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Sheffield Technology Parks is a provider of managed workspace and support services to pre-start, start-up and small scale, technology-based companies. Based in Sheffield City Centre, we have been accommodating the City’s leading innovative firms since 1988

To mark our 30th year in 2018, we want to look both ways – highlighting the stories from our history with a study of past clients and a measure of our economic impact on the City, and looking forward to a capital investment project designed to make the Technology Parks work for the next generation of start-ups.

Anniversary Project

· We are going to celebrate the businesses both past and present by delving into the stories of our past. We will examine the concept of the Technology Parks, the surrounding Cultural Industries Quarter and conduct interviews with past clients.

· We will look to the future – Architects are building a vision for reinvestment to maintain our relevance for the next 30 years. We will position ourselves against the wider economic developments happening in the City and refocus our modus operandi.

· To launch all of this hard work, we will hold a large-scale invitation event with past stakeholders and current tenants in Summer 2018.

Research Project

We are looking to recruit or contract a driven individual to research where our clients from the past 30 years are now. We want to delve deep into their stories, how being in a place like ours set them on their path, and what happened after they left. We don’t have an existing list of alumni clients; instead we will need the person leading this research project to access online records, search social media channels, and dig deep to find the individuals and businesses from our past. We expect phone and face to face meetings to form a large part of the project so expect to travel around the region if needed.

This 4-week project will produce raw data, case studies and interview transcripts which we will then pull together into a coherent narrative.

Person Specification

The ideal candidate will

· Demonstrate experience of data collection or proven research skills in a statistical or information based environment.

· Have working experience of the assessment and validation of information.

· Demonstrate the ability to carry out research to identify relevant facts that are not immediately available.

· Demonstrate the ability to work unsupervised and have the ability to plan and prioritise individual workload.

· Have a comprehensive knowledge and working experience of Microsoft applications.

· Have an ability to communicate effectively at all levels both orally and in writing including experience of constructing presentations/briefings.

· Have a flexible working approach to working hours and location, willing to occasionally work irregular or extended hours.


£14ph based on a minimum of 37 hours for 4 working weeks (employed via PAYE)

Or £2000 (+vat where applicable) fixed fee for the work (freelancers)

To Apply

Please send a brief expression of interest, detailing any relevant experience, similar projects and why you'll be the best person for our requirements to using the Subject Line 30 Year Research Project

Closing date for EOIs is 3rd July 2017 5pm.  We regret that we cannot respond to all applicants. If you are shortlisted to the final 3 you will be invited to interview on 6th July. The project is scheduled for August 2017 but we are flexible with the dates the 4 weeks fall.

PublishedJune 23, 2017

Technology Parks,
Cooper Buildings,
Arundel Street,
Sheffield S1 2NS.

Tel: 0114 22 11 800
Twitter: @shefftechparks

We are a living wage employer.