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Reporting a positive start to the year: Management School contributes to Sheffield City Region economic survey

Friday, May 5th, 2017

Analysis on survey data performed by experts at SUMS suggests that Sheffield City Region firms continued to show growth in both domestic and export markets since the New Year, and also demonstrates increased investment in plant, people and training.

Over 300 business leaders in the service and manufacturing sectors completed the Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey for Q1 2017 to report a mainly positive start to the year. They forecast a strong outlook for sales in the next quarter with manufacturing firms foreseeing a substantial increase in both domestic and export markets – particularly across Europe, Asia and the Middle East. Possibly in response to this, both sectors have increased their investment in their plant, staff force and training.

Businesses identified the most important elements of the Government’s Industrial Strategy as encouraging growth across the whole country, encouraging trade and inward investment, and supporting businesses to start and grow. However nearly half of the businesses polled felt they didn’t know enough about strategy and how it would impact their business.

Dr David Littlewood, lecturer in strategic management and a Divisional Director for External Business Advancement at the Management School, presented the Quarterly Economic Survey first-quarter results at a breakfast event in Doncaster on 5 May.

Sir Nigel Knowles, chair of the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership, said: “The results of the Quarterly Economic Survey give an important insight into the current experience of businesses around the region. Looking at the results, we know that businesses want more support for starting and growing business and to see the right local institutions to support people, industries and places. That’s why our Growth Hub is now the gateway for specialist business support including innovation, exporting, accessing finance and training and why we are telling Government that we want to see greater local decision-making as an important part of the Industrial Strategy.”

Click here to read the Quarterly Economic Survey results in full, including a foreword from our Associate Dean for External Business Advancement Professor Andrew Simpson.

Engaging with the city region’s business community: how will the industrial strategy impact business?

Friday, February 24th, 2017


The Business Secretary announced industrial strategy investment in science, research and innovation but how do Sheffield City Region businesses think it will impact on them?

This is a question in the current Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey (QES), the results of which are analysed and reported by the Management School’s Associate Dean for External Business Advancement Professor Andrew Simpson (pictured above). These survey results for the first quarter of 2017 will give a snapshot of how the regional economy performed over the last three months and a forecast for the next quarter.

Business people are urged to complete the short online survey to provide up to date hard data on the current business economy, skills and labour market, international trade and other issues affecting business such as the Industrial Strategy. The results are used to inform the Sheffield City Region Chambers of Commerce and the Local Enterprise Partnership and help set the mandate of their work to influence policy makers at a regional and national level and help shape government support for business.

Prof Simpson said: “It’s vital that the School is at the heart of discussion around the regional economy and being involved with the Quarterly Economic Survey has given us great insight into the progress and changes we see locally.”

“This quarter’s survey will help the Chambers to identify what businesses think to the Government’s proposed Industrial Strategy and how it can be shaped to add most value for the Sheffield City Region’s businesses” added Dan Fell, CEO, Doncaster Chamber.

To influence policy and decision-making, and win free flights to Paris, Sheffield City Region businesses can take the survey at

Helping to deliver the vision for science and innovation-led growth in the Sheffield City Region and beyond

Thursday, November 3rd, 2016

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By Prof Tim Vorley & Prof Andrew Simpson

Announcements today from the Rt Hon Greg Clark MP (Secretary of State for Business, Environment and Industrial Strategy) about a new wave of Science and Innovation Audits (SIAs) as a basis for forging the vision for devolved economic growth in the UK.

He highlighted the importance of ‘locally directed collaborative working’ as critical for economic growth and competitiveness. Undoubtedly the remarks serve to emphasise the continuing importance of the Northern Powerhouse which, if it were a country, would already be the 10th largest in Europe.

The Sheffield City Region (SCR) was one of the UK’s first Science and Innovation Audit sites. Focusing on the Advanced Manufacturing Corridor (AM Corridor), the emphasis on high-value manufacturing is highly likely to prove a cornerstone of the emerging Industrial Strategy. Moreover, with the AM Corridor comprising a consortium of key partners across the SCR LEP and Lancashire LEP, led by the University of Sheffield and Lancaster University, it transects the Northern Powerhouse. In keeping with the comments of the Secretary of State, this means that the local innovation strengths of the SCR will see it strive on a global stage.

The findings of the SIA highlight the comparative strengths of Sheffield as a centre of advanced and high-value manufacturing, a sector that has been emphasised as a priority growth area. Regional strengths in nuclear research will also grow further under the ‘nuclear innovation programme’ announced by the Secretary of State, in which the SCR is already an important part of the national innovation system.

The findings of the SIA and announcement about the nuclear innovation programme are striking, and will have implications for what and how the SCR LEP will deliver to increase productivity and profitability of high-value manufacturers in the region. As a leading research school and provider of management education, Sheffield University Management School has a key role to play in helping deliver the vision set out in the SIA to ensure that the SCR and the UK remains an innovation leader.

