//McLaren investment – SCR News Roundup

Published 10th February 2017 at 2:39pm

The main news of the week in the SCR, that supercar manufacturer McLaren is coming here, was greeted regionally and nationally with huge interest. The SCR, which has invested £12million in the £50million project, was quoted widely.

Links to the coverage are on the Sheffield City Region website:


Twitter also got very excited with 100’s of tweets about the exciting news.

Other media

  • The Growth Hub featured in the Yorkshire Post Business section – ‘Growth Hub to build on success of region’s economy’
  • Skills and Training featured in the relaunched Sheffield Telegraph – ‘We’re here to grow the economy by helping to up-skill our population’
  • Our work with the Business Investment Fund featured in the Sheffield Star – ‘£10m grants set to create 500 jobs’
  • And our investment of £10.5million in Rotherham College’s centre for higher learning appeared in the Rotherham Advertiser, the Sheffield Star, Rotherham Business News, and the online ‘bdaily’.

Doncaster railway station forecourt and markets are to be revamped with £10million funding agreed by the Combined Authority. Work in the market area focuses on the most iconic buildings in the area, the Corn Exchange and the Wool Market.

Sheffield-based Research Retold, which turns complex research documents into easily read summaries, has won £25,000 equity investment from UK Steel Enterprise having taken part in the pilot ‘Y-Accelerator’ and beating seven other companies to win.

The Y-Accelerator is a collaboration between the Growth Hub, Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO), UK Steel Enterprise, Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and a number of private firms.

An SCR grant has helped expansion at ZOO Digital, the Sheffield technology company which provides digital content services, including innovative cloud-based subtitling, for Hollywood studios and global broadcasters.

As part of the group’s expansion it recently moved to St Mary’s Gate, in Sheffield: Sheffield City Region support includes a capital grant of over £50,000 from the Business Investment Fund. New facilities include the installation of a new state-of-the art editing suite.

ZOO has been named as one of the top ten innovators of 2016, appearing alongside global brands such as Amazon, Sky, Google, BBC and Apple in a TVConnect survey.

Sheffield Hallam University has teamed up with the historic Stanley Hotel, which inspired horror novelist Stephen King to write The Shining, to launch an international internship programme.

The unique ‘live-learn-earn’ partnership between the University’s Sheffield Business School and the hotel in Estes Park, Colorado got underway this week as 16 International Hospitality Management and International Hotel and Resort Management students from Hallam flew out to America to begin their semester-long placement with the hotel chain.

Family run business SDL Minorfern, which distributes vehicle parts, has purchased a head office and warehousing centre at Clay Cross, Chesterfield. SDL Minorfern employs 260 people at branches across Derbyshire, Yorkshire, Nottinghamshire and Staffordshire. The new HQ is three times bigger than its previous headquarters, also in Clay Cross.

Sheffield edutech startup Tutora, the third largest tuition company in the UK, is looking for £350,000 crowdfunding. The company, which was launched in the University of Sheffield Enterprise Centre, raised £150,000 in four days with a Crowdcube campaign last year. The company helps match up families with local private tutors and was founded by University of Sheffield graduate Scott Woodley, a former teacher in the city.

Urban Splash, the developer working to transform the Park Hill flats complex in Sheffield, plans to include a major arts and cultural venue. Investment of £21million – including £1million from the Government and the remainder from grants – will establish a new home for S1 Artspace in the derelict Duke Street wing of the iconic brutalist buildings.

And finally . . .

  • A partnership of locals, the council, conservation groups and landfill operators Viridor is giving the derelict ski village at Parkwood Springs in Sheffield a new lease of life. Sheffield City Council is offering developers the chance to suggest ideas for a country park, and a Yorkshire-based builder of modern artificial snow slopes is already taking an interest.