Business Brief

Regional airports plea

BUSINESS leaders in Sheffield are urging the Government to support regional airports as well as the development of the international hub at Heathrow.

Tim Hale, who chairs the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce transport forum, said: “Business is seeking a real commitment from Government to deliver a transport system that delivers full connectivity, including better integration between different modes of transport, for the UK’s businesses.

“Sheffield City Region is home to Robin Hood Doncaster Sheffield Airport – the UK’s newest international airport. This is a national asset due to the length and width of its runway which is capable of handling any size of aircraft in the world and can therefore serve any long-haul market.

“Sheffield is also less than an hour away from East Midlands Airport, which has some of the best freight handling capabilities in the north.

“However, it is worrying that the Government seems unwilling to capitalise on these regional assets when the economy is so in need of boosting private sector business.”

Mr Hale’s comments came as the British Chambers of Commerce called upon the Government to develop a long-term aviation policy that supports business growth and job creation.

Social media warning

A THIRD of firms have disciplined staff for misusing company information, according to a survey which shows employers are failing to keep pace with social media at work.

Almost three out of five firms encouraged the use of sites like Facebook and LinkeIn for work but comments about fellow employees landed staff in trouble at one in five of them.

And only one firm in four in the survey had a stand-alone social media policy, according to the research for law firm DLA Piper.

Alan Chalmers, head of DLA Piper’s employment practice in Sheffield, said: “The use of social media is undoubtedly an ongoing challenge for employers.

“Whilst it provides businesses with a number of new platforms from which to interact with customers, it also presents significant risks if not handled properly internally.

“Given it is increasingly becoming embedded in commercial operations, what is more surprising is that relatively few businesses are protecting themselves from the legal ramifications that can arise as a result of social networking sites.”

Conveying a TV image

STAFF at a Sheffield conveyor belt company are set to appear on TV.

Darnall-based Geo Robson is to be featured on a Channel 5 series which follows the activities of logistics group Eddie Stobart.

Robson’s has been supplying and installing baggage-handling equipment at London Southend Airport, which is operated by Stobart Air and is in the middle of a huge redevelopment programme.

When one of Stobart’s trucks arrived at Robson’s Coleford Road plant to pick up equipment for the airport, it came with a film crew. And production director Kevin Mannion gave an interview about the firm’s handling equipment.

The documentary will be on television in the New Year.