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IT is always grievous to learn of job losses. But it is doubly harmful when those posts are Government jobs, as is the case with DVLA plans to close regional offices, which may include Sheffield.

This is because the city has put its faith in picking up crumbs from the Whitehall table in the form of civil service jobs as the Government decentralised services to give the regions a more fair share of employment opportunities.

Over the years Sheffield has done pretty well from the distribution of jobs and much credit for this ought to go to the city’s local Labour MPs who lobbied hard to bring much-needed work to their city. And it is true that we have come to rely fairly heavily on public sector jobs.

If DVLA jobs are lost in Sheffield, it could herald an unravelling of this policy with disastrous effects for local people and the local economy.

The Government helped Sheffield reposition itself in the jobs market. It ought to take a hand in ensuring that the welfare of the city’s workers is not compromised by changes of policy.

Mayflower finds a new world

SHEFFIELD is justly proud of its grand and glorious tradition of engineering.

But new challenges demand new approaches. Sometimes time-honoured methods won’t see us through.

Old-school engineers might be shocked to hear Glyn Hobson of Mayflower engineering - featured in The Star Business tonight - say that the firm is not influenced by tradition.

It views every issue as a problem in its own right without referring to how it might have been tackled in the past.

This clear-headed thinking is working. After losing half its business when the recession struck, the Darnall firm has painstakingly rebuilt its order books and its reputation.

It takes courage and vision to forge a new business without taking cover behind the old familiar practices.

But hitting the job with a big hammer, however skilled the arm wielding it, is no longer the answer. A lesson to all would-be manufacturers.

For good of city

PLANS to convert the disused NUM headquarters in the centre of Sheffield into a casino are welcome, and not only because the once iconic building is now an eyesore overshadowing what is otherwise the jewel in the city’s crown. For the proposal includes plans for up to 130 jobs. However, there will be some concern that the plan is for a 24-hour operation so we hope a deal can be reached for the good of the city.