Ear to the Ground column
Jill White

Jill White of Andy Hanselman Consulting keeps her ear to the ground with a roundup of all the big Sheffield events for unLTD…

This month we’ll start with hope and inspiration from the next generation of Makers and Entrepreneurs.

The annual GUTS event at Magna once again provided a platform to showcase manufacturing and careers across the region.

The Workwise team continue to wow us with their talent and dedication, welcoming more than 4000 students from across the region’s schools to make, create, climb, assemble, drive, operate and build! A real hands on experience to inspire our future workforce. The sustainability focussed breakfast event gave all the existing businesses and entrepreneurs lots of food for thought too. 

Speaking of entrepreneurs.. our budding ones had their own celebration and awards night at OEC, Sheffield. And oh what a night! Not a dry eye in the room as the successful young businesses received their awards with pride in front of mums, dads, carers, teachers, mentors and advisors. Not to mention city and business leaders. Such a fabulous night and ‘Bravo’ to Sheffield City Council and the ‘See it, Be it,’ team that mastermind the whole thing. 

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Next, a Night at the Dogs! An absolute delight to share the 15th Anniversary Milestone of Crystal Clean with business founder Hayley Gilbard and her team. A winning night all round but also a great result for Bluebell Wood Childrens Hospice who benefitted from Hayley’s fundraising on the night. Great job Hayley and all at Crystal Clean.  

Lunch the next day at Fox Valley with Nicola Smith and Little Hummingbird Events at the very fabulous Pontis restaurant where Lynn Urpeth from the Archer Project updated us all on happenings at the charity. This was followed the next day by Glu Recruit’s uNetwork at Rotherham United Football Club where we were enlightened about 4 day working weeks. Great to hear from Richard Pitchfork from Maxons and the inimitable Toby Pochron from Freeths. 

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Speaking of Freeths, it was good to pop into their open evening and check out their very lovely newly refurbished offices… super cool and a super view! Super company too, for that matter. I bumped into Marie Cooper from CBE+ and the very next day headed over to her own newly refurbished factory in Chesterfield. I was delighted to meet her newest team member, Bumble Bee, a most impressive bright yellow robot! A game changer and a first for the region. But not just the region, I’m told it’s a first for Europe too! Bravo Marie.   

Finally, it was breakfast at The Mowbray!  And not just any breakfast. This was a Breakfast Feast. Sally and the team there really know how to impress! And with a ‘Wellbeing Theme’ there was yoga too! I left feeling very chilled! Omm!

Follow Jill at uk.linkedin.com/in/jilltywhite or find Andy Hanselman Consulting at andyhanselman.com.

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