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Our name is our bond

In the week The Star and others fought off a challenge to the Sheffield brand comes a reminder of why it is so important. City cutlery company Chimo Holdings has just sent its biggest order – a 7,500-piece silver-plated set – to a Saudi buyer who is delighted that every item is stamped Made in Sheffield, as Business Monthly reports today. Boss Chris Hudson said his company was chosen for its Sheffield-based reputation for quality and craftsmanship. He also says the 16-strong firm has come “strongly through the recession” thanks, in large part, to a flourishing export business in which the Sheffield name played an important part. Last week The Star led a successful campaign backed by Master Cutler, Neil MacDonald, to halt Government plans to scrap a host of protected names, including Sheffield’s, to cut red tape. Here is proof that it was worth it.

Stars shine for women

Sheffield has a rich heritage of music and steel, so it’s apt that some of the city’s biggest names, including Heaven 17, ABC, are to pay tribute to Sheffield’s Women Of Steel. The inspirational women braved Adolf Hilter’s bombs to help keep the nation and the steel mills going while their men went off to fight for our freedom. The Star finally got them public recognition in recent years on a visit to Downing Street. But, dwindling in numbers – aged in their 80s and 90s – their final wish is to see a £150,000 statue they were promised. Tickets are on sale today for a unique Women Of Steel Concert at Sheffield City Hall to help fund their dream. Grammy award-winner Eliot Kennedy will lead a house band, with other top music and showbiz stars also performing for free, at what promises to be one of the most memorable nights in the history of the city. The strength of steel, the power of community, the fusion of equality and the eagerness to stand shoulder to shoulder to support what we believe in – that’s at the heart of Sheffield. Be part of it. Do your bit and buy a ticket!