Sheffield has been named officially as one of the most attractive places in the country for foreign investors thanks to low costs and high quality business parks. *Grant Thornton Business Location Index 2015

Fast links to London and other major locations in the UK by road, rail and air mean that Sheffield is supremely well placed for investors.

London can be reached by road in three hours, by rail in two, and there are five international airports close by. Sheffield itself is officially the least congested city in the UK, and has made significant investment in next generation broadband.


Retail – Sheffield is creating a new Retail Quarter with shops, restaurants, homes, offices and attractive public spaces. Outside of the city centre, Meadowhall is one of Europe’s largest shopping centres with 300 shops under one roof.

Sports and leisure – the growing outdoor leisure and wellbeing movement offers opportunities for sports and leisure businesses.

Advanced Manufacturing – Sheffield, together with Rotherham Council, is shaping the 2,000+acre Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District. It is already home to internationally renowned enterprises such as Rolls-Royce, Outokumpu, Forgemasters and Alcoa.

Enterprise Zones

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District 

Education and Skills

two leading Universities, Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam, have 50,000 students between them and provide cutting-edge research.

together they produce one of the largest groups of students on computer science courses in the country.

University Technical College Sheffield specialises in advanced engineering and manufacturing and creative and digital media, and has now introduced health and sports sciences studies at the new UTC Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park campus.