Sheffield: city snapshot

SheffieldSheffield has undergone major redevelopment over the past 20 years, this former steel town is now more famous for its prolific music scene. There has been a continuous growth in Sheffield’s economy of around five per cent per year making it an increasingly desirable city in which to set up businesses.


Sheffield has a population of approximately 551,800.

It is one the 8th largest regional English cities which form the Core Cities Group, a self-selected partnership of councils in the UK which work to advocate the importance of non-London economic, industrial and cultural hubs.

Learning and training

The University of Sheffield
Sheffield Hallam University
Kaplan International Colleges


Sheffield Academy of Performing Arts
Carney Academy – Professional training in the performing arts


The Sheffield College
Longley Park Sixth Form College


Did you know?

Sheffield has an internationally recognised repute for producing steel.

Despite being a thriving metropolis at the centre a whole third of the city falls within the breath-taking Peak District National Park and over 60% of Sheffield is green space.

The home of the World Snooker Championships is the Crucible Theatre in Sheffield’s city centre.

Sheffield has a huge music scene with bands such as Arctic Monkeys and Pulp originating from there.

What’s new?

In 2010 it was confirmed that Sheffield would be included in the HS2 plans connecting the city to Birmingham and London in a fraction of the time it currently takes.

Future plans

Sheffield City Council have developed a Core Strategy which looks ahead to 2026 which incorporates these objectives for the area:

  • be economically prosperous and attractive to business and new investment and will sustain employment for all who seek it
  • enrich the Sheffield city region, as the most attractive and sustainable location for regional services, jobs and facilities
  • have attractive, sustainable neighbourhoods where people are happy to live, offering everyone a range of facilities and services
  • provide for opportunities, well-being and quality of life for everyone

Find out more

Welcome to Sheffield – official tourism website
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Chamber of Commerce and Industry
Sheffield Futures
– helping young people to find employment and educations opportunities in Sheffield