Our Sectors

Sheffield City Region is proud to be home to a range of flourishing sectors, all of which boast enterprise, innovation, and collaborative working.

Excellence in these sectors is boosted by a uniquely strong supply chain, a skilled workforce and our super-connected location.


Aerospace is a flourishing sector in the Sheffield City Region which is renowned worldwide for making components to a high standard and at competitive prices, producing super alloys aircraft structures and other high-value manufacturing. Aerospace giant Boeing was a natural partner for the University of Sheffield when the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) was established, and this year decided to base its first factory outside Europe alongside the AMRC.


Composites technology is a strength of the Sheffield City Region, a factor which helped supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive choose this region to build its first bespoke factory in the UK outside the South. Meanwhile the AMRC’s Composites Centre develops expertise in metals production into the new generation of carbon fibre composite materials, increasingly used in automotive and other high-value industries for their combination of light weight and high strength.

Healthcare and Technology

With an ageing UK population and a greater focus on preventative medicine, the healthcare and medical technology sectors are emerging as strong growth areas in the Sheffield City Region. Our particular strength is in medical technologies and their use of specialist metals, precision engineering, and advanced manufacturing. We also have, vitally, the intellectual infrastructure to kickstart innovations and the driving curiosity to research and prototype the ideas that come from both medical practitioners and their patients, and we are proud to host the world-leading Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre which will help make the UK more active and health conscious.


Civil nuclear energy is a strength of the Sheffield City Region which is home to the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (Nuclear AMRC). This is a collaboration of leading academic and industrial partners from across the nuclear supply chain, aiming to help UK manufacturers win work at home and abroad.


The creative and digital sectors have grown faster in the Sheffield City Region than elsewhere in the UK. This is thanks to competitive property and staff costs, a supportive business environment, the research and teaching of our two leading Universities, and a large pool of talent.
The city of Sheffield has a dedicated digital campus which provides inspiring accommodation, and the region is part of TechNorth, a government-funded drive to boost the North’s digital economy.


Rail has always been a strength of the Sheffield City Region, proud builder of the world-renowned Flying Scotsman, and now home to the National College for High Speed Rail which will provide the UK and beyond with thousands of highly-skilled rail engineers of the future.

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