//Sheffield City Region Trade and Investment Newsletter December 2019

Published 20th December 2019 at 10:40am

Web tool released to make site selection easier in the Sheffield City Region

Investors searching for key site selection information in Sheffield City Region can now turn to a powerful, interactive online tool built into the enhanced Scrinvest.com website.

‘Locate in SCR’ is an intuitive, mobile friendly online tool which makes it easier for you to find the information you need about available commercial and industrial sites and buildings in our region.  It includes vital information on demographics, workforce, consumer spending, business, industry, talent, incentives and more.

This free-to-use tool speeds up, simplifies and expands the process of generating market intelligence to enable informed, intelligent decision-making.

It enables site selectors to answer fundamental questions, such as ‘Is there suitable land or property available for a business there?’; ‘Does this area have a market for my business to succeed?’ ‘Is there sufficient skilled labour?’ and ‘What are the salaries paid in that area for this industry?’.

The comparative tool enables users to ‘drill down’ to gain a true, impartial picture of the Sheffield City Region’s towns and city, including the workforce potential, their education and wages.

At the touch of a keyboard or smart device, Locate in SCR brings many vital sources of information together to enable users to make informed choices and clear recommendations, based on facts and evidence.

This innovative application uses simple, visually-appealing infographics to display an overview of each location.  It also features a Free Hand Draw tool which enables you to analyse different business types and industries per geographic area, by number, percentage and location on the map. The user can also document and share research with their specific contacts.

In addition, you can check out competition in an area, analyse the community profile, consumer expenditure and talent pool, in fact everything you need to know if you are looking to invest in or relocate a business to this district.

Visit Locate in SCR and tell us what you think!

Visit to China sets the foundations for future trade missions

China is the largest emerging-market country and currently the second biggest economy in the world. Economic projections suggest it will overtake the US as the largest economy in the world by 2030.

The Sheffield City Region is building long term partnerships with Chinese businesses and investors in specialist areas, including advanced manufacturing and engineering, material science, digital-led manufacturing and health and well-being initiatives.

In October, Rachel Clark, Director of Trade and Investment at Sheffield City Region and Richard Stubbs, Chief Executive Officer, Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network & Sheffield City Region LEP Board Member, visited China to enhance our relationship with this important investment partner. This included meetings in Xi’an at the Industrial Development Zone with businesses involved with Advanced Manufacturing. They also visited the World Intelligent Manufacturing Conference in Zhengzhou and met companies specialising in medical apparatus and life sciences.

The Sheffield City Region Inward Investment Team demonstrated how we are actively seeking to build relationships with investors from China to take advantage of the wide variety of land and property development opportunities in our region. They also outlined the support they offer through helping establish private sector partners, grow their networks with the Chambers of Commerce and with our academic institutions, helping investors to develop their contacts and maximise their profile in the area.

In addition, they showcased to Chinese businesses the strengths of our academic institutions: the University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University, which between them attract more than 6,000 students from China every year, with specialisms in areas such as Engineering, IT & Medical Technology.

They gave a clear picture of how our universities carry out pioneering research and innovate through technology to solve industrial and commercial challenges in the fields of advanced manufacturing, health and wellbeing for global companies.

One of the main objectives was to demonstrate to Chinese businesses and investors that the Sheffield City Region is seeking long-term partners to work with and to invest in developing new technologies and in solving pressing global and industrial problems.

Rachel Clark, said: “This visit was a huge success in setting the foundations for a future trade mission.  We made some excellent connections and will be working closely with them over the coming months to develop these further.”

Click here to find out more about how we are working to grow our partnership with China.

Region leads the way in transformational innovation and research:

Could the cure for Alzheimer’s be found in the Sheffield City Region?

Researchers are carrying out pioneering research into motor neurone disease, Alzheimer’s, chronic pain and strokes at a brand-new Neuroscience Institute in Sheffield.

The Neuroscience Institute aims to deepen our understanding of function and dysfunction of the nervous system in order to address the pain and suffering of those with chronic conditions. The institute will support over 100 neuroscientists and their teams in translational neuroscience, computational and systems neuroscience and sensory and developmental neuroscience. Read more.

AMRC reveals technology that enables virtual operations to take place

Another first for the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) as it has revealed its innovative ‘Digital Operating Theatre demonstrator’, which is set to advance patient care and improve patient safety during surgery.

The concept means that a surgeon could call up another expert on the other side of the world to provide advice and help when they are in the middle of a surgical procedure.  In the same way, they could have dozens of people watching over the surgeon’s shoulder to view the operation in real time to advise and share their expertise.

The technology combines a virtual reality digital twin, projection mapping and smart tools, allowing the position of objects and clinicians to be accurately tracked in the theatre, with relevant information displayed digitally using screens, projections and augmented reality devices.

