About us

What is Sheffield Digital?

Sheffield Digital is the organisation for businesses and individuals involved in Sheffield’s digital industries.

Our aim is to help develop the best possible environment for setting up, working in and growing digital businesses in Sheffield and the surrounding region.

To do this, we:

CONNECT – bring together the people and businesses that are Sheffield’s digital industries, to foster collaboration and learning and to have fun.

REPRESENT – provide a single, powerful voice for the digital community in order to influence policy makers and educators.

PROMOTE – shout about our digital businesses and their capabilities locally, nationally and internationally.

 

Why?

Sheffield’s digital industries are expanding but are being held back from reaching their full potential. The challenges that we are face are not unique to the city, but there is a lack of connectivity, representation and cohesive activity to address them. For the city to take its place on the national and global stage, our industry needs an organisation that can act as a focus and a voice.

 

Who is it for?

Sheffield Digital is for any individual or any business who identifies themselves as being involved in digital – we want to be inclusive. You might be a student, a freelancer, a contractor, a start-up, a growing business, a digital team in an organisation or the Sheffield office of a national or multi-national company. If you’re digital, we want you!

You can get involved by:

 

How does it work?

Sheffield Digital operates on a not-for-profit basis, with any income that we make going back into running the organisation and supporting the work that we do to Connect, Represent and Promote.

Sheffield Digital exists to support and amplify the wide range of activity that is already going on in the city – we will not duplicate or compete with initiatives or events that already exist.

We think it is very important that the organisation is independent and sustainable, which means that we do not rely on public sector funding. In our first year, a number of founder members came on board to support us in our start up phase. Now, we are working to build a sustainable organisation through support from the community via individual and company memberships and by sponsorship from selected non-digital companies. We might deliver or participate in publicly funded programmes in the future, but only if they align with our objectives and we feel that they will benefit our community.


Who is behind Sheffield Digital?

Directors

Sheffield Digital is a company limited by guarantee. It was set up by five co-founders who are also the directors. They are:

Mel Kanarek

Mel runs TigerNash Ltd, where she specialises in helping businesses grow through the practical application of the tools of marketing. She works mainly with digital businesses, helping them to overcome the barriers that are getting in the way of their success. She also writes copy – everything from white papers and feature articles to web and marketing content.
@MelKanarek

Chris Dymond

imageChris has spent most of the last 20 years building web development companies and designing websites for corporate & public sector clients. He now runs a digital transformation and innovation company called Unfolding, which helps organisations and cities adapt to change by building their capability to employ digital technology, data and networks both digital and human.
@ChrisDymond

Saul Cozens

imageSaul is a technology strategist, agile coach and mentor, who helps organisations, businesses and people use the Internet to do things differently, to do things better and to do better things.
@SaulCozens

Andy Mayer

imageAndy is the founder of Yoomee, a specialist digital agency which builds online services for social good. Yoomee work exclusively with charities, not-for-profits and social entrepreneurs to help them innovate digitally like startups to build new online services, using principles such as Lean and Agile.
@AndyMayer

Neill Birchenall

imageNeill is the co-founder of the Birchenall Howden group of companies, with activities ranging from networking and IT services to web & mobile development and social media marketing.
@Birchenall