Support for Businesses Looking to Grow

If you are an SME based in Sheffield and experiencing or planning for high growth, we can offer you a range of support through our Growth Hub Enhancement Project which we deliver in collaboration with the Sheffield City Region Growth Hub. The project gives you access to free, impartial, expert business advice and support to help your business achieve its goals. 

A dedicated Key Account Manager will be able to offer you advice on the project support streams relevant to your business needs, which include intensive one-to-one support and demand led Masterclasses.

Key Account Managers

Jon Denton 

Former banker Jon works within the City Growth department of the Sheffield City Council looking after key employers in the Sheffield area. 

He maintains long term relationships with key companies, supporting their strategic growth objectives and being a key point of contact for them within the Sheffield City Council. 

He also specialises in connecting with SMEs that have an ambition to expand and helping them realise their potential. 

Jon gets to know business owners and key personnel to fully understand their aims, objectives and challenges before working with them to plan bespoke programmes of activity. 

His work often leads to further support in the form of strategic growth plans, marketing plans, recruitment plans and referrals to other organisations for networking opportunities or specialist advice. 

Jon enjoys looking at businesses with an outsider’s perspective and loves talking to their owners to identify exciting growth opportunities. 

Get in touch with Jon to find out how he can help your business to grow. Call him on 0114 223 2355 or email at

James Wilson 

With 20 years’ experience in economic development, James now helps small and medium-sized businesses in the Sheffield area achieve their growth ambitions through his role in the City Growth department of Sheffield City Council. 

He predominantly works in the digital and technology sectors, also supporting wider strategic efforts to provide a vibrant, supportive environment for new and existing tech companies in the city. 

James works closely with established SMEs; the starting point is a conversation with their owners to conduct a business review and agree an action plan. 

He often develops growth strategies and introduces companies to other organisations and programmes that can provide additional support. 

Also a director at Sheffield Technology Park, James has an extensive network across the city region and enjoys connecting businesses and people to generate long-term results. 

Contact James today to find out how he can help your business achieve its growth ambitions. Call him on 0114 2245000 or email at

Business Masterclasses 

Our masterclass content is guided by local business need. They take place in Sheffield, as well as throughout the Sheffield City Region contributing to your support and with peer networking actively encouraged.

View available Masterclasses and register your attendance here. 

Case Studies

Sheffield based imoves, who have developed a digital teaching platform to support learning through activity, have benefitted from Enhancement Project support.  Read about their experience here.

Enquiries have almost doubled at a local signage company Dyson Signs and Graphics after they took advantage of support available from Business Sheffield. Find out more here.

Who’s involved? 

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project is delivered jointly by five partners; Sheffield City Region Growth Hub, Business Doncaster, Business Sheffield, Enterprising Barnsley and Rotherham Investment and Development Office (RiDO).

The Sheffield City Region Growth Hub Enhancement Project is receiving up to £2.7m of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for the European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations.

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