Six reasons to start a business in Sheffield

Six reasons to start a business in Sheffield

10 February 2017

Thinking of setting up your own business? Here are six reasons why Sheffield is the place to do it.

1. Freedom

Freedom is a very strong driver for setting up on your own. Many of our start-up clients talk about feeling stifled by the 9 to 5 of their day job or having to base decisions about where they live or bring their family up based on the location of a job. The people we meet on our start-up coaching sessions are looking to take back that control; to start a business in the city they love because it fits with their lifestyle. They may want to work from home. They may want to work unusual hours. They all want the freedom to choose.

“Having the freedom to work from wherever you want – on your terms, to fit with your lifestyle, to follow your dreams,” Growth Advisor, Business Sheffield


2. City of networks

You’ll often hear Sheffield described as a ‘big village’ – no mean feat for England’s fourth largest city. But it’s not the size of the place that makes this description stick, it’s largely thanks to the like-minded people working – whether subconsciously or not – to enhance the city’s reputation as a place to do business that breeds a culture of collaboration. This network is invaluable, and provides easily accessible and readily available inspiration from and between new self-starters and long-established business owners alike.

“Unlike other cities (and I know because I’ve tried), in Sheffield you can get advice from the experts and inspirational start-ups first-hand,” Scott Woodley, Tutora, Sheffield.


3. Creating your own job

It’s said that doing a job you love means you’ll never work a day in your life. We encourage self-starters to create a job that they’ll love to do – a role that not only generates income but motivates them to create, build, make and develop every day, too. Sheffield, a city that is globally renowned for its manufacturing ingenuity, is a great place to start.

“Creating a job which is exactly what you want to do makes working more worthwhile and means you can work on your passion,” Sarah Christie, The Edge of the Universe Printing Press, Sheffield.


4. Solving a problem yourself

Our workshops not only give self-starters the advice and encouragement to become dynamic business owners, but help them to think differently about what they’re doing, too. It’s as much about breaking away from the standard employee model as it is having the confidence to branch out on their own. We help them see that it can be done – and that, despite the challenges they’ll face, they have the ability to succeed.

“Seeing a problem and then solving it in the way you want to is a big driver to being your own boss,” Scott Woodley, Tutora, Sheffield.


5. Business friendly

It’s no coincidence that Sheffield is regularly cited as one of the happiest places to live and work in the UK. Speak to almost anyone – especially if they’ve moved here from elsewhere – and they’ll tell you that Sheffield people are among the friendliest they’ve ever met. This warmth permeates throughout the region’s businesses, creating a shared sense of community that helps attract and retain talent far beyond the initial spark.

“In Sheffield there is generally a level of warmth and humility as well as a wanting to help in the business community, which is pretty unique,” Jono West, Mobile Power, Sheffield.


6. Adding value in the city

When you set up your own business in Sheffield, you become part of a much wider culture – a culture that supports its own and adds collective value to an ever-growing city. Sheffield’s independent businesses are the beating heart of its thriving creativity, and we are constantly in awe of the entrepreneurial spirit that drives new start-ups to flourish.

“I find start-ups so stimulating to work in because of the direct, hands-on experience you get of how local organisations work, what makes projects sustainable, finding common ground between disparate stake-holders, and finding a niche to add value to the city or network you operate in," Sam Parkin, Business Manager, CADS Space.


If you are looking to start a business, become self-employed or already have a business operating in the city, Business Sheffield are here to help you get your idea off the ground, set up and grow. Call them on 0114 224 5000 to find out how or visit the Business Sheffield events page and book on to a workshop today.