Doncaster at UKREiiF

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Doncaster at UKREiiF

Doncaster is attending UKREiiF as part of the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority stand alongside Barnsley Council, Rotherham Council and Sheffield City Council. Our aim is to attract inward investment, generate economic growth and drive a more sustainable and inclusive culture within the property and construction industries across South Yorkshire.

The third annual UKREiiF event, is being held in Leeds from 21st-23rd May 2024 and brings together the public sector, with every core UK city and region – alongside Government, investors, funders, developers, housebuilders and more. 

Hear from Chief Executive of the City of Doncaster Council - Damian Allen and Mayor of Doncaster - Ros Jones.

South Yorkshire’s Mayor Oliver Coppard held a regional launch event on Wednesday 6th March. The event was held at the Advanced Manufacturing Park in Rotherham and showcased how the region will be represented this year.

To read more about the South Yorkshire launch event please click the button below:

Why invest in Doncaster?

As the newest city in the North of England, we are not afraid to do things differently. We are ambitious, forward thinking and passionate about our place. Our aspirations are high and our opportunities are vast. We have the location, connectivity, people and a prime investment portfolio.

Doncaster is THE place to do business, with City of Doncaster Council taking a proactive and enabling approach to development. With a central ambition to enable thriving people, places and planet, come and talk to us at UKREiiF 2024 about how we can realise trailblazing opportunities together.

South Yorkshire Investment Zone:

In July 2023, South Yorkshire was named the UK's first Investment Zone. At the heart of the UK, South Yorkshire is the best place to start, scale or relocate your business. 

Our advanced manufacturing know-how will be deployed to solve society’s biggest challenges – producing clean, green heat, power and flight; tackling ill-health; and harnessing technology. South Yorkshire’s know-how is about engineering practical solutions to big challenges.

Doncaster has a number of opportunity sites within the South Yokshire Investment Zone. To learn more please click the button below:

FDI European Cities and Region of the future:

Doncaster is the newest city in the North of England. Our ambitious city has been named as one of Europe's best places for investment in the FDI European Cities and Region of the future for three years in a row.

We have ambitious plans for future investments in the city as well as an impressive track record for attracting and delivering major investment projects.

Prime development sites:

Doncaster has ambitious plans for its future as well as an impressive track record for attracting and delivering major investment projects. Very few places in the UK come close to us in terms of the opportunities available for investment and development.

Our key Development Sites include:

City Centre:

City Centre

The City Centre offers a number of investment opportunities. Our Urban Centre Masterplan is transforming the way Doncaster looks. This masterplan is a prospectus for investment and change that will capitalise on the potential that exists.

Click here to learn more about > Doncaster City Centre

Doncaster North:

Doncaster North is a regionally significant industrial and logistics development strategically located adjacent to J6 of the M18 motorway. It includes a unique opportunity in the UK to develop a single unit of 1.15M sq ft, benefiting from easy access to road, rail, air and sea transport routes. The site offers fabulous development opportunities for investors looking for prime industrial space in Doncaster's rapidly growing northern logistics hub.

Click here to learn more about > Doncaster North


GatewayEast is a modern, mixed-use site with outstanding regional and national connectivity and includes the former Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA). On 21st March 2024, Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones announced that a lease to take over the airport has been signed. The 125-year lease will help to ensure the future of the airport site with an ambition to return planes to the skies from the region.

Click here to learn more about > GatewayEast

Click here to learn more about the > airport lease announcement

Unity Yorkshire:

Unity is one of the largest mixed-use regeneration and infrastructure projects in the UK. This award winning development situated in a strategic location off J5, M18. The scheme covers an area of 618 acres and provides excellent access to road, rail and sea. Developers can take advantage of exciting opportunities for commercial and industrial business, residential, retail and leisure developments.

Click here to learn more about > Unity Yorkshire

iPort Doncaster:

iPort is the UK's most advanced multimodal logistics hub offering unparalleled connectivity. Infrastructure is already in place for this 6 million sq ft logistics site operating 24/7 with great multimodal connectivity and strong demographics. An impressive 35 acre Strategic Rail Freight Terminal provids units with direct access to the UK National Rail network and Channel Tunnel to Europe.

Click here to learn more about > iPort Doncaster

Download the Doncaster Investment Propositions brochure:

Our Doncaster Investment Propositions Brochure showcases our transformational opportunities whilst also highlighting the City of Doncaster’s strengths and ambitions.

