Pioneering metals and novel alloys company Metalysis has opened its Materials Discovery Centre at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in ‎Waverley.

Metalysis will carry out commercial R&D projects to produce metal powders for high performance alloys in the aerospace and automotive industries.

Its first new customer, rare earth miner Mkango Resources, announced this month it had signed up Metalysis for a commercial R&D programme to develop 3D printed rare earth magnets for electric vehicles.

Metalysis held an exhibition within the factory, titled The Future of Solid State Metal Processing, and a chance to tour the company’s new operations.

Metalysis has committed approximately £10m to creating the Materials Discovery Centre and at its Materials Manufacture Centre in Wath-upon-Dearne, where the company is completing its “Generation 4” technological expansion, taking production capability to new levels.

Post expansion, Metalysis will employ at least 100 staff across its South Yorkshire sites.

Douglas Caster, chairman of Metalysis, said: “We are very proud to be part of the UK’s fourth industrial revolution and we do so with responsibility and optimism.

“We have a truly unique, patented technology that can produce highly desired metals and novel alloys which have historically been considered too difficult, or too exotic and costly.

“The UK stands to benefit from our world-leading, transformational process and I am very excited to seeing what the coming decade will bring for Metalysis.”

Source: Laurence Kilgannon, Insider Media, 31st March 2017

Driving Business Success Sessions

Driving Business Success will be delivered by Sheffield Business School at Sheffield Hallam University, the sessions are aimed at those in operational or management roles who wish to further optimise their personal effectiveness and impact in driving forward business success and breakfast will be served.  More information is available via the link below where businesses can book.  A booking relates to all of the sessions in the workshop series details below.

Masterclass 1 – Leading for business success

Tuesday, 25 April 2017 – 08.30-11.30am

Facilitator: Dr. Sarah Fidment

Masterclass 2 – Innovate for business growth and success

Tuesday 16 May 2017 –  08.30-11.30am

Facilitator: Dean Maragh

Masterclass 3 – High performance teams

Tuesday, 20 June 2017 – 08.30-11.30am

Facilitator: Jo Daley

Masterclass 4 – Understanding your customer value proposition

Tuesday, 4 July 2017 – 08.30-11.30am

Facilitator: Dr. Paul Johnston

To book onto any of the sessions please click here

Sheffield Hallam unveiled as Northern Powerhouse Partner

Sheffield Hallam University has been announced as a Northern Powerhouse partner, underlining its commitment to supporting economic growth in the north.

Sheffield Hallam joins an elite group of northern organisations committed to joining forces with Government to help the North achieve its full potential – and attract new jobs and investment to the region.

With over 31,500 students, Sheffield Hallam is one of the largest universities in the UK. Studies have shown that the University adds an annual £424m to the regional economy.

The university collaborates with hundreds of businesses across the Northern Powerhouse, helping to create jobs and attract new investment through innovation, research and highly skilled graduates.

Northern Powerhouse Minister Andrew Percy MP, said:

“The Northern Powerhouse is home to some of the world’s top universities, more than one million businesses and an economy worth £316 billion in 2015 – similar to the whole of Belgium.

“We’re determined to build on this strength so I’m delighted that Sheffield Hallam University is demonstrating its commitment to help attract jobs and boost growth in the North.”

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said: –

“As one of the UK’s largest providers of higher education, Sheffield Hallam University has an outstanding track record in working with partners across the North to drive economic growth, innovation and opportunity. The University is therefore proud to become a Northern Powerhouse Partner.

“We support the devolution agenda and are committed to working alongside the Government to help unlock the outstanding potential within our region, helping to shape communities and deliver a more prosperous future for the North of England.”

 Notes to Editor:

Examples of innovation and research with a regional impact includes: –

 Situated at the heart of the Olympic Legacy Park in Sheffield, the Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) will be the most advanced centre for physical activity in the world and as already attracted high profile partners such as Toshiba, Parkrun and Westfield Health.

