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Yorkshire appointments this week

Michael Hayman, non-executive director, Creative Sheffield.

The Seven Hills co-founder, who previously sat on the board from 2009-10, rejoins the organisation to sharpen its rebranding drive and build Sheffield’s reputation as the UK’s leading hub of advanced manufacturing.

Michael will be tasked with ensuring that Sheffield maximises its international recognition at events such as MIPIM, the global property show held annually in Cannes, at which the city is expecting to have its biggest ever presence in2014.

With his advice, Creative Sheffield will also be seeking to further develop Sheffield’s national reputation as a home for entrepreneurs, and for innovation in sectors ranging from digital to advanced engineering, nuclear and aerospace.

Born in Sheffield, Michael co-founded MADE: The Entrepreneur Festival, the UK’s largest festival for entrepreneurs, bringing thousands of start-ups, business leaders, politicians and national media to the city.

He is also chairman of entrepreneurs at Coutts & Co, a co-founder of StartUp Britain, sits on the advisory board of the National Business Awards, and serves as a Management Board Member on the Business School Small Business Charter. In 2012 he founded the E20, a campaigning group of leading entrepreneurs, led by The Duke of York, seeking to engage, inspire and support enterprise.

Hayman served on the Finance Commission Into The Future of Cities for Manchester, Birmingham and Westminster in 2011. He also chaired a task group for the Minister of State for Business Innovation and Skills to strengthen corporate support for Global Entrepreneurship Week.

Paul Firth, chief executive of Creative Sheffield, said: “We are very excited to welcome Michael back onto the team at Creative Sheffield - his brand development and destination marketing expertise will be invaluable as we look to make a splash for the city on a UK-wide and international basis.

“He has a passion and affinity for the city, having grown up here, and his experience, marketing nous and contacts are second to none.”

Michael Hayman, co-founder of Seven Hills, said: “I am delighted to be rejoining the board of Creative Sheffield. It is an organisation which has done so much to put the city on the map as one of the UK’s leading business and enterprise destination.

“Sheffield is a city that is on the economic front line. If Sheffield succeeds, Britain succeeds. It has innovation and creativity aplenty to share with the UK and the world, as well as outstanding growth potential in some of our most important business sectors.

Rick Hyman, Business Development Manager,, the fast-growing peer-to-business company, has appointed Rick Hyland as its new Business Development Manager for the Yorkshire region. Rick will be responsible for growing’s growing network amongst Yorkshire based businesses and lenders.

The Leeds-based firm recently announced that it has passed the £1 million borrowing milestone after a surge in interest from small and medium sized business (SME) borrowers. Indeed is set to target £20 million of borrowing by the end of 2014.

Hyland joins from recruitment agency Reed where he was a senior consultant. Outside his day job, he also runs two Stagecoach Theatre Art School franchises based in Malton and Northallerton in Yorkshire.

Daniel Rajkumar, Managing Director of, commented on the appointment: “Rick is a relationship person. He has an easy rapport with everyone he meets with an excellent understanding of business. I’ve worked with Rick previously and know his drive and personality can scale rapidly in the next 12 months.

“We exist to help SMEs grow and by connecting businesses to lenders that care about the UK’s prosperity and are willing to help them in ways other than just lending money, we’re offering considerable value to businesses.”

Rick Hyland said: “I’ve spent the past five years helping businesses get the right staff, but I’m also a business owner myself, so I understand the frustrations that SMEs have with traditional finance.

“This market really is a win-win for businesses and I would encourage them to make contact to see how we can help. There is certainly a growing appetite among consumers to lend to successful businesses in a range of sectors.” facilitates loans from £25,000 upwards and businesses must have at least two years of trading history and be profitable.

Tom Burlaga, Chartered Surveyor, Lambert Smith Hampton

The Sheffield office of national property consultancy firm, Lambert Smith Hampton (LSH), has strengthened its agency team with the addition of chartered surveyor, Tom Burlaga.

In his new role at LSH, Tom will support Guy Gilfillan, servicing new and existing clients. He joins the business from Lane Walker, where he specialised in disposals and acquisitions of office, industrial and retail space.

Tom said: “I am extremely happy to be joining LSH and am looking forward to growing our portfolio of clients across the South Yorkshire region. I actually did work experience at LSH before I went to University, so feel like I have come full circle! It’s an exciting time to be in the property industry in Sheffield, the sector is buzzing with new confidence and we expect high levels of activity in 2014.”

Guy Gilfillan, Regional Head of Agency at LSH said: “We are very pleased to welcome Tom to the Sheffield team. He has great local and specialised sector knowledge, which our clients will greatly benefit from.”

Working in Sheffield, Tom will cover both the city centre and out-of-town markets.

According to research by LSH, demand for city centre offices in Sheffield has increased by 77% compared to 2012. The industrial market is also buoyant with a 100,000 sq ft speculative development at Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Park shortly to be commenced.

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