If you have been keeping abreast of news at Pestcotek you will have gathered that we are expanding from our base in Louth, Lincolnshire, to extend services to Selby, Sheffield, Leeds and Hull. In the last but one blog post we reflected on the delights of the industrial and fishing heritage of Hull and her contemporary sporting and artistic prowess. Today, Pestcotek would like to put Sheffield in the spotlight as a great city and economic region into which we look forward to making our mark.
Sheffield is world-famous for its history of steel production. The city gained an international reputation for its steel in the 19th century. During this time of Industrial Revolution, Sheffield steel innovation saw pioneering innovation in crucible and stainless steel, which attracted a massive swell in the population of the region. Sheffield officially became a city in 1893. Many will be aware of the decline of steel in the 1970s and 1980s, which coincided the collapse of coal mining in the region.
The city can boast two prominent and extremely well-regarded universities: The University of Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University.
Sporting history and heritage in the city is impressive both for its excellence and its longevity. 1857 saw the world’s first ever football club: Sheffield F.C.; and world’s second: Hallam F.C., who play at the world’s oldest football ground located in the Crosspool area. These two clubs are, today, Sheffield’s to major non-league sides. It goes without saying, of course, that Sheffield is the home of Sheffield Wednesday F.C. and Sheffield Utd. By the 1860s the city could boast 15 football clubs and the first ever amateur leagues were competed therein. The professional rugby league team in the city is, of course, the Sheffield Eagles whose home can be found at the Owlerton Stadium. Many will have heard of the Sheffield Steelers Ice Hockey Team which plays at that fortress of entertainment, the Sheffield Arena. Sheffield’s Crucible Theatre is, of course, the venue for the World Snooker Championship. Most of the top fencing and squash tournaments are held in the city. Sheffield is also host to Sheffield Tigers Rugby Union and Sheffield Sharks basketball.
The city can boast, as many will be aware, that it is the home of many world-class musicians and bands. Joe Cocker, Def Leppard, Paul Carrack, The Arctic Monkeys, Bring Me the Horizon, Pulp, The Long Blondes and Moloko all come from Sheffield.  The two large theatres to be found in Sheffield are The Lyceum and The Crucible. Along with the smaller Studio Theatre they form the largest theatre complex outside London. Museums and galleries in the city abound. There the visitor will find: the Millenium Galleries, Graves Art Gallery, Weston Park Museum, Kelham Island Museum (a steel industry museum), Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet and Shepherd Wheel (a former water-powered workshop).
In the late 20th and early 21st centuries, Sheffield has seen extensive economic redevelopment and diversification. The economy has experienced steady growth at an average of 5% annually. This is greater than that of the Yorkshire and Humber region on the whole. In 2004, a survey demonstrated that Sheffield was the fastest growing city outside London for office and residential space and rents. This means that the city now has a vast deal of commercial and domestic premises in need of pest preventative advice and pest control solutions. Pestcotek is very proud to be expanding into a city and region with such an impressive sporting history and prowess, with a wealth of musical and artistic distinction, forged by a world-famous industrial heritage. If you live or run an organisation in Sheffield, whether the premises include offices, warehouses, kitchens, dining areas, laboratories, learning facilities, or facilities related to healthcare and education, we would like to hear from you. If you have questions about pest control: ask us. We’re very happy to help prevent pests or help rid you of the nasty little blighters!