OPINION: a moment to remember

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July 2014 cannot come soon enough. Why? Because that is when the Tour de France will hit Sheffield as the city hosts stage two of the Grand Depart. Not only is the event expected to give the city a £10m windfall, it will give us a global showcase as 180 countries tune in to watch. This could be one of the moments we treasure for years to come, in the same way the Olympic Torch’s parade through the city caught the imagination of so many. These feelgood moments should be cherished and we look forward to joining in one of the greatest sporting events of the year.

trust in our law experts

Today we publish our annual review of South Yorkshire’s top law firms. If there is one message that comes over it is about the breadth and depth of services available in this area. Unsurprisingly, the region boasts cutting edge expertise in areas like manufacturing, employment law and cases involving industrial injuries and diseases. But the expertise goes well beyond that, to encompass family issues, disability and licensing. The legal profession continues to be an important employer in the region and will remain so thanks to the resilience of local lawyers. What is most encouraging of all is that the review re-enforces the view that, in most cases, there is no need for business to stray outside this county to seek legal, as well as financial, expertise.

class act

Sheffield has long been considered a music capital, as home to some of the biggest performers around. Now the city can brag about having one of the world’s top entertainment venues - with the Motorpoint Arena selling over half a million tickets last year. There’s been talk of how it will fair with the launch of a new £80 million Leeds Arena. But ranked 11th in the world for tickets sales, the Motorpoint has the reputation and respect to give any venue a run for its money.