The city of Sheffield is experiencing growth, gone are the years of economic decline because of the city’s past that has always been associated with heavy industry. Sheffield has managed to make a change and grow in areas that it has not traditionally been associated with.
The University of Sheffield has become one of the catalysts of this growth by helping students in the area gain an education and move into employment in the growth sectors of the city. As the whole of the UK is trying to improve it’s manufacturing base, Sheffield is helping this trend because 11% of people employed in the city work in the manufacturing sector.
The resurgence of manufacturing has been important to Sheffield because as most people know, historically Sheffield was a manufacturing centre of the UK. After this did decline, in recent years it has managed to turn this around with new manufacturing companies taking a stronghold in the area by developing emerging technologies.
With more power being devolved to the UK’s regions, Manchester will be able to have much greater control over how it spends the money it generates, and make legislation based on what is good for the city, meaning it can tailor make policies to help drive growth.
Living in Sheffield
Part of the city is in the Peak District, one of the UK’s national parks. It is the only city in the UK that is within a national park, which helps contribute to Sheffield being one the greenest cities in Europe.
There is a large amount of countryside within easy reach of most of the residents in Sheffield, which compares very favourably with most other cities in the UK.
Not only does Sheffield fare well in terms of green space but it also has a metropolitan feel due to the large number of students that inhabit the city.
Sheffield has a plethora of theatres and entertainment venues, from the Crucible Theatre to the Lyceum, the city is well served. The Graves Art Gallery or the Millennium Gallery give residents or visitors the chance to see world class art in Sheffield.
Facts about Sheffield
- The name Sheffield comes from the river that runs through the city, the river Sheaf…
- Sheffield has the most trees to people of any city in Europe.
- Bands such as Human League, Pulp and Def Leppard were formed in Sheffield.
- Sheffield was major world centre for steel in the 1700’s.
- The first floodlit football match was played in Sheffield.