Column written by Neil Large, head of corporate and commercial law at Sheffield’s Taylor&Emmet LLP.
Other regions may talk about their manufacturing prowess.
But only South Yorkshire can claim to be the number one for materials technology and the production of high performance, high quality components.
We offer excellent inward investment opportunities for companies looking to grow, do business in the UK or simply exploit the “Made in Sheffield” brand.
In fact, my corporate team at Taylor&Emmet recently completed the acquisition of a long standing steel wire manufacturer for a Texan firm wanting to expand its existing UK operations.
One of the main attractions for our client was the target company’s heritage, reputation and supply chain links.
So why invest in South Yorkshire’s manufacturing sector?
The local enterprise zone offers a range of benefits, including tax incentives, simplified planning procedures and fibre optic broadband.
It is also placed at the heart of the UK’s logistics and distribution network, within 90 minutes of seven international airports, flying to 46 European cities and opening doors to 370 million consumers.
The UK’s leading port and deep sea docks are just an hour away, whilst fast trains transport you to London, Manchester, Leeds or Birmingham in less than two hours.
All this, combined with the proximity of the M1, M18 and A1 offers excellent access for businesses wanting to trade internationally.
High calibre employment opportunities have led to the development of a skilled local workforce, supplemented by annual influxes of graduates from Sheffield’s 61,000 students.
Our universities have specialists who, along with an excellent professional services sector, provide specialist support to engineering, technology and manufacturing businesses.
We are also about to open one of the first technical colleges in the country for 14 to 19 year olds, offering exciting courses in advanced engineering and manufacturing, plus creative and digital media.
Both universities’ research is independently classified as world leading and Sheffield Hallam ranks as one of the UK’s most progressive and innovative.
It has 17 research centres recognised internationally and extensive links with industry giants, such as Rolls Royce and Network Rail.
These businesses are among a number of global brands with a base here, including Firth Rixon and Boeing and they are supported by numerous local manufacturers who export all over the world.
Sheffield’s steel pioneers forged a culture of innovation that remains fundamental to our modern economy.
Advanced manufacturing is our greatest strength and it is the breakthroughs we are making that differentiate us from other regions and indeed, countries.
This commitment to the design and implementation of novel materials, technologies and techniques is our USP.
We have found solutions to problems encountered by all kinds of industries and as such, we have created the bedrock on which much of the UK’s wealth is built.
To find out more about Taylor&Emmet’s services to the manufacturing sector, ring their Sheffield office on 0114 218 4000.
Alternatively, visit the company website at www.tayloremmet.co.uk or follow the firm on Twitter @tayloremmet