Living and working

Living and Working within Sheffield City Region

Our super-connected economy, with six international airports within 65 miles, unrivalled links by road, rail, air and sea, two world-class universities, 68,000 businesses, 700 multinational investors and thousands of highly skilled graduates – located at the heart of the United Kingdom.

We have a strong appetite to do business with people, places and industries that can benefit from our research-led industrial collaborations that deliver real productivity gains.

But it’s not all about what we can offer to investors. It’s also about what we can offer to the workforce of the future and to their families. Sheffield City Region encompasses vibrant urban centres, as well as a stunning National Park landscape perfect for outdoor adventure.

Our region boasts a great quality of life, with thriving communities, a growing economy and a culture of creativity. Be part of our story.

Access to talent
Access to Talent

Locating your business here puts you in touch with a city region labour market of over 1.2m people – and the city region increasingly attracts skills from a far wider Northern and UK workforce.

And we are absolutely committed to working with business to train our own. With 20,000 apprentices in the city region being trained at any one point in time we’ll work with you all the way to get you the workforce you need.

Our city region is home to two world class universities. The University of Sheffield is a member of the prestigious Russell Group of research-led universities. Sheffield Hallam University is the sixth largest in the UK meaning employers will have plenty of skilled workers for vacancies.

The Sheffield City Region excel in distinctive capabilities, many of which are growing in scale:

  • Banking and finance, employing 19,000 people. With companies located here such as: HSBC, Santander, BDO, Lloyds Banking Group, Nationwide, RBS
  • The Automotive industry accounts for employing 17,000** across 2,180 companies*
    Inclusive of McLaren Automotive
  • Logistics, employs over 15,000** across 435 companies* Including: IKEA and Next.
  • The Aerospace sector employs over 7,000** across 495 companies*
    Key names being: Boeing, Rolls-Royce, ATI Allvac, Maher, Technicut, and Gould Alloys
  • Professional services – over 7,000 accountants are registered with professional bodies across 8,000 employees in the legal sector, including: DLA Piper, Irwin Mitchell, Grant Thornton, PWC, CMS, and many patent attorneys
  • Insurance and pensions key strengths in life and pensions administration employs 7,000 people, names here include: Aviva, Aon Hewitt, Capita, Westfield Health
  • Rail, employs over 2,925** across 315 companies* with names like Babcock Rail
  • Healthcare Technology employs over 2,000 across 85 companies* with names like like B. Braun
  • Nuclear, employs 1,500** across 230 companies* with those like the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre
  • Aviation sector employs over 225, across 10 companies* with names like Textron Aviation

*Based on figures registered in 2017.
**Based on figures registered in 2016.


Sheffield City Region is at the heart of the UK and offers new investors a high-quality cost-effective location of choice that is super-connected nationally and internationally.

AIR Connectivity – Doncaster Sheffield Airport offers full cargo and passenger services and is open 24-7 365 days a year. It has one of the longest runways in the UK, catering for specialist heavy and urgent cargo and is ideal for Maintenance, Repair and Overhaul (MRO, alongside the adjacent Aero Centre Yorkshire which is ideal for warehousing. The Sheffield City Region is also less than 90 minutes away from five more airports.

ROAD Connectivity – At the heart of the UKs road network – With low traffic congestion and 60% of UK’s manufacturing industry within a 2.5-hour HGV drive. 75% of the UK can be reached within a 4.5-hour HGV drive, and there is ease of access to Europe through the Humber ports.

RAIL Connectivity – Sheffield City Region’s central location has led to its growth as a logistics centre. Daily freight services connect Felixstowe and Southampton with Doncaster railport. Plus, London is only 90 minutes by train from key stations in the region. High Speed Rail is coming to Sheffield city centre and will further shorten journey times to London, while also improving connectivity with neighbouring cities.

SEA Connectivity – From East to the West, the sea ports of Humber and Liverpool are within easy centralised reach of the region. The west coast ports primarily serve America, while the east coast ports of Immingham, Felixstowe, Port of Tyne and Thames Gateway serve Europe and the rest of the world. Daily ferry services run from the nearby Humber port in Hull.

Great place to live
Quality of Life

Sheffield City Region is blessed with a fabulous quality of life. Not only do we boast a dynamic core city as well as thriving towns and market towns, but the Peak District National Park is within the city region boundary, bringing a mix of city living and outdoor adventure that’s truly unique. The region is the UK’s leading destination for people for seeking outdoor adventure, city culture, music and rural escapes.

We’re home to the biggest theatre complex outside of London, state-of-the-art sporting venues and a diverse range of arts, leisure and culture opportunities. Whether it’s craft ale or cutting-edge art; stately homes or shopping complexes; ancient woodlands or a packed programme of festivals and events, our city region has it all.

Our vibrant sporting culture stems from cycling to snooker, with the region being a home to many great sporting teams, and the world’s first football club.

The region is a home to a wide range of tourism hot spots. Enjoy the great outdoors with the Peak District National Park and Yorkshire Wildlife Park on the regions doorstep. Get active with the Trans Pennine Trail, Tour de Yorkshire routes and PGA facilities. And explore a variety of leisure attractions including Wentworth Woodhouse, Cannon Hall, Rother Valley, Meadowhall, The Crucible, Doncaster Racecource and Magna Science Adventure Centre.

With an enviable location at the heart of the UK, super-connected transport links, great schools and a range of housing, Sheffield City Region is undoubtedly a highly attractive place in which to live, work and invest.

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