a pipeline for growth opportunities and a balanced portfolio of sites.
  • 4 x private sector workshops planned in April focussed around different areas of distinctive innovation capability; Advanced Manufacturing; Clean Energy; Lifesciences, Health & Wellbeing and Digital – the later underpinning/cross cutting the three areas of competitive advantage.
  • These sessions are the precursor to the start of the Delivery Mechanisms work-stream. Laura Bennett has agreed to represent SIAN members at the Digital Workshop and workstream – other members such as AWRC also attending.

Update from AWRC (Sheffield Hallam)

Contact: Ryan Sylvester,

Promotion has gone well with applicants from 11 countries applying for this year’s programme.

Shortlisting has taken place and interviews in process – final cohort to be decided Friday 18th March, ready for an April start.