//SCR Inward Investment Newletter – June

Published 25th June 2020 at 3:52pm

Curvalux chooses Sheffield City Region to locate state-of-the-art digital communications centre

Exciting plans have been announced for our region to have its own state-of-the-art digital communications R&D and production facility.

Thanks to a joint investment by Curvalux UK, the developer and manufacturer of new generation wireless broadband solutions and Sheffield City Region (SCR) Mayoral Combined Authority, this new development will bring high-quality technology jobs to the Advanced Manufacturing Park, Rotherham, South Yorkshire and introduce new supply chain opportunities within our region.

The company was keen to locate close to the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) to ensure they can collaborate on projects in the future.

Curvalux is developing next-generation broadband wireless systems based on smart multi-beam phased-array antennas and aims to bring low-cost, high-speed internet access to rural communities and underserved urban areas.  The company has been demonstrating the effectiveness of its patented low-energy technology, which avoids costly power infrastructure, with major service providers in Asia, Middle East, and the USA. SCR has supported the company’s investment with an initial R&D grant.

Thomas Choi, Executive Chairman of Curvalux, said: “I look forward to working with the Sheffield City Region as we develop our next generation of innovative digital solutions. The UK’s renewed commitment to R&D and desire to grow in global markets makes it a natural location for us. We expect to attract high-calibre employees and capable suppliers from across the UK and will engage with the AMRC and wider High Value Manufacturing Catapult as an integral part of our approach.”

James Muir, Chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, explains: “We are delighted that Curvalux has chosen to locate its state-of-the-art technology and R&D facilities in our region. This opens up huge opportunities for large scale job creation and boosting of the local supply chain.”

For further details please visit www.curvalux.com

If you are interested in setting up a business or relocating to the Sheffield City Region, please contact us at enquiries@scrinvest.com.

Five companies successful in first phase of India Growth Champions Scheme

We are delighted to announce that five South Yorkshire businesses have been successful in being accepted onto the India Growth Champions Scheme.

Congratulations go to the following companies:

  • Sheffield based-Robson Handling Technologies, a leader in handling technologies for the aviation industry.
  • Rotherham-based Macalloy, a renowned designer and manufacturer of Post Tensioning Bars, Tie Rods and Cable Systems.
  • Donasonic, based in Doncaster, which provides cutting edge design, technology, manufacture and installation of a full range of recycling solutions for waste material.
  • Vulcan Engineering, based in Sheffield, which is at the forefront of engine building with a specialism in Ford products.
  • Kryptic Media, based in Chesterfield, a specialist in innovative applications for the creative, entertainment and music sector.

The India Growth Champions Scheme was launched back in February 2020 in association with the UK-India Business Council (UKIBC).  The scheme set out to find a number of small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) from the Sheffield City Region which were looking to develop their business links with India, which will culminate in a trade mission to the country in 2021.

These businesses will receive 10 days of dedicated support over the coming months. Alongside the development of an India business plan which will include company-specific market research and competitor analysis alongside workshops and business mentoring.

Each successful business will be guaranteed a minimum of five appointments with potential partners whilst in India as part of the trade mission.

The India Growth Champion scheme is unique in that it aims to bring companies in the Sheffield City Region more closely together with Indian businesses. Sheffield City Region is renowned for its world-leading capabilities in manufacturing, design, and development. It is believed there is huge potential for Indian companies to collaborate with our region’s businesses on projects involving aerospace, automotive and healthcare technologies.

Sir Nigel Knowles, International Advisor to Dan Jarvis, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region: “We are really excited about what this project will mean for businesses in Sheffield City Region. With the support and guidance of business advisors with expertise in the Indian market, we expect these SMEs will benefit from many new connections and opportunities to grow and enhance their companies. This is a very exciting time as the businesses look to embark on this new programme.”

The second phase of the India Growth Champions Scheme is now open for applications and aims to identify a further five SMEs from our region who wish to embark on the programme and establish new business opportunities with India.  To find out more about the scheme, visit https://scrinvest.com/how-we-help/india-growth-champions-scheme/

Find out more about the SCR’s offer to India here: SCR Working with India.

£150m development deal demonstrates confidence in Sheffield

Insurance company Legal & General is investing £150m in Sheffield city centre, providing a massive boost to confidence in the future of our city.

The investment will deliver the first phase of a substantial mixed-use project, called West Bar Square, off Corporation Street and Shalesmoor, in partnership with Developer Urbo and Sheffield City Council.

West Bar Square will complement the neighbouring Riverside Business District which already includes key office occupiers such as the Home Office, top 50 law firm Irwin Mitchell and the Crown and Family Court.

The development will comprise 200,000 sq. ft. of Grade A office space, 350 ‘Build to Rent’ homes, a multi-storey car park and is expected to accommodate up to 1,800 workers. It will also feature a public square linking Corporation Street with Bridge Street and a multi-storey car park.

Nigel Wilson, CEO of Legal & General “Legal & General is committed to investing in Sheffield, where it recognises the high potential the city has to offer, and to supporting its post-crisis growth ambitions, meeting its need for regeneration, housing and job creation.”

