Hello there. I think Sheffield is going to pretty good in 5years. I’m hoping so anyway as I bought a flat there earlier in the year.
Although I’m not from Sheffield I used to visit regularly back in the 90s through football etc and have always liked the place. I’ve been in America for 18 years and I’m moving back to England and I think Sheffield has a lot of potential.
While it’s changed a lot I think so have most towns in Britain.
What is noticeable , and I find usually a good indicator of a place doing well, is the amount of cranes and construction going on.
I’ve spent a bit of time checking out Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham and derby where I lived for 9 years during and after college and I think Sheffield has somuch in its favour.
Leeds is a great place and it’s city centre is much better for shops and entertainment IMO, but I found outside the centre to be lacking, and I also think it’s too spread out.
Sheffields centre is pretty disorganised and a bit crap I think, but The potential is there.it also has some cracking areas on the city’s edges such as walkley, kelham, eccy road, and around bramhall lane amongst others .
When I was in me20s Nottingham was great but after a recent visit there I felt it has stagnated, and derby is dead now, couldn’t believe how quiet it’s become of a night time. It’s city centre used to be thriving and punched above itself but it’s like it’s totally given up.
I don’t wanna get into brexit asi think it’ll affect all towns whether positively or negatively pretty much the same outside of London.
Manchester and Birmingham I think investment has peaked, Newcastle is too far away, Leeds as already stated is a great spot, but I think Sheffield has huge potential.
2 unis in the city centre whereas most campuses are based a few miles out of towns, the tram system, direct train to the capital, on the M1, easily accessible to other big northern towns. It also has that industrial vibe that investors like. Again that’s in the city centre, all the offshoots of the steel industry - I noticed lots of old cutlers factories walking around, I think that’s what made kelham so attractive and I think there could be another kelham type area in the city.
And if the blades or owls got promoted that would give the city further boost and publicity across the globe.
Anyway sorry for rabbiting on, just wanted to say that as a very interested outsider I think Sheffield’s future could be very bright.