  • Sheffield Hallam’s National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NECFE) is a world leading facility that works with the UK’s food and drink manufacturing sector to develop advanced engineering capability, ensuring the UK’s leading manufacturing industry remains competitive and successful. The NCEFE was set up with the support of more than 40 companies (including Mars, Nestlé UK, Warburtons and Premier Foods), backed by £6.9m HEFCE funding and developed in partnership with the Food and Drink Federation and the National Skills Academy for Food and Drink.
  • Launched in October 2016, the Sheffield Innovation Project (SIP) is a three-year joint Sheffield Hallam and University of Sheffield (UoS) programme to encourage innovation within businesses across the Sheffield City Region (SCR). The £3m programme allows approximately 200+ regional SMEs to access academic expertise, facilities and resources at both universities to stimulate innovation and deliver new products and services.
  • Sheffield Hallam’s Materials and Engineering Research Institute (MERI) is dedicated to working with business to address industrial problems through science and engineering. From material analysis, robotics and infrastructure management, MERI works with 100’s of regional businesses. The Institute has helped generate £95m in increased profits and created 2,500 new jobs. It plays host to international academic conferences and has a formal partnership with the Fraunhofer Institute for Surface Engineering and Thin Films.

 For press information: Please contact Jo Beattie in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email



Loadhog, Sheffield’s returnable and reusable transit packaging innovator, is one of only two city companies to appear on the third annual Sunday Times Lloyds SME Export Track 100 league table ranking Britain’s private small and medium-sized companies with the fastest-growing international sales.

Securing 37th place, the employee-owned company, now with 69 employees, was established in 2003 by Hugh Facey, chairman of the Gripple group, of which Loadhog is a member. Selling into various industries with a wide range of pioneering containers, lids and pallet solutions, working with the likes of Heineken, Jaguar Land Rover and Posten Norgen, Loadhog has recorded strong sales to Europe, helping exports achieving £3.3m in 2015.

Loadhog’s managing director, Shaun Khan said: “This was a wonderful surprise. I believe this prestigious and coveted accolade has been achieved by our staff focussing on building sales globally, particularly in Europe. I am proud of their efforts and they richly deserve this ‘pat on the back’.”

With nine companies making the league table – compared to five last year – Yorkshire was the fastest growing region in Britain. The companies’ international sales have grown by an average of 83 per cent a year over the last two years to a total of £54m, and together employing 700 people.

The league table is supported by the government’s Exporting is GREAT campaign. International Trade Secretary, Liam Fox said: “Companies are seizing the huge international demand for innovative UK products and services. We want more businesses to take advantage of this global opportunity, which is why we’re supporting the SME Export Track 100 and why we launched our new trade hub,, providing free local advice, financial and regulatory support and live export opportunities to businesses across the UK.”

For further press information please contact Margaret Laver at Proactive PR on 07723 010752 or


More than 500 businesses across the North have enquired about funding from the £400m Northern Powerhouse Investment Fund (NPIF), four weeks after it opened to the market.

Small- and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) across the region have contacted the NPIF fund managers about the funding options available, which includes microfinance (£25,000 – £100,000), debt finance (£100,000 – £750,000) and equity finance (up to £2m).

NPIF was launched in February and has since brought together about 1,500 delegates across ten regional events in the Northern Powerhouse region to introduce the new source of regional economic development funding.

SMEs, fund managers, and local enterprise partnership representatives discussed the opportunities available for businesses and how these funds can be accessed.

Keith Morgan, chief executive of The British Business Bank which is behind the NPIF in conjunction with the ten local enterprise partnerships, said the interest “demonstrates the strong appetite for growth” in the North.

“Not only is the volume of business introductions and enquiries immensely encouraging, we are also pleased to see companies in a range of different sectors showing interest,” Morgan added.

NPIF will work alongside Growth Hubs, accountants and the banks, to provide a mix of debt and equity capital to SMEs at all stages in their development.

The North East Local Enterprise Partnership will shortly be launching a fund for businesses in its area.

