From: Steve Manley, Director, Universal Office Products, Sheffield.
WHEN I became President of Sheffield Chamber 11 months ago, I met James Mitchinson, editor of The Yorkshire Post, at the Copthorne Hotel in the city.
I explained that my vision was to encourage youth enterprise and James then asked me: “Steve that’s all great, but what are you really going to do and how are you going to make a lasting impression that will hopefully leave you a legacy that makes a real difference to the city?”
That one question has always stayed with me and, right after our meeting, I knew that I had to up my game and words were cheap, but you were right, what was I really going to do?
Speaking at a few events to young people would not make any real lasting impression, so I had to think in more depth and improve on both my vision and mission.
I am delighted to stay, that we have now launched the first ever, Chamber-led academy at Sheffield College. I must say, that you should take a small part of credit as your questioning made me think a little deeper and therefore I would like to thank you for interviewing me back in November last year, you made a difference. The Yorkshire Post made a difference. How much poorer the county would be without it.