Plans to move forward Vibrant Sheffield vision

Plans to move forward Vibrant Sheffield vision

Grant Thornton has created an action plan to secure the Sheffield City Region’s future as an innovation and creativity capital, and to maximise its contribution to the Northern Powerhouse economy.

The firm held a #VibrantSheffield Live Lab kick-off event in May, where representatives from across education, advanced manufacturing, creative digital technology, arts and culture formulated ideas to create a plan that aims to boost Sheffield City Region.

Entrepreneurial business leaders including Ruth Amos of Stairsteady and Chris Dymond of Sheffield Digital, will now lead a number of projects such as developing valuable opportunities from the proposed free city centre public Wi-Fi, supporting young people with skills and employability and establishing Sheffield as a cycling city.

Exciting pilot schemes, such as making the city region a test case for a national basic income to support entrepreneurial innovation and business growth, are also on the agenda.

Paul Houghton, managing partner at Grant Thornton in Sheffield, said: “Grant Thornton believes it is collaboration which drives the ideas and actions to enable cities, companies and communities to build a more vibrant economy; one that accelerates both economic and social progress in the UK.

“The Sheffield city region is an exciting place to be at the moment, with lots of fantastic things going on and a wealth of potential to do even more. We’re passionate about the city and its future, which is why we’re delighted to be able to bring together like-minded people who share this passion to help the city reach its full potential.

“At our Live Lab event in May, we uncovered the Sheffield City Region’s strengths and we dreamed, discovered and designed an exciting future. This was just the beginning and we’re now working together to bring these ideas to life, from maximising value from the proposed Wi-Fi platform to creating an app to connect students with opportunities, for the benefit of the entire city.”

This forms part of Grant Thornton’s purpose to shape a vibrant economy, and unlock the shared potential of the nation by working together with government, businesses and communities.


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