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REDUNDANCY is the feared word for many Sheffielders.

But Pete Ledger showed true Steel City grit when his lifelong employer called it a day. He rolled his sleeves up and started his own company.

Since leaving school at the age of 16, Pete worked as a silver plater for Saynor’s but the company closed down in 2009.

But Pete wasn’t going to have three decades’ of experience go to waste.

Instead, he used his savings to set up his own silver playing company - PML Plating - with the help of his secretary Claire Neall, who also ‘wires up’ the cutlery in the tanks, ready for electroplating. Pete, 50, from Westfield, plates high-end objects such as trophies, beautiful tableware and ornaments which eventually appear in stores such as Harrods.

And while Pete is busy with business, plating for several Sheffield cutlery and silverware companies such as Carrs and Chimo Holdings, it hasn’t been easy.

After using his savings to establish the business, Pete initially had no money coming in but a lot going out.

He didn’t let this defeat him and now Pete is reaping the dividends of his determination and talent, which makes him another Made In Sheffield success story.

Now it’s our turn to help hospice

IN our darkest moments, we need space for time out.

And that is why Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice wants to build a family room at its Rotherham site.

It would be a place where parents can, for a few moments at least, escape from the relentless trauma of caring for a dying child.

The hospice has launched a £30,000 appeal to build the room to allow parents some valuable ‘me’ time.

We all know about the marvellous work the hospice does for so many families.

Now it’s our turn to help. So show you care and help the hospice continue to ease the burden for troubled families.

Vision goes global

MANY envious eyes have looked at the Chinese economy and wished we could copy it.

But one Sheffield firm is showing the Chinese how to do it. Weddle Landscape Design is putting the finishing touches to a plant pavilion for the International Horticultural Exhibition, which takes places in China in 2014. It will be a huge glass structure and means once again this city’s vision is there for all too see.