Sponsored - Grant Thornton: Supporting business growth in Sheffield City Region

As the joint leaders of Grant Thornton UK LLP’s Sheffield office, we know the last year has been tough for many business leaders responding to the personal and commercial challenges the COVID-19 pandemic has posed, but we believe that now a roadmap out of lockdown has been established, there are multiple reasons to be cheerful.

Recent data from Grant Thornton’s Business Tracker Survey confirms our optimism too, with Yorkshire businesses found to be the most upbeat on prospects for the UK economy than any other region, and looking for growth opportunities.

We think this is clear testament to the grit, agility and enterprise of Yorkshire business, and locally to the remarkable progress Sheffield has made over recent decades to emerge as a leader in the industries of the future.

While we are a region famed for our industrial heritage, we also have a burgeoning reputation for advanced manufacturing and engineering, plus a fast-growing digital sector.

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Donna Steel of Grant Thornton.

Being home to AMID, (The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District), the UK’s largest research-led advanced manufacturing cluster, provides not only a link to our industrial past, but also points to way towards a brighter, high skilled future in the low carbon and digital economy, which are doubtless going to be huge drivers of growth for UK plc over the next decade.

Certainly, as we all look to build back better, we believe Sheffield City Region is well placed to thrive, and would obviously be pleased to see the sectors prioritised in the Mayor and Combined Authority’s Renewal Action Plan given the investment they require to create a stronger, greener and fairer economy.

With investment in mind, we’re delighted to be investing in our future in the city region with 14 recent additions to our team.

Having recruited remotely over the last few months, we are now looking forward to being able to meet our new colleagues in person when Government guidelines advise we are able to re-open our office.

Among the new starters are two colleagues we are thrilled to welcome from within our international network, Mike Parker, who has relocated from Australia and Habib Alaa’li who is joining from Bahrain.

We were pleased too to see Eimear Considine from our Consulting team promoted to Director in recognition for her excellent work in helping clients transform their operations and processes.

We believe all the building blocks are here in Sheffield – excellent universities, world-leading businesses, highly-skilled employees – and of course brilliant physical and digital connectivity – although we’d all like to see improved transport infrastructure across the North in the next few years.

Even though we now have a path out of lockdown towards a more open economy, we understand that there may yet be bumps in the road, so we will continue to be there for our clients, as we have been throughout the last year, running virtual networks and advisory sessions for business leaders to share ideas and exchange ideas.

If you’d like to join one of our sessions for finance directors or CEOs, or would like to find out more about working with us. Please email: [email protected]

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Thank you. Nancy Fielder, editor.