Sheffield City Region is proud to be home to a range of growing sectors, boasting 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. Boeing was a natural partner for the University of Sheffield when the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) was established, and have made the centre the base for its first factory in Europe alongside the AMRC.
Composites technology is a strength of the Sheffield City Region, a factor which helped supercar manufacturer McLaren Automotive choose the SCR as a location to build its first bespoke factory in the UK away from their home in Woking. Elsewhere, the AMRC 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.
With an ageing UK population and a greater focus on preventative medicine, the healthcare technology sector is emerging as strong growth areas in the Sheffield City Region. Our strength is in the use of specialist metals, precision engineering, and advanced manufacturing in healthcare. We also have 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 be home to Sheffield Hallam University‘s world-class Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre (AWRC) which is helping 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. In 2019, the UK Atomic Energy Autority (UKAEA), the UK government’s research organisation responsible for the development of fusion power, announced plans to open a dedicated building in the Sheffield City Region. The centre will be used to develop joining technologies for various materials including novel metals and ceramics, and then to evaluate the materials and components under test conditions that will simulate those that would be experienced inside a fusion device.
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 Advanced Transport & Infrastructure which will provide the UK and beyond with thousands of highly-skilled rail engineers of the future.