We do this through the relationships we have built up over many years working with great people within impactful organisations in the city. Put another way - there's not many folks we don't know. And they, like us, are more than happy to help - that's just how things happen in Sheffield.
To give you an example of the kinds of networks we can put you in touch with to provide meaningful connections with knowledgeable partners, below are some of the organisations we interact with on a weekly, if not daily basis.
The University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre is a prime example of an incredibly attractive (and successful) investment opportunity, and is currently home to leading global businesses such as Siemens, Rolls-Royce, McLaren and Boeing. There they develop inventive solutions to overcome industry-led challenges. The partnership of the academic and research abilities the University can bring, alongside the facilitation and assistance we can provide from logistics to operations, means you essentially have a 'one team' approach all working with the same joint interests to drive economic growth and positively impact on regional supply chain industries.McLaren's AMRC success
The Sheffield Olympic Legacy Park is leading the way for regeneration with over 200 acres in the Lower Don Valley area of Sheffield. At the heart of the site is Sheffield Hallam University's Advanced Wellbeing Research Centre, where our team have supported businesses in growth from accelerator programmes. The OLP welcomes inward investors with open arms, and we are frequently down there accompanying tours of the facilities and discussing opportunities to partner for research and development, whilst helping you find commercial office spaces.
US Ed-Tech and Sports-Tech company Drumfit recently toured the facility and viewed first-hand the opportunities to develop product which resulted in a successful inward investment project into Sheffield.
We frequently work with the S-PA on a number of ongoing projects within the city, and also at key events such as UKREiiF and Built Environment. Collaborating with this private sector brings fresh ideas and commercial knowledge of the property industry. In connection with the S-PA the Invest team launched investor prospectuses which were used to promote the city to international audiences and received great interest.
Another example of a group formed from private sector determination to represent their a specialist field, Sheffield Digital are an incredibly passionate and important asset for the city. We have worked hand in hand with them on tech, digital, creative and media business looking to relocate and expand into the city, successfully creating 100’s of jobs within the city and embedding businesses into the ecosystem.
They also curate, organise and host the annual Sheffield Digital Festival which is a celebration of Sheffield’s creative and technical excellence that we highly recommend businesses looking to invest here take part in to get a feel for the strength the city has in this regard.
It's crucial to find the right one with the service you need - and we can help advise you on which ones will representing the types of sites and premises you're after. Whether you are looking for industrial, office, lab, land, design & build, freehold or leasehold, the agents we work with all have the ‘Sheffield spirit’ and work together with us to ensure the best outcomes for you and our city. In addition, the Invest team will assist with any planning enquiries or facilities services. We will ensure your business has the means to operate successfully in the city.
Sheffield is home to an array of business sectors which include foreign direct investors. We partner with The Department of International Trade who work directly in market with specific businesses and investors looking for the right fit. Our relationship with the DiT is therefore crucial to accurately representing Sheffield, but also to ensure investors know that we can be one point of contact rather than feel disjointed. It might be worth seeing what their 'Invest in the UK' programme is all about, if you haven't already taken a look.
Whether you are starting out and exploring options without knowing where it will take you, or if you've got a very solid idea of what you need, the Invest Sheffield team are the best first point of contact, because our knowledge will get you to what you need to know quickest. Or just help an inkling of an idea turn into an exciting opportunity.