HS2 Supply Chain – Regional Roadshows

HS2 will be the UK’s new high speed railway, providing fast, frequent and reliable services, connecting eight of our largest cities. It will be a catalyst for growth across the country, and is the biggest and most ambitious infrastructure project in Europe.

Your help is needed to build it.

HS2 Ltd will visit 11 regions across the UK to meet a broad range of companies to discuss the opportunities that will be available. We want to explain the types of work on offer, let you know how to get involved, and advise how to put yourself in the best position to win work.
Get your business ready for thousands of supply chain opportunities.


HS2 Ltd will host 11 roadshow events across the UK, meeting companies interested in exploring the thousands of supply chain opportunities created by HS2.

Through presentations, face-to-face time with HS2 experts and networking, participants will hear from, and meet with, the HS2 teams and industry partners responsible for Supply Chain, Health and Safety, Community Relations, Building Information Modelling (BIM), Equality, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI), Skills, Employment and Education and Environment. At each event participants will discover the scale and timing of contracts and what their business needs to do to get ready to bid.



To register your attendance please click here


Finance Yorkshire – Magnomatics geared up for global success

MagnomaticsA Yorkshire business behind ground-breaking magnetic gear technology is increasing its work with global industries backed by investment from Finance Yorkshire.

Sheffield based Magnomatics is a high-technology company developing products for some of the world’s largest multinationals from a range of sectors including automotive, renewable energy, rail, aerospace, marine, and oil and gas.

These include a £1.7m project with Rolls Royce to develop a large motor for ship propulsion. Magnomatics is working with Triumph Group, a Tier 1 supplier to the aerospace industry as well as original equipment manufacturers in the UK, Europe and Asia in the rail and automotive sectors.

Additionally, Magnomatics has successfully secured a significant project within a £38m Government backed competition launched at the end of 2015 which encouraged companies to propose innovative ideas to cut vehicle emissions.

Winning the competition is an acknowledgement of the innovation and advanced technology developed by Magnomatics which will involve a collaborative development with the University of Sheffield to develop a more efficient transmission system for vehicles employing pioneering technology using magnets.

The commercialisation of Magnomatics’ products based on its highly efficient magnetic gear technology has been underpinned by Equity Investment of almost £2m from Finance Yorkshire.

David Latimer, CEO of Magnomatics, said: “Finance Yorkshire’s investments have been invaluable to our business, supporting us through the development phase of our products and enabling us to get the technology used by customers across the world. Their backing came at exactly the right time and has helped secure the strong position we enjoy today.”

Magnomatics employs 31 people many of whom are experienced and highly qualified engineers. The workforce includes 23 graduates and the company has recently recruited a second apprentice.  A new project manager will be joining the company in April.

Magnomatics has developed two key products – the Pseudo Direct Drive (PDD) and the MAGSPLIT. Its work with Rolls Royce – which involves UK electric machines builder ATB Laurence Scott – will develop the PDD for marine applications. The project team will design, manufacture and test a 2.5 megawatt motor powered by Magnomatics’ PDD.

David said: “We believe that this motor will offer significant benefits for marine propulsion by increasing the electrical efficiency compared to existing state of the art electrical machines. Rolls Royce and ATB Laurence Scott are great partners to bring this technology to market.”

Alex McWhirter, Chief Executive of Finance Yorkshire, said: “Magnomatics is a world-leading technology company based in Yorkshire and employing people in the region. Our investment in Magnomatics, matched by funding from IP Group, has supported the development of its highly innovative products which are now being widely used, demonstrating Magnomatics’ strong growth in its key sectors.

“Finance Yorkshire backs ambitious companies with ideas and concepts that have the potential to become ground-breaking – we’re delighted to have been part of the Magnomatics’ journey to success.”

To date, Finance Yorkshire has invested over £105 million in Yorkshire and Humber, enabling companies to increase their turnover by £377 million and attract a further £273 million from other private sector sources. Through this activity, Finance Yorkshire investment has helped those SMEs to create and safeguard more than 12,200 jobs in the region.

