Businesses in Sheffield community feel they have a voice after receiving support from councillor

Local businesses in Sharrow and Nether Edge have said they feel heard after receiving support from the small business hub meetings being held in the community. 

Nighat Basharat, Labour councillor for Nether Edge and Sharrow has organised small business hub meetings monthly which are an opportunity to discuss issues, give support and gain information for local businesses.

She said: “From speaking to businesses on Abbeydale and London roads it was clear they wanted someone to be their voice in the council – so when I was elected, I established the Nether Edge and Sharrow Small Business Hubs.

“I’m really pleased with the positive response the Hubs have received. The Hubs give me the information I need to take back to council and fight for local businesses.”

Abdullah Khalid from Enet Computer Store said: “I’ve been trading on London Road for at least 18 years, we’ve never had anything like the Small Business Hub. It’s a big achievement to get it set up – and business owners I’ve spoken to say we’ve now got someone as our voice in council.”

The Nether Edge and Sharrow Small Business Hub is open to any small business in the ward, and the next meeting is on 22 March, 2023 at 7pm.

Coun Basharat has also been working with local businesses around the city council’s Economic Recovery Fund, which is a grant that supports local projects that meet the needs of the business community, and also works to improve local high streets and encourage residents and visitors to spend their time there. 

Applicants can apply for two different types of grants, the District Centre Fund, aimed towards projects centred around one, or specific high-street areas, or the Flexible Fund, which is for projects that are considered city-wide. 

Applications for the Economic Regeneration Fund close on 30 April 2023 and successful applicants will be contacted in June 2023 with the funded projects beginning in the summer. Anyone interested in applying can call 0114 2245000 or email recoveryfund@sheffield.gov.uk

Written by Tara Nagra

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