The Flat White Has Landed in Sheffield Business Park
05 July 2016
Photo caption: Sheffield Business Park Business Manager Dawn Kennedy-Burns (second from right) with staff at the new Costa which has opened at Sheffield Business Centre.
Sheffield Business Park is one of Yorkshire’s largest and most dynamic business parks. Home to the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Siemens, Stanley Black & Decker, ITM Power, HSBC, SIG and Fulcrum, it holds more than 2,000 jobs and lies at the heart of Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District.
Once completed, the Innovation District will be Europe’s largest research-led Advanced Manufacturing cluster and the first of its kind in the UK. It is centred around the Sheffield-Rotherham corridor, which is already home to the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC) and the wider Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP) at Waverley.
For the past 50 years, the landscape of innovation has been dominated by places like Silicon Valley – spatially isolated corporate campuses, accessible only by car, with little emphasis on quality of life or on integrating work, housing and recreation.
By contrast, Innovation Districts combine research institutions, innovative firms and business incubators with the benefits of urban living. Unlike traditional science parks, these districts cluster cutting-edge research in geographic areas that are liveable, walkable, bike-able, and transit connected - and amenities like coffee shops are all part of that urban living package.
The new 30-seat Costa is the latest informal meeting place to open aiding collaboration between research and business as well as a place for workers to break away at lunch.
Sheffield Business Park Manager Dawn Kennedy-Burns said: “We are delighted that Costa has chosen to open a new coffee shop within Sheffield Business Centre.
“The arrival of Costa adds to the amenity offer available at Sheffield Business Centre and is a perfect demonstration of its advantages. It is an ideal area to meet and enjoy a great cup of coffee in a modern, warm and welcoming environment and we look forward to receiving existing tenants and occupiers along with our many visitors to the Centre.”
To learn more about Sheffield City Region’s Advanced Manufacturing Innovation District or investment opportunities here and in Sheffield, please contact the Invest Sheffield Team on +44(0)114 223 2382 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Park's Enterprise Zone status offers new occupiers business rate relief for five years and potential for enhanced capital allowances covering investment of up to £100m in plant and machinery.