Sheffield is a compact and friendly city that is located towards the north of England in the county of Yorkshire. Throughout the industrial revolution Sheffield was a major steel producer and one of the richest cities in the UK in recent years the City has gone through a massive rejuvenation which has secured its place as a leading centre for business with a solid local economy.
Despite its industrial roots, Sheffield is one of the UK’s greenest cities and home to 200 parks, gardens and woodlands. It is also surrounded by glorious countryside and a 20 minute drive will transport you to the heart of the Peak District, one of the UK’s most beautiful national parks.
Sheffield is home to an array of successful businesses and is attracting international investment from sectors including engineering, manufacturing, creative, digital, professional and financial services, energy and the environment and healthcare technologies. Recent business’s that have located here include International chocolatier and biscuit baker Mondelez
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With two leading universities, Hallam and the University of Sheffield, the city is densely populated with more than 50,000 students, accounting for 1 in 10 of the population. The University of Sheffield has been named as one of the best in the world, with students coming from around 120 countries.
Arts and leisure
Sheffield is known for its live music and comedy scenes. Tramlines is an annual music festival visited by 175,000 people and the city is also home to one of the largest comedy festivals in the country. There is a thriving art scene with one of the UK’s largest theatre complexes, museums and art galleries.
Sheffield is the UK’s first National City of Sport, with two major football stadiums Hillsborough and Bramall lane home to Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield Utd respectively. World-class swimming facilities are available at the Ponds Forge International Swim Centre and each spring the city hosts the World Snooker Championship.
Sheffield has good road and rail links to the rest of the UK. The M1 motorway links Sheffield with London to the south and Leeds to the north. London is 160 miles away with frequent trains taking just over two hours. The nearest airports are Manchester, Nottingham and East Midlands. In the city centre, the Supertram ands services serve both universities and the local area.
Over 2.1 million people commute to the city. The workforce is highly skilled and over 33% have been educated to degree level or above. The city has undergone a population increase above that of the national average, projecting to grow to over 600,000 by 2020. Because of its universities, Sheffield has a large population in the 20-24 age group. Many students choose to remain in the city after graduation.
Sheffield is an ethnically diverse city, with minority ethnic groups making up around 19% of its population. The largest of those groups is the Pakistani community, but there are also large communities of those from the Caribbean, India, Bangladesh, Somali, China and the Yemin. There is a large LGBT community, with gay venues across the city