//Good News Roundup – the first of the year!

Published 9th January 2017 at 9:22am
  • The SCR celebrates a clutch of New Year Honours: Doncaster Mayor Ros Jones has been awarded a CBE for services to local government and former Chair James Newman receives an OBE for services to business, the economy and charity in Yorkshire. Additionally Sheffield rower Grace Clough and table tennis champion Will Bayley, from Rotherham, who won gold in the Paralympics, are rewarded with MBEs. Doncaster’s Esther Matthews was awarded a British Empire Medal for services to canoeing.


  • The Sheffield City Region trained over 20,000 apprentices in the 2014/15 academic year, more than the rest of England apart from London and the South East. Meanwhile the number of jobs in the Sheffield City Region (SCR) has grown and the number of people not in education, employment or training has dropped. For the first time the figures are outlined in the latest Labour Market Intelligence 2016 report produced by the SCR: the report will be launched next Thursday January 12th.
  • Christmas trees will be recycled for free from today by Derbyshire Dales District for residents who put out the tree on their usual green/recycling day collection.
  • Required watching next Tuesday at 9pm on BBC Two’s Our Dancing Town as hundreds of Barnsley’s citizens put their best feet forward in a huge dance spectacular.
  • A revolutionary surgical screw that helps both surgeons and their patients has been developed by the Medical Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre on the AMP in Innovate Orthopaedics asked the Medical AMRC to evaluate two new designs for orthopaedic screws to help knee ligament repairs after sports injuries.

The Medical AMRC worked with AMRC partner Star Micronics to develop the complex CNC program to produce prototypes: tooling came predominantly from another AMRC partner, Sandvik Coromant; and the Medical AMRC also helped IO choose Sheffield Precision Medical for trial production runs.

  • Young businesses in the Derbyshire Dales can take free workshops in Bakewell funded jointly by the SCR’s Growth Hub and the Derbyshire Dales District Council under the Launchpad scheme. The 19 January events are at the Council’s Agricultural Business Centre.
  • The first Great Bear building on Markham Lane proudly displays the company name and logo, below; meanwhile construction work on the second Great Bear distribution centre on Markham Vale North starts next week.
  • The Sheffield arm of infrastructure group Robertson has reported £25million in turnover in its first year. The Yorkshire and East Midlands division was launched in September 2015 as part of the £250million group and now employs 32 people from its base at Thorncliffe Business Park, Chapeltown. Robertson has completed projects include Goldthorpe Primary School, a Premier Inn hotel in Matlock, and student accommodation at Portobello Street in Sheffield.
  • The SCR Skills Bank has approved £1.5million funding to date to invest in skills training for over 1800 learners. More than 12,000 businesses have been contacted about the new service and how they can get funding: trending courses in the construction industry are plant operating, occupational work supervision, and Microsoft.
  • Fit20, the health and fitness company, is to open a flagship studio at Fox Valley in north Sheffield later this month. The company is franchising worldwide, and the studio at Fox Valley is the first to open in the UK.
  • Two former TATA steelworkers from Kimberworth are turning the tables on redundancy after setting up their own business in Rotherham’s indoor market.

Ian Hawkridge and Jason Sayles shared a mutual interest in music and record collecting so when they were made redundant in March they decided to set up a vinyl record business. Rotherham Council’s regeneration arm RiDO and the Council’s Retail Investment Team have been supporting them.

And finally . . . .

Once upon a time there was a lot of interest in Platform Nine and three-quarters at Kings Cross. Now Doncaster has its very own Platform 0, opened by Transport Minister Andrew Jones MP, to increase the capacity of trains at the station. It is the first stage of infrastructure partner Network Rail’s £21million programme of improvements at Doncaster.