South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority Support

The Sheffield City Region has recently been renamed to the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority and is made up of the four Councils of Barnsley, Doncaster, Rotherham and Sheffield.


There is a range of business growth, skills and economic development support available for the private sector through the Mayoral Combined Authority (MCA) and Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).

Learn more about the available programmes and opportunities...

Receive expert, tailored support to upskill and grow your business through digitalisation

If you’re a manufacturing business that is looking to increase technology usage and expand your business capabilities, the Made Smarter programme could help you access advice, support and even grant funding. 

Whether you are completely brand new to digital technology, or you have already started your digitalisation journey, you will be able to receive bespoke advice on anything from skills and leadership to innovation strategies. 

Made Smarter is encouraging the UK’s next industrial revolution by giving businesses like yours the competitive edge in a rapidly-growing industry. The programme aims to bring the best out of the UK manufacturing industry by upskilling and encouraging collaboration and innovation – keeping us ahead of the competition in the global manufacturing stage.  

Peer Networks is a peer-to-peer networking programme for SMEs across England.

The programme will create diverse cohort groups of individuals in business to collaboratively work through common business issues. Through interactive action learning, you will be enabled to discuss your own challenges, gain and reflect on valuable feedback and implement practical solutions to overcome them.

From finance and HR to sales, marketing and more, facilitators will give you the flexibility to create a trusted support network that works for you, helping you to build and strengthen your business and improve its overall performance.

Peer Networks is designed for business leaders who want to grow and develop their organisation for future success.

The programme is available to any SME business located within the SYMCA that has:

  • Operated for at least one year
  • At least five employees
  • A turnover of at least £100,000
  • An aspiration to improve

The South Yorkshire Careers Hub brings together the work of 4 local authority areas: Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley.

Working in partnership, the South Yorkshire Careers Hub works with schools, colleges, Local Enterprise Partnerships, local authorities, local businesses and careers providers, helping young people connect closely to local skills, build confidence and meet economic needs through a tailored careers programme.

The Ownership Hub is a joint project between Co-operatives UK and the Employee Ownership Association, supporting the #1MillionOwners campaign which aims to grow employee and worker ownership in the UK.  

SYMCA are delighted to become the first regional partner, encouraging and supporting employee and worker ownership in your region. They will be working with Co-operatives UK and the Employee Ownership Association to raise awareness, develop training, deliver advice and expertise to create resilient and inclusive businesses that give employees a stake and a say.

Last updated: 20 October 2021, 13:01