Rotherham has fastest growing economy in Yorkshire

By Sam Cooper | 05/01/2018

Rotherham has fastest growing economy in Yorkshire
From left to right are: Former deputy leader and cabinet member for business and economy at Sheffield City Council Cllr Leigh Bramall, leader of Rotherham Borough Council Cllr Chris Read, chief executive officer for McLaren Mike Flewitt, chairman of Sheffield City Region LEP Sir Nigel Knowles and vice chancellor and president of Sheffield University Sir Keith Burnett pictured at AMRC in February. 170222-13

ROTHERHAM has the fastest growing economy in Yorkshire and the eighth fastest in the country, a new report has found.

The borough’s economy grew 1.8 per cent in the third quarter of 2017, according to research by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research.

Dorrien Peters, partner and head of business legal services at the Sheffield office of Irwin Mitchell The report said Rotherham had built on its historical manufacturing sector specialising in heavy steel, and now played a key role in making bespoke products for the aerospace, nuclear and transport industries, driven by research and development at the Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

Mr Peters said: “Our latest Powerhouse Report shows Rotherham’s impressive growth is a huge testament to the vision of our universities, together with Rotherham and Sheffield, to build a world class Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.

“It is a decision that is supported by the hard economic data that shows the worth of manufacturing and education to the wider Sheffield City Region.” 

Work is currently underway to build a factory for supercar manufacturer McLaren at the Advanced Manufacturing Park.

Harworth has also signed a 15-year lease with an unnamed advanced manufacturer for a new 11,044 sq ft unit at the same site in July.

Plans are also in place for a £50m “town centre” and bus station on the neighbouring Waverley estate.

Rotherham Borough Council leader Chris Read said: “This is a real credit to the partnership we've built, the investors who’ve come to Rotherham and those who've backed borough projects for a long time.”

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