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Creative, prosperous city

A creative and prosperous city full of culture, learning, and innovation

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The more people succeed, the more Sheffield will succeed. We want a thriving city economy focused on people, that benefits Sheffield residents so that more people can use their talents, create businesses, grow careers and have more money in their pockets. We want good growth that creates more opportunities for more Sheffielders to be part of everything the city has to offer, as well as vibrant and diverse culture in which everyone can find themselves.

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We want to make the most of Sheffield’s assets, investing in them and making sure that more people are part of the city’s success. We need the infrastructure that makes modern cities thrive – reliable, convenient transport, culture, and spaces for people to mix and meet. We need to create the environment for more businesses to thrive, and for more investment so that more people are in good jobs.

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At this time of transition to a net zero economy and society, Sheffield has the assets and abilities to be at the forefront of driving positive change again. Sheffield is the Outdoor City and as it continues to grow and prosper, we must protect and invest in its unique environment and minimise environmental impact.

Our priorities for the next 4 years

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Drive growth by supporting Sheffield’s dynamic business base and building its global reputation

Sheffield needs more businesses growing and creating jobs. We will work with business, making the most of the city’s world class economic assets to create the ecosystem for new business to thrive, providing the space, access to investment and people to attract them to locate and grow here. We will work with city institutions and businesses to attract more inward investment, securing new opportunities for existing business and people.

Connect more people into the city’s prosperity with more good jobs, skills, training and better access to opportunities

We need to make the most of Sheffield’s world-leading position in certain sectors of the economy, the move to a low carbon economy, new investment, and new developments to create opportunities for people in every part of the city. We will work with businesses in foundational industries to support skills and business development so they can prosper and thrive in the emerging green economy. With national, regional and local partners, and communities, we’ll support people to overcome barriers to work and find fulfilling occupations.

A thriving, liveable and sustainable city centre that plays a major role in our region’s economy

We will deliver the Heart of the City 2 and transform Castlegate and Fargate, working with business, government and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to finalise other key developments. We’ll lead the continuing reimagination of the city centre, enabling the delivery of 20,000 new homes in new neighbourhoods and creating real communities. We’ll create new high streets and public spaces, and a vibrant urban centre to attract business and investment.

A vibrant and diverse culture offer that animates and inspires Sheffield

We will set out an ambitious culture strategy, co-created with our cultural partners and communities and make the most of our city’s rich heritage to help us attract new investment and ensure Sheffield’s amazing culture offer can flourish at all levels. We will celebrate culture with communities, push forward with plans to celebrate the city’s heritage and restore the Central Library and Graves Building, and support wider cultural accommodation across the city.

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