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Sheffield creatives to shape new vision for culture in the city

Sheffield creatives to shape new vision for culture in the city     Sheffield creatives, including makers, musicians, artists, and designers, are being invited to help shape a groundbreaking new culture strategy for the city. The Sheffield Culture Strategy 2024 will provide a roadmap for the development of the city’s cultural sector, and address some of the long-standing obstacles faced by creatives living and working in the city.

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£2.3 million to help Sheffield cultural and community venues reduce their carbon footprint

Cultural and community buildings in Sheffield will benefit from a £2.3 million investment to help reduce their energy costs and carbon emissions, improving resilience and protecting jobs. Running until March 2025, the project will support public venues, which are home to cultural organisations, including museums, galleries and showrooms, as well as buildings used by the local community.

Councillor Martin Smith, stood inside the AMRC at the University of Sheffield, behind him are people enjoying the groundbreaking event which shows  a robot resembling a vehicle

£80m investment aims to decarbonise air transport

Sheffield City Councillors attended the groundbreaking of The Composites at Speed and Scale (COMPASS) research facility, at the University of Sheffield, yesterday (15 November 2023). 

L-R: Chris West, Head of Operations at Keltbray, Louise Pavitt, Major Project Director at Keltbray, Lucia Lorente-Arnau, Principal Development Officer and Cllr Ben Miskell, Chair of Transport, Regeneration and Climate Committee.

Contractor appointed to transform historic Castlegate into green space

Exciting plans to transform one of the most historic parts of Sheffield city centre has moved a step closer with the appointment of the lead contractor.

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Future community uses for containers to be decided

The future community use of eight containers is to be decided at the Strategy and Resources Committee on Monday, November 20th. Proposals from six community groups for the containers, which used to sit at the top of Fargate, are to be considered.

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Ambition to boost Sheffield visitor economy

Sheffield City Council has adopted a new strategy to help make the city a leading destination for visitors across Europe, boosting the local economy and opportunities for Sheffield residents and businesses.

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First phase of Upper Don Flood Alleviation Scheme complete

The first phase of improvements to Sheffield’s flood defences are now complete in the Loxley Valley, Hillsborough. The Upper Don Flood Alleviation Scheme aims to protect 63 homes and 152 businesses from the damaging effects of flooding, like those seen in the area in 2007 and 2019.  

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£1.75m available to boost small and medium business productivity

Businesses can apply for one of two grants: productivity or digital innovation. Both are designed to help businesses save time, space, energy and materials, without cutting jobs. Business owners will also get access to expert support to review, increase their productivity and monitor their outputs going forward.

A shot of Sheffield's Botanical Gardens greenhouse, with lots of people walking on the path in front

Tourist industry boosts Sheffield’s economy by £1.35 billion in 2022

More than 15 million people visited Sheffield in 2022, bringing an estimated £1.35billion boost to the city’s economy.

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Council funding will empower communities to transform high streets

Business led community groups will deliver new event spaces, improved shopfronts and street art thanks to £2 million of investment into neighbourhoods by Sheffield City Council.

A drone shot of Sheffield city centre with a graphic over the top which says CO2 with a downward arrow.

£3.4million to help South Yorkshire businesses reduce their carbon footprint

Businesses in South Yorkshire will benefit from a £3.4million investment to help them reduce their carbon emissions, improve resilience, and protect jobs.

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Committee endorses amendments to Draft Local Plan

Amendments to the Draft Local Plan in response to public consultation will be referred to Full Council for consideration after they were endorsed by the Strategy & Resources Committee today.

Containers in Sheffield City Centre

Containers: Applications for community uses now open

Applications are now open to secure a container for community uses across Sheffield.

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Sheffield celebrates South Yorkshire gaining Local Visitor Economy Partnership status

Sheffield City Council has welcomed the creation of the South Yorkshire Local Visitor Economy Partnership (LVEP)

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Sheffield and Leeds joint response to publication of HS2 to Leeds study terms of reference

Sheffield and Leeds leaders have issued a statement following the publication of terms of reference for the study into how to bring high-speed rail to Leeds via Sheffield and the East Midlands.

