Scheme still pays dividends

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OBJECTIVE One may be a distant memory to some, but the European Union funded regeneration scheme is still paying dividends in South Yorkshire.

If you want proof, just look at Naylor Industries.

When the Barnsley-based construction products company needed growth funding, it was the Objective One-backed South Yorkshire Investment Fund - SYIF - that came up with the cash not once, but on three separate occasions.

Now further funding for Naylor’s future expansion has been provided by bankers HSBC – who seem to be making a lot of significant investments in the region at present.

As a result, SYIF, now part of Finance Yorkshire, has recouped its original investment twice over.

But it doesn’t stop there because the cash will now be used to help more local companies facing a gap in the funding they need to expand.

It all goes to show that, given the tools - in this case finance - South Yorkshire and the Sheffield City Region is more than capable of finishing the job.

Raise awareness to beat the noise

AROUND 55,000 people in Sheffield suffer from tinnitus - noises in the ear which normally have no outside cause.

This means you’re highly likely to pass someone in the street dealing with a condition which can, in some cases, be severely debilitating.

The British Tinnitus Association is running an awareness week intended to heighten public knowledge of the complaint.

Today hearing therapist Clare Marris tells The Star about the inspiring work being done at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital, where patients are given an individually-tailored treatment plan, while support group member Betty Hawthorn speaks of the importance of tinnitus sufferers getting together to share their experiences.

Of course unwelcome sounds in the ears are not pleasant, and can understandably prove distressing - but the more we know about tinnitus, the less we have to fear.

A creditable idea

FAMILIES across Sheffield may no longer be bait for cunning loan sharks thanks to the city’s Fairness Commission report. A financial inclusion board has been set up in response to the paper - which we back wholeheartedly. Times are hard, and anything which eases the pressure on vulnerable, cash-strapped families can only be a good thing.