Business Club Members

Astrea Business Club Members

At Astrea we are proud to work with a wide range of local and national specialist organisations that share our vision to improve the lives of the children within our schools and the communities we serve. We are passionate about providing our students with opportunities to help them achieve and aspire, and to giving them the tools they need to build happy, successful and fulfilling lives.  


Harworth Group plc is one of the leading land and property regeneration companies in the UK, owning and managing over 15,000 acres on around 100 sites in the North of England and the Midlands. We create sustainable places for people to live and work, delivering thousands of new jobs and homes in the regions.


Our Fab team help serviced based businesses through our consultancy services in business strategies with a marketing and event focus. We help them generate further profit and growth by helping them avoid the struggle to attract the right customers. We do this by giving them the know-how and strategy to win those ideal clients through their marketing, business and event efforts.

Fab was born in May 2016 and we put customer service at the forefront of everything we do. We want to create a positive impact through each business we have the pleasure of working with. We believe the younger generation will play a huge part in the growth of our local economy in the future.

First Intuition

First Intuition are an award winning accountancy training provider delivering programmes in the AAT, ACCA, ICAEW and CIMA Qualifications. Our Yorkshire centres are conveniently based in Leeds and Sheffield where we have created an inviting yet professional learning environment for aspiring Accountants. We offer Level 3, 4 and 7 Apprenticeship schemes as well as exams only programmes, using online and classroom delivery models, to build personalised programmes for your employees. With extensive experience in Accountancy Training our staff bring passion and enthusiasm to both the classroom and customer service. ATT & CTA courses also available; delivered by Tolley’s Tax Training.

HLM Architects

HLM Architects have a rich history, designing projects all over the world since 1964. The company was started in Sheffield, and over the years has expanded to a total of five studios, now including Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, and London too. Our services cover Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape Architecture, Masterplanning, and Environmental Sustainability. HLM focus on delivering projects that benefit the environment as well as the people within it; we call this our ‘Thoughtful Design’ approach, and have achieved many awards for the places and spaces that we have created over the years.
Places of education that inspire, healthcare environments that nurture, homes that are part of thriving communities, and infrastructure that is sustainable in every sense. It is this sense of social purpose that drives us on, and is at the heart of everything we do.
We’re also proud to be listed annually as one of the UK’s Best Companies to work for at a national and regional level, as voted for by our employees, and have achieved the AJ100 Best Employer award two years running.


HLM Architects have a rich history, designing projects all over the world since 1964. The company was started in Sheffield, and over the years has expanded to a total of five studios, now including Belfast, Cardiff, Glasgow, and London too. Our services cover Architecture, Interior Architecture, Landscape

B. Braun is one of the world’s leading providers and manufacturers of healthcare solutions today. We focus on delivering exceptional value to our customers. Our wide range of products and services, as well as a long history in the healthcare sector, places us in the unique position of being able to provide expertise as well as solutions to our challenges.
Our aim is to support the healthcare sector to address the challenges it currently faces. From workforce and bed shortage to infection rates, we have a range of partnership models which focus on reducing system costs and improving both patient outcomes and hospital provider efficiency.
We employ over 1300 people across the UK with our Central Operations being based at our Head Office in Sheffield.

OSI Office Furniture

We are a family run business, founded in 1993. We specialise in office & educational furniture fit out. As a family business we pride ourselves on our service – making sure that the client is 100% happy with the before, during & after service provided all while offering competitive prices. We currently comprise of a team of 15 individuals, with 10 of them being with the company for over 15 years again giving the client confidence in our experience & knowledge within the furniture fit out industry.

Tilbury Douglas

Tilbury Douglas is a leading UK building, infrastructure, engineering and fit out company. We deliver vital projects across a range of sectors including health, education, highways, justice, defence, aviation, water and environment.
As a UK regional contractor, we provide specialist design and build capabilities and are experienced at project management and integrating all aspects of a project.
With over 130 years of experience in the construction and engineering sector, we are a trusted partner of central and local government and are used to working closely with our customers and supply chain to achieve outstanding results.

The Sheffield College

The Sheffield College teaches and trains around 14,000 young people and adults a year. Our mission is transforming lives through learning.

We provide a wide range of academic, vocational and professional qualifications, from entry through to degree level, and we work with approximately 2,700 employers.

Our students get the qualifications and skills they need to go further in their careers including progressing to apprenticeships, employment and the next level course at college or university.

The College’s training solutions enable employers to address skills gaps, accelerate business performance and boost competitiveness and growth. Our regional economic impact annually is approximately £282.5 million.

The trailblazing Employer Skills Academies programme offers students the chance to take part in an innovative teaching and learning programme that is co-designed and co-delivered with employers.

The academies cover a variety of sectors including business and enterprise, construction, catering and hospitality, cyber security, engineering, games, animation and special effects, information technology, professional make-up and sport.

Students learn about all aspects of the businesses that are backing their academies and benefit from real-life projects, masterclasses, workshops, industry placements and experience of work opportunities alongside completing their vocational qualifications.

