Thursday, June 4, 2020

News: Over the limit? Wickersley pub restrictions approved

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Councillors in Rotherham have approved proposals that could limit the number of new or varied alcohol licences being granted in the popular Wickersley area of Rotherham.

The authority has been pouring over new national guidance in order to serve up a new licensing policy. Following consultation, it was discussed and approved at a virtual full Council meeting this week.

The overdue statement of licensing policy is required as the council is responsible for licensing the sale of alcohol, hot food and various events. It includes proposals for a Cumulative Impact Policy which details that an area of Wickersley village is proposed to become a Cumulative Impact Zone.

The zone could limit the number of new or varied licences being granted in the area, dependent on the individual merit of each application. As reported by Rothbiz, the council has previously restricted the number of pubs and venues by using planning policies and refusing to allow current and new drinking establishments to take on empty retail units.

A report to the Council states: "The Council have assessed statistics from the police, ambulance service, environmental health and public health for an area designated in Wickersley, which has determined that the zone is suffering from the cumulative impact of on-licensed, and on and off licensed premises.

"In this area, there are problems surrounding anti-social behaviour, low-level crime, public nuisance including noise and ambulance related alcohol call outs in a mainly residential area. These problems are being suffered by the people living within this area.

"It would be inconsistent with the Council's duty to promote the licensing objectives to grant new, or variations to, applications for any premises which seeks to apply for an on-premises licence, or on and off premises licence."

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The Council is keen to make clear that the policy does not create a ban on the grant of licenses within Wickersley but an applicant "must be able to demonstrate to the Council and other responsible authorities that granting a new or varied licence will not add to the cumulative impact already being experienced within the area."

There are currently nineteen premises within Wickersley. In total, sixteen premises are located along a 300 metre section of Bawtry Road. It is explained that the area does not have the required infrastructure to deal with a large and sustained night-time economy and residents have cited noise nuisance from premises as a key issue, alongside issues with street scene such as broken glass, fouling and vomiting.

The zone stretches along Bawtry Road from Wickersley School to close to Sledegate Lane at Listerdale. It extends North encompassing the housing estates off Northfield Lane and South either side of Morthern Road to Sorby Way and Wood Lane. The council's cabinet overturned a recommendation from its own scrutiny board that would have restricted the zone to the area north of Bawtry Road.

Opposition councillor Allen Cowles called the policy discriminatory and accused the Council of allowing Wickerlsey to become the nightlife capital of Rotherham, moving away from the town centre.

Despite crime, anti-social behaviour and environmental health rates being at their highest in the town centre, the policy does not propose a limit on licensed premises here. The council concludes: "Taking a decision to implement a zone may detract from the overarching ambition of regenerating the Town Centre and attracting new businesses, increasing footfall and diversifying the current offer."

The town centre masterplan focuses on leisure and residential uses rather than retail and proposals for Forge Island include eight screen cinema, a 69 bed hotel and four restaurants.

Cllr. Emma Hoddinott, cabinet member for community safety, said: "What makes Wickersley different is that it is more residential than the town centre. We have some residential properties very, very near to some large licensed premises and this is about trying to get the balance right. So people can go out and enjoy themselves - it is a nice evening out in Wickersley, there are some really nice venues - but also making sure that we balance that against the impact on residents."

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News: Rolls-Royce confirms Rotherham redundancies

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Rolls-Royce is planning to shed over 3,000 jobs in the UK as part of a global reorganisation, including 100 at its state-of-the-art Rotherham facility.

Rothbiz reported last week that the Derby-based engineering giant had announced a reorganisation that is expected to result in the loss of at least 9,000 roles from a global workforce of 52,000.

The impact of COVID-19 on Rolls-Royce and the whole of the aviation industry is unprecedented and the proposed reorganisation will predominantly affect the firm's Civil Aerospace business, where it will carry out a detailed review of its facility footprint.

