Hollow sound of toughwords

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COUNCILLORS, ever keen to be heard talking tough and impress voters, regularly tell us tenants involved in the drugs world face losing their homes.

They ought to be more than a little angry today, after two council tenants who had been successfully prosecuted for turning their homes into drugs factories, were spared eviction.

They have been made to appear ineffectual and without influence.

Readers will certainly be asking what the true case is with their neighbours who break tenancy rules in such a blatant and unacceptable manner.

The courts, which allowed the stay of execution, should ask what kind of message they are passing on to others involved in the drugs world.

Firms must aim high to achieve

SHEFFIELD’S MADE festival continues to put the city on the map as a place that promotes and encourages entrepreneurs and innovative thinking.

However, research launched to coincide with the festival, shows there are still plenty of entrepreneurial challenges for the city and the wider region.

While the region offers fertile ground for new firms and growth prospects look good, too few young people are launching businesses, too many existing firms are relying on their own resources to fund their growth and too low a proportion of firms see exporting as their future.

New businesses need to set their sights higher, possibly by taking a leaf out of AESSEAL’s book. In 30 years, the Rotherham-based firm has grown from nothing to become the second most profitable manufacturing business in the city region, picking up more Queen’s Awards than any other business in the whole of Yorkshire.

Can new firms across the region match that achievement? If they are prepared to aim high, we believe they can.

Birthday banner

GOD, says Ced Cocker, brought him out of the darkness. And the devout Christian hasn’t stopped spreading the word since.

For more than 60 years, he has travelled the length and breadth of Britain preaching to those who will listen – and brandishing the Christian message on the banner he constantly carries at those who haven’t time to stop and chat.

He has become something of an institution on Fargate, where he has staged an almost continuous vigil as Sheffield’s very own Banner Man.

Today he celebrates his 90th birthday and we know many readers will join us in passing on our best wishes – and thanks for brightening our days.