For our part, the Management School is already pioneering new courses to support advanced and high-value manufacturing with a new EMBA programme. This is the UK’s first specialist manufacturing EMBA tailored for manufacturers of all sizes and sectors to drive change that translates into prosperity and economic growth. We are also committed to working with the Growth Hub at the SCR LEP to develop higher level management and leadership skills for SMEs in the manufacturing sector and more widely.

Beyond our role in developing skills, as a research-led management school colleagues continue to be engaged in a broad range of research and impact activities. The research and engagement of colleagues has already helped many business grow in an environmentally and socially-responsible way. Building on our strong tradition of working with businesses, we are committed to supporting the productivity and profitability of businesses. While much emphasis in the SIA is about the technological skills and capabilities, this is not to detract from the value of knowledge and insights of our research into business models, supply chains, organisational design, leadership and finance.

At what is a critical time for the SCR and the UK economy more generally, and in keeping with our mission and vision, Sheffield University Management School remains committed to supporting innovation and stimulate growth.


Prof Tim Vorley is attending Innovate 2016 (Manchester) with the Innovation Caucus for ESRC and Innovate UK.

Management School Associate Dean forecasts a positive quarter for the Sheffield City Region

Tuesday, July 19th, 2016

Professor Andrew Simpson

The Sheffield City Region Quarterly Economic Survey – an authoritative private sector business survey, based on nearly 400 responses from firms across the region – suggests that regional economic growth was generally positive in the second quarter of 2016, and that firms held a positive outlook on the regional economy looking forward.

Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement at the Management School, analysed the survey results and presented a snapshot of how the region performed to delegates from all four regional chambers of commerce, the LEP and sponsors RBS in Chesterfield on 12 July.

He said: “Overall the results show a confident regional view of the economy. The forward-looking predictions are likely to see some measure of fluctuation in the short term following the referendum, and the next quarter’s survey will be critical in understanding the effects of the vote to leave the EU.

“It’s important that Sheffield University Management School is at the heart of discussion around the regional economy and being involved with the Quarterly Economic Survey has given us great insight into the progress and fluctuations we see locally.

“The next survey will be distributed in August and should reveal any potential impact of the EU referendum result on the business economy.”

The Q3 survey opens on 22 August and runs through 12 September 2016. Everyone who responds will be entered in a prize draw to win free flights to Berlin. Visit for further information.

Sterling commitment gains SUMS silver award from the Small Business Charter

Monday, April 20th, 2015


The Small Business Charter, which brings leading business/management schools and SME communities across the UK together, has awarded Sheffield University Management School a Silver Charter Award in recognition of our active participation in supporting start-ups and small and medium sized businesses (SMEs). This complements the School’s Triple Crown accreditation from EQUIS, AACSB and AMBA.

This award demonstrates the School’s efforts to engage with SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Professor Andrew Simpson, Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, welcomed the news: “We were thrilled to hear from the Small Business Charter regarding our silver award. Unique to the region, collaborating with SMEs and start-ups is part of the culture at the University of Sheffield and the Management School and it’s great to see these efforts acknowledged at such a high level.

“Working with organisations of this size is of benefit to a number of stakeholders: our students gain an inspiring insight into how businesses run and the world of enterprise; our research diversifies and in turn benefits the sector; and the SMEs and start-ups we work with can freely access our academic expertise and utilise talented, enthusiastic students.”

The mutual benefits are key to the success of working closely with this sector of industry and we have always maintained a strong connection with Sheffield City Region’s business community. Anchoring the support of small organisations within such a large infrastructure can be seen throughout the University and the Management School works closely with the Enterprise Centre (USE) and students in Enactus to ensure that we are a fundamental catalyst for entrepreneurial activity across the whole institution.

Our Employability Hub regularly advertises opportunities for students to work alongside SMEs and start-ups and enterprise culture and entrepreneurship are built into the School’s curriculum – from BA to MBA level, we want our students to have real-life insight into these inspiring organisations.

SMEs can first make contact with the School by visiting the Management Gateway – – a hub for organisations and any external activity we engage in. Networking opportunities, ways to engage with our students and expert consultancy are just a few of the opportunities facing businesses who engage with us, and now we hold the Small Business Charter silver award, it opens up even more possibilities.

Sheffield University Management School hopes that this accolade will further clear the path for SMEs and start-ups who are interested in working alongside us. Collaborating with a top one per cent management school presents numerous opportunities for enthusiastic young businesses looking to consult with experts, work with our students, network and access additional sources of growth funding.

Our commitment to enterprise is unique in the Sheffield City Region, and everyone is set to benefit.

