Posts byClaire Fletcher

Returning to work

Guidance for employers about the safe reopening of workplaces

The government is gradually lifting lockdown restrictions and encouraging workers to return to work if it’s safe to do so. Whilst working at home can and will remain an option for many businesses in our community, this isn’t feasible for all and many of you will soon be returning to offices, studios, labs and shared

Pitch-in to support regional IoT innovation

The University of Sheffield is developing a LoRaWAN network and is inviting businesses to get involved.

What is Pitch-In? The Pitch-In project is a collaboration between the Universities of Sheffield, Newcastle, Oxford and Cambridge, funded through Research England’s Connecting Capabilities Fund. Working with industrial and commercial partners, the universities will show how they can deliver benefits by enhancing Internet of Things (IoT) innovation. In each region, the Pitch-In programme is creating

Razor gets creative with lockdown recruitment

The tech company has welcomed three new starters and has some useful advice about virtual recruitment and onboarding.

Razor – which specialises in AI and automation tools – has expanded its team during a time when all businesses are facing completely new and complex challenges. The first new recruit to be virtually welcomed was James Croft, who has joined Razor as a Software Lead. James is recognised as a ‘Microsoft Most Valuable Professional’

SHU launches funded internships

The university is giving local employers access to talented graduates to support their business this summer.

Why consider an intern? We know that every business owner has a lot on their plates at the moment and taking on an intern is probably low down on your list of priorities. However, the graduates of 2020 are the workforce of the future so it’s to everyone’s benefit that they get some hands-on experience

Running an online meetup on Zoom

Tips from the Sheffield Digital community

Not only this, but meet-up and event organisers are now faced with, well, faces. And not much else, just lots of faces looking back at them on a screen, without the usual dynamics, the natural hustle and bustle, small talk and human contact that you find at events. So what’s the secret to holding a

Twinkl offers help to city’s businesses

The EdTech publisher is helping local businesses to innovate and adapt in the Covid-19 crisis.

Twinkl is offering the free sessions to businesses in any sector that are struggling with issues such as blocks to cashflow or are faced with unexpected costly outlays. The Innovation Team has experience in supporting emerging EdTech companies to grow, to develop ideas and to launch disruptive, innovative products. They want to use this experience

Evoluted boosts team with new Head of SEO

The Sheffield agency has made two recent hires despite the ongoing Covid-19 crises.

Declan Reilly joins the digital agency – which is sponsor of the Sheffield DM meet-up – with eight years of SEO experience, having begun his career aged 17 as an apprentice. He is responsible for leading Evoluted’s organic search performance services and has already begun to share his knowledge, helping businesses understand how to approach

EdTech start-up launches safe social media space for kids

Sheffield based ‘Natterhub’ has launched early to keep children safe online during lockdown.

Natterhub is a learning platform and framework created for teachers to share with pupils. Co-founders Manjit Sareen and Caroline Allams have made alterations to make it ideal for home use, although teachers must set up the accounts which they can then share with parents, carers and pupils. Natterhub was due for launch in May 2020,

Coronavirus: Looking after employees’ mental health and wellbeing

The coronavirus outbreak is causing anxiety amongst many in the workforce, so how can leaders support and protect their teams?

Communication is key There is enough ambiguity in people’s lives right now; information vacuums from employers will only further fuel employees’ anxieties. Therefore, it’s vital that you decide company policy on matters such as sick pay, furloughing employees and annual leave, and that you are communicating your plans accordingly. Then, it’s important to keep open

Help fight Covid-19 at online Startup Weekend

Techstars is inviting you to stay home, collaborate and innovate to tackle the pandemic.

Techstars are looking for developers, designers, marketers, nurses, doctors, students, scientists, teachers and anyone with an idea to tackle the challenges created by the global pandemic. What’s it about? Techstars UK Online Startup Weekend is part of the Unite to Fight Covid-19 global series. Taking place across three days from 24-26 April, you’ll work on

Kids encouraged to design smart products during lockdown

DRJFF has launched free data science homeschooling packs to keep kids inspired and excited about technology.

