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NEVER mind the recession, we are still a nation of shopkeepers.

Blockbuster, HMV, Jessops and Comet may have bitten the dust, but other shops are springing up thanks to our entrepreneurial spirit.

Take bike enthusiast and entrepreneur Alex Gunn who has set up a bike repair business on Wellington Street, Sheffield.

Now he’s ready to take on his first employee and Alex has paid tribute to the free business classes offered by Sheffield Council.

This is practical help where it’s needed and the fact that people like Alex support it speaks volumes.

Alongside the Keep Sheffield Working fund it is good to see the city being business-friendly and focusing on business as a key priority.

Small businesses are a key part of economic success for any city and we will continue to champion its cause.

He’s home and dry at long last

AFTER 25 years of soggy misery, city resident Robert Staniforth looks like he might finally have found dry land.

He’s had his front door sandbagged for around 25 years because a culvert which runs under the road outside his house in Midhurst Road is, he says, totally inadequate.

So much so his home has been flooded out many times.

The council has conceded something needs to be done about it.

And after The Star intervened, it looks like the issue will be tackled.

Work was originally scheduled for 2016, but the culvert will be replaced much earlier than originally anticipated.

Design work will be under way by the end of the month and work is due to start on site in late August.

Here’s hoping Robert makes it home and dry.

Top class hospitals

RESPECT, privacy and dignity. It’s all any patient could ask for from a hospital.

And according to inspectors from the Care Quality Commission, that’s what you get at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital.

Standards of care were highly rated and staff praised for their ‘efficient and professional manner’.

We now have two hospitals which have had praise lavished on them by this inspection body. Well done to all concerned at the Hallamshire.

They now sit proudly alongside the Northern General. When it comes to hospitals, this city is well served indeed