Creative and Digital Industries

Sheffield’s Creative and Digital Industries (CDI) employ almost 27,000 people within an hours commute, at 37.8% this is equivalent to almost two fifths of the region's jobs.  With significant growth in recent years, a substantial number of companies now share a unique body of experience and talent that makes Sheffield one of the leading centres of digital specialism in the country.

It is a sector that is characterised locally by a combination of high performing home-grown businesses and international market leaders.  Much of the activity takes place in the following areas:

  • IT Services - Sheffield provides a robust base for a number of global IT industry operators offering full lifecycle services from design through to delivery including ongoing support of large-scale enterprise level systems. It is also home to one of the most innovative broadband ISPs in the UK market, Plusnet. Sheffield is also home to one of HSBC’s global IT centres.
  • Interactive Media - Companies in Sheffield are establishing a national reputation as leaders in the field of interactive media where interactive services, applications and content bring together the different worlds of computing; the web, mobile phones and video games.  The city has also become a centre for media industry conferences including Doc/fest, one of the leading documentary and digital media festivals in the country,  Crossover Labs and The Children’s Media Conference, collaborators and catalysts in kids media and entertainment. 
  • E-learning - One particular area of specialism in Sheffield is e-learning.  The city has established itself as the UK centre of e-learning with around 1000 people employed in e-learning development and service businesses.  The city is home to one of the largest applied e-learning services in the world, Learndirect, as well as a wide range of companies covering the full spectrum of e-learning solutions including online information services.


 For further information about Sheffield's CDI sector, please contact James Wilson +44 (0)114 223 2364 / 07769 956 880

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