Finance Yorkshire provides seedcorn, loan and equity linked investments, ranging from £15,000 to £2m to help a range of small and medium sized businesses to meet their funding requirements for growth and development.

The project is supported financially by the European Union. It has attracted investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF), as part of Europe’s support for the region’s economic development through the Yorkshire and Humber ERDF Programme, UK Government and the European Investment Bank.  Finance Yorkshire is also supported by the Regional Growth Fund.

For more information about Finance Yorkshire, please visit www.finance-yorkshire.com  or call 0300 030 6060.

Photo: Left to right; Alex McWhirter of Finance Yorkshire and David Latimer of Magnomatics

UKTI at MY16 event

UKTI will have a strong presence at MY16 on on 11th May 2016 at Centenary Pavilion, Elland Road and are looking for manufacturers and producers to introduce to various countries.

Specific interests have been registered by the following countries:

USA, Germany, China

USA, Germany, India, France, Australia

Food & Drink
USA, Germany, Netherlands, China, Belgium

There is a one to one space by UKTI stand number 62 so if you want to be introduced to the above countries then book your place through the website now and register your one to one meeting with UKTI on your booking form.

For those of you already registered, drop me a mail and we will update your booking.

BOOK NOW to meet the country of your choice

Doncaster Business Conference – 22nd April 2016

The Doncaster Business Conference is now one of Doncaster Chamber’s annual flagship events to explore the current economic climate and what it means for Doncaster’s future.

Starting with breakfast, the morning will include optimum networking opportunities, two panel discussions, key note speeches, and ‘In conversation with…’:

Panel 1 – The Northern Powerhouse: Connectivity, Logistics and Technology, a collective force to rival the South

The first panel debate will be around the Northern Powerhouse and devolution, what that looks like for significant towns like Doncaster and the added value that it can offer to the region.

Panel 2 – Place Marketing: Inward Investment, Export and Doncaster’s place in the World

The second panel discussion will focus on place marketing; how Doncaster is represented regionally and nationally and how this impacts international trade and export, inward investment and tourism.

‘In Conversation With…’ – Skills and Aspirations for Doncaster

The third theme to be discussed will look into skills and aspirations, how to inspire and link young people to the work and study opportunities in Doncaster.

Influential panelists and speakers including: Dan Fell (CEO Doncaster Chamber), Ed Miliband (Labour MP for Doncaster North), Helen Redford-Hernandez (Head Teacher, Hungerhill School), Damian Allen, (Director of Learning Opportunities & Skills), Jo Miller (Chief Executive – DMBC), John Evans (Chief Executive for the National College for High Speed), Rt Hon Dame Rosie Winterton MP (Opposition Chief Whip, House of Commons), Simon Carr (Managing Director, Henry Boot Construction), Ben Harrison (Director of Communications and Development, Centre for Cities), Phil Bramley (Editor, Doncaster Free Press), John Till (Director & Founder, Thinking Place) , Steve Gill (Managing Director: Peel Airports), Mark Robson (Regional Director, UKTI), Kully Thiarai (Director, CAST).

Event facilitator: Dr Adam Marshall, Executive Director of Policy and External Affairs at the British Chambers of Commerce

Local Enterprise Partnership update: Nigel Brewster (Vice Chairman)

Key Note Speeches: Gori Yahaya, The Digital Garage from Google – Gori Yahaya, head of training and development for the Digital Garage, will explain the cornerstones of digital marketing, and how to use online marketing tools to be more visible to prospective customers.

Please click here to view the full agenda

Tickets to the Doncaster Business Conference can be purchased by both members (£25+VAT) and non-members (£35+VAT).

Book your tickets now!

Join in the Doncaster Business Conference chat on Twitter #DNFuture

TIMINGS: 08:00am- 13.00pm  VENUE INFORMATION – The Legacy Centre,bUnit, 12 Shaw Wood Way, Doncaster DN2 5TB

For media opportunities with high profile business leaders, please contact Rebecca Leam rleam@doncaster-chamber.co.uk

UKTI Export Week – Rotherham Event – 21st April

Breaking Barriers: Succeed Overseas – Rotherham

Breaking Barriers: Succeed Overseas - Rotherham Image

As part of UKTI Export Week – Hear from other local business and gain advice and support on how to grow overseas.
Growing your business overseas can sometimes seem like a daunting prospect, but it needn’t. Business who choose to exportbecome 34% more productive in their first year. The world is hungry for ‘Brand Britain’ so there has never been a better time to develop your global network!

