Invest Sheffield are a service provided by the City Growth department of Sheffield City Council. They work with all sorts of investors in all sorts of ways. To sharpen the numbers in your business case; to find the most cost effective premises in the right locations; to recruit and nurture the talent you need to be successful; or just to introduce you to the right people in/outside of the city.
Support for innovation and research is an essential part of what they do, and their links with Sheffield’s excellent universities and research bodies are second to none. You can find out more Invest Sheffield and how to get in touch with them here.
Working with the City Region, Sheffield is putting innovation back at the heart of things with the Global Innovation Corridor (there's a really useful interactive map here). Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District, Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park, Advanced Wellbeing and Research Centre, The University of Sheffield Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Factory 2050 and a whole load more are all part of this, providing huge opportunities to investors looking for large spaces and experts in their field at the cutting edge of what they do.
If you decided to make Sheffield your home you would be in the company of Rolls Royce, Boeing and McLaren. The University of Sheffield is also the number one UK university for engineering research income and investment in 2019 - while at Sheffield Hallam University, the national Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2014 rated 56% of submitted research by their Materials and Engineering Research Institute at a prestigious 4* and 3* rating, meaning world-leading and internationally excellent. So the talent pool on your doorstep here is second to none too.
As well as being home to new energy centres as part of the University of Sheffield's Energy Institute and new hubs looking at an electrical revolution, Sheffield is an exemplar case of how to build more sustainable energy grids for large cities. The city's combined heat and power network essentially burns rubbish to power buildings in Sheffield - and has been doing so since 1988.
This has given rise to a diverse array of energy companies investing in the city and the technology it can offer. ITM Power are one such example of a progressive organisation looking into Hydrogen fuels, whilst E.ON also occupy the iconic Blackburn Meadowns Biomass Plant, using recycled waste wood to power 40,000 homes.
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Companies are increasingly looking to relocate or expand into the North where rates and facilities come at a lower cost than the South - without compromising on quality.
There is also a growing trend of people wanting to have a better quality of life, and employers are recognising the need to tap into talent markets as opposed to expect them to come knocking on their door.
In Sheffield, we see this with digital and technology sectors as much as property, call centres, creative and start up businesses. We welcome an honest conversation about how we can best help, and whether or not we might be the right city for you, so please go here to find out more about getting in touch with the Invest Sheffield team.