QES Breakfast – Brexit: Business as Usual?

October 7 @ 8:00 am10:00 am

Hear the results of the Q3 Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey – the first business survey since the EU Referendum.

Find out how businesses in the Sheffield City Region have been impacted since the vote to leave the EU – for better or worse.

Business leaders from across the Sheffield City Region will meet to hear the results of the first Quarterly Economic Survey since the EU Referendum vote and debate how they are managing the uncertainty around the general economy.

The results will also show when Sheffield City Region respondents think when Article 50 should be triggered to leave the EU and what they think are the most pressing issues the Government needs to clarify and work on.

There will be plenty of networking opportunities over breakfast with other regional businesses.


Registration & breakfast

– Welcome – Dan Fell, CEO, Doncaster Chamber
– Introduction to the QES and the current economy – Greg Wright, Deputy Business Editor, Yorkshire Post
– A word from the sponsor – Darren Marshall, RBS South Yorkshire & North Derbyshire

Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey results – Prof. Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean External Business Advancement, Sheffield University Management School

Keynote speech – The longer term challenges and opportunities that the Sheffield City Region faces and how Brexit will impact. Paul Swinney, Principal Economist, Centre for Cities

Panel discussion with Q&A
Richard Walsh, Managing Director, Pennine Stone
Lee Bartlett, Senior Manager, Fragomen Worldwide
Gareth Owen, Group Solicitor, QFM Group
Nigel Brewster, Vice Chair, Local Enterprise Partnership
Renate Halton, Owner, Halton International

– Free Flights Prize Draw courtesy of Doncaster Sheffield Airport
– Networking


Businesses need to be clear about what they want from Brexit and the role of the Chambers and local government is more important than ever to communicate this. The survey results and event discussions will be used by the Sheffield City Region’s four regional Chambers of Commerce and Local Enterprise Partnership to offer the right business support and lobby Whitehall for the right frameworks to be agreed internationally to meet the needs of regional businesses.

Have your voice heard.

To register please click here

Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sheffield Tech Firm targets Chinese Market

Sheffield-based Magnomatics is set to contribute its technologies to the UK arm of Chinese car manufacturing giant Changan as part of a new collaboration agreement between the two.

Changan UK was established by Changan Automobile in June 2010 and is dedicated to powertrain design and development for its parent company’s next generation vehicles.

A powertrain comprises the components which conduct the vehicle’s power from the original source of energy to the surface of the road.

Magnomatics’ collaboration agreement with Changan UK and consortium partners Romax Technology, CMCL Innovations and University of Sheffield is to develop and evaluate the Sheffield company’s Magsplit hybrid transmission for use in future Changan Vehicles.

The £2.85m project, codenamed IMPACT, has been co-funded by Innovate UK and was one of the winning bids following a competition launched last September encouraging companies to propose ideas to cut vehicle emissions.

David Latimer, chief executive of Magnomatics, said the partnership with Changan “offers Magnomatics a route into the Chinese automotive market where we expect to see strong growth of car sales”.

Dr. Xiaoyu Zhang, general manager of Changan UK, added: “We are pleased that with the involvement of Innovate UK, Changan is able to evaluate this promising UK technology against other world class proposals for hybrid transmissions.

“Changan UK’s success in designing and developing our future powertrain products means we are well placed to do so and are further pleased that this project promotes closer collaborative ties between the UK and China.”

Magnomatics was formed in 2006 as a spin-out company from a research group at the University of Sheffield.

Source: Sam Bulcock, Insider Media, 22nd August 2016

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Excellence in International Trade Award

Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber Awards

The Awards are open to organisations with an ‘S’ postcode (located within South Yorkshire) and all members of Barnsley & Rotherham Chamber of Commerce regardless of location.

The category I would like to draw your attention to is the Excellence in International Trade award.

This award will recognise a company which can show smart use of research which has enabled it to meet the challenges of trading overseas, particularly in major markets. This award is for companies which have excelled in the field of export, import and have built relationships with suppliers or customers overseas.

The judges will be looking for evidence of the following:

  • Evidence of international trade and how it impacts on the overall performance of the business.
  • Understanding of different cultures and practices in foreign markets and tailoring products or processes to meet the needs over overseas clients.
  • Ongoing commitment and versatility in exploiting new markets, including use of external advice and support.

If you would like to consider entering above award, please visit the main awards website at

 Entries close on Friday, 2nd September and the shortlist will be revealed on Monday, 19th September 2016.

Entry is free, easy, and not time consuming.

The ceremony, taking place at Magna Science Adventure Centre on Friday 14th October, recognises the achievements of businesses and individuals in 11 award categories, as well as awarding an overall Business of the Year – awarded last year to Palmer Construction, who will this year be presenting their award to another outstanding business.


Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Mechan celebrates Hong Kong Success

Rail depot equipment specialist Mechan has secured two major orders from Hong Kong.

The Sheffield manufacturer has delivered lifting jacks and bogie turntables to the nation’s rapid transit railway operator MTR and is now building a bespoke bogie drop.

Working with local agent Associated Engineers, the company has supplied two dozen 20-tonne versions of its flagship jacks to the Wong Chuk Hang depot on the South Island and four turntables to transfer bogies between maintenance roads.

Richard Carr, Mechan’s chief executive, said: “We have a longstanding, successful relationship with MTR spanning almost two decades and we are very pleased the operator continues to source new depot lifting equipment from us.

“Our jacks and turntables are now fully operational and after a long and complex planning stage, we are confident the bogie drop will follow suit before the end of the year.”

Although the majority of Mechan’s work is undertaken in the UK, exports account for more than 20 per cent of turnover and its products are used in 30 countries worldwide.

