Opportunities for Sheffield Business

Date: 27 Sep 2017

Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM

Sheffield is a city that people choose to live and do business in and has developed beyond all recognition in the last decade. Investors, both domestic and international, are demonstrating great confidence in the city which is evidenced by the evolving skyline and growing business base.

But what does this mean for existing and new start business in the city?

We will be joined by a range of high-class speakers and experts to answer exactly that question.

Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council will talk about the recent investments within the city, the changing skyline, as well as future plans and ambitions for Sheffield. Edward will also talk about The Outdoor City and how Sheffield is offering cutting edge culture alongside big city living, fused with outdoor adventure and rural escapes.

Chris Dymond will then take to the podium to provide a focused look at Sheffield’s rapidly growing creative and digital business base. Chris will highlight the opportunities that Sheffield presents for CDI businesses as well as cover off the support that is available. Scott Burkinshaw, Tax Partner at Shorts will demystify the R&D Tax Credit Scheme set up by Government which has been designed to support innovative businesses. The final speaker, Rachel Fletcher, Managing Director of FCS Associates will focus on how businesses can bid for public sector tenders, where to find opportunities, how to register and access the documents; along with hints and tips on what makes a winning bid.

Event Agenda

  • 8.00am – 8.30am – Networking & Breakfast
  • 8.30am – 8.35am – Welcome & Introductions
  • 8.35am – 8.55am – Ed Highfield, Sheffield City Council
  • 8.55am – 9.10am – Chris Dymond, Sheffield Digital
  • 9.10am – 9.25am – Scott Burkinshaw, Shorts
  • 9.25am – 9.40am – Rachel Fletcher, FCS Associates
  • 9.40am – 10.00am – Q&A & Networking
  • 10.00am – Event Close


Edward Highfield, Director of City Growth at Sheffield City Council

edEdward graduated the University of Liverpool in 2001 after reading Politics. He began his career at the North West Regional Development Agency, moving to Sheffield in 2004 to work for Sheffield City Council. Edward has held a number of positions at Sheffield City Council and was most recently appointed Director of City Growth in 2017.

Edward is responsible for:

  • Sheffield’s economic strategy
  • Business Growth
  • Inward Investment
  • Regeneration
  • City Marketing
  • External Funding
  • Planning
  • Transport
  • Property

Chris Dymond, Co-Founder of Sheffield Digital

016Chris co-founded Sheffield Digital in 2015, along with four other tech industry veterans, in order to create an independent, privately-funded, not-for-profit agency that would connect, promote and represent Sheffield’s creative digital and digital technology firms, and the people who work in them. Since that time the organisation has developed into the go-to source of local information about the sector and its most representative voice, acting as a local super-connector and working with a range of city and external partners to develop Sheffield’s digital capabilities and reputation.

Scott Burkinshaw, Tax Partner and Head of the Shorts Innovation Taxes Group (ITG)

scottScott has helped hundreds of businesses obtain millions of £s of tax savings through claiming R&D tax credits. Scott is a member of the Research & Development Consultation Committee, a HMRC forum for R&D tax professionals, and was a member of the R&D tax credit teams at large national firms of accountants. A Chartered Tax Adviser, Scott focuses on providing proactive corporate and personal tax advice. By understanding the objectives of businesses and their owners, Scott is able to draw on his extensive experience to advise on the most tax efficient ways to achieve their short and long term aims.

Rachel Fletcher, Managing Director of FCS Associates Ltd

rachel_fletcherSince founding FCS thirteen years ago, Rachel’s passion for business mentoring has driven her to help a wide range of businesses and charities reach their true potential and her specialist knowledge of funding opportunities and public-sector tendering has opened the doors to success for many organisations. Rachel has been involved in a number of high profile local developments and projects has a broad range of thematic interests including graduate entrepreneurship and research and development.

Location: Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry

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