With a population of over 270,000 and a thriving economy closely integrated with the rest of the Sheffield City Region, Rotherham has a lot to offer as a place to live and do business.
We’re a place that knows the meaning of hard work and success, with a rich, proud industrial heritage evolved into a vibrant, fast growing economy. The thriving Advanced Manufacturing and Materials sector boasts numerous cutting-edge companies including McLaren Automotive and Rolls-Royce who have chosen to locate in Rotherham, surrounded by a high density of innovative manufacturing companies in the local supply chain. Over 14% of employment is in the manufacturing and materials sector, nearly 6% higher than the national average.
Through long term strategies and partnerships, we’ve helped realise large scale projects, from assisting the development of the UK’s leading Advanced Manufacturing Park, to creating over 10,000 new jobs in the Dearne Valley and securing over £100 million of investment in the town centre.
A place to thrive
Rotherham is 70% rural with the main town centre at its heart. The borough links a number of smaller outlying towns with attractive countryside, three country parks, woodlands, waterways and majestic properties such as the renowned Grade I Listed Wentworth Woodhouse.
House prices in Rotherham are amongst some of the most attractive in the UK, offering fantastic value for money. You’re never more than a few minutes from the countryside and the road and rail networks provide easy access to London, Leeds, Sheffield and the North of England.
Rotherham Town Centre is home to over 400 businesses with a mix of high street favourites, independent shops, cafes and bars. The array of independent stores offer products not found in mainstream shopping centres and malls.
Rotherham sits at the heart of an urban area of almost 1.8 million people within the Sheffield City Region. The superb transport infrastructure includes five motorway junctions, a new railway station and close proximity to the Humber Ports and Doncaster-Sheffield Airport.
The UK’s first tram-train links the town centre directly with the city of Sheffield. Railway stations at Sheffield and nearby Doncaster provide mainline links to London in less than 2 hours.
The excellent road transport network and Rotherham’s geographical positioning allows access to 21 million people within two hours by road. That’s one-third of the UK population, meaning the borough is ideally positioned for business, locally, nationally and internationally.
INVESTING IN PEOPLE AND SKILLS
We are committed to driving forward business growth and working with partners, communities, schools, colleges and the new University Campus Rotherham (UCR) to ensure the borough has highly skilled residents that will meet the needs of business investors.
Our schools are leading the way with young people achieving GCSE’s above the national average. The new multi-million pound UCR based in the town centre, opened in September 2018 to increase the number of Rotherham people trained to level 4 and above.
Rotherham is just a few minutes’ drive from two highly acclaimed universities in Sheffield, with a further 10 universities across the Yorkshire and Humber region providing thousands of skilled graduates a year. There’s also the world leading Advanced Manufacturing Research Training Centre offering apprenticeships and specialist training for globally competing manufacturing and engineering companies.