The Digital Operating Theatre could help overcome the physical restraints of teaching medical students, as Sam Hyde, Project Engineer for the AMRC, explains: “Our use of virtual reality allows someone to view an operating theatre from any angle with no physical restraints. In a real surgery scenario, you can only have so many students in the room and they have to stand well back. With virtual reality, it means you don’t have any physical limitations.” Find out more here.

Mayor’s international trade advisor leads the charge as the Sheffield City Region looks to new emerging markets for growth in 2020

Companies and organisations from across the Sheffield City Region are establishing new business relationships in India, following a successful trade mission.

Sir Nigel Knowles, the Sheffield City Region Mayor’s Advisor on International Trade and Investment, headed up a highly successful international trade visit to Pune and Mumbai in India between 25 and 30 November with an ambition to open trading opportunities and job creation between the SCR and India.

Ten delegates from a number of organisations, including Performance Engineered Solutions (PES) and the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) joined Sir Nigel on the five-day trade mission, which was organised by the Sheffield City Region in association with the UK Indian Business Council (UKIBC) as part of strengthening relationships between the two trading regions.

Speaking after the visit, Sir Nigel said: “The Indian economy is more influential, faster growing and offers more opportunities to exporters than ever before.  This trade mission allowed us to showcase the Sheffield City Region’s expertise in advanced manufacturing and has created an environment in which our region’s businesses can collaborate even more closely with Indian companies and academic institutions.” Read more about the visit here.

Greater connections for our region with new TUI flights from Doncaster Sheffield airport

Increasing connectivity remains a priority in the Sheffield City Region and the latest news from Doncaster Sheffield Airport is that TUI has continued its expansion by introducing a new long haul route to Cape Verde.

The addition of an extra TUI aircraft operating from the airport for its winter 2020/21 programme will mean an extra 74,000 seats will be added to its capacity over the next 12 months. This expansion further cements Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) as the home of long-haul for Yorkshire, providing an alternative to Manchester Airport for Yorkshire travellers.

It closely follows TUI’s recent announcement of the addition of a fourth TUI aircraft at DSA for the summer 2020 period, adding an extra 136,000 seats, taking it to 32 destinations from the airport. Full story here.

Our latest investment opportunities

There are some fantastic investment opportunities available at the moment in the Sheffield City Region offering a mix of residential, commercial and leisure options.  Here we take a quick look at some of the opportunities available:

Heart of the City II – a landmark £470m scheme set to transform a key area of Sheffield city centre.

With a development capacity of 1.5 million sq ft, this scheme is being delivered by Sheffield City Council, with Queensberry as its strategic delivery partner. It will provide Grade A office space, two 4 or 5-star hotels, residential developments, restaurants and cafés, leisure destinations, parking and stunning public spaces – all creating the type of high-quality central quarter that helps attract jobs and investment. Find out more on our portfolio pages.

The Unity Project – an exciting opportunity to be involved in a major regeneration and infrastructure project close to the rapidly growing Northern town of Doncaster, renowned for its logistics expertise and transport links.

The development involves the creation of up to 3,100 new homes (by 2035), plus new retail, learning and healthcare facilities, as well as green open spaces. Find out more on our portfolio pages.

Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park – a major regeneration project set to transform the east end of the city with £250m of development planned across a 30 hectare site.

It will become an internationally-recognised innovation cluster for health and wellbeing research and learning, plus the location for offices, laboratories, leisure, retail and residential opportunities. The area is set to attract investment in Life Sciences, in particular med tech sector businesses, providing an environment for like-minded organisations to collaborate and pioneer world-leading health and wellbeing research and innovation. Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is expected to create 3,500 jobs. Find out more on our portfolio pages.

A warm welcome…

The last few months have seen an array of new investments and relocations by businesses and developers who have discovered what the Sheffield City Region has to offer in terms of location, talent, connectivity and quality of life. Read about the latest arrivals and openings here:

The Sheffield City Region is first choice for new fusion test facility

The Sheffield City Region has been chosen by the UK Atomic Energy Authority (UKAEA) as the ideal location for the new £22m fusion energy research facility, which will be built in 2020 in Rotherham. Read more here.

Sheffield is ideal location for innovative new bank

Sheffield is one of the strategic locations chosen by Metro Bank for a new Yorkshire branch due to open in 2020.  The revolutionary new bank, which combines face-to-face banking with state-of-the-art technology, will provide our region’s residents and SME businesses with a customer-focused and convenient banking experience.  Read more here.

Welcome to the National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering (NCEFE)

Sheffield has long been renowned for its manufacturing base but did you know we are now home to a new multi-million pound cutting-edge facility, designed to improve current food engineering processes?

Operated by Sheffield Hallam University, the NCEFE (National Centre of Excellence for Food Engineering) was officially opened in October and aims to address the sector skills gap and boost the competitiveness of the country’s largest manufacturing sector.  Read more here.


A Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year from the team at the Sheffield City Region.

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