TRACY Bush runs Relocate2 Sheffield Ltd and has spent the past six years helping people move their lives and work to the region. Her company specialises in attracting talent, and relocating high-level candidates to the area.
Tracy works with many big businesses in leading sectors from advanced manufacturing and engineering to healthcare, education, sport, creative and digital. Clients include The University of Sheffield, Siemens VAI, Dormer Tools, Creative Sheffield and BSkyB, as well as several London 2012 squads training in Sheffield.
Tracy, aged 35, lives in Ecclesall with husband Matt, one-year-old son Johnny, black labrador Lolly and cat, Mia.
I love that Sheffield is so green. No matter where you are you are usually surrounded by trees and never far from fantastic parks, woodlands and open countryside.
This comes in very handy for our energetic dog Lolly, whose favourite pastime is swimming, either in the River Porter or one of the many local reservoirs. Favourite walks would have to include Ecclesall Woods – I still can’t believe how big they are – as well as Stanage Pole, Higger Tor, Whirlow and Lady Cannings Plantation, which is like our very own Narnia when it snows. Where we live is just 10 minutes from both the city centre and the Peak District, so we really do have the best of both worlds.
We are often in here pushing the pram and walking the dog. It’s such a fantastic space – on a hot sunny day it always reminds me of a beach with the field full of people having picnics and playing football. It’s brilliant that you can walk in the woods or right out to open countryside, past Shepherds Wheel and up through Forge Dam. We usually stop off for an ice cream at the café – which holds lots of happy childhood memories for me, braving the gigantic slide in the playground! I’m looking forward to seeing our little boy Johnny enjoy that as much as we did.
Sharrowvale Road and Ecclesall Road
I really enjoy pottering around the shops, cafés and restaurants here – it’s lovely to see so many independent businesses thriving and I get a lot of satisfaction from being able to buy just about everything I need from friendly folk in good quality shops. I really love Sharrow Marrow for seasonal fruit and veg and the huge selection of fish at JH Mann’s. Seven Hills bakery’s pumpkin seed levain is gorgeous and usually still warm! Selfishly, I would like to see The Silver Hill cheese shop move down here too!
I love painted vintage furniture and interesting interiors pieces with character, so I love rummaging around Sheffield Antiques Centre, Chapel Antiques and all the other antique and secondhand shops around Broadfield Road and Abbeydale Road. I always come home with something. We are lucky in Sheffield to have one dedicated area bristling with so many antiques shops in one place – lots of other big cities have nothing like it. And I think the plan to properly brand the area as Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter is long overdue.
Restaurants and cafes
As an absolute foodie I love all the brilliant places to eat, many of them independents – Thyme Café, Nonna’s, Taste, The Wig and Pen, Bragazzi’s for fab coffee and all the diverse options on London Road. The Cricket Inn in Totley is brilliant on a summer’s evening and I’ve been going to Ashoka since I was one!
I always have a long list of places I want to visit and recommend to my clients – my next one is the new steak place, La Vaca, in Broomhill. I also love eating outside so I’ve got my eye on the outdoor terraces at Milano’s and Canton Orchard for a sunny evening.
Hassop Station Café and cycle hire
This place is just great. We recently hired a bike with a trailer for our little boy and cycled along the trail, through the old tunnels, followed by a bacon sarnie in the café. It must be good as we keep going back.
I really do think Sheffield is the friendliest city, both as a place to live and to run a business. Sometimes I think my clients think I’ve ‘staged’ my days out with them, as no matter who we speak to everyone is always so welcoming! Sheffield is family-friendly, it has great schools and everyone contributes towards the city being a fabulous place to live.
The only thing is, we’re too modest about all of it – Sheffield really needs to shout about how great it is.
As a relocation consultant I am fortunate to meet some incredible people and businesses from so many different sectors in the city. I am always amazed by what local companies do and contribute to around the globe, especially in the advanced manufacturing area. Sheffield really is an incredible place to be right now.
I love meeting interesting people through work and finding out about them – especially those who came to Sheffield for a short time and are still here years later.
The students add a vibrant vibe to the city as well, and they obviously like it here, as most of them stay too!