The education charity has adapted its computer science curriculum for Key Stage 3 pupils to help them to carry on learning at home while households are in lockdown during the coronavirus outbreak. The material is aimed at 11-14 year-olds and is designed to be suitable as a self-guided activity for learners to enjoy individually at

Company spotlight: Bossa Nova

We caught up with the world-leading retail services robotics manufacturer.

Established in the US in 2005, Bossa Nova creates and supplies autonomous robots to the retail sector. The company’s technology delivers sophisticated, actionable real-time data, to increase efficiencies for retailers and improve the shopping experience for the public. In 2018, the company opened its first European headquarters in Courtwood House, Sheffield, which is headed up

The CMC is going virtual

The Children's Media Conference will host a number of virtual events and opportunities to support its community this summer.

The CMC team confirmed on 3 April that the conference would no longer take place in Sheffield on 7-9 July, however in its places there will be webinars, virtual networking and a mini online CMC, all under the new theme, ‘Still Here Right Now’. In the run up to the virtual CMC in July, the

HealthTech Response to COVID19 – what’s your idea?

Do you have a tech solution that can support the NHS response to the COVID-19 crisis?

There are four particular challenges that the partnership is looking to help overcome through the use of technology and innovation. These are: Slowing the spread of COVID-19 Enabling home-based care Supporting the wellbeing and morale of NHS workforce Assistance for those who are most vulnerable The team has only just started but is already investigating

Legal insight: how Covid-19 may affect your business

We hear from commercial law experts, Keebles LLP about some of the likely impacts on tech companies.

This is unknown territory for all businesses, including those in the digital industries. Business owners and managers will be paying close attention to cash flow, employee management and customer retention. The economic effects of the virus outbreak are likely to be amplified where start-ups or fledgling digital businesses are concerned. They may not have the

Introducing our new Community Manager

Sophie Wendell is here to support and strengthen our community of individual members and meetup organisers.

How are you involved in Sheffield’s digital scene? I’ve worked at Zoo Digital since I graduated about six years ago and I’ve held a few different roles there. I’ve had what’s called a ‘squiggly career’ – going from working in the production side where we create subtitles and dub audio; to R&D, where I now

Sheffield school becomes national robotics hub

Sheffield Girls’ Junior School has been selected as the first national robotics hub for primary school children.

The recognition comes after the school secured £5000 worth of funding to purchase 19 educational robotics kits, following a bid to the Girls Day School Trust (GDST) and HSBC Partnership Funding. As well as designing and implementing a WER Robotics curriculum for its Year 5 students, teachers at the school have also designed lessons and

Barnsley DMC to undergo £1.7m expansion

The creation of DMC 02 will be a key part of Barnsley’s new Digital Campus.

Owned and managed by Barnsley Council, DMC 01 has seen strong and sustained occupancy levels which have increased over the last three years. After acquiring the former ‘Core’ building in spring 2019, Barnsley Council has been supported by investment from Sheffield City Region to transform the space into DMC 02. Opening in summer 2020, the

Law firm offers fixed fee support to start-ups

CMS has launched equIP North to help tech start-ups access legal support

CMS’ award-winning equIP programme has been running for more than four years from its London office. Recognising the growing reputation of the North of England as a centre of excellence for tech innovation, the firm is now offering the programme to tech start-ups in our region. EquIP North is designed to help early stage tech

New partnership inspires children with power of computing

The David and Jane Richards Family Foundation has teamed up with Pimoroni to help Sheffield school students get creative with data.

The new kits use Raspberry Pi Zero WH and are fitted with user-friendly sensor boards designed by DJRFF in collaboration with Pimoroni, and manufactured in Sheffield. The microcomputers will be used by students on DJRFF’s Get Creative with Data course which has been rolled out at a number of schools and colleges across South Yorkshire.

Make connections in the rail industries

3Squared is hosting an event to help Sheffield’s tech companies find opportunities in the rail sector.

As part of its Start Up Rail initiative, the Rail Innovation Group is visiting UK cities to promote opportunities and to meet new tech companies. On Tuesday 14 July, they will be in Sheffield. If you have a product under development – even if not originally intended for rail – this is a great opportunity

Company spotlight: Hive IT

We caught up with our first ever company member to talk usability labs and Tech4Good.

Since moving from Electric Works in 2018, Hive IT now operates across two floors in Park Hill. With design and development taking place upstairs, the ground floor is dedicated to facilitation workshops and a totally separate space which is the Usability Lab. Here, the company tests client products, including websites, applications and hardware across desktop

Guest blog: Getting the right people in the right roles

Benchmark Recruit tells us about a recent collaboration with the Developer Academy.

At Benchmark we are proud to champion individual and business needs by getting the right people in the right place for the long-term. We are committed to developing skills and giving people the opportunity to do this in a nurturing environment. With the rise of people signing up for coding camps – with successful results

Company profile: The Curve

New Sheffield Digital member The Curve tell us how their experience has helped them shape a brand new company.

Company founders Paul and James Ridgway understand what it takes to grow a business. For just over seven years, they worked at the UK’s most successful Global Telematics Platform, where Paul was a co-founder and James joined as one of the first employees. Both in key leadership roles, the brothers supported the company’s growth from

Barnsley College becomes Regional Partner of Sheffield Digital

One of the UK’s leading colleges has joined the Sheffield Digital family.

Last year Barnsley College launched an ambitious three-tiered digital transformation strategy designed to improve the digital skills of local communities, transform the college’s infrastructure and facilities, and close the region’s digital skills gap. As part of the strategy, Barnsley College has introduced a new Digital Industries Department offering employer-led courses, and a bespoke specialist Digital

SHU helps to train future tech team leaders

A new Masters Apprenticeship is preparing tech employees for team leadership roles.

Matt Durrant is an NHS Data Services Manager, based at Don Valley House in Sheffield. He enrolled on the new MSc Digital and Technology Solutions Specialist Masters Degree Apprenticeship at Sheffield Hallam University in September 2019. Having graduated just over eight years ago, Matt enjoyed having some time away from work to concentrate on studying

Company Profile: BJSS

IT and business experts BJSS have just arrived in Sheffield and are one of our newest members.

BJSS is an IT and Business consultancy created in 1993 by Mark Hunter and Andrew Vincent. From offices in the UK and US, the company delivers business and technology solutions to solve difficult problems. In its early years the company built its reputation in the financial technology markets, delivering high profile solutions to the Vienna

Building an ecosystem of tech talent

How can we tackle Sheffield’s digital skills shortage?

Sheffield is not doing enough to attract and keep hold of experienced people in the tech industries, neither are we equipping young people with the right skills to succeed in tech based roles. These were the themes that quickly emerged and continued to evolve throughout the discussion, which was chaired by Simon Cookson from Northern

Keebles LLP sponsors Sheffield Digital

The Sheffield law firm is the newest company to join us as an Associate Sponsor.

As one of Sheffield’s longest established full-service law firms, Keebles has served the creative and digital industries for many years and has a varied client base that includes IT providers, graphic designers, games developers, media companies and software developers. The firm has joined Sheffield Digital to help it engage with and learn about the sector,

Sheffield startups invited to join pioneering business experiment

Startupscale is a new Sheffield-based project designed to help tech startups grow.

Up to 20 new technology businesses will be able to participate in Startupscale, a two-year startup project providing founders with training and mentoring from experienced technology entrepreneurs and industry experts, as well as access to exclusive networking opportunities. In what is believed to be a world first, the stories of startups involved in the project

Company profile: The Tech Dept

A new name, a new approach and a new focus on Sheffield. We chatted to The Tech Dept to see how it’s all going.

