Pooled technical and community expertise would have contributed a bolder vision, a better understanding, and innovative solutions.
Sheffield Archives - Page 2 of 3 - NewStart
'The longer the ladder gets, the distance to the first rung seems impossible.’
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During our tour of ten UK cities, we uncovered an emerging approach to local economic development, one that is challenging the mainstream and which can be summed up in the following 10 steps.
Sheffield is a city of makers, of ‘little mesters’ in workshops and studio complexes dotted around the city’s villages. But can Little Sheffield fit with the ‘big’ economic picture the city region is developing?
This Friday sees the launch of Sheffield’s Fair Employer Charter – the first of its kind in the country. It is an exciting, important day for the city that follows months of hard work behind the scenes by local businesses and city activists.
Maybe we should look again at the quintessentially Sheffield model of Little Mesters, independent craftsmen working on a specific part the cutlery making process, but within a factory to deliver a final product. Sheffield as ‘One Great Workshop' again – not necessarily just a city of makers, but a networked city.
On Friday 4th December, Sheffield First, with New Start, NEF and CLES, hosted a roundtable discussion looking at alternative models of economic growth, with a particular interest in how we can ensure that growth is fair and inclusive, so that it benefits everyone in our city and not just a few.
If we genuinely want to support our local economies we need to look again at the people who came out of school without passing a single exam, who have a crap job or no job, who lack confidence and have been labelled failures and find ways of giving them second, third and fourth chances.
Sheffield University has stepped up its role within the city since austerity cuts hit the council. ‘Professor Vanessa’ – academic and circus director - has been appointed to head up the university’s engagement with the city, and talks to New Start about maker culture, creativity and running a city like a circus