ONE of the city’s most colourful restaurateurs, David Baldwin, is to be honoured by Sheffield Hallam University.
Known as The Big ‘Un to northern restaurateurs and members of the Restaurant Association, of which he has been chairman and president, he has run Baldwins Omega in Brincliffe Hill, off Psalter Lane, since 1980, turning it in to a popular banqueting venue.
Now he is to be awarded an honorary doctorate by Sheffield Hallam University in recognition of the way he has helped to develop the careers of young chefs, helping them to find work in prestigious establishments in London, and for his commitment to high standards in catering, his support for catering training and his charitable work.
Two years ago, at the age of 70, David Baldwin made his debut as an author, telling the story of how a former kitchen assistant earned the acclaim of his industry.
Prominent members of the business community are also being honoured by the University.
An honorary doctorate is to be awarded to James Newman, the first chairman of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, which has been given the job of attracting investment and jobs and steering local regeneration.
He is a former deputy chairman of Sheffield Hallam’s board of governors and a former Master Cutler and is being recognised for his services to business and enterprise in Yorkshire and Humberside as well as his long service to the university.
Mr Newman is the current chairman of Finance Yorkshire and he also chairs a national charity which runs care homes for the elderly.
Sir George Buckley retired this year from 3M, a fortune 500 company where he had been chairman, president and chief executive officer since 2005.
He has early connections with Sheffield Hallam, when it was Sheffield College of Technology and he was a 15-year-old apprentice electrician.
Also to be honoured for their services to business and enterprise are Mark Ridgeway, managing director of Group Rhodes, a Wakefield-based group of seven engineering companies, and Maurice Marks, founder and director of OpinionPanel, a source of market information and research for UK universities.
All the honorary doctorates will be awarded in ceremonies at Sheffield City Hall in November.