3 December 2021/ Area guides

Serviced and Flexible Office Guide: Sheffield

Offices to rent in Sheffield

Known around the world as the ‘Steel City’, Sheffield is a thriving and prosperous city located in South Yorkshire.

The city was dubbed the ‘Steel City’ due to the crucial role it played in the Industrial Revolution and the expansion of the region’s cutlery industry in the 19th Century. Many innovations were discovered during this period including the invention of stainless steel and the development of the crucible technique.

After many years of decline, the city of Sheffield is undergoing a strong revival, moving on from its industrial past and diversifying its economy to focus on a variety of key sectors including advanced manufacturing and materials, business and professional services, creative and digital industries, healthcare, logistics, property and construction, retail, and sports, leisure and tourism.

In fact, the UK Cities Monitor for 2008 placed Sheffield among the top ten best cities to locate a business today. A more recent 2019 report by Payment Sense also rated Sheffield as one of the best cities in the UK to start or grow a business. As a result of the city’s burgeoning economy, strong and supportive business communities, talented people and solid reputation for innovation and entrepreneurialism, it’s no wonder that Sheffield has drawn in a variety of notable tenants, start-ups, and innovative entrepreneurs.

The city is also home to two universities, Sheffield Hallam and the University of Sheffield, which is one of the UK’s leading research universities. In addition, the University of Sheffield is not only ranked the 14th in the UK, but internationally ranked as 93rd in the world and 45th in Europe. The two universities combined bring about 60,000 students to the city every year.


Key business areas in Sheffield

Together, Sheffield and the surrounding towns of Barnsley, Rotherham and Doncaster have a population of approximately 1.4 million people, with over 47,000 businesses based in the area. Many of these businesses are either headquartered or have significant bases in Sheffield.

Like many towns and cities in the region, Sheffield was a manufacturing powerhouse during the height of the industrial age. While the city has made a concerted effort to diversify its economy to focus on retail, IT and the service industry, with retail being the strongest sector, the legacy of production still lingers today. In fact, new advanced manufacturing technologies and techniques are currently being developed in the Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), situated just over the boundary in the borough of Rotherham. Organisations located in the AMP include the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC, a research partnership between the Boeing Company and the University of Sheffield), Castings Technology International, The Welding Institute, Rolls-Royce plc and McLaren Automotive. Forgemasters, founded in 1805, is the sole remaining independent steel works in the world and dominates the north-east of Sheffield around the Lower Don Valley.

The city also has its own dedicated Business Improvement District (BID) scheme which is delivered through a business partnership of over 500 retailers, hospitality, and commercial employers, across 244 streets in the BID area.

Transport links throughout Sheffield are excellent

With quick and easy access to London and supported by transport and digital infrastructure that offers superb connectivity, Sheffield is an ideal location to base your business.

You can get around Sheffield using the “supertram” network

There are two major train stations, in Sheffield, including Sheffield station and Meadowhall. A small number of suburban stations exist, although the network is not very large. The Cross-Country, Midland Mainline and Penistone lines all pass through the city making commuting into Sheffield from nearby towns and cities easy and efficient. You can also get around the city using the “supertram” tram network, which covers many areas of the city that rail is unable to penetrate. The tram system connects the city centre with outer and suburban areas and includes some stops in Derbyshire.

Sheffield is well connected to the rest of the UK via the M1 and M18

Sheffield is linked to the national motorway network via the M1 and M18 motorways. Through these links, road users can travel north to Leeds and south towards London quite easily. Local roads such as the A57 and A61 also connect the city centre with outlying areas and a ring road runs around the edge of the city.

There are numerous bus operators serving Sheffield

Like most major cities in the UK, Sheffield has an efficient bus network serviced by a variety of different operators. With different routes, running regularly throughout the city, travelling by bus is a fast and convenient way to travel.

Sheffield is increasingly striving to become a cycle friendly city

Although rather hilly, Sheffield is ideal for cycling. The city lies on the Trans-Pennine Trail, a National Cycle Network route running from West to East from Southport in Merseyside to Hornsea in the East Riding of Yorkshire and North to South from Leeds in West Yorkshire to Chesterfield in Derbyshire. There are also many recreational cycle routes along country paths in the woods surrounding the city, and an increasing number of cycle lanes in the city itself.

