Seminar points way to a brighter future

SHEFFIELD’S HLM pushed forward the boundaries of thought leadership at a specialist seminar geared to promoting debate entitled ‘Improving front line services through better design and smarter funding’.

With key representatives from both the public and private sector, the seminar demonstrated how social enterprise and business could come together with public sector support to create economically viable change, drive improvement and kick-start regeneration with a development approach which is both commercially driven and community grounded.

This was the third in a national series of HLM thought leadership seminars taking place across the country, chaired by Lord Nigel Crisp, former Chief Executive of the NHS, with presentations by HLM Chairman Chris Liddle and Lord Andrew Mawson, a social entrepreneur and founder of the Community Action Network charity, and the driving force behind St Paul’s Way, Tower Hamlets, London.

Mr Liddle said: “What is clear from the seminars we have hosted is that collaboration helps and encourages creative thinking, leading to ideas and innovation. In Sheffield, we have various partnerships, which are a great step forward, providing forums where different public and private services can talk, explore different approaches and find opportunities to deliver better services. These will hopefully lead to sharing resources, getting the best out of the money available and, with a bit of inventive and clever design, the best facilities too”.

The seminar audience included representatives from Sheffield City Council, South Yorkshire Police, South Yorkshire Fire Service, Sheffield Hallam University CreativeSheffield, and private enterprises including Arup, VINCI Construction and Mott MacDonald.