The region is also home to some of the best, leading technology companies in sectors as diverse as advanced manufacturing, materials technology, creative and digital industries (including an e-learning cluster), medical devices, as well as organisations focused on the services industries, sustainable energy and sport.
As a region, Sheffield City Region boasts a number of companies who are winners of the prestigious Queen’s Award for Enterprise, in categories such as Innovation, Sustainable Development and International Trade, and the ‘Made in Sheffield’ trademark is still recognised widely throughout the world as a sign of origin and quality. And for the second year in 2011, Sheffield hosts the MADE Festival, the UK’s premier business festival for entrepreneurs and business growth.
Some of the great companies based here are Sheffield Forgemasters, Macalloys, i-education, Alpharooms, Peglers, AES Seals, Gripple, Boeing, Rolls-Royce and many, many more. Sheffield has the highest retention rate of graduates from its two universities (including the University of Sheffield which was University of the Year 2012).
Sheffield lies in the centre of the UK, with a good infrastructure network and is two hours from London by train and close to a number of international airports. The city’s also close to a number of ports in the Humber and East Yorkshire and the Peak District National Park, with its stunning views and beautiful countryside, can be reached in just 15 minutes.
For arts and culture, the Sheffield region has much to offer – contemporary art galleries, museums, theatres and restaurants to suit all tastes and is building an increasingly successful reputation in hosting high-quality events on a national and international scale.
Sheffield is a great city – and fantastic to work and live in!
Photograph courtesy of Sheffield City Council