Chapel Walk taken from Norfolk Row.

Chapel Walk transformation continues with £1.24 million investment

Chapel Walk’s transformation is set to continue as Sheffield City Council awards £1.24 million to local businesses to create a vibrant city centre destination.

A group of people stand in a line in the Winter Garden in Sheffield, they are holding copies of the new business guide.

How the council is supporting businesses and people who beg in the city centre

A new guide will help city centre businesses to address begging, engage with people who are begging and share information about how enforcement is tackling anti-social behaviour in Sheffield.


Cole Brothers: Urban Splash named as preferred bidders with plans to create exciting mixed-use space

Award winning regeneration company Urban Splash has today been selected as the preferred bidder for the former Cole Brothers building.

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Prince William aims to end homelessness and announces Sheffield as a partner for his Homewards initiative

Today (Tuesday 27 June 2023), Sheffield is welcoming Prince William as he launches his UK wide homelessness programme Homewards, with Sheffield right at its heart.

Sheffield Arena, shot from above on a sunny and cloudy day. Picture by Alex Roebuck.

Ambitious investment plans for Sheffield’s leisure and entertainment facilities move forward

Sheffield’s leisure and entertainment venues are set for £117 million of investment and huge improvements as part of ambitious plans for the city. Plans include rebuilds of some of the city’s most popular leisure centres and improvements to Sheffield Arena and City Hall.

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Future of former Cole Brothers building to be decided next week

Next Wednesday Sheffield City Council’s Strategy and Resources Committee will meet to decide the future use of the former Cole Brothers building in Barker’s Pool.  

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Sheffield City Council responds to Tuffnells going into administration

Following the announcement that Tuffnells Parcels Express, a Sheffield-based parcel delivery business, has gone into administration, Sheffield City Council is working with Jobcentre Plus and South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority to offer support to staff who are likely to be made redundant.

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South Yorkshire welcomes creation of new Civil Service policy hub in Sheffield

Sheffield has been chosen as the centre for policy jobs in a move to de-centralise policy and decision making out of Whitehall

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Citu and Sheffield Council seal the deal for transformational zero carbon Attercliffe Waterside scheme

Plans for the much-anticipated Attercliffe Waterside scheme in Sheffield are set to forge ahead with the announcement that Sheffield City Council and sustainable developer, Citu, have exchanged contracts on a development agreement for the site.

Pound's Park on opening day

Pound’s Park temporarily closed for 2 weeks for completion of final works

Heart of the City’s Pound’s Park will be closed for two weeks from Monday, May 15th while final works are completed.

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Funding secured for community, culture and local economy projects

Sheffield City Council has secured grants from the UK Shared Prosperity Fund which will go towards community, culture and local economy projects.

Sheffield Masterplan

Heart of the City progress update from Cllr Mazher Iqbal

Over the past 12 months the Heart of the City has hit several significant milestones and progress has been made across the site, with lots more development to come.

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48 new EV chargers coming to Sheffield this April

To support more people to make the switch to cleaner, electric vehicles (EVs), and to help reduce air pollution in Sheffield, the Council, working with the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority (SYMCA), is installing 48 brand-new electric vehicle chargers to Sheffield.

Electric van in Sheffield

Council adds fully insured vehicles to Electric Van trial

Almost two years on from the successful launch of the first electric van trial in Sheffield, the Council is going a step further to support local businesses, charities, and organisations by introducing fully insured vehicles as part of the popular electric van trial.

Sheffeld's Pounds Park

Sheffield’s new city centre park set to open this Easter

Sheffield city centre’s brand-new public space, Pound’s Park, is set to open early to the public on 3 April, so that the new park can be enjoyed over the Easter weekend and school holidays.

The Cole Brothers building in Barkers Pool

Six high quality proposals received for Cole Brothers building

Sheffield City Council has received a strong response from developers resulting in six high quality proposals for the future of the Cole Brothers building in Barkers Pool.

A street scene capturing Fargate in Sheffield

More funding on offer to transform empty units on Fargate

Grants of up to £50,000 are available to businesses in Sheffield to transform under-used spaces on Fargate.