Sheffield property developer scoops prestigious award

The man behind a multi-million property development in Sheffield has scooped a prestigious award in recognition of his contribution to the local economy.

Jerry Cheung, managing director of New Era Development UK Ltd, won the Special Recognition Award at the 2016 Sheffield Business Awards, which took place at Ponds Forge International Sports Centre.

Jerry spearheaded the development of New Era Square – the £65 million 21-storey mixed leisure, commercial and residential development between London Road and Bramall Lane, close to Sheffield city centre.

Jerry, originally from Hong Kong, has been tirelessly working on creating a ‘Sheffield Chinatown’ since 2005 and he secured £65 million Chinese investment for the development after showcasing Sheffield’s huge potential.

As Chairman of the Sheffield Chinese Community Centre, Jerry also spends his time serving the city’s Chinese community. He also created the Sheffield Chinese New Year Celebration Joint Committee, which launched the annual Sheffield Chinese New Year Show, aiming to engage the Chinese community with British culture.

Jerry, who is also board member of Sheffield Hallam University’s Business School Advisory Board and Sheffield University’s Management School Internationalisation Advisory Board, said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have won the Special Recognition Award, particularly as I was up against some exceptional individuals and organisations.

“It really is an honour to have been recognised for the work that I’ve done, both with the development of New Era Square but also to support and integrate Sheffield’s Chinese community.

“New Era is something that had been a vision for such a long time so to see it coming to life is wonderful. It is my aim to put the Sheffield City Region on the map as a key destination for international trade, so I hope this development will go some way to achieving that.”

The Sheffield Business Awards are organised by Sheffield Chamber of Commerce. For full details of the winners, visit www.sheffieldbusinessawards.org.uk.