More companies sign up for space at innovation centre

Sheffield’s UKSE Innovation Centre has welcomed two new technology-led businesses to its roster of tenants, including recruitment platform Nightingale App and management consultancy 3B Impact.

The move sees Nightingale App – an online marketplace that directly connects primary and urgent care professionals with service providers and shifts without the need for recruitment agencies – commit to 410 sq ft of space.

3B Impact, which co-creates solutions to maximise the positive impact of investors, businesses, start-ups, NGOs and institutions while ensuring economic sustainability, has also leased 320 sq ft of office space to house its UK team.

3B founder Stephen Blakeley said the move would “further strengthen” the company’s existing relationships across the region, and the technology talent that exists within the city.

The business, which also has offices in Copenhagen, already partners with the University of Sheffield, including managing a pre-accelerator programme for budding innovation companies.

The arrival of both 3B Impact and Nightingale means the Portobello Street-based UKSE facility only has five units to let.

In addition to the Innovation Centre, UKSE also invests in start-ups and SMEs in steel towns across the UK, to help businesses expand and create job opportunities.

Steve Lyon, area manager at UKSE, said: “South Yorkshire is renowned for its engineering and manufacturing excellence, but it also has an incredibly strong network of businesses operating in the digital sector.

“Both 3B Impact and Nightingale App are a perfect example of the type of innovative, tech-led businesses that are choosing to call Sheffield ‘home’”.

Blakeley added: “We are pleased to have secured new office space at The Innovation Centre.

“While our client base is international, we wanted to find a UK base that would allow us to tap into the right kind of talent and skillset to deliver on the projects we oversee.

“Sheffield has a long-standing reputation as a technology start-up hub, and with our connections to the university it seemed like an obvious choice for our UK team.”