An Innovation Hub in Northern England?

Sheffield, a former steel city, repositions itself just as businesses are looking for alternatives to Europe's pricier big cities
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There was a time when British manufacturing didn't seem like an oxymoron. In their industrial heyday, northern English cities such as Manchester and Sheffield thrived. Yet by the 1980s, the situation was markedly different. Assaulted by the political brinkmanship of Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, then kneecapped by its own radical Labor City Council, Sheffield and much of its famous steel industry sank into a dazed decline from which it seemed unlikely to bounce back.

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