The College’s Employment Services Agency helps students who are seeking work alongside their studies to find paid opportunities. For more information, please visit


With over 50 years’ combined experience within the recruitment industry and a drive to challenge the norm we’re here to help employers and jobseekers find their perfect match by delivering exceptional recruitment solutions.
We’ve recruited across a wide range of industry sectors and as a result have a vast knowledge and understanding meaning that we can act quickly and deliver effectively. Our foundations are based on down to earth, personable, consultative and partner led recruitment leading to an effective outcome for all parties which adds value long term.
Glu is centred around our core company values; Collaborative, Personable, Committed, Distinct, and the long-term stick of our relationships and placements.
Our experienced team recruit permanent, contract, and temporary workers on a nationwide basis across key sectors such as Office Support, Sales, Creative & Digital, IT, and Warehouse & Driving.

ISS Labour

We are a multi-disciplined contractor with a service portfolio that covers track, trades, civils, OLE, signalling and telecoms along with trackside lighting and safety barrier fencing. In this respect we are a forward-thinking business that has the ability to undertake large scale contract works delivering a variety of services such as structures, track drainage, earthworks and lineside infrastructure works under one umbrella.
As a contracting organisation we engage highly skilled and experienced personnel such as Technical Professional Heads, Subject Matter Experts, Discipline Engineers and Project Planners. This enables us to provide our Clients with an exceptional wealth of knowledge when engaging with them to understand their contract requirements, operational challenges and delivery objectives.
Our delivery teams are supported by a seven strong safety department who are extremely pro-active in supporting our workforce not only for safety but also in occupational health and physical and mental wellbeing.

Illustrated Solutions Ltd

We are bespoke and customised printers of high-quality promotional merchandise and workwear. As a small, family business, we provide a personalised service where we work with you to get your design onto a range of promotional and workwear products. This includes supporting you with the design work and providing a digital proofing service.

We print onto a vast array of products including Polo/T-Shirts, Hoodies, Shell Jackets, Water Bottles, Travel Mugs, Mugs, Coasters, Mousemats etc.

We design, print, press and package, all in house and all by hand, allowing us to control the quality. We specialise in small production runs (No Minimum Order Quantity) allowing you to be free of the restriction of ordering large quantities of products you may never use. This is more cost effective.

We use a variety of production methods including Sublimation (high quality print transfer where the image is embedded into the material) and Vinyl printing (garments). We can also offer a bespoke 3D printing service of small prototype work where required.

For more information regarding our products or if you would like a bespoke quote then please email:

Oakworth Financial Planning Ltd

Bill Douglas set up Oakworth in 1995. His son Richard Douglas took over in 2016 along with Ricky Rotherforth, and the practice is now a bustling team of 8 advisers and 4 admin staff.
The business was born from a desire to support people in the local medical / education profession, with Bill presenting seminars to people with public pensions to help them learn more about their options at retirement.

We now help clients from all backgrounds and professions with all aspects of their finances, whether it’s life insurance, mortgages, savings, pensions, inheritance tax planning or funding care fees. We also have companies with their corporate planning.

We’re a small business but with substantial scale: we have Assets Under Management of £173.9m*, which is a fairly large amount for such a small company. We don’t say this to brag, but to give you reassurance that we have the same scale and ability as any large corporate firm, but with the addition of a truly personal service.
*Figure as at January 2022

Race Cottam Associates

RCA was established in 1993 by Peter Race and David Cottam.

At the time of formation it was involved in three key areas of work: Healthcare, Food Retail and Sensitive Infrastructure Projects. The business was founded on delivering exceptional service to clients with a commitment to considered, deliverable design solutions with the RCA team at its heart.

During its first year, the young practice was awarded a European Design award for their Day Care Surgery at the Royal Hallamshire Hospital in Sheffield and a National Award for an infrastructure project in Snowdonia National Park . It’s first major commission was the Royal Mail Centre in Sheffield, which propelled the company to delivery over 25 years of large commercial projects across the UK.

Today the business is still heavily involved in its original core sectors, but has diversified into Education, Civic, Community and Residential projects nationally.

David Cottam remains as chairman of the business having passed on to a second generation of leadership; Laurie Cottam, Pauline Lake and David Speddings

City Taxis

In 2020 City Taxis launched their delivery platform citygrab, rivalling global delivery giants with a unique, local solution for online ordering. The platform helped support the local community during the pandemic, and allowed many small businesses to continue trading. What started with 22 outlets has now grown into a delivery favourite amongst locals, boasting over 250 independent outlets and generating over £3 million for the local economy.

Other areas of the business include:

  • cityelectric – Pledging to ‘go green’ with plans to launch an ALL electric fleet within 5 years.
  • cityconnect – Providing airport transfers and city-to-city journeys, cityconnect is the smarter way to travel.
  • citybusiness – Whether it’s employee travel or customer rides, citybusiness provides an easy way to manage your transportation needs.
  • citycharity – City’s passion for supporting local charities saw the launch of their charity incubator, which currently provides a home for local charity, Archer Project.
  • citymedical – Working closely with numerous NHS bodies, City currently transport over 3000 journeys a week transporting patients to appointments.

City’s forward-thinking ethos drives company innovation, and their community focused culture reflects in everything they do.

For further information, you can view the website here:

If you or your organisation share our ambition, and would like to find out more about how we could work together to improve the lives of children, please contact Catherine Carruthers, Director of Careers, Guidance and Student Leadership  to discuss.