Business Directory


Co-Axe is progressing to become a user-friendly and easily accessible website promising fair savings by providing a stage for consumers in order to enable them to place their demands for a product or service within a flexible time frame. Co-Axe will link, organise and unite these individuals, matching their identical or similar demands to create an effective bargaining power to negotiate the best deals from suppliers and manufacturers.

EcoProof are manufacturers of high performance seamless waterproofing systems. Our extensive testing and research allows us to stay at the cutting edge of the global waterproofing market with distribution in over 28 countries. We continually strive towards delivering these solutions in a sustainable way with continual research, testing and development.

The Energy Community provides personalised energy saving advice to households. We are creating an online one-stop-shop where you can compare your energy use and access trustworthy, honest advice and tips from people who share your motivations, lifestyle and living situation. Over half of the bill payers in the UK struggle to pay them. We’re going to help you save money, save energy, together.

The Level Collective clothing range is a product of various creative inputs and contributories that share the same distinct and original style. The designs for our T-shirts are created by some of the very finest emerging illustrators and graphic designers. Our Beanie Hats are extra-chunky weave, oversize fit with a massive bobble thrown on here and there for good measure. Though our products and designs come from across the world, we are based in Sheffield, UK and we also wanted to have a local input into our clothing: so all of our T-shirts are hand-screen printed in England to the highest possible quality and both our T-shirts and Beanies have been hand-finished in Sheffield.

The founder, Mark Musgrave, received start-up funding from the University of Sheffield Enterprise.

IN-PART brings together universities and their latest technologies and new research projects with innovative companies to do collaborative research. By taking a structured approach to catalysing company involvements with university research IN-PART is able to wire up relevant connections via its online platform to enable more research to have a greater impact.
The founders of  IN-PART received start-up funding, business advice and referrals to specialists from USE.

Star Sports Development is a sports event management and sports retail. We run a number of events supporting Racketball and Squash.

Star sports is a business committed to investing in sports via various avenues. Star Sports development operates Fantasy Squash ( and UK-Racketball ( which are a dynamic and rapidly expanding events management and sports retail businesses for squash and racketball. At the heart of our company is our ethos of “Investing in squash and racketball” meaning we are committed to reinvesting in the sports to help them grow

The founder of Star Sports Development, William Bennett, received start-up funding from the University of Sheffield Enterprise.

Telesperience is an internationally renowned analyst and consultancy company which specialises in helping communications service providers (CSPs) improve their operational efficiency, commercial agility and the customer experience they deliver. We conduct in-depth primary research on current business problems in the global CSP market, and use this insight to make recommendations and devise strategy for CSPs worldwide.

We also bridge the gap between strategy and tactics by helping CSPs audit their software infrastructure, locate gaps and problems, and resolve these through fast, effective systems renewal. We act as a bridge for innovation, by helping vendors understand and communicate their value more effectively, and CSPs find the innovation that’s going to deliver true business value. We have expertise in both B2C and B2B markets, with in-depth vertical experience.

Our founder and Chief Strategist Teresa Cottam is a globally respected industry analyst and judge at the GSMA Global Mobile Awards. She is also a University of Sheffield Alumnus and graduated from the department of English Language and Linguistics in 1990. provides online retailers with the ability to find, serve, and leverage compelling video on their websites. is helping online retailers to improve visitor engagement and conversion rates in their store through optimised use of product videos from social media.

Our service identifies, filters and recommends the best content from video sharing platforms so that online retailers don’t have to spend hours searching for it.

Mycorrhizal Systems Ltd. is a company founded on significant technological advances in the production of black truffles.

Having built the world’s largest truffle research network, we believe our technique is one of the most technologically advanced, thorough and scientific methods currently employed to cultivate truffles.

Mycorrhizal Systems has a global network of client-partner truffle plantations that comprise the world’s largest truffle research network. This diverse geographic presence includes, but is not limited to, Europe, North America, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand.

Our production technique used for partnership plantations has the following benefits: 100% DNA-identified inoculums (if requested), high inoculation levels, large substrate levels and reduced contamination. Twinned with thorough monitoring our technique should lead to greater yields and increased harvest reliability.

Dr Paul Thomas, the founder of Mycorrhizal Systems ltd, is a proud University of Sheffield Alumnus who graduated in 2004.

Ischus are specialists in solving computer software and hardware problems. Our scientific and technical background enables us to understand the issues and requirements of engineering and science based companies. We develop, maintain design and re-engineer software particularly:

Embedded software, Software tools, including CRM Equipment manifest and history, Control of plant and monitoring of equipment, Control of automatic test equipment, Data processing and 3D visualisation.

We can usually find solutions to issues that may arise due to the age of equipment or software.

We also offer Business process advice. Our consultants are able to aid you with: Cost reduction, Procedure improvement, Infrastructure tuning and Project management.

The founders of Ischus limited, Catherine Wells and Martin Wells, are proud University of Sheffield Alumnus and graduated in 1979.

