Yorkshire Business Insider January/February 2022

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A force for good

Now is the time for hope – the year when we can get back to something like business as usual and put the pandemic behind us. And our combined January-February edition, packed with interviews, profiles, tips, analysis and rankings, kicks off 2022 with a bang.

With an eye to the future, we reveal the 50 most exciting companies that we believe have the potential to be real success stories and economic generators for our region. This inflow is disrupting their markets and capitalizing on the period of unprecedented change. They are scattered all over our area as location may have become less important. Their sectors reflect the times – many are digitally driven or influenced by changing ethics and customer tastes.

There can be fewer things more inspiring in business than a truly innovative product or service and we live in an age of entrepreneurship where people take risks. Our co-entrepreneurs of the month, Jamal Tahlil and Edgar Chibaka, embody this spirit. African migrants were stuck in dead-end jobs when they arrived in Britain. So they decided to start their own security and facilities management company, turning First Response into a rapid response for a growing customer base.

We also turn our attention to the people who have the responsibility to make change happen. And while they may appear to represent the establishment, those in our annual Power 100 rankings can be a force for good, and they deserve our collective support in their efforts.

Elsewhere, Editor-in-Chief Fiona Haran assesses the recent rise in stock floats in our M&A Microscope article. And South Yorkshire is getting a lot of attention as we look at exporting, the influx of investment into Doncaster, venue building priorities and Sheffield’s office sector.

Ian Leech, Editor
@ianleechinsider

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