Sheffield has world-class business amenities

The city has an excellent variety of accommodation

Whether you are in Sheffield for a business trip or visiting to enjoy the region’s beautiful scenery and picturesque villages and abundance of outdoor activities, you’ll find a wide range of accommodation to meet your every need.

If you fancy a break from the ‘rat race’ and the hustle and bustle of the city, book a room at the Whitley Hall Hotel. Rated as one of the top hotels in Sheffield, this beautiful ivy-clad 16th century mansion provides guests with a seamless blend of history and style and is perfect for a weekend escape.

Another fantastic option is the Garrison Hotel, another historical hotel, ideally located near Sheffield City Centre and boasting 43 fully equipped, en-suite bedrooms, exquisite décor and a stylish bar and restaurant.

Sheffield also has a Holiday Inn, Premier Inn, an Ibis Budget Hotel as well as a Travelodge for more budget friendly, flexible options.

Sheffield’s restaurant scene has a lot to offer

While Yorkshire’s largest city may be known for its long sporting heritage, charming accent and international reputation for metallurgy and steelmaking, Sheffield certainly also has a lot to offer when it comes to its restaurant scene. In fact, this thriving, cosmopolitan university city boasts a diverse food and drink scene that can cater for all tastes and budgets.

Start your day off with a steaming cup of coffee and delicious baked treats from Steam Yard Coffee or enjoy a Kiwi-style brunch at Tamper, conveniently located in the heart of Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter.

For dinner, you can treat yourself to a range of international dishes including mouth-watering tacos and burritos at Pina, a Mexican street food restaurant and a favourite among Sheffield locals. There’s also Napoli Centro, where you can enjoy authentic Italian fare, as well as Domo, a family-run Sardinian restaurant serving up dishes made from the best fresh produce from local, independent Sheffield retailers and specialities direct from Sardinia.

If you’re looking for something slightly more swish and swanky, where you can spoil a colleague or impress a prospective client, book a table at Joro. This modern British restaurant is one of Sheffield’s top eating establishments known for its hyper-local produce and eight-course tasting menu.


Other useful amenities in Sheffield

Whether you’re looking to explore the great outdoors, spend a day at the shops, or simply enjoy all that the city has to offer, you will find that Sheffield has a lot to keep you busy outside of work hours.

If you’re a nature lover, Sheffield offers access to some of the most beautiful greens spaces in the UK. In fact, the city is just a stone’s throw away from the Peak District, which is home to some of England’s most spectacular scenery. Whether you’re looking for a full day out, or just fancy a walk to clear your head after a long day at the office, there’s no better place to go than the Peak District. If you want to get some fresh air without leaving the city, the Sheffield Botanical Gardens is also a good alternative.

Sheffield is also a major retail centre, and home to many High Street and department stores as well as independent and designer boutiques. The main shopping areas in the city centre are on The Moor precinct, Fargate, Orchard Square and the Devonshire Quarter.

For those who enjoy keeping fit, playing sport and indulging in other exciting recreational activities, Sheffield proudly holds the title of being the first National City of Sport with world-class venues for athletics, swimming and football. It also has numerous golf courses, an ice rink and caters for many other sporting interests.

Notable tenants in Sheffield

  • Boeing
  • Royal Mail
  • Parcelforce
  • HSBC
  • Aviva
  • HP
  • Mondelez
  • Capgemini
  • Tata Steel Europe
  • McLaren Automotive

Serviced and flexible offices to rent in Sheffield

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Key agents in Sheffield

  • Knight Frank LLP
  • IW Group Services
  • Crosthwaite Commercial Ltd
  • Colloco
  • Fortus Business Advisors

Interesting facts about Sheffield

  • The city has a long sporting heritage and is home both to the world's oldest football club, Sheffield F.C. as well as the world's oldest football ground, Sandygate.
  • Sheffield has an international reputation for metallurgy and steelmaking. The earliest official record of cutlery production, for which Sheffield is particularly well known, is from 1297 when a tax return for 'Robert the Cutler' was submitted.
  • There are more than 250 parks, woodlands and gardens in the city, which is estimated to contain around 4.5 million trees.