Source: David Casey, Insider Media, 18th August 2016

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Focus on India

With an annual growth at over 7% and with well over a billion conumers, India offers opportunities for UK companies .

Overview of India and its regions – Key Sectors and Opportunties – Market Entry Routes – Practical Considerations – Current Challenges – Do’s and Don’ts –  Support Available – Local Connections


Steve Toogood, Director, UK India Business Council (UKIBC) 

MLS Vani & Associates, UK and India Based Law firm

To register to attend this event please contact us 

Posted in News | Leave a comment

The Sheffield City Region Doing Business in China Survey

You may have seen in the news that Sheffield Chamber, in partnership with New Era Development, University of Sheffield and Creative Sheffield have announced plans to develop the Chinese “Gateway to the North”.

This is an exciting development building on existing and recently announced investments between Sheffield and China and we intend to use it to grow trade, maximise investments and increase student numbers.

Doing this survey will help us get some simple but useful data as we develop the final proposal.

To participate in the survey please click here

Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Live Indian export opportunities for UK businesses

The UK India Business Council has launched an Indian export opportunities feed on their website.

In collaboration with the UK Government, these real-time export opportunities cover a range of sectors, from food and drink to education. Below are a selection of the latest openings:

  • Company seeks distributorship for automation systems and special purpose machines
  • Leading food trading company is looking to import food products
  • Management institute seeking a partnership with a UK business school
  • Medical equipment company interested in import of nanotechnology equipment

For further information on those and other opportunties in a variety of sectors please click here

Posted in News | Tagged , | Leave a comment

UK defence export promotion inquiry

Source:, 21st July

The Committees on Arms Export Controls have launched an inquiry into UK defence export promotion. The inquiry will examine the role the government plays in promoting the UK defence industry abroad and consider the impact this has on fulfilling the nation’s international obligations.

The inquiry also examines the effectiveness of the Defence Growth Partnership. The partnership between the government and the defence industry aims to increase the UK’s global market share of defence exports and build greater collaboration across the sector.

Terms of reference

Written submissions are invited on the following questions:

  • How important are UK defence exports to the economy?
  • What role should HM Government play in promoting UK defence exports?
  • How effective is the Defence Growth Partnership in supporting UK defence exports?
  • Is the UK fulfilling its international obligations with regard to defence exports?
  • What more could the UK do to promote responsible defence exports?

Deadline for submissions

The deadline for written submissions is 31 August 2016.

Further info here

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Starved FCO urgently needs resources for Brexit challenge and opportunities

Source:, 20th July 2016

The Government must commit to a substantial increase in funding and personnel for the FCO, as the department’s role evolves to meet the challenges and opportunities in leaving the EU.

The Committee says the previous Government’s negligence in failing to conduct contingency planning for Brexit has exacerbated post-referendum uncertainty both within the UK and amongst key international partners, and made the task now facing the new Government substantially more difficult.

For this reason, the Committee urges the new Prime Minister to strengthen the FCO. As FCO officials move to other Whitehall departments to assist with the EU exit process, the Prime Minister should ensure the FCO has the resources to fill any gaps in capacity.

Chair’s comment

Chair of the Foreign Affairs Committee, Crispin Blunt MP, said:

“The UK needs to give clear signals to our allies across the world that Britain is determined to assert our place in the world post Brexit. This is not just about trade in the EU or with the rest of the world – although that represents a significant challenge.

This is also about the UK’s international reputation. We want to see the FCO working effectively with the new Department for International Trade and the Department for Exiting the European Union. Our security, prosperity, values and democracy will depend on the strength of these key departments and their working relationships.

The Brexit challenge requires a fully staffed and resourced FCO. A commitment to scaling up resources and personnel would give a clear signal to allies of our priorities.”

20 July 2016

Posted in News | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Sheffield Secures Massive Chinese Investments

Source: Laurence Kilgannon, Insider Media, 21st July 2016

Sheffield has secured a Chinese investment deal worth more than £1bn, the biggest by a UK city outside of London, in a move which will initially fund four or five city centre projects over the next three years and has the potential to create hundreds of jobs.

A 60-year partnership has been agreed with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, one of the largest companies in Sichuan Province.

The first tranche of funding associated with this agreement is worth in the region of £220m and will fund four or five Sheffield city centre projects over the next three years. The exact projects that the investment will fund are yet to be determined.

Councillor Julie Dore (above, right), leader of Sheffield City Council, said: “This is the biggest Chinese investment deal to be made by a UK city outside of London.

“And perhaps more importantly it is first deal of its kind to be made by a UK city. This is a real partnership.

“The projects funded by this investment will be determined by Sheffield City Council, and the 60-year commitment secures a stream of investment into our city for the next generation, and means a whole range of projects become viable because of the long-term nature of the relationship.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, deputy leader of Sheffield City Council, added: “We are clear that this will create hundreds, if not thousands, of additional jobs for the people of Sheffield. The investment comes from China, but the workforce on these projects will be British.”

The deal between Sheffield City Council and Sichuan Guodong Construction Group has been over 18 months in the making.

Mr Wang (above, left), chairman of the board and president of Sichuan Guodong Construction Group, has visited Sheffield a number of times.

Wang said: “This agreement illustrates our confidence in Sheffield as a city going from strength to strength, with real growth potential. We are looking forward to being a part of this over the coming decades.”

Chengdu is a city of 16 million people, the fifth largest in China, and largest in Sichuan Province in western China. The work agreement with Sichuan Guodong Construction Group is running parallel to increasing civic and cultural ties between Sheffield and the city of Chengdu.

Posted in News | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment