Wednesday February 10th 2016

Sheffield Indy City

New small business event held on Thursday 3 Feb at Electric Works

Sheffield BID hosted its first event for small and independent businesses that trade in Sheffield city centre, but who are not yet contributing to the levy. Called Sheffield Indy City and led by BID Board members Toby Hyam, Managing Director, Electric Works/Creative Space Management Ltd and David Stache Chief Executive of Nourish, the event was attended by a selection of businesses. These included an independent pub renovator and operator, a building engineering company and representatives from media companies.

The event was an opportunity for small businesses to bring along ideas and views to help attract new talent or make it easier to do business in the city.

Toby Hyam commented:

‘We want to encourage a diverse range of businesses to start trading in the city to continue and build up momentum. From the discussion on the evening and feedback since, we are going to host quarterly themed events and will endeavour to utilise existing networks to encourage more small businesses to participate and provide a forum for further ideas and debates.

‘It was also useful to hear from businesses who had experienced BIDs in other cities and we can learn from those experiences to generate activities that are right for this city.’

 David Stache said:

‘Nourish has businesses in Leeds and Sheffield. We feel strongly about having a forum for small businesses to share information and to come together. Our company evaluates success, unusually, not in relation to profit but the difference we can make, so we want to have an impact on this city centre. A key part of this will be working with other businesses on combined initiatives.’

Over a healthy buffet provided by Nourish, representatives from attending businesses had some comments on Sheffield as a place to live and work:

Nikoloas Karakolios who has recently moved to the Sheffield office of CDI Building Engineering Services based at the Workstation said:

‘I come from a small town in Greece and I am enjoying living and working here. Sheffield is easy to walk around and when I go out I feel safe. I can see a lot of building work going on. I know there are plans and investment in the retail offer that will help improve this aspect.’

Sarah Boyd who is a Senior Environmental Consultant at thinkstep, a Sustainable Performance Management company said:

‘I come from New York and have been living in Butcher Works for over two years. I really like the sense of community in Sheffield and the network of young people in art and the media that I have been able to link up with.’

 If you want to come along to the next small business event or you have any queries about the Sheffield BID and how you can become involved, please email

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