Hallam backing for high-growth firms

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Sheffield Hallam University has become a partner of Connect Gazelles, the not-for-profit business support group that helps companies with high growth potential with turnovers between £250,000 and £20 million.

Alison Money, business gateway manager at the University, said: “We can help businesses across any industry or sector to develop their services, products and processes and to exploit the latest technologies.

“We are looking forward to working with Gazelle members who want to innovate and grow; we can help them to tap into our expertise to help solve specific business challenges.”

Connect Gazelles’ Nick Butler said: “There is a fundamental and mutually advantageous need for business and education to work in closer partnership.

“We believe having links with such a prestigious higher education establishment as Sheffield Hallam brings considerable benefits to our members who can have direct access to the considerable expertise and technology the University specialises in.”

Connect Gazelles is part of Connect Yorkshire and provides support, including Masterclasses and one-to-one mentoring for fast-growing SMEs across Yorkshire.

It does this with its partners, professional services organisations and more than 30 of the region’s most successful entrepreneurs, who give their time free to offer impartial advice to help business people grow their companies.