What is the
South Yorkshire MCA?

The Manufacturing Forum supports and advises all manufacturing businesses in the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority. But what exactly is it?

There are several different entities that represent our region, as described below. However, if you are a manufacturing business within any of these areas, then The Manufacturing Forum is here to support you.

The Sheffield City Region was established in 2004.
It is a region covering 9 local authorities. They work together to develop the region.

  • Barnsley
  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • Bassetlaw
  • Bolsover
  • Chesterfield
  • North East Derbyshire
  • Derbyshire Dales
  • The Combined Authority

    The Sheffield City Region Mayorial Combined Authority (MCA) was established on 1st April 2014. It agreed a devolution deal and established a directly elected mayor.
    It includes 4 of the local authorities as constituent members, with the other local authorities in the Sheffield City Region serving as non-constituent partners.
    From September 2021 it was renamed the South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority, to better represent the area that it covers.

  • Barnsley
  • Sheffield
  • Rotherham
  • Doncaster
  • The Local Enterprise Partnership

    The South Yorkshire MCA Local Enterprise Partnership (commonly referred to as the LEP) was established in 2014. It covers the 9 local authority areas and is led by private industry, forming partnerships with the local authorities to develop economic activity in the region.

    The South Yorkshire MCA has a diverse economy comprising a dynamic core city, important towns and market towns, fabulous countryside and a significant rural economy. The City Region encompasses more than 1.8 million people and approximately 700,000 jobs.

    The MCA is located at the strategic heart of the country. It is comprised of the nine local authority areas of Barnsley, Bassetlaw, Bolsover, Chesterfield, Derbyshire Dales, Doncaster, North East Derbyshire, Rotherham and Sheffield.

    The South Yorkshire MCA’s economy has an output of more than £28.2 billion pounds per year and contains approximately 44,700 businesses.

    The South Yorkshire MCA forms an economic entity historically based on manufacturing. The region can justifiably lay claim to be the home of high value materials manufacturing in the UK, where its products have become synonymous with quality and excellence, as captured by the “Made in Sheffield” brand.

    Investments in the wider manufacturing disciplines over the last 10 years have widened its scope outside materials, and maintaining that momentum over the next 20 years is critical to the future prosperity of the people who live and work in the area.

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