Welcome to Sheffield, a city built on seven hills, famous for steel and now home to a dynamic tech hub.
Question what has George Wostenholm, perhaps Sheffield’s most important cutler and David Bowie have in common? Answer, Bowie named himself after the notorious knife fighter, Jim Bowie who died at the Alamo. The Bowie knife then became famous worldwide, and it was George Wostenholm, who made and sold the Bowie knife around the world.
Sheffield is the City from which England’s greatest goalkeeper, Gordon Banks hailed, along with the sublime middle-distance athlete and double Olympic champion Sebastian Coe. It was geography that helped Sheffield develop, with its position besides five rivers: Don and its main tributaries. Loxley, Rivelin, Sheaf and Porter. The City was known for the manufacturing of cutlery before the industrial revolution, and then of course became famous worldwide for steel manufacturing.
Today, with its two universities and the Advanced Manufacturing Campus on the Advanced Manufacturing Park at Sheffield University, the City is home to start-0ups which between 2015 and 2019 raised £74 million. According to Tech Nation’s 2017 report, there are just shy of 20,000 digital jobs in the City, and there were 173 start-ups births between 2011 and 2015.