Red Vanilla is a Sheffield based training and development company with three specialisms:

Leadership and management development

We deliver leadership and management development workshops for team leaders, middle managers and directors. We are an Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Approved Centre and offer nationally recognised ILM qualifications in leadership, management, coaching and mentoring.

Improving customer experience

We design and deliver customer experience training programmes for small and medium sized enterprises. We work with universities helping them improve student experience and with NHS Trusts helping them enhance patient experience.

We offer approved consultancy support for the Customer First national standard.

Helping people in teams get better at working together

We run team development events for teams, departments and whole organisations. We are one one of only four UK consultants licensed to use a psychometric tool based on geometric shapes which helps people understand how they.

Whether you’re looking to introduce the wonders of STEM to the little ones or motivate those much older to consider a career in STEM, MindSET are here to offer some guidance. With a range of activities to choose from, we can guarantee that students will leave a MindSET activity feeling excited and more curious about the world around them. If you’d prefer some peer to peer motivation, then the option to have an apprentice or university student visit your school to talk about their experience is available; your students will get the opportunity to have informal discussions and find out truthful answers to their questions while gaining invaluable advice that could influence their future for the better. We provide activities and talks to: primary and secondary schools, colleges/sixth forms, youth centres, charities (for FREE)

SKINN is a new, not for profit organisation that is working to make the Shalesmoor, Kelham Island, Neepsend area better for everyone. We aim to improve the area by working on real projects with local businesses, residents, and organisations.

SKINN operates as a multi-disciplinary design agency made to develop and deliver real projects, taking large scale problems and finding ways to solve them, using the people, resources, projects, information already in the area.

MatchChat is a commenting plug-in designed specifically for football sites and their passionate fans. It allows fans to engage on the site and it’s free. Powering the conversations of fans across football sites all over the web, MatchChat has become one of the fastest-growing communities of football fans on the web. With MatchChat, you can fuel fast-flowing conversation on your site, bring fans together, give your fans an identity and keep them coming back.

The Co-founder of MatchChat, James Routledge, received a start-up grant and office space from the USE.

Claire Kemp Cake Studio specialises in the design and creation of contemporary cakes for weddings, celebrations and events. Influenced by art, architecture, fashion and graphics, Claire’s cakes offer a fresh interpretation of cake design.

All cakes are handmade to order by Claire in her Sheffield studio using high quality ingredients. Cakes can be delivered throughout Yorkshire, Derbyshire, and beyond.

The founder of Claire Kemp Studios, Claire Kemp, received from the USE business advice and a start-up grant which funded the first photo-shoots and designs.

Look-in-the-Bag is a company that aspires to create fashion accessories that are stylish, witty, functional and fun. Look-in-the-Bag sells gift packs of fashion accessories. Each gift pack is designed around a theme that we refer to as a ‘Look’. Each one comprises a scarf and matching piece of jewellery sold in a bag designed to complement the ‘Look’. Not only is the bag another stylish accessory, it also acts as packaging.

The Co-founder of Look-in-the-Bag, Andrew Madden, received office space, start-up funding worth £250 and advice on marketing and websites from USE.

Sound has the power to ingnite the imagination, capture the unique atmosphere of a place and bring memories back to life.

Foundbite are building a global community who are sharing and discovering the world through sound. Foundbite users have captured moments from the 4 corners of the world, from the cheer of the crowd at a football game in Philladelphia to the hustle and bustle of an Italian fish market.

Business Tours UK helps businesses showcase and promote their physical location online, through interactive 360 degree photography, mapping services and web design. Business Tours UK specialize in creating beautiful deep-zoom or panoramas. Our gigapixel images can be branded within minutes and are fully compatible with mobile and tablet devices.

Business Tours UK can help you get your venue seen. Partnering with Google Business Photos, Business Tours UK could help showcase your space in Google Street View to attract new customers.

Business Tours UK boasts a long list of blue chip clients including Vogue, ESPN, Press Association and Royal Ascot.

Edward Miller, the Founder of Business Tours UK, received from the USE First Steps Funding and mentorship which paved the way for winning the 2012 University of Sheffield Business Planning competition.

Welcome to Knowledge Seekers. We specialise in providing bespoke private tuition for children from reception class to A-level, throughout London.

We believe that one to one and small group tuition delivered by passionate, inspiring and creative professionals is the most effective way of building a child’s self-confidence, passion for learning, and independence of thinking and we pride ourselves on our warm, personal approach to education.

Our dedicated team of experienced, professional tutors have been hand-selected through our thorough screening, interview and teaching observation process, and are then trained in our unique, holistic approach, which is designed to allow your child to reconnect with their innate curiosity and natural love of learning.

The Tutors’ Association is an industry-led initiative which seeks to achieve professional recognition for private tutors and to promote best practice in tutoring. The Association aims to support tutors in their work, by investing in continuing professional development and accreditation, and by informing the public of what should be expected of a professional tutor.

The founder of The Tutor’s Association, Steven Beeley, is a proud University of Sheffield Alumnus and graduated from the Management School in 2002.

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