Small businesses are the lifeblood of our community and city. They make Sheffield unique.
That's why I was delighted to visit Little Critters Brewery; a family-owned, family-operated brewery now successful they are struggling to find the space to match demand.
I was surprised to hear the big banks are refusing to provide the capital needed to help this hugely-successful in-demand brewery expand. I will be raising this in Parliament.
In the meantime, you can carry on supporting this Sheffield success story by looking out for their unique beers in pubs across the city and country, or by ordering some online to try out:
Louise visited the centre of Sheffield's thriving digital economy at Sheffield Hallam University who are developing world-leading technology helping to put Sheffield at the heart of the UK's digital economy success story.
Commenting after the visit Louise Haigh MP said:
"The innovation taking place right here on our own doorstep in Sheffield is incredible. Last week I went to Sheffield Hallam University and tried out the pioneering Virtual Reality system they have developed and met with Sumo Digital, the biggest independent games developers in the UK, headquartered right here in our city.
It's great to see Sheffield leading the way and I'll be encouraging schoolchildren & students across our city to get involved in our thriving digital industry."
Louise Haigh MP made a visit to Hybrid3 Studios to see first-hand their work with young carers. At the studio she met with Matt Ritchie the Director, along with Laura Selby from Sheffield Young Carers and Roseann, a young carer aged 17.
Hybrid3 are working with Sheffield Young Carers to provide opportunities for young carers to have a taste of it’s like to work in a studio by creating ‘Story Bombs’, which allow them to get a feel for radio play scripting, creating music and also sound effects for radio. The young carers will all also receive an NCFE qualification Level 1 Assistant Radio Production, which allows them wider career opportunities.
Matt Ritchie explained “It was a great honour to host the young carers and their support staff at studio throughout the story bombs project. Seeing them take to the program so quickly and immerse themselves in the scripting, music making performing and recording, was genuinely inspiring. Sheffield Young Carers is a brilliant organisation to work with and we hope to continue our relationship with them and the young carers they look after in the future.
Hybrid3 Studios have received Big Lottery and Sheffield Town Trust funding for the project. Sheffield Young Carers also nominated them for a ‘Caring for Carers’ Award during Carers Week this June. Laura Selby, Deputy Manager at SYC, explains why:
“Here at SYC, we support children and young people aged 8-25 who care for family members who have long term physical or mental illnesses, disabilities or substance misuse issues. Young carers face a lot of challenges and we aim to provide them with new and exciting ways to get a break from their caring role and explore the issues affecting their lives. Matt and the Hybrid3 team gave 20 young carers from our project an amazing opportunity to have fun and build their skills, as well as helping SYC to raise the profile of young carers in a really exciting and innovative way.”
Louise said, “It was fantastic to meet with Roseann and staff from Hybrid3 Studios, and to hear how the project has had such a positive impact on so many young carers’ daily lives, as well as their future, allowing them to have a break from caring whilst learning media skills and gaining a qualification that will open up doors.”
If you are a young carer, or you know a young carer in need of support, please contact Sheffield Young Carers Projecton 0114 258 4595 or visit www.sheffieldyoungcarers.org.uk