RISE is an innovative, award-winning and unique business support initiative that connects small and medium-sized businesses across the Sheffield City Region with talented, hard-working graduates.

RISE focuses on enabling business growth and retaining graduate talent within the Sheffield City Region’s economy; bringing together growing small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) with suitably qualified graduates who match specific business needs; enabling them to overcome barriers and develop the know-how to become successful graduate employers.



"Young people will pay you back if you invest in them. RISE helps us to make this investment in the right people - the best people.


It is a proper job with proper pay. Young people will 'rise' to the challenge given the opportunity."


- Charles Turner, Managing Director, Durham Duplex


Gradconsult have played an integral part as RISE's delivery partner since its conception, in partnership with Sheffield Hallam University, the University of Sheffield and Sheffield City Council.

The current iteration of RISE is receiving up to £684,132 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020.