Employment prospects rise as stores and businesses come to Sheffield

A typical Brew Dog bar interior
A typical Brew Dog bar interior

Finance, logistics, retail and beer – companies from a range of sectors are moving into Sheffield and creating jobs.

In a concrete sign the recession is over, firms from across the UK – and the world – are expanding into the city.

And they are bringing empty premises back into use after, in some cases, many months.

The roll call includes hip Scottish beer maker, BrewDog which has moved into the old Starbucks coffee shop on what everyone thinks is Division Street (but is actually Devonshire Street) in the city centre.

It has created 10 jobs

The old Comet store on Guernsey Street, off Queens Road, has reopened as a Furniture Barn creating 10 jobs.

The growing importance of ecommerce has led to the Seymour brothers taking on a parcel delivery franchise and new premises, creating five jobs.

And Dubai financial firm Fund Advisers is opening in the city, creating 25 jobs.

A spokesman said the decision was partly due to the headquarters of the British Business Bank being sited here.

BrewDog claims to be Scotland’s largest independently-owned brewery, producing about 120,000 bottles per month.

It was founded in 2007 by James Watt and Martin Dickie and today operates from Ellon, Aberdeenshire. It has 15 bars, including three overseas, and recently announced record growth for the fifth consecutive year, turning over £17m last year. It has plans to open five sites in the next six months.

A spokesman said: “The people of Sheffield have been screaming out for a BrewDog bar and we have answered the call.

“We are excited to be joining a thriving community of awesome, eclectic craft beer bars in the steel city, who are all standing up to the mass- marketed industrial beers that dominate the rest of the city.”

Fund Advisers, headquartered in Dubai, has chosen Sheffield for its global recruitment and training operations.

Chris Thomas, head of marketing, said it would create 25 jobs initially with plans to grow it into a “significant operation”.

“The central location in the UK, the availability of our profile employee, the redevelopment of the city and the move by the British Business Bank were contributing factors,” he added.

“We see Sheffield as an emerging city in terms of our industry and one that provided us with more opportunity for growth than other locations.”

Seymour Enterprises – which operates distribution, logistics and ground transportation businesses – has taken on the Sheffield franchise of parcel carrier XDP Express. It is set to create five jobs.

hlw Keeble Hawson was commissioned to secure a five-year lease on a new 5,300 sq ft depot at Orgreave Close on the Dorehouse Industrial Estate.

The company is moving to a larger site from the Marsden Industrial Estate in Handsworth.

Adrian Seymour, director of Seymour Enterprises, said: “The acquisition of the XDP Sheffield franchise by Seymour Enterprises was a perfect opportunity to expand our business interests into a sector that is experiencing considerable growth due in part to the boom in internet shopping.”