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Sheffield’s draw for legal services firms

27 January 2016

Creative Sheffield, the economic development arm of Sheffield City Council, today announces the launch of its North Shoring Campaign; attracting legal services firms from London and the South East to locate in Sheffield.

This is an approach that will see the Invest Sheffield team speak directly to legal services firms about the benefits of a Sheffield base.

North Shoring (the process of moving certain aspects of a business up North, specifically to take advantage of the excellent skills and talent base, as well as the affordable, quality office space) is not a new concept. But the appeal of Sheffield to southern-based firms has probably never been this strong, and therefore, promoting the benefits of North Shoring at this time is a priority for the Invest Sheffield team.

Cllr Leigh Bramall, Deputy Leader of Sheffield City Council & Cabinet Member for Business, Skills & Development, said: “By attracting more legal services firms to Sheffield and creating jobs and importantly career opportunities, we can attract and retain the talent in the city. Sheffield has two world class universities and 21,000 graduates enrol here each year. We undoubtedly have an amazing lifestyle offer for people who love big city life and the great outdoors, and this is something we are seeing as key in the decision-making process of firms looking to relocate outside of London.

“Having Grade A city centre office space available, excellent transport links and affordable living costs in highly sought-after areas that don’t push out the talented people who want to live and work here, makes us one of the most cost-effective cities in the UK for businesses looking to re-locate.

“Office take-up in Sheffield is booming in light of major new developments and an up-turn in confidence in the market, with office take-up reaching just under half a million square foot in 2015.”

The Invest Sheffield North Shoring campaign has already generated a great deal of support from existing legal services firms already based in the city, who are keen to see the sector grow and know the benefits first hand of having a northern base.

It’s a dynamic time for the legal services sector in Sheffield with big names such as Fragomen Worldwide setting up its second UK office here, Tapestry Compliance planning to double in size and Wake Smith Solicitors having just this week relocated their 100 staff into the city centre.

To learn more about Sheffield’s legal services sector and the opportunities here in Sheffield, please contact the Invest Sheffield Team on +44(0)114 223 2382 or invest@sheffield.gov.uk.