The Small Business Charter

University business schools awarded with Small Business Charter awards have already directly helped over 8,000 small businesses – working with them through a range of support including on-site incubators with dedicated space for students and small businesses to start up and grow.
The Small Business Charter originated following Lord Young’s report ‘Growing Your Business’, which was aimed at bringing business schools, business and entrepreneurs closer together to deliver support for small businesses and drive local economic growth. Delivered in partnership with the Association of Business Schools, and with the support of Lord Young and the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, the Small Business Charter Awards offers a springboard to unlocking support and investment for students, start-ups and small businesses.


A global player: Sheffield University Management School maintains place in world’s top 1%

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

The University of Sheffield’s Management School has kept its place in the global elite thanks to once again gaining the stamp of approval from prestigious international accreditors, EFMD.

Accreditations from EFMD’s European Quality Improvement System (EQUIS), the Association of MBAs (AMBA), and the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) are collectively known as Triple Crown accreditation, an honour upheld by Sheffield University Management School since 2012 and bestowed on fewer than 60 business and management schools worldwide.

Dean of Sheffield University Management School, Professor David Oglethorpe, said: “I am proud to lead such an inspiring school. EQUIS accreditation is a highly prestigious mark of quality and another feather in our cap – although we are already in the top one per cent of schools worldwide, we are highly ambitious for the future and want to further enhance our reputation and that of the University on a global scale.

“EQUIS has critically examined our global presence and progress alongside programme provision, world-class learning environments, research and outreach. As an EQUIS accredited school, we must demonstrate a high degree of internationalisation. Across the globe, businesses recruit our students, and we welcome many overseas students every year. Also, we must create strong alliances across continents with institutions like ours. There is no reason why all of us shouldn’t aim to be international – not just as a school, but as students, researchers and professional staff too.”

Accrediting bodies look for qualities in a school that are unique – Sheffield University Management School’s research focus sets it apart from similar organisations. Professor Oglethorpe continued: “Our researchers are conducting world-leading studies, with an overarching focus on sustainability and socially responsible work practices. From analysing labour standards in Brazil and South Africa, to developing flood risk strategies in the face of climate change, and securing food supply chains, they are working to solve huge global problems.”

Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, Professor Andrew Simpson, said: “Continuous improvement is embedded in our staff’s and students’ approach to work and study, and we are committed to this as a strategy for the future.

“To achieve EQUIS we don’t simply have to maintain standards – the School must have advanced significantly in line with its strategy since the panel’s previous visit.”

Professor Simpson is spearheading the Management School’s international profile. He recently returned from a trip to Japan with the University’s Vice-Chancellor, Professor Sir Keith Burnett, where he met with other universities, organisations and alumni.

Pro-Vice-Chancellor for the Faculty of Social Sciences, Professor Gill Valentine, said: “I was delighted to hear of the Management School’s reaccreditation. The panel could not fail to be impressed by their excellent facilities, focused mission and vision, and world-leading staff – EQUIS cements their global reputation, and feeds into that of the Faculty and University.”

Sheffield University Management School is living and breathing the University and Students’ Union-formed #weareinternational campaign.

New Associate Dean aims high

Monday, July 28th, 2014

Professor Andrew Simpson

A major new role, developed as part of the Dean’s future strategy for the School, the Associate Dean for External Business Advancement, has been announced.

Andrew Simpson, who was also awarded a Professorship of Management Practice with his appointment, has been with Sheffield University Management School since June 2013 when he joined as Director of the MBA. Following a fruitful year in that role, he is now tasked with taking the lead on our ambitious international collaborations and corporate learning partnerships.

Professor Simpson said: “I am delighted to accept this prestigious position, and am excited about the future at Sheffield University Management School.

“We have made significant steps forward during my 14 months here and are rapidly moving towards securing our objectives, such as marking out new territory in international corporate learning partnerships and post-experience education in conjunction with the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC).”

Professor Simpson has taken the strategic lead on major School accreditations, and this will continue to be a part of his role.

Dean of the School, Professor David Oglethorpe, commented: “The School’s Vision is one where we have world-leading research at the heart of our activities, and we have a global reputation for the quality of delivery at the highest end of provision. The latter will be enhanced through major growth into corporate learning partnerships and executive education, accompanied by growth in the strategic strength of our international partnerships.  Andrew’s appointment is central to taking this forward and I’m delighted to have him on board in this innovative new position.”

Professor Simpson will work closely with the School’s other Associate Deans to ensure a joined-up approach across portfolios to the delivery of the School’s strategy, Mission and Vision, as well as the Marketing, Business Engagement and Alumni teams.

Professor Simpson’s Chair in Management Practice was in recognition of his substantial industry experience, research and practice-based learning, his knowledge and experience in post-experience education, and his involvement in global accreditation programmes.

Professor Simpson concluded: “The School has a comprehensive strategy and is entering an exciting period in its development. I am looking forward to being a fundamental part of its progress.”