Bringing people together is at the heart of what we do
There was a time, not so many years ago, when working together was viewed with suspicion by businesses, universities and the council but, over time, we have come to realise that only by co-operating with each other are we able to create a successful working environment for the region.
This has never been truer than in the past year or so with the uncertainty of our relationship with Europe hanging so precariously in the balance.
Bringing people together is at the heart of what the Cutlers’ Company does. So, in May, we held a ‘Feast’ at the Cutlers’ Hall as we have almost every year since our foundation in 1624.Guests included the Lord Lieutenant, the High Sheriff, Lord Mayors and Lady Mayoresses, and representatives from Livery Companies from Glasgow to Bristol, Colchester to Zurich, as well as several hundred Freemen and Friends of the Company.
Our principal guest, David Lidington, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster and Minster for the Cabinet Office, stepped in at very short notice and proved to be an excellent speaker with some understanding of the challenges which face our Region and an even greater grasp by the end of the evening.
In line with tradition, our Senior Warden, Nick Williams, laid down our aims and hopes for the coming year, including a request that the government strengthen its procurement guidelines and the on-going challenge of energy price disparity among them. It was, as it always is, a gathering of people to celebrate all that is good about the Sheffield City Region. Some have visited the region before and know that we have a lot to offer in the way of manufacturing, innovation and training. For others it was a new, revelatory visit.
Again, in line with tradition, the following day, our guests gathered for a factory visit to see industrial excellence in action. This year our very welcoming host was Liberty Steel, a global leader in the manufacture of speciality steels whose products are involved in the take-off or landing of a commercial aircraft every three seconds.
My final mention on the theme of co-operation has to be for all those taking part in the Master Cutlers’ Challenge. Our beneficiaries this year are St Luke’s and the Rotherham Hospice. A sponsored walk between the two hospices, a gruelling bike ride from Land’s End to John O’Groats, a mammoth Bake Off and giant Monopoly game using Sheffield streets are just four of the many fundraising events taking place. I am sure we are on track to match the £240,000 raised last year. Thank you to all.