A digital technology force

Sheffield is the third best city in the world, and the best city in the UK, to start a tech business.

These were the findings from a comprehensive study by Sellics in 2018 (full data breakdown here) showing that only Quebec and Winnipeg pipped us to the number one spot, whilst even Leeds, Liverpool and Manchester can't come close to us on UK soil, let alone London.

There are approximately 1,000 Tech firms concentrated here with roughly 8,000 people employed in digital tech roles, thanks in part to our long history and embracing of new digital technologies such as software engineering, data analytics, simulation and visualisation and digital media and games technology.

Sheffield Digital and Dot SHF are not-for-profit member organisations sitting at the heart of all this, enabling a rapidly growing community of inventive and talented people. Their stellar work in galvanising the sector has resulted in four key specialisms, which can be explored in more detail below, along with examples of organisations doing incredible things here.

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