//September newsletter from our Inward Investment Team

Published 30th September 2018 at 2:35pm

Welcome to the latest newsletter from Sheffield City Region. It’s been a globetrotting few weeks for our inward investment team, with important engagements in Berlin, Chicago, and back here in Doncaster for the Royal opening of iPort Rail.

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Royal opening of iPort Rail

HRH The Princess Royal officially opened the iPort Rail strategic rail freight terminal in Doncaster last month. Her Royal Highness was given a tour of the 30-acre site within the 337-acre iPort logistics hub, which is designed to open up the Yorkshire region with new road, rail and air connections for national and international freight transport. iPort Rail is able to accommodate the UK’s longest trains up to six times a day, connects to the electrified East Coast Main Line, and is located next to the M18, close to Doncaster Sheffield Airport and within two hours of the East Coast’s deep-water ports. Find out more.

First rail service comes into the iPort

There was another milestone for Doncaster’s iPort in September, with the arrival of the first freight train on site – the GB Railfreight Class 66 locomotive no. 66752, ‘The Hoosier State’. The fully-loaded service departed from Southampton and arrived at the iPort the same afternoon, before returning that evening. The service to the 36-platform iPort rail hub will now run five days a week. Find out more, or email us on enquiries@scrinvest.com to find out why the iPort is the perfect place for your next location.

International Manufacturing Technology Show

Gareth Morgan and Rachel Clark from our inward investment team represented Sheffield City Region at the International Manufacturing Technology Show (IMTS) in Chicago. Our team spoke to businesses from across the globe, demonstrating just why Sheffield City Region is a perfect choice of location. Topics of conversation included our Global Innovation Corridor that will connect people, businesses and ideas, as well as our proximity to areas of outstanding natural beauty, with vibrant towns and cities and a superb quality of life. Find out more or email enquiries@scrinvest.com to find out why our region is a great place to work, live and invest.


Rail is a key sector for the Sheffield City Region. So it’s not surprising that Innotrans in Berlin was on our to-do list this year. Together with our colleagues from Business Doncaster, we told delegates that the UK’s rail network is the fastest-growing in Europe. And its focal point for investment is Doncaster; home to the National College for High Speed Rail, Hitachi Rail Europe, and a new rail link to the iPort logistics centre. We offer new investors a high-quality and cost-effective location of choice, that is super-connected nationally and internationally. Want to know more? Email us on enquiries@scrinvest.com

Launch of Scrinvest showreel

We’ve put together an all-new video, showing what’s great about the Sheffield City Region in just three minutes. From advanced manufacturing to aerospace, city living to cultural attractions, rail links to rural economy, it’s all in there. Watch the full video online here and get a taste for what makes our region so special.

And finally…

  • It’s official – we’re #1 in the country for advanced manufacturing! Find out why we’re officially the best, thanks to world-leading excellence at The University of Sheffield AMRC, in partnership with the University of Sheffield. Read more.
  • Later this month, Mayor of the Sheffield City Region, Dan Jarvis, is leading a Northern Powerhouse delegation to Dalian, China, for the Regional Leaders’ Summit. Find out more about Sheffield City Region’s relationship with China, and how one of the world’s biggest economies is rapidly becoming one of our key markets.
  • We’re putting together our programme for MIPIM 2019 in Cannes, and hope to be taking our biggest-ever delegation to the event, to showcase Sheffield City Region to the world. Will you be there? If so, make sure you attend our events, and visit our stand. More details soon.

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