The Metropolitan Borough of Rotherham has transformed itself over the last decade and is playing a major role at the forefront of Yorkshire’s resurgence. It has a proud industrial heritage, but is now building a new future with exciting new jobs and investment.
Home to over 250,000 people and situated in South Yorkshire, the Borough comprises the minster town of Rotherham itself and a further 100 square miles of smaller towns, attractive villages and rolling countryside.
As one of the fastest growing economies in the country, Rotherham offers excellent conditions for jobs and businesses. Over 100 overseas companies have already invested in Rotherham. They, alongside local companies, operate across a wide range of sectors including aerospace, food production, healthcare, automotive components, ICT and other hi-tech industries.
Homes and quality of life
Rotherham is a largely green borough – 70% rural with three country parks, woodlands, rivers and waterways and is within a stone's throw of the Peak District; ideal walking country.
Rotherham has the benefit of a wide choice of housing within the boundary of the town itself with pleasant areas like Wickersley, Whiston and Todwick, with lovely villages like Brampton-en-le-Morthern, Harthill and Braithwell. House prices in the borough are among the most attractive in the UK, with town and country homes ranging from large detached houses to picturesque cottages, modern estates and apartments to Victorian and Edwardian properties.
The quality of life in Rotherham is good, and the cost of living is significantly less than the UK average. The town is also one of the safest places in Yorkshire to live and work.
Business and investment
Rotherham has transformed itself over the last decade and is playing a major role in the forefront of Yorkshire's resurgence, building a new future with exciting new jobs and investment.
The Borough's Growth Plan, is the economic plan to help deliver 10,000 new private sector jobs in Rotherham over ten years. The Council is focused on leading the strategic direction of Rotherham's economy, supported by the Rotherham Business Growth Board and working closely with the business community and being a key player in the Sheffield City Region Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP).
Rotherham is determinedly building on its industrial heritage to build and harness manufacturing expertise for the future. The Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), off the M1, is a joint venture between public and private sector organisations and an internationally recognised centre for advanced engineering, innovation, research and manufacturing excellence. The 100-acre site is home to both world-class research and manufacturing organisations such as Boeing, Rolls Royce and McLaren, as well as smaller, emerging companies developing the next generation of cutting-edge technology. The AMP is also home to the University of Sheffield's Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre (AMRC)'s world-leading research, with established partnerships with industry and specialised apprenticeships, helping to ensure that our region has the right skills and knowledge to drive the manufacturing workforce of the future.
The Town Centre Masterplan will revitalise and transform Rotherham town centre, providing more places to eat, drink, shop and visit, high quality public realm and new homes, bringing more people to live in the town. New developments are already taking shape with a refurbished transport interchange – due to re-open in spring 2019 – a new University Campus and newly launched Tram Train, a UK first. A development partner has been selected for Forge Island, the Masterplan’s flagship scheme, comprising a vibrant leisure quarter, cinema and hotel, with work due to commence in 2019. Further plans include high quality Riverside living and refurbished markets. Gulliver's family Theme Parks is currently building a £37m tourist attraction in the borough; the 12-year project will include a theme park, adventure centre, glamping, 300 woodland lodges and 100-bedroom hotel.
Rotherham and its surrounding area are bustling with cultural and leisure activities. Many of the Borough's attractions are associated with the history of the region, as well as drawing on the incredible landscapes of this beautiful part of the country. Visitors to Rotherham will find plenty to do.
A whistle-stop tour of the Borough could take in:
Wentworth Woodhouse. The largest privately-owned house in Europe and combines both baroque and palladian architecture, with a £150m Masterplan to transform the house into a world visitor attraction.
Wentworth Garden Centre. Much more than just a garden centre. Situated in sixteen acres of historic walled and landscaped gardens, it is arguably the largest and most attractive centre in Yorkshire and the North Midlands.
Clifton Park Museum, park and splash park. Voted one of the nation’s favourite park for three years running and twice nominated for museum of the year, Clifton Park harnesses the latest technology to bring to life the history and heritage of Rotherham.
Boston Castle and Gardens. Recently restored, this grade II listed building, set in beautiful gardens, is an ideal setting for a family picnic.
The Magna Science Adventure Centre. Set in the old Temple borough Steelworks, this is the UK's first such centre, bringing science to life for children of all ages.
Gallery Town. The UK's largest open-air gallery in a town comprising over 100 art installations in 60 town centre locations.
Three beautiful country parks. Including Rother Valley, Yorkshire's Premier water sport and outdoor activities centre, covering 750 acres, and home to the Sheffield Cable Water Ski Centre.
Roche Abbey. Founded by Cistercian monks and built in 1147 by Richard de Busli, who owned the estates at nearby Tickhill, from the time of the Norman conquest, and Richard FitzTurgis. Capability Brown was responsible for landscaping the grounds in 1774.
Shopping. Rotherham town centre is a bustling and vibrant place to shop with over 400 businesses including a mixture of high street favourites, small independent retailers, cafes and restaurants, as well as a programme of lively indoor and outdoor markets.
Mary Portas, the Queen of Shops, as part of the Portas Pilot scheme commented, "Some of the retailers I thought, honestly, were better than some in the heart of London, which I found astounding."
Leisure. Maltby Leisure centre has won the top prize for leisure centres in a national competition, with its operator Places and People winning the prize for best operator.
The fantastic state of the art New York football stadium is the home of Rotherham United, a real community club with great links to training and young people. The venue recently hosted the U17s UEFA Championships, and will host the UEFA women’s championship in 2021.
Residents from neighbouring authorities cross the border to come into Rotherham for their children's schooling.
Rotherham has 16 secondary schools, with 87% rated good or outstanding; 14% above the national average. The overall A-level pass rate is 99.5%, 1.4% above the national average. Rotherham is also consistently above the national average for its GCSE results.
Rotherham's Early Years performance consistently exceeds the national average, whilst more than three-quarters of primary schools are judged to be good or better, with 52 out of 84 primary schools above the national average at Level 4+ reading, writing and maths combined.
Rotherham is home to two general Further Education colleges and a Sixth Form college plus the new University Centre Rotherham, a brand-new campus dedicated to degrees and professional training qualifications, providing a state-of-the-art teaching facility in the heart of Rotherham. The town is also a short drive from Sheffield's two highly acclaimed universities, providing high-calibre graduates from their student population of 40,000-plus, and near the major universities of Nottingham, Manchester, Leeds, Lincoln, Derby, Hull, Huddersfield and Bradford.
The Yorkshire & Humber region's 10 universities produce more than 10% of the UK's graduates each year, with 40% qualifying in scientific, electronic and computer science related subjects. The region supplies 25% of all electronics graduates in the UK.
What people say about the Borough
As part of the fresh start at Rotherham Council, staff have been engaging with communities and colleagues to find out what they love about the Borough:-
"We have some wonderful countryside, it really is a beautiful borough."
"We have good transport links and decent schools and colleges."
"Our family enjoy visiting the country parks in Rotherham, even though we live in Sheffield."
"The Advanced Manufacturing Park is the envy of the North."
"We have a good shopping offer, in the High Street and in the Parkgate Shopping Park."
Rotherham offers fast and easy road links to the rest of the UK, via the M1, M18 and M180 motorways, and the A1(M). Excellent regional rail links include direct services to London from neighbouring Sheffield and Doncaster with direct travel to Leeds, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Manchester and Liverpool.
A brand-new Tram Train between Rotherham and Sheffield – a UK first - is bringing improved choices for travellers. Four international airports within 90 minutes give access to 46 European cities within a three-hour flight.