Founders of The Tech Dept, Dan Kirby and Rick Grundy launched their business in 2004 with an email software product. Dan was also running a branding agency and after a couple of years his two companies found mutual ground. The Tech Dept (then just ‘Tech Dept’) began to service clients with creative digital marketing solutions

How can the region’s manufacturers keep up with new technologies?

Culture and skills are the biggest barriers to technology adoption, according to manufacturing and digital experts.

DMM is the AMRC’s campaign to connect our digital community to manufacturing businesses. The ‘Breakfast & Bytes’ session at Kollider in Sheffield, in partnership with Barclays Eagle Labs, focussed on how to upskill workforces and explained the funding available for the adoption of Industry 4.0, with presentations from software developer Razor, large-scale engineering company Tinsley

How to get hired in the tech sector

In this guest post from TribePad, we get some advice for jobseekers in the digital industries.

The digital sectors are growing and with new developments in technology each year, these industries are on the lookout for new talent. But how can you meet the requirements of employers and secure your perfect role in Sheffield’s tech sectors? Here’s some guidance we have put together based on our work in the recruitment and

Sally Bogg talks diversity in tech

Our AGM guest speaker shares her experiences and recommendations of increasing diversity in the tech sector

How diverse is the tech sector? It came as no surprise to hear from Sally that women are underrepresented in the sector. Despite making up 50% of the national workforce, women only hold 20% of the UK’s tech roles. Only 18% of Computer Science graduates are female and just 15% of tech startups are owned

Front End North is back for 2020

The conference for web designers and developers returns to Sheffield next February and tickets, sponsorship and speaking opportunities are now available.

Front End North is on Friday 7 February 2020 at The Crucible in Sheffield. It promises to be a welcoming one-day, one-track conference for developers and designers who work on the web. It’s also a brilliant opportunity to secure Sheffield’s spot as central to the thriving tech scene in the North of England. Tickets are

Meet talented people from the Tech Set Go! developer course

A new training programme is connecting employers to a diverse pool of future developers.

Tech Set Go! is a programme focused on finding and training individuals who are typically underrepresented in the tech sector – women for example, and individuals who are neurodiverse but have an aptitude for tech. We also wanted to focus on areas of deprivation where links with tech sector employers are often weaker. The core

Meet the Meetup: ProductTank Sheffield

International meetup brand ProductTank is now in Sheffield and we caught up with the organisers to find out how it’s going.

What made you start the ProductTank meetup in Sheffield? We ultimately think there’s a product-related community in the city that’s yet to be fully unearthed. Our aim is to diversify that in two key areas; one is to make sure that people from non-product backgrounds are welcome (whether you work with/alongside product, or just have

Sheffield’s AMT secures $5.2m funding

Additive Manufacturing Technologies (AMT) has received a huge funding boost to develop and accelerate sales of its 3D printing post production technologies.

Additive Manufacturing Technologies Ltd (AMT) produce fast, high quality and low-cost post processing solutions for 3D printed parts. The company has successfully completed Series A funding led by DSM Venturing, the venture capital arm of Royal DSM, and Foresight Williams Technology EIS Fund, the collaboration between Foresight Group LLP (Foresight) and the venture arm of

SHU launches short placement scheme to strengthen talent pipeline

Sheffield Hallam University is inviting employers to take first year computing students on a one week placement to give them early exposure to the world of work.

SHU is extending its employability offer to first year students, adding to its successful history of internships and year-in-industry placements. The week long placements are designed to show Computing students the inner workings of Sheffield’s tech businesses, helping them to contextualise their learning and develop the skills that employers need. This could really strengthen the

Highlights from our AGM

Here’s a quick run through of what we heard from Mel and Chris at our Annual General Meetup.

We’ll start this post as we started the event, by saying a huge thank you to every single member, founder, partner and supporter of Sheffield Digital. Your support and enthusiasm means that we are growing in size, reputation and influence and we couldn’t exist without you. Thank you also to Sheffield Technology Parks, Shorts and

Apply now for tech growth programmes

Start up, scaling up or ready to go international, Tech Nation is looking for the next generation of UK tech businesses.

