A better future together: 25-year vision for Sheffield City Region revealed

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Leading organisations in the Sheffield City Region have outlined a 25-year vision to maximise the area’s potential to compete on the world stage for the benefit of its people, the region and the UK.

The University of Sheffield, Sheffield Hallam University and Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust have worked closely with councils, businesses, nonprofits and individuals to develop a comprehensive long-term vision for the region’s economic growth, innovation, healthcare, education and environment.

The report, A Better Future Together (PDF, 8MB), shows how, through working in partnership, the Sheffield City Region could be a globally connected top UK city region - rooted in its values of innovation and making.

The vision reveals six priority areas to transform the region’s future:

  • Innovation and enterprise – creating an ecosystem, building on the region’s strengths in innovation and manufacturing, including advanced manufacturing, engineering and logistics.
  • Global excellence – local impact, ensuring the region is outward-looking but maximises the local impact of investment through the development of local supply chains.
  • Joining-up health and well-being, creating a region known for its healthy and active population through tackling health inequalities.
  • Transformation in education and skills, achieving across-the-board improvement in education to build a region known for the talent and skills of its people.
  • Promoting the regional green network, ensuring the city region is better known, inside and out of the region, for the outstanding quality of its environment and lifestyle.
  • Better internal and external connectivity, radically transforming the quality of the region’s physical and virtual connectivity so it becomes a hinge-point for the movement and distribution of goods and people for Britain.

At the launch event, which took place at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) in Catcliffe, over 150 key figures from across the city region debated how stakeholders can work together to bring the vision to life for the benefit of all.

Tony Pedder, Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield and Chair of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust, has been instrumental in bringing together the region’s ‘anchor’ organisations to develop the vision. He said the report reflects a belief that with determination and collective endeavour, the Sheffield City Region will become an exceptional city region - but it must embrace change.

Speaking at the launch, he said:

“The scale of our collective ambition needs to be bolder, the diversity of well-intentioned projects need to evolve into coherent long-term projects of effective action and a new culture of collective strategic action is needed by all.”

Professor Chris Husbands, Vice-Chancellor of Sheffield Hallam University, said:

“I am a relative newcomer to the region: I’m already aware of its many strengths and inherent advantages. Its potential is huge. The vision for the region, set out by the two universities and the hospital trust sets out an ambitious agenda for change. It depends on the region's institutions and politicians working closely together to deliver a brighter future for everyone”.

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The scale of our collective ambition needs to be bolder, the diversity of well-intentioned projects need to evolve into coherent long-term projects of effective action and a new culture of collective strategic action is needed by all.

Tony Pedder,
Pro-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield

Professor Sir Keith Burnett, President of the University of Sheffield and Chair of the Sheffield City Region Science and Innovation Board, said:

"The University of Sheffield is totally committed to supporting innovation in our city region as a source of growth, investment and opportunity for all.

"Our region has a superb heritage of manufacturing and innovation, but it is much more than a proud history. We have world-leading research in everything - from engineering to medicine, digital technologies and next-generation materials right here in our region, with a historic opportunity to use these assets to make a real difference for the future.

"We are already seeing how this can deliver transformational opportunities through the investments of companies such as Boeing, Rolls-Royce and most-recently McLaren working with our world-class engineering talent.

"However, we know that realising our potential for future global partnerships will need a long-term vision. We need to be a region which works together and succeeds together - attracting international investment to the benefit of the region and the nation. This is why we believe it matters so much that we share an ambitious vision for the future. It is our hope that this report is an important step in developing such a vision."

Sir Andrew Cash, Chief Executive of Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, said:

“We have a lot to be proud of in the Sheffield City Region and much of that success is because we have continued to innovate and lead change in many sectors. However the challenges we all face moving forward mean we need to come together more cohesively as a region with a shared vision.

“It is fantastic that more than 400 organisations and leaders across the Sheffield City Region have already contributed to the vision outlined today and we now have an exciting opportunity to build on the region’s strong foundations to create an even better future for everyone who works, lives and invests in our area.”

For more information and to download the report:

Sheffield City Region Vision website

A Better Future Together report (PDF, 8MB)

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