Opinion: Testing the city’s mettle

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Today the Sheffield Star publishes its annual Industrial Survey. For nigh-on a century this publishing house has been analysing, reflecting upon and promoting the key players in the business world across the city region.

But this year is different: economic think-tanks are revising their forecasts for Britain’s fortunes in the forthcoming year, and for the first time in years, the revision is on the back of optimism.
 And for me, that upwards revision of the economic weather vane reflects the confidence that the Sheffield business sector is showing.
 The Land Registry suggests that whilst Sheffield is behind the curve in terms of the property up-turn, things are on the up. There are few cities in Britain that are ahead of Sheffield in terms of investment in young people. Apprenticeships are on the up, and that’s a good thing.
 And it’s not the only good show in town, which is why we decided to change the Industrial Survey up a gear: not only are there names and faces in our Power List that are key influencers within the boundaries of the city, they are well-known on the national and international scenes.
 That’s why we’ve created the Power List. Business chambers of commerce, enterprise partnerships and Star readers, ever since I took the helm in Sheffield have reminded me time and again that I have responsibility to showcase all that is good about this city. All too many times I’ve heard that newspapers linger upon the negative, and don’t put the effort into the positive. So here is our answer – 48 pages of all that is brilliant about Sheffield’s businesses.
 And so I implore you to play your part in getting the word out. Send your friends a copy of the paper. Email a client today. Let them know about the Power List.
 Whatever you do, don’t allow this opportunity to shout from the hilltops about Sheffield’s ‘movers and shakers’ pass you by. It’s in all our interests to brag about how brilliant we are!