The programmes are designed to scale and grow the next generation of UK tech businesses and have an impressive alumni including Monzo, Deliveroo, and Skyscanner. Each programme offers tailored solutions to the challenges facing UK companies, including access to networks and investors, hiring top talent, and expanding internationally. Tech Nation is looking for a range

Hackathon announced to find & fund software ideas

Urban Flows Observatory is looking for software solutions to help tackle local energy and health challenges.

The hackathon Taking place on 22 and 23 November (venue TBC) the hackathon is free to join and gives you the chance to work with real data relating to the city’s energy and resource usage. This work is part of a three-year, multi-million Euro international academic collaboration being carried out the Urban Flows Observatory at

A great time to be in tech

David Richards on the new WANdisco Academy at Sheffield College and rolling out his foundation's data science syllabus.

It is a great time to be in tech. Demand for data scientists and data engineers has more than tripled over the last five years according to the Royal Society. This is creating thousands of new jobs that a decade ago simply would not have existed. Some incredible career opportunities await those with the right

Are you a Yorkshire Top Tech company?

The Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 report is now open for entries.

What is Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019? Now in its second year, Top Tech: Yorkshire 2019 is a report compiled and published by the Leeds office of national law firm Mills & Reeve in partnership with TheBusinessDesk.com. It is open to companies which have developed world-leading technology, are disrupting markets across all industries and whose technology

Fund your most talented innovators

UK Research and Innovation (UKRI) has announced a new round of Future Leaders Fellowships, an opportunity to develop your researchers and innovators.

Future Leaders Fellowships are designed to help the next generation of tech entrepreneurs, business leaders, innovators and researchers get the support they need to develop their careers. A Fellowship could help your business to: attract or retain an individual with outstanding leadership potential to lead a challenging innovation or research project access funding to cover

Company profile: Quidco

We caught up with cashback company, Quidco, a new member to the Sheffield Digital community.

Quidco is an online cashback provider. With only one main competitor in the UK, it markets itself as the first and the UK’s number one cashback site. Working with trusted brands and providing a superior customer experience is what the team feels differentiates Quidco from its competition. Sarah explains, “It’s the look and feel of

Company profile: Can Studios

New Sheffield Digital Member, Can Studios, has some exciting projects on the go and we caught up with Technical Director, Paul Hilton to find out more.

Can Studios was established almost 20 years ago by university friends Paul Hilton and Ian Stanyer. Applying their complementary skills in programming and design to various coursework projects, competitions and paid commissions, they eventually settled on Sheffield as the city to start their business in. Paul explains, “We’d done some work with an online casino

Special offer to attend World Summit Ai

Tech startups can get involved in the World Summit Ai with a tailored exhibitor package.

The DIT has negotiated a special offer for start-ups that want to attend the World Summit Ai, which attracts 6000+ attendees, 200 speakers from enterprise, big tech, startups, investors and science and has over 160+ countries represented. The British Embassy The Hague will hold a side event at the conference, for a high-level meetup between

Meet the Meetup: Immerse Sheffield

We met the team behind Immerse Sheffield to see how they are fitting into the city’s vibrant meetup scene.

What made you want to start an immersive technologies meetup? Immersive Tech is an exciting new frontier in digital and there was a growing number of people and businesses exploring the technology. All of us have worked with it separately and wanted a space to talk about all the exciting stuff we were seeing happening

Next stop, iRepair Sheffield

Ecclesall Road’s iRepair Stop has joined Sheffield Digital and is offering a 10% discount to all members.

iRepair Stop opened in October 2018 on Ecclesall Road, close to Sheffield Hallam’s Collegiate Campus. In its prime location, it has quickly become the go-to place for iPhone, iPad and MacBook repairs from the large student community, local residents and visitors from further afield. The team – which consists of Dave Walker, Cal Lapugean and