National slowdown fails to depress Sheffield

Upsurge: Suzanne Liversidge
Upsurge: Suzanne Liversidge
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Sheffield is well placed for recovery, despite the slowdown in national economic growth, according to one of the city’s leading business women.

Suzanne Liversidge, the lead partner at the Sheffield office of international law firm Kennedys, who is due to become Sheffield Chamber of Commerce president next month, says there is an upsurge in economic confidence and performance in the city.

“No-one needs reminding that it’s been, and still is, very tough for businesses and individuals,” says Suzanne Liversidge.

“However, we are seeing real, positive signs that this city and this region is moving onto the front foot. And, I believe that with improved confidence and a ‘cup half full’ attitude, Sheffield businesses can support those organisations wherever possible to ensure the city can drive its own destiny.

“Our clients across a range of sectors are feeding back to us very positive messages about doing business in Sheffield – something which we endorse wholeheartedly – and are reporting increased activity and confidence.

“This is a unique city with a proud history of manufacturing, enterprise and of innovation with an equally proud future to come.”

Within a year of opening, Kennedy’s Sheffield 73-strong office has become the firm’s second largest, generating major international work, with its construction and engineering team gaining a trio of multi-million pound cases.