Around 1,500 jobs are affected at the headquarters in Derby, with other locations such as Inchinnan in Scotland seemingly being assessed for its viability past 2020, according to unions. A voluntary severance scheme across the company has been negotiated to mitigate any potential future redundancies.

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Fully operational in 2017, Rolls-Royce's £110m facility on the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) in Rotherham is the most advanced turbine blade casting facility in the world.

Sarah Champion, MP for Rotherham, said: "As a direct consequence of the global pandemic, Rolls-Royce are now starting the awful process of seeking voluntary redundancies nationally. Aviation is a large part of the business and with planes barely flying, there is no simple fix to this problem.

"In Rotherham, Rolls-Royce employ 300 people. 300 people equates to 300 families, 300 neighbours who will all now be concerned about their futures, we all need to show them solidarity in this stressful time. Please be assured that I am in close contact with Rolls-Royce and Unite Union to try and support as many jobs locally as possible. If constituents are directly affected by the process, please do get in touch with me and I will try to help if I can."

The castings made in Rotherham run at temperatures 200 degrees above their melting point and rotate at 12,500 rpm, with their tips reaching 1,200mph – nearly twice the speed of sound. At take off each of the engine's high pressure turbine blades generates around 800 horsepower per blade - similar to a Formula One racing car.

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News: Expansion at Magna 34

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NSM has been appointed by InfraRed Capital Partners to property and asset manage its expanding Magna 34 Business Park in Rotherham.

An industrial scheme at templeborough, NSM will also provide agency services, helping to secure new tenants for the next stage of its multi-million pound development.

Magna 34 Business Park comprises of a mixture of units totalling in excess of 120,000 sq ft, which includes two existing units that are already occupied comprising 47,000 sq ft. A stand-alone 35,000 sq ft new build and a further 40,000 sq ft will be developed as a smaller multi-let industrial scheme, providing units ranging in size from 2,000 to 4,500 sq ft

This is thought to be one of the only small to medium sized speculative industrial developments in the local area to come forwards in 2020, as the only other scheme underway provides in excess of 5,000 sq ft units.

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Helen Gordon, associate director at NSM, said: "Magna 34 is an established business park with a high profile location close to Sheffield and Rotherham, with easy access to the M1. There is a shortage of industrial land and with most developers focusing on larger units, there is significant demand for businesses seeking well-located space for small and medium sized enterprises. As a result, I expect this new development at Magna 34 will be very popular."

Planning has already been secured for the 35,000 sq ft unit and, subject to planning permission being secured for the smaller units, construction work will commence within the next three to six months. It is expected to be a nine month build programme.

Magna 34 is a well-established business park on Sheffield Road close to Junction 34, M1. It is already home to occupiers including Parcelforce, UK Mail and Element Materials Technology Sheffield Ltd.

At Magna 34, LondonMetric recently completed the £13.3m disposal of a large warehouse at a net initial yield of 5.0%. The 152,000 sq ft regional distribution warehouse has been sold to a global investor. The warehouse was acquired in 2014 for £10.3m and is let to the Royal Mail Group (Parcelforce) for a further eight years at a rent of £4.70 psf.

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Wednesday, June 3, 2020

News: New site in Rotherham scrubs up well for Crystal

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Award-winning cleaning specialist, Crystal Clean Service, is continuing its expansion with new premises in Rotherham following increased demand for its services across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

The firm offers flexible commercial cleaning contracts and have a broad client base of offices, showrooms and industrial properties.

Located at Bradmarsh Business Park at Templeborough, the new site will help the business logistically, complementing its sites in Sheffield and Chesterfield and allow staff to store equipment closer to new and existing customers across Rotherham, Doncaster and Barnsley.

The announcement comes amidst of a recent internal restructure which has seen the firm take on a company director, Sarize Hill, and has grown both its management and cleaning team members with the appointments of Rachel Latchford, Gemma Hoggard and Vickie Fletcher

On the back of this recruitment drive, the company has also introduced an apprenticeship programme with the appointment of Storm Jarrold who is responsible for stock, supplies and allocation, whilst learning on the job about business management from the firms operations manager.

