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Sheffield awarded Social Enterprise City status

Sheffield has won a national award recognising it as one of the UK’s hot-spots for social enterprise, businesses with a social or environmental mission. Social enterprise is a fast growing and important part of the local and national economy helping to re-generate communities, create jobs where they are needed most and reduce inequalities. The award was granted by Social Enterprise UK. Nick Coleman reports for Sheffield Live!

Learn to Recreate showcases ethical fashion

The Sheffield-based social enterprise and learning hub works with creative designers and ethically made textiles to support access to the fashion industry. Founded by Olusola McKenzie in 2010, the group brings together experienced practitioners with individuals at an early stage in their career to provide training and enterprise support with ethical and environmental credentials. Azz Mohammed reports for Sheffield Live!

Key Fund launches £10m fund to support 300 social enterprises

Key Fund, the North of England’s specialist social investor, has launched a new £10m fund to invest in 300 social enterprises over the next three years. Founded in 1999, the Sheffield-based Key Fund has supported thousands of social enterprises to deliver positive social impact in communities across the North and Midlands. Social enterprises supported can operate across any sector, and could be as diverse as new artists, reducing homelessness, recycling projects and community-run pubs. The new £10m fund includes loan and grant investment packages of up to £150,000 per business. Key Fund have also secured a £4.5m finance arrangement from Big Society Capital, to support general investment activity. Sheffield Live! reporter Simon Thake spoke to Matt Smith, chief executive of Key Fund.

Social enterprise set to benefit from EU regional investment

Social Enterprise Exchange is a new initiative to support social enterprise in Sheffield City Region and backed by European Union funding. The project aims to promote social entrepreneurship and contribute toward jobs, growth and social inclusion. At a launch event in Sheffield participants heard from local social enterprise success stories. Sheffield Live! is a partner in the community-based delivery consortium together with CM Solutions, Groundwork South Yorkshire, Cultural Industries Quarter Agency, South Yorkshire Community Foundation, Voluntary Action Barnsley, and CVP Bolsover. Shamaan Freeman Powell reports for Sheffield Live!

Job opportunities

Want to work in Sheffield’s new cross-platform media operation?

We’re recruiting Enterprise Advisor(s), a Technical Manager, and a Head of News.

Our goal is to establish an inclusive and sustainable local media service which will inform, educate and entertain – encompassing television, radio, and our website, that shows what is vibrant and distinctive about Sheffield, that meets the public interest in local news and information, and that offers a platform for local opinion and creative expression.

With a planned launch date for Sheffield Live! TV of autumn 2014 on Freeview, and a news operation starting from July via our new website and through Sheffield Live 93.2FM, we now need to recruit some talented, passionate staff committed to help make our vision become reality.

Closing dates for all of these roles is 19 May 2014.

Head of News (SLTV)

Full time. Salary, according to experience, in the range £26,000 to £32,000 per annum. 

Sheffield Live TV (SLTV) is the new local television channel for Sheffield co-located with Sheffield Live community radio and part of a new cross platform media offer for the local community. News programming will be at the heart of the new cross platform approach with regular bulletins on both radio and TV, a flagship early evening local TV news programme and a news feed to web and mobile.

The Head of News will be responsible for leading a team of radio, TV and online news reporters including news journalism apprentices, student reporters and community correspondents. They will build a network of sources including hyperlocal news partners and will build relations across the city with the public and private sector and with neighbourhood-based and specialist organisations.

Download the job description including person specification here:

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Technical Manager (SLTV)

Full time. Salary, according to experience, in the range £24,000 to £30,000 per annum. 

SLTV is a partner in Digital Media Exchange (DME), a project managed by a consortium of partners and part funded by the European Union through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme 2007-2013. DME is designed to promote jobs and enterprise by supporting digital media entrepreneurs to engage in cross-platform production for radio, television, web and mobile, building on existing infrastructure previously supported by ERDF and benefiting from investment in a new local television channel for Sheffield.

The Technical Manager will provide support in the use of studio and mobile audio visual equipment and facilities as part of the delivery of Action 3 of the Digital Media Exchange (DME) project, including induction and supervision of new users, coordination of technical assistance, assuring the smooth functioning of equipment and software and maintaining production, broadcast and network systems.

Download the job description including person specification here:

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DME-JD-SLTV-Technical-Manager (pdf)

ERDF Logo Landscape Colour JPEGThe Digital Media Exchange is supported financially by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the 2007-2013 Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

Enterprise Advisor (SLTV)

Part-time. Salary, according to experience, in the range £30,000 to £36,000 per annum for full time equivalent, pro rata to hours worked. Self employed candidates are welcome to apply.

The Enterprise Advisor will provide specialist audio-visual enterprise support for the delivery of Action 3 of the Digital Media Exchange (DME) project (see details above), providing one-on-one and group mentoring and coaching support to audio-visual enterprises.