Whether you have already begun your export journey or consider exporting for the first time, this event will give you direction on how to achieve global success and overcome any barriers to achieving this.


  •  Adrian Short, President Director of PT Rolls Royce in Indonesia
  • Pricecheck Toiletries – Queen’s Award Winner 2015: International Trade
  • European Enterprise Network.

Throughout the day you are invited to attend interactive seminars with UKTI and our partners who will provide practical advice and support on the following areas:

What’s in it for you?

  • Practical advice on how to develop your export strategy
  • Valuable advice and support provided to you from a wide range of sources to help your business succeed overseas
  • How to research markets and achieve global success
  • Overcome barriers and learn about the support available
  • Avoid making mistakes with top tips from local businesses on their lessons learnt
  • Made the sale? Now let’s make sure you get paid!
  • Access real business opportunities across the globe

Seminars include:

  • Deciding to go for it: Business support available from the LEP
  • Deciding where to go: How to research export markets
  • Getting out there: The tax and legal implications of trading overseas
  • Completing the deal: Making sure you get paid, documentation and litigation
  • Growing your business further: How to increase your global presence

This free event during the ever growing Exporting is GREAT week* has been brought to you by UKTI Yorkshire and the Humber, it is part of a joint initiative between UKTI Yorkshire and Sheffield City Region LEP and aims to help grow the economy by helping every business fulfil their export potential.

To find out more about the event and to register your place please click here

*Exporting is GREAT week runs nationally, twice a year and the next one takes place 18-22 April 2016. For details of other events running across the UK please visit: http://www.exportweek.ukti.gov.uk/full/

New consultation launched on energy cost relief for industry

The Business Secretary outlines details of an exemption for the steel sector and other energy intensive industries for energy costs relief.

The government has today (1 April 2016) published a consultation on introducing an exemption for Energy Intensive Industries (EIIs), such as the steel industry, from renewable electricity costs – in a move that could save the steel industry over £400 million over this Parliament.

The move, first announced at Autumn Statement, will exempt all EIIs from paying £390 million a year in policy costs of the Renewables Obligation and Feed-in Tariff. It is specifically worth more than £400 million to the steel sector by the end of this Parliament, and will provide greater investment certainty for the future.

The exemption is expected to come into force in 2017, and the government is keen the steel industry feeds in to secure the exemptions it will be entitled to.

Business Secretary Sajid Javid said:

Help with energy costs has been one of the steel industry’s key asks and, having extended last year the compensation we are paying out, I want to see progress on exempting them altogether.

While we can’t control the global price of steel, we are doing everything we can to help our steel industry, not just on energy costs but also securing flexibility on EU emissions rules and on tariffs.

EIIs include the steel industry and ceramics industry amongst others, employ around 600,000 people and contribute £52 billion to the UK economy. Prior to the exemption coming into force, the government will continue to pay compensation to EIIs (£160 million to date since 2013, of which over £60 million has been paid to the steel industry) to reduce their energy costs.

Forgemasters beats rivals to US Casting Contract

Sheffield Forgemasters International has beaten off Korean competition to win a casting contract worth £1m.

The Sheffield-based heavy engineering specialist won the contract with Ajax-Ceco, an American press manufacturer, based on its quality of production and developmental input into the design of the frame.

Forgemasters will use 550 tonnes of liquid steel to cast the press frame, which will measure almost 13m in length, 3.5m wide and 3.2m deep and aims to complete the project, including final machining, by early 2017.

Michael Holloway, senior sales manager at Forgemasters, said: “Winning the Ajax casting contract against strong overseas competition and harsh market conditions is purely down to our quality and technical manufacturing skills.”

The frame will form part of an expansion to the fully automated Southwest Steel Processing LLC forging plant in Newport, Arkansas.

Source: Laurence Kilgannon, Insider Medida, 5 April 2016