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Living And Working In Rotherham

The large town of Rotherham is in South Yorkshire and is situated between Sheffield and Doncaster. The metropolitan borough of Rotherham consists of the town and several smaller towns, villages and hamlets set within some stunning countryside. The rivers Rother and Don flow through the town of Rotherham.
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Joanna Clare
Content Manager
Published on
February 28, 2024

The large town of Rotherham is in South Yorkshire and is situated between Sheffield and Doncaster. The metropolitan borough of Rotherham consists of the town and several smaller towns, villages and hamlets set within some stunning countryside. The rivers Rother and Don flow through the town of Rotherham.

It is around 170 miles from London and like many major towns and cities, it is very well connected by both road and rail links. The nearest airport to Rotherham is Leeds/Bradford Airport which is a little over thirty miles from the town.

Rotherham is a historic town with its own Minster which dates back over a thousand years. The Minster is significant not only because of the splendid architecture and prominent position within the town centre itself, but also for its role in bringing people of differing communities together.

Like many similar northern towns, the Industrial Revolution certainly helped Rotherham to flourish. Relying heavily on the iron industry, the construction of a canal that reached the town in the early part of the 18th century ensured that coal could be brought in much easier and quicker. Production of iron and steel boomed and the town was also known for being a coal mining town as well as having manufactured other goods such as glass and pottery.

Rotherham continues the tradition of having an important manufacturing economy. Its 150 acre Advanced Manufacturing Park which by its own admission is home to some of the worlds biggest manufacturers. The town has recently been identified as being one of the most rapidly expanding economies in the country with many large companies from overseas having already placed investment into Rotherham and many new jobs created. Major sectors in the town include advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive production, food production, health care and ICT and technology.

A recent ministerial visit to the area confirmed the first Investment Zone in the UK because of the region's success in advanced manufacturing with the aim of South Yorkshire becoming the best place in which to have a business. The investment is around  £1.2 billion and there is a clear focus on creating up to 8000 new jobs. Over one hundred overseas companies have already invested here, operating across a wide range of sectors. Additionally, many millions of pounds have been invested in Rotherham’s future for improvements in several areas as well as the town centre undergoing transformation. As one of the fastest growing economies in the country, the town offers an ideal environment for jobs and businesses.

In recent years, a new university centre was opened in Rotherham. It is a state of the art Higher Education campus which offers a varied assortment of degree courses and professional training courses.

Rotherham is becoming increasingly popular yet it retains and offers some delightful and unspoilt nearby countryside. With so many beautiful places to visit and exciting ways to spend time, a few of the many attractions include the atmospheric ruins of Roche Abbey, Aston Springs Farm with their many animals, the pretty Wentworth Village and The Mansion Wentworth Woodhouse with its exquisite gardens. With ever popular markets held here on a regular basis and a town centre offering a good selection of shops, bars, cafes and restaurants, Rotherham has managed to preserve its unique northern character.

It is a desirable area which has a diverse selection of properties, both urban and rural, on offer which in comparison to other parts of the UK, are very affordable. In addition to the historic charm, beautiful surroundings and culture, Rotherham extends a strong sense of community and friendship to all who visit, work or live here.

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