Download the job description including person specification here:

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DME-JD-SLTV-Enterprise-Advisor (pdf)

ERDF Logo Landscape Colour JPEGThe Digital Media Exchange is supported financially by the European Union from the European Regional Development Fund as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the 2007-2013 Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme.

How to apply

Please download the job description,  including person specification, essential and desirable requirements, and terms, for the role you are interested in from the links above.

Apply for the above roles by submission of CV and a covering letter outlining your relevant experience and motivation, with examples of similar work undertaken for other clients and a minimum of 2 referees.

Applications should be sent to: jobs@sheffieldlive.org including the job title as reference.

Deadline for applications: 19 May 2014

We may, in the future, have other roles available – please get in contact via jobs@sheffieldlive.org if you have skills and experience you can offer.

We are also recruiting for the following apprenticeships: Production Assistants, Apprentice Journalists, Technical Assistants.

Further information on apprenticeships is available by writing to: apprentices@sheffieldlive.org

BusinessLive! 4 April

BusinessLive040414Today’s was a packed BusinessLive! show – featuring 3 live interviews, 3 other interviews recorded this week, and business news.

Business news covered:

  • A Business Improvement District for Sheffield?
  • Will Aid success for solicitors Bell & Buxton.
  • Could you be the voice of Meadowhall’s Woody the Talking Tree?
  • MADE Festival of Entrepreneurship set to return – and Irwin Mitchell, BHP and The Sheffield College are on board.

Guests / Interviews:

  • Studio guests Mike Browell and Lu Zhong from Weddle Landscape Design. As well as projects in Sheffield and the UK, Weddle have won work on numerous prestigious contracts in China. (Timings within podcast – approx 6 mins to approx 24 mins,)
  • Ian Wild, chief executive of Showroom Workstation, came in to discuss a new initiative called Film Hub North, set to help bring specialised, British and archive film to a wider audience. (Approx 24 mins to approx 35 mins.)
  • Bruce Davis, MD and founder of ethical, regulated crowdfunding platform Abundance and founder of peer-to-peer lender Zopa, in an interview recorded at this week’s TownFunder conference in Sheffield. (Approx 35 mins to approx 39 mins.)
  • Simon Thorrington of The Charity Bank on responsible banking and specialist services for social enterprises – which Simon calculated make up 15% of SMEs – in an interview recorded at this week’s TownFunder conference. (Approx 40 mins to approx 46 mins.)
  • Peter Rees, MD and founder of obstactle race blog and forum Mudstacle, in a live interview about turning his passion and hobby into a business. (Approx 46 mins to approx 57 mins.)
  • Rob Law of children’s suitcase business Trunki – who bounced back from “Dragons Den” rejection to create a multi-million turnover global business, and Paul Lawton of O2 – on entrepreneurship. (Excerpt of the interview played in show from 57 – 60 mins; full interview available below.)

What next?

You can listen to / download the podcast of the whole show here (available for approx 60 days from 5 April). Or listen to some of the interviews:

Abundance interview:

Charity Bank interview:

Trunki and O2 interview:

The BusinessLive! show broadcasts every Friday from 9am to 10am on Sheffield Live!

High growth business, social enterprise and investment

Nigel Brewster

Today’s Business Live show (which airs every Friday at 9am) came within Global Entrepreneurship Week and the day after Social Enterprise Day.

Presenter Jamie Veitch was joined in the studio by Nigel Brewster, Partner at the Brewster Pratap recruitment group, a high growth business founded in 2011.

Nigel is also a private sector Board Member for the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (whose Chair was a guest on this show last week) where he has responsibility for the ‘Skills’ work stream.

Nigel discussed entrepreneurship, taking the steps to start a business, strategies for growth without diluting a business’ values, effective business planning, and how we might enable school leavers with business skills.

Following Nigel we turned to a conversation about social enterprise.

There are more than 70,000 social enterprises in the UK that sell products and services including clothing, chocolate, water, coffee, energy, childcare, printing and design. They are businesses driven by a social mission and use profits to tackle problems like homelessness, unemployment, carbon emissions and food waste. They contribute billions to the economy and are changing the face of business.

Sam Tarff, the new chief executive of The Key Fund, which invests in social enterprises and has supported over 2000 organisations since launching in 1999, talked about the financial and strategic support that Key Fund offers. Sam has a track record himself in running and working with successful social enterprises and third sector organisations and flagged up examples of successful social enterprises.

We were also joined by Sam Walby, editor of Now Then magazine published by Sheffield-based social enterprise Opus Independents. Now Then has put its social impact and values at the heart of its operation and Sam showed how this identity, vision and mission informs all its operations – and how the social enterprise generates income to support its work. The business has now expanded to publish Now Then in Manchester and will be widening distribution of Now Then in Sheffield.

You can listen to / download the full podcast of the show here.

More about the Business Live series of programmes.

Show sponsor, the Sheffield Enterprise Programme, is running an exciting event on 3rd December, Break Barriers, Open Doors, featuring successful Sheffield entrepreneurs who have overcome barriers to achieve their business dream. Details here.