The business has also introduced a new innovative CRM system which has been developed by local technical solutions company – The Curve.

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The new system has helped the firm streamline its processes, improve its efficiency and enhance its staff connectivity, ultimately allowing the firm to better service its client base and enabling it to take on new customer accounts.

Hayley Koseoglu, managing director at Crystal Clean Service, said: "The implementation of our new CRM system has been integral to the growth of our business and the take up of our first site in Rotherham.

"The Curve built a bespoke system that fits our needs perfectly making us a completely paperless company from payroll through to stock orders and absence and holiday management, the new system can do it all!

"Thank you to the team at The Curve for getting to know our business and for taking the time to present us with realistic options in a simple and concise matter."

Paul Ridgway, CEO at The Curve, added: "Being able to be part of Crystal Clean Service’s success is a real honour for us, may businesses are apprehensive about introducing new software into their organisation because they are scared it will be no better than what they are currently using.

"The leadership of Hayley has allowed the team to work more consistently together across all three of their sites."

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News: Back Her Business helps Rotherham entrepreneur access funding

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A Rotherham-based entrepreneur behind an inclusive clothing brand is just one of the 129 women in the North of England who has benefited from NatWest's innovative Back Her Business crowdfunding platform over the last 12 months.

Dr Joanna Baker-Rogers, founder of Busy Life, an e-commerce business championing people with disabilities has used Back Her Business to secure £1,581 of funding, including £750 from NatWest.

Back Her Business supports female entrepreneurs by helping and encouraging more women to start and fund their own businesses in the early stages.

Joanna will use the funding to finance her range of Diversity Designs Technical T-Shirts, running tops with imagery of runners including parathletes, helping to bridge the gap between sport and disabilities.

One in five of the UK population are disabled meaning they are twice as likely to be inactive as someone without a disability. However, four out of five disabled people say they would like to be more active. To encourage inclusivity in sport, Joanna will also create new designs covering a wider range of Paralympic sports, as well as develop a more extensive range of disability imagery to add to her current collections.

Busy Life partners with a different charity or fundraising campaign every month and a donation is made from every item sold.

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Dr Joanna Baker-Rogers, founder of Busy Life, said: "After completing my Doctorate in Special Needs Education, I was unable to find a teaching job. Instead, I decided to create a business that championed inclusion. This was inspired by my experience and own relationship with disABILITY, having had a speech impediment for as long as I can remember.

"Back Her Business has helped me reach the next stage of business growth and I would definitely recommend the platform to anyone starting or expanding a business. To have NatWest contribute towards your crowdfunding target is hugely rewarding.

"My plans, for the future, are to add more sports to my Diversity Designs collection and to partner with other businesses to increase my product range. I'm also developing a selection of inclusive toys and board games to develop the Busy Life brand further."

The brand recently received support from Hannah Cockroft (pictured), multiple British World Record Holder, Olympic and World Champion wheelchair racer.

Back Her Business has been developed in partnership with Crowdfunder and forms part of NatWest's wider commitment to reduce the gender gap when it comes to entrepreneurship, by supporting the creation of a further 400,000 female-led businesses by 2025.

Back Her Business launched in March 2019 following NatWest's Rose Review, which revealed £250 billion could be added to the UK economy if women started and scaled businesses at the same rate as men. The Government-backed report also highlighted that only one in three entrepreneurs are female.

Heather Waters, Enterprise Manager at NatWest, said: "At NatWest, our aim is to support entrepreneurial women like Joanna and help them drive forward ambitious ideas and business growth through Back Her Business.

"More than a year on from the launch of the UK's first female-only crowdfunding platform, we are continuing to support successful entrepreneurs in the North and across the country by providing them with industry-leading advice, coaching and mentorship."

Busy Life website
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