As one of the newest cities in the UK, we are better placed than ever before to engage and work with investors, developers and partners to deliver high quality business opportunities, jobs and new homes.

Download the Doncaster Investment Propositions brochure

And that's not all...

Our outstanding development sites provide the perfect investment opportunities, but there is so much more to the newest city in the North of England.

The excellent quality of life that Doncaster provides is hard to ignore. Availability of quality housing at competitive prices, easy access to a choice of outstanding educational establishments, plentiful green spaces, varied commercial centres and leisure facilities all contribute to making Doncaster the perfect place to invest. It's no wonder that over 311,000 people choose to live and work in Doncaster.

Connectivity and Location:

If you could pick the ideal location for a city, then Doncaster would be at the top of the list. It is situated at the heart of the motorway network, with easy access to and from the M18, M1, A1(M), M62 and the M180. With 87% of the UK population reachable in four hour’s drive time, that’s millions of customers, suppliers and connections right on your doorstep!

The East Coast Main Line links Doncaster by rail to the whole of the UK and on into Europe. Trains connect Doncaster with most major UK destinations, including a fast and frequent direct service to London in as little as 88 minutes, with an average of 60 trains a day.

Our excellent rail connectivity has also helped place Doncaster at the forefront of national and international railway engineering and operational excellence for over 150 years. We have a well-established supply chain, first-class training facilities and a highly skilled workforce has led to over 50 rail-related companies setting up successful business here. Click here to learn more about Doncaster's > established rail sector

A first-class rail freight facility at the iPort is the UK’s largest bonded intermodal rail freight facility. It is one of the UK's first inland port facilities to provide customs clearance; a convenient alternative to seaport border controls. iPort Rail provides direct access to the UK national rail network and direct services to all major UK ports and to Europe via the Channel Tunnel. Click here to learn more about > iPort Rail

Doncaster's ambition is to return planes to the skies from the former Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA). On 21st March 2024, Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones announced that a 125-year lease to take over the airport has been signed. The process of appointing an operator and investor to manage and develop the airport is well underway with the hope of announcing a partnership in spring 2024. Click here to learn more about the > airport lease announcement

NEWS: Lease for former Doncaster Sheffield Airport signed

Mayor of Doncaster Ros Jones has announced that a lease to take over the former Doncaster Sheffield Airport (DSA) has been signed. The 125-year lease will help to ensure the future of the airport site with an ambition to return planes to the skies from the city.  

The announcement follows over a year of detailed and complex negotiations with landowners the Peel Group. The lease agreement is the first stage in the process to reopen the airport. The appointment of an airport operator to manage the operational airport is well underway with an announcement expected soon.

NEWS: Doncaster giant airship plant to create 1,200 jobs

The City of Doncaster Council and Hybrid Air Vehicles Ltd, the UK-based leader in sustainable aircraft technology, have agreed to locate the production programme for Airlander 10, the world’s most efficient large aircraft.

In partnership will establish Carcroft Common as a hub for advanced manufacturing and sustainable aviation in South Yorkshire, creating over 1,200 new jobs and thriving supply chains. Hybrid Air Vehicles will also work closely with important regional partners like the University of Sheffield’s Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, and the Doncaster UTC.


NEWS: Winvic Begins iPort Rail Doncaster Upgrade for Verdion

Work has commenced the multimillion pound upgrade to the iPort Rail inland port and is due to be completed in autumn 2025. 

iPort Rail sits within iPort, the UK’s most advanced multimodal logistics hub, offering 6 million sq ft of logistics and industrial space on an 800 acre site at the heart of the UK’s rail network and within 5 minutes of the M18. 

The terminal extension works will double its current size and storage capacity and increase number of trains that the terminal can accommodate each day, increasing the long distance, low carbon movement of goods.

NEWS: South Yorkshire investment zone to drive money into advanced manufacturing

The Government has revealed further details of six Investment Zones – including a zone in South Yorkshire.

These are designed to give each area a £160m envelope to catalyse local growth and investment. This includes offering tax reliefs to attract businesses to these zones, and initial investments in a range of interventions including on skills, research and innovation, and infrastructure.

South Yorkshire’s zone will drive investment and support scale up of businesses in the advanced manufacturing sector, building on the region’s established strengths and significant existing business base.

Last updated: 17 May 2024, 12:44