//February Trade and Investment Newsletter

Published 24th February 2020 at 4:37pm


If you are heading over to Cannes, between the 10th and 13th March for MIPIM, the world’s leading real estate conference, come and visit us on the Sheffield City Region stand and discover our exciting opportunities in commercial, residential and leisure – including hotels!

Come and see us at Riviera 7 R7C17 at the Palais Des Festivals

This year, we will be showcasing six fantastic flagship opportunities as part of our investment portfolio from around our region.

Discover our flagship opportunities…

  • Heart of the City II, Sheffield – a major transformation project of Sheffield’s city centre, incorporating a mix of commercial, residential and leisure opportunities.
  • Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park – set to become an internationally-recognised Innovation District for health and wellbeing research and learning, plus the location for offices, laboratories, leisure, retail and residential spaces.
  • The Unity Project, Doncaster – a major regeneration and infrastructure project close, which will involve the creation of up to 3,100 new homes, plus new retail, learning and healthcare facilities.
  • Barnsley West – a strategically important mixed-use scheme that will include 1,700 new homes and 43 ha of commercial floorspace, seeking commercial and residential developers.
  • Castlegate Sheffield – an ambitious scheme set to become the city centre anchor of the Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID) on the historic site of Sheffield former’s castle, and latterly iconic Castlegate market.
  • Aero Centre Yorkshire, Doncaster – located next to Doncaster Sheffield Airport, there are opportunities here for investor involvement in large scale development of high-grade logistics, advanced manufacturing and office space alongside airside Maintenance Repair Overhaul (MRO) and cargo handling.


Also find out about these exciting projects, and more…

  • Devonshire Quarter, Sheffield – an exciting regeneration of the Devonshire Quarter creating a more sustainable mix of housing types in the City Centre.
  • Digital Media Campus, Barnsley – plans for a second Digital Media Centre (DMC) in Barnsley, with 1,900 sqm of additional digital business managed workspace, plus housing and commercial office space.


Meet with us to find our about our full range of investible propositions, which you can preview here on our innovative online tool.

There are 44 investment opportunities in the heart of the UK and at the centre of the Sheffield City Region Global Innovation Network. Over 2,500 hectares of land available with the opportunity of over 15,000 residential plots, with investment opportunities circa £2billion.

Investment Specialists from our Sheffield City Region team, led by Director of Trade and Investment, Rachel Clark will be on hand throughout MIPIM 2020 at our stand R7C17 in the Palais des Festivals, to discuss the opportunities.


Explore our exciting new web tool!

MIPIM 2020 will also be a great chance for you to discover our innovative new Locate in Sheffield City Region web tool – a powerful online dashboard designed to help you make smart decisions about your investment and relocation needs.

Locate in SCR makes it even easier to identify, evaluate and choose different locations in our region for your next UK property and portfolio addition.

Visit our stand in the Palais des Festivals to find out more!

Proud to be part of the Northern Powerhouse

This year, The Government and the NP11 are coming together to showcase The Northern Powerhouse as a great place to invest and to do business. We are delighted to be supporting an exciting programme of events run by the Northern Powerhouse Partnership including:

  • Housing the North Roundtable Event –Tuesday 10th March, 11am to 12pm.

Chaired by Pat Richie, Chief Executive of Newcastle City Council, our specially selected panel of private and public-sector partners, including the Mayor of Liverpool and the Chair of the NP11 and Leeds LEP, will discuss the housing landscape across the North; how modern methods of construction are capturing imaginations, what innovations are underway and how the North is creating great places.

  • Rebalancing the UK: A Revitalised North – Tues 10th March, 7pm to 10pm.

An evening reception featuring Speakers including Roger Marsh OBE DL, Chair of Leeds City Region Enterprise Partnership and the NP11, Steve Rotherham, Metro Mayor of Liverpool City Region and Tony Bloxham MBE, Chairman and founder of award-winning regeneration company Urban Splash. Join us to discover how the Northern Powerhouse is driving northern economic growth – and how you can be part of the journey.

  • Connecting the North of England – Thurs 12th March, 8.30am to 10am

Discover the latest about how Transport for the North has evolved and what opportunities this brings.  A great opportunity to hear from speakers such as Dr Walter Boettcher, Research Director & Economist, UK & EMEA Research, Colliers International, and David Allison, Chief Executive South Tees Development Corporation about how the North is connecting some of the most fundamental assets in culture, heritage and the skills in support of this.



Don’t miss out! Book an appointment to speak to us at MIPIM 2020!

If you’re interested in expanding your UK property portfolio or considering investing in the UK for the first time, please contact us to book an appointment at our stand R7C17 by emailing nici.pickering@sheffieldcityregion.org.uk or calling 07795 953522 (Rachel), 07800 551495 (Gareth) or 07810 658429 (Laurie)


Metro Bank soon to arrive in Sheffield

Sheffield businesses and residents will soon have the added convenience and major benefits of having one of the UK’s most innovative high street banks on their doorstep.

The exciting development comes following early discussions between Metro Bank and Sheffield City Region’s trade and investment team at the world’s leading real estate conference, MIPIM.

After successful talks, the bank’s owners realised that Sheffield was the perfect city to become one of its strategic Yorkshire locations.  The new branch of this revolutionary new bank, which combines face-to-face banking with state-of-the-art technology, is set to open later this year in the city centre.

It is expected that the branch will create around 25 jobs and will offer consumer-friendly and convenient banking services to the local community, from early in the morning until late at night, seven-days-a-week.

Gareth Morgan, Business Development Director at Sheffield City Region, explains: “This is just one example of how a meeting at MIPIM has led to a positive outcome for our region.  We’re delighted to be welcoming Metro Bank to Sheffield and are excited about what this will mean for our city.”

With plans for the Heart of the City II development already underway and many UK and international businesses confirmed including HSBC, the project promises to bring the very best retail, residential and lifestyle opportunities to create a city centre unlike any other in the UK. Metro Bank will fit into the city perfectly and will contribute to the vibrant, modern retail experiences for consumers and businesses.

For more details on opportunities to relocate a business to Sheffield City Region visit https://www.scrinvest.com/ or call Rachel, Gareth or Laurie, Nici on the numbers above to make an appointment.


And finally…

Some of the recent investment developments in the Sheffield City Region:

  • Plans for a development of more than 125 student flats on a site in Sheffield city centre’s up-and-coming Kelham Island have been given the go ahead.
  • Planning consent has been given for the development of 90,000 sq ft of industrial space developed across 79 units at Kirk Sandall in Doncaster. The development is set to become a thriving site for local SME’s and creating over 200 jobs.
  • Australian-based property fund, L1 Property, have acquired 128 apartments at the flagship mixed-use Gateway Plaza in Barnsley.
  • Specialist UK real estate asset and investment manager, Catella APAM has purchased it’s second property on the Sheffield Digital Campus. The building which is home to tenants including Sky UK is situated directly opposite Sheffield Railway Station.

To find out more about any of the above or to find an investment that’s right for you, contact our team of Investment Specialists.