He adds: “Our vision for West Bar Square is to deliver a much-needed new quarter for the centre of Sheffield.”

“During these unprecedented times, it is absolutely imperative that institutions continue to push forward with deals such as these, so we can position the UK for an accelerated recovery and lay the groundwork to support those most in need in society.”

Councillor Mazher Iqbal, Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Business and Investment, said:

“This is fantastic news for the city going forward and yet another example of how we are attracting major new investment partners.

“This development will create modern floorspace for thousands of jobs; hundreds of high-quality new homes and improve neighbourhoods right in the heart of Sheffield. It will also provide attractive public spaces with sustainable urban drainage and better connectivity between the city centre and Kelham. It’s a huge project and Sheffield can’t wait for it to get started.”

If you are interested in expanding your property portfolio or locating a business in the Sheffield City Region, please contact our team via the email enquiries@scrinvest.com.

Major retailer chooses Doncaster’s Unity for 800,000 sq. ft. distribution centre

Doncaster has again proven itself as a hub for distribution, following a major retailer agreeing to purchase a 79 acre plot in its Unity Scheme to build an 800,000 sq. ft. regional distribution centre.

Waystone Hargreaves Land has exchanged contracts with the national retailer to create the distribution centre, plus a training facility at the 250-hectare (618-acre) mixed-use scheme.

The facility will be located on Unity’s Connect Zone and is expected to create over 1,000 new jobs.

Stuart McLoughlin, director, of Waystone Hargreaves Land, said: “It is fantastic to have secured this deal at such an early stage in the development, demonstrating the strength of Unity’s strategic location.

“The deal accounts for over 50% of currently consented land at Connect and will help unlock the remaining plots for commercial design and build opportunities.

“We will now be working in partnership with Doncaster Council to deliver the required infrastructure to the site to enable construction of the new facility.”

Lucy Nickson, vice-chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “Given the current challenges we face, this announcement is some much-needed good news for Doncaster and the region.

“This investment, in an already exciting scheme, will create hundreds of jobs and be an important boost to the local economy. As a region we remain open for business. We are doing everything we can to support our economy and protect jobs and businesses.

“We are working hard to ensure we emerge from this difficult time as strong as possible, and that we build a prosperous future for South Yorkshire.”

Unity, which is located at Junction 5 of the M18 at Hatfield, is set to deliver over two million sq. ft. of employment space, 3,100 new homes, a marina, school, transport hub and a range of open spaces.

Over the next 20 years the scheme as a whole is expected to inject over £900m into the local economy and create up to 7,000 jobs.

If you are interested in expanding your property portfolio or relocating a business in the Sheffield City Region, please contact our team via the email enquiries @scrinvest.com.

Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) plays its part in ensuring vital PPE is available to NHS

Our local airport, Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), has played a key role in helping the NHS fight against coronavirus, by providing a rapid response to delivery of critical Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), perishables and medical supplies to frontline staff.

Back in February, the airport was looking forward to another record-breaking year for passenger numbers, however, since passenger flights have been temporarily suspended, the airport has focused its efforts into ensuring essential supplies from overseas can be received quickly and efficiently into the UK.

Ideal Medical Solutions (IMS), a UK distributor that specialises in supplying surgical equipment to medical and surgical professions used its industry base relationships to source large volumes of high-quality PPE from China. Global supply chain manager Ligentia has been chartering freight flights to land and offload at Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA), adapting rapidly to the current crisis and working together with IMS to deliver high quality PPE to NHS front-line staff.

Chris Harcombe, Aviation Development Director, Doncaster Sheffield Airport, said:  “Doncaster Sheffield Airport is extremely proud to be playing its part in the ongoing fight against the Coronavirus.  Our operational teams – engineering, fire crew, cargo and air traffic control – are working around the clock to keep freight moving, getting it where it needs to be as quickly as possible. We’ve handled 5,000 tonnes of freight in six weeks since 15th March across 60 flights.”

Andrew Wakeling, CEO of IMS Group of Companies, said:  “We have been able to channel our years of expertise, and in-house quality and regulation processes to ensure the PPE we are bringing into the UK meet all relevant standards.

“Our top priority is to protect front line staff and ensure public funds are being used appropriately to source safe and reliable PPE and we are working around the clock with high levels of government to secure future consignments of much need high quality PPE.”

Dan Gill, CCO, Ligentia, said:   “Current projects include over 30 air charter bookings from China with a further 100 expected over the next two months linked to government and large medical organisations, moving PPE goods across the globe.  Our head office is based in Yorkshire and we were aware of the freight capacities at Doncaster Sheffield Airport to enable us to deliver to the NHS frontline.”

For more details about relocating or establishing a business in the Sheffield City Region email enquiries@scrinvest.com

International co-operation is the only cure for COVID-19 – we can fight this together!

The UK stands with the world, fighting COVID-19 together. The coronavirus outbreak is the biggest public health emergency in a generation. It calls for decisive action, guided by the WHO and based on science and evidence.

The UK stands with the rest of the world to tackle this crisis.