The fund managers appointed to manage NPIF are:

Microfinance: Business Finance Solutions, MSIF, Finance for Enterprise and Business Enterprise Finance
Business Loans: FW Capital and Enterprise Ventures
Equity Finance: Maven Capital Partners and Enterprise Ventures

Source: Laurence Kilgannon, Insider Media, 29th March 2017

NB: A representative from the NPIF will be speaking at the Manufacturing Forum event on the 20th June. Contact us to register your interest.

Finding International DIT events

The Department for International Trade’s (DIT) central hub for business and networking opportunities allows businesses to search for seminars and workshops nearby, find webinars as well as sector specific trade missions that suit their business. All DIT activity can be found in one place and be filtered to suit business needs.

To identify suitable events, please click here





SMMT reports Records tumble as March UK new car market hits all-time high

  • Market rises 8.4% in March to become the biggest ever month for the sector – 562,337 new cars registered.
  • Registrations jump 6.2% in Q1 2017 to 820,016 units – a new record quarter.
  • Consumers and businesses bring forward purchases to avoid new VED charges in place from 1 April 2017.
  • More diesel cars sold in March than any other single month.


The UK’s new car market grew by 8.4% in March, making it the biggest month since records began,1 according to SMMT figures. The record performance came as buyers seized the chance to buy cars before the new vehicle excise duty (VED) rates came into force. From 1 April, under the new system all new cars, except for those with zero emissions, are subject to an annual flat rate charge.

For full article and breakdown please visit the SMMT news page here

Sheffield Hallam University shortlisted for two national awards

Sheffield Hallam University has been shortlisted in two categories for its excellence in professional services for the Times Higher Education Leadership & Management Awards – the THELMAs.  

The University has been shortlisted for Outstanding Student Admissions Strategy and Outstanding Estates Strategy for the awards – the winners of which are announced in June.

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University said, “The growing success of the University is supported by the excellent working practices of our staff, and this has been highlighted by these two award shortlists.

“Hallam is at the very heart of our city and our region, and the University’s buildings and students bring so much to Sheffield. The University’s ambition is to transform lives. The Sheffield Hallam story is best demonstrated by our students, such as Hassun who spent his summer teaching at the refugee camp in Calais; or Roxanna, a mature student, and her dedication to becoming a nurse; or Paul and the programme he established to support recovering drug addicts.

“To help our students achieve their ambitions, we developed and delivered a joint plan across the University’s Student Recruitment, Marketing, Admissions, Alumni & Communications teams. Working in partnership with academic faculties we identified objectives for our 2016 recruitment, including maintaining our position as the third largest institution in the UK, which has been recognised with this shortlisting.

“With regards to the University Estate, our vision is to deliver innovative, vibrant and flexible spaces that enhance the student and staff experience and foster a unique sense of place. In 2015-16 we delivered on this strategy with the opening of two outstanding new buildings, sector-leading achievements in sustainability and pioneering approaches to continuous improvement which together represent an investment of more than £40 million.

“In January 2016 we opened the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA), providing discipline-specific studio, workshop and exhibition spaces. Based within the city’s former Head Post Office, a Grade II listed building empty for almost 20 years; the SIA has breathed new life into a neglected area of Sheffield and acted as the catalyst for investment in the public realm.

“This was followed in April by Charles Street, the £32 million home for the Sheffield Institute of Education. Boasting flexible formal and informal learning spaces, the seven-storey new build includes staff accommodation, lecture theatre, social spaces, AV-enabled furniture and a SCALE-UP room.

“These flagship buildings are part of a wider strategic investment in our estate that includes the award-winning Heart of the Campus, a £27 million development opened in 2014. Our commitment to our estate and how it nurtures and supports our staff and students is reflected in being shortlisted for this award.”

The winners of the THELMAs will be revealed on Thursday 22 June 2017 at the Grosvenor House Hotel, London.

For press information: Tim Ward in the Sheffield Hallam University press office on 0114 225 2811 or email