December 2015 - NewStart in Sheffield

What does good growth mean for Sheffield?

On Friday 4th December Sheffield First, with New Start, NEF and CLES, hosted a roundtable discussion looking at alternative models of economic growth, with a particular interest in how we can ensure that growth is fair and inclusive, so that it benefits everyone in our city and not just a few.

This is a major concern in Sheffield; our city was one of the first places to run a Fairness Commission, and we have built on its work by developing the Our Fair City campaign, focused on raising awareness of the challenges people are facing and encouraging action to tackle them.

Q & A: Vanessa Toulmin: City engagement director, Sheffield University

Sheffield University has stepped up its role within the city since austerity cuts hit the council. ‘Professor Vanessa’ – academic and circus director – has been appointed to head up the university’s engagement with the city, and talks to New Start about maker culture, creativity and running a city like a circus

Northern cities: Stop thinking like supplicants and take control

The language of the Northern Powerhouse is still about attracting investment to the north, building them roads so that other foreign corporations can truck their goods more easily in and out, and a little will trickle down and stay put. There is a supplicant element to the economic language about devolving powers to the north still, despite the powerhouse clothing. It is dependent.