Scheme ‘a model for UK to follow’

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​A law firm which answered the call from government urging the private sector to help regenerate the economy has been praised for creating “a model for the rest of the UK to follow” by regional business and industry ambassador Richard Caborn.

The former minister for sport praised the Sheffield-based Wosskow Brown Foundation, which was set up a year ago to provide support to small firms and has just celebrated the opening of a dedicated office.

Mr Caborn, president of the foundation, said: The foundation sets a great example. The vision these people have here is a model not just for Sheffield but for the nation.

“They hooked together the private sector and sport and the community. They are helping a lot of young people develop their potential.

“The foundation really does play a major part in the new Sheffield.”

A year ago the law firm’s charitable organisation launched to provide free support to 100 businesses, 100 charities and 100 grassroots sports clubs over five years.

Foundation director Jim Lawson recently invited beneficiaries, their mentors and other leading business figures to the new office in Wosskow Brown’s John Banner Building at Attercliffe.

He said: “We have been working with our first 36 beneficiaries to great success and our aim for year two and beyond is to scale up.

“We want to uncover new patrons and find a further 30-40 organisations to work with. Our dedicated office signals our intention to continue helping our local economy and community partners.”