Sheffield venues under review as budget cuts mount

Sheffield Arena. Picture: Andrew Roe
Sheffield Arena. Picture: Andrew Roe
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An ‘extensive business review’ of Sheffield’s sports and entertainment facilities is to be carried out amid budget cuts.

The new chairman of the Sheffield City Trust - David Grey MBE - has announced the organisation will ‘market test’ all 17 of the services run by its operating arm SIV, including Ponds Forge, the English Institute of Sport Sheffield, iceSheffield and the arena.

The trust - which has a charitable aim to boost health and wellbeing - hopes the exercise will prove it should continue to deliver services directly.

Mr Grey, executive chairman of manufacturing group OSL, who succeeds Howard Culley as chair of SCT, said: “The trust has a partnership funding agreement with the city council, however the unprecedented cuts to their budgets mean they have to focus their spending on critical services such as social care.

“In recent years, the trust has delivered services more and more efficiently, but in an increasingly tough environment it’s essential SCT has the best operating model to provide the best service.”

Mr Grey added: “We know the Sheffield market better than anyone and we know through our operating arm SIV we have achieved a significant positive impact.

“The trustees believe this exercise will prove that the best way for SCT to deliver its services to the people of Sheffield is to continue to do so through direct delivery.”

The process will be completed by the end of September, with a decision on the next steps likely by November.

Mr Grey’s appointment comes shortly after Steve Brailey, chief executive of SIV - formerly Sheffield International Venues - announced his retirement in September.

Mr Brailey will be replaced by Andrew Snelling, currently SIV’s deputy chief executive.