Dean10th Oct 2017
When you hear ‘Sheffield’ there are probably a fair few things that immediately come to mind. Rolling hills, Yorkshire accents (here’s looking at you, Sean Bean) and of course, the famous Henderson’s Relish. If you have any knowledge of the history of the region at all, you may also know that it is a city steeped in industry, most notably the steel trade of the 19th and 20th centuries. But fast forward to the present day, and Sheffield isn’t just churning out steel. Many types of industry are now choosing to make Sheffield their base. So what is it about this Northern hub that makes it such a great place to live and work? Here are some of the top picks of what the Steel City has to offer.
As mentioned above, Sheffield is no longer a city purely based on steel. The technology and manufacturing industries in particular are booming in South Yorkshire, but really, there are plenty of diverse job opportunities available for those who make the move up North. Plus, it’s never been easier to find a job that’s totally suited to you, thanks to the Sheffield City Region Job Board. Here you can whittle down the roles you’re interested in based on their location, the industry and the company in question. Don’t worry either if you’re not 100% sure about the many different areas that make up the SCR - just pop over to their website and you can read all about them there.
They say that all work and no play makes Jack a dull boy - and if you tend to enjoy letting off some steam after a hard day at the office, Sheffield could well be the place for you! The city centre benefits from a diverse range of quirky bars, clubs and pubs. So, no matter what your personal taste is, you’re sure to find somewhere to while away the hours after work (happy hour, anyone?). Plus, the Steel City also boasts a city centre that is easily accessible on foot, so you won’t need to spend a fortune on taxis to take you from one bar to the next.
The great outdoors
If there’s one thing that makes Sheffield totally unique from any other place in the U.K., it’s just how much nature is right there on its doorstep. There’s plenty of inner-city parks to choose from, so no matter where you decide to live (Meersbrook, Heeley, Crookes etc), you’re only going to be a stone’s throw away from some beautifully maintained green spaces. Additionally, it would be a crime to talk about Sheffield and not mention the Peak District National Park, just a short drive from the city centre. This sprawling mass of rivers, caverns, mountains and countryside attracts outdoor enthusiasts world-over, all of whom will tell you how lucky you are to live so close to such natural beauty. Whether you’re a seasoned hiker/climber/fell runner, or just enjoy a relaxing weekend walk, there are plenty of places in The Peaks that will appeal to you. Plus, no country walk is complete without a hearty pub lunch at the end of it, and the quaint villages nestled in the valleys will certainly leave you spoiled for choice! Sheffield isn’t known as ‘The Outdoor City’ for nothing, so making the most of these wonderful green spaces can be amazing for both your body and mind.
Ask any Sheffield local what it’s like to live there, and you will undoubtedly hear the same thing: ‘well, it’s a city, but it feels more like a village really, duck’ - and it’s true! Sheffield has a thriving sense of community, something that is great on a personal level as well as for making business connections. In fact, in a recent survey by the Co-op, the Steel City was named as the friendliest place to live in the UK, even fighting off competition from neighbouring Nottingham. So even if you’re making the big move on your own, you might find it easier than expected to make some pals.
As much fun as hiking and pubs are, they’re not always the most appropriate activities for those of us with young children. Thankfully, Sheffield has an array of attractions suitable for all the family, so you’ll never be stuck for things to do on a weekend. Many of the local museums, such as Weston Park Museum and the Millennium Galleries, are free, and it can also be worth keeping an eye out for local family events (such as the annual Graves Park Highland Fling). The city centre is also home to the City Hall, the Lyceum and the Crucible theatres, so if you’re looking for a night of entertainment, you’ve come to the right place! Sheffield is home to people of all ages, from all walks of life, so even if you move here for work you may find that you end up staying for many years to come.