Sheffield takes development proposals to No. 10

by Lydia Chantler-Hicks and Luchia Robinson

Sheffield has presented plans for major development to global investors at Downing Street.

On 21 October Edward Highfield, Director of Creative Sheffield, put forward propositions for developments at various locations across the city. These include Doncaster-Sheffield Airport and Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District (AMID).

Mr Highfield said “This was a fantastic opportunity for us to put forward Sheffield’s investment credentials.

“The world is beginning to notice that the UK has far more to offer than just London, and that Sheffield City Region is a great place to invest.

“The recent commitment from China to invest more than £200million to projects across Sheffield demonstrates growing confidence in the city.”

The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District - Sheffield and Rotherham
The Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District – Sheffield and Rotherham


Sheffield’s strong proposals for development led to its being chosen to attend Downing Street above many other northern cities.

AMID, the industrial region between Sheffield and Rotherham, is already home to Boeing and Rolls Royce, as well as the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Centre (AMRC) and Factory 2050 facilities.

Sheffield and Rotherham Councils are working jointly to further develop this area, and attract companies looking to locate close to the AMRC’s world leading research capability.

Further support from overseas investors would firmly place Sheffield on the international business platform.