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We want to let our Sheffield City Region based members now that the fourth cohort of the RISE business support initiative is now live

During these uncertain times we recognise how important it is that small and medium sized businesses, who are wanting to grow their business and recruit talented graduates, receive high-quality, easy, and safe support.

We have decided to take a different approach for our fourth cohort. As you can imagine, we had an outstanding response from graduates to our last recruitment campaign. This means that we have a large and high-quality pool of candidates who want to work for SMEs in the Sheffield City Region. Rather than adopting our slightly longer recruitment process we want to maximise this talent pool and match talented graduates with as many of our local SMEs as possible. This means that the ‘time to hire’ will be significantly shorter than in previous cohorts, allowing them to access the best graduate talent sooner. It’s a great time for SMEs to take advantage of our fantastic talent pool!

Please note that SME’s who have used the scheme previously (even if it was 3 times or more) can access the scheme again, providing they meet our eligibility criteria.

I have attached the updated SME information sheet which details of the eligibility criteria, the full offer to businesses, including information about RISE one-off grants, key dates and contact details for how to start the process. You will also be able to read some great case studies on our website (going live on 15th October) –

If you or your clients/ colleagues would like to find out more information or sign up to the programme, please get in touch. We are running this campaign throughout the Autumn period and once the talent pool has been exhausted, we will close the campaign – so please do encourage your clients to get in touch as soon as possible if they would like our help to secure talent for their organisations.

RISE4 SME Information sheet


For further information, please get in touch with Sarah Stanley, and reference you heard it through us:

Sarah Stanley –