New Sheffield Council deputy leader appointed

American business guru Bruce Katz visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park to give a speach on innovation districts to business people. Pictured is Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council.
American business guru Bruce Katz visited the Advanced Manufacturing Park to give a speach on innovation districts to business people. Pictured is Cllr Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council.
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The new deputy leader of Sheffield Council said he hopes to help the city ‘punch its weight’ after he was appointed.

Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development, was selected as Coun Julie Dore’s deputy in a ballot of Labour party members on Monday night.

The dad, aged 40, has been a city councillor for 11 years and served in various scrutiny or cabinet roles.

He told The Star it was an ‘honour to help shape the future of the city’ with major projects including a devolution deal and international economic commission.

Coun Bramall said it was about creating ‘jobs and a future for young people.’

He said: “What we are doing now is helping the city to punch its weight - last week I was at an event in Canary Wharf at a meeting of US and UK cities to talk about exports and getting more money into our economies by helping local businesses to sell more.

“We are doing a lot of work to sell Sheffield and tell people it is a great place to work and do business but we also have some concrete ambitions to move forward.”

‘Ambitions’ include creating an innovation district, city centre regeneration and outdoor economic strategy.

The next step in creating a long-awaited retail quarter is due shortly.

Asked if it was realistic for all the schemes to come to fruition, Coun Bramall said: “There are no guarantees in life but that is the ambition - we believe we can get there.”

Coun Dore said he would ‘hit the ground running’. Former deputy Coun Harry Harpham stood down as he is standing as an MP.