London firms told the benefits of Sheffield

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Law firms and investors from across the city headed down to London to tell firms in the capital the benefits of moving part – or all – of their business to Sheffield.

The ‘North Shoring’ event, held last week, brought together people with a range of expertise to discuss the many benefits the north has to offer.

Speaking at the event, Edward Highfield, director of Creative Sheffield, said: “Sheffield is the fourth largest city in the UK in terms of population, with 560,000 people, of which 25,000 live in Sheffield’s city centre.

“We have a large population of students living here – 70,000 students of which 10,000 are international students – and one of the highest graduate retention rates in the country.

“With both universities being renowned for teaching in law, business studies, modern languages and finance, we have a large talent pool to offer to new firms wishing to expand here.

“In 2015 we saw the highest volume of foreign investment in a decade here in Sheffield - it really is a dynamic time for the city.

“We have come to London to talk more about our offer and how we can support legal sector firms.”

Giles Searby, partner at HLW Keeble Hawson, said: “Sheffield is a great place to open a law firm. With around 2,000 law graduates coming out of university, there is a lot of talent to choose from.

“We want to give that career path to the city’s graduates and students.

“I North Shored.

“I started my career in the City of London and moved to Sheffield 14 years ago.

“I have spent my time on the tube in London commuting to work and now I live in Sheffield and I couldn’t go back – Sheffield can offer a fantastic lifestyle.”

Matt Peacock, partner at OMC Partners, said: “North Shoring is making a significant impact to lawyers’ cost bases, profitability and service delivery.”

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