After what feels like forever, Doncaster has been awarded city status! In tandem with the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee and alongside 7 other ex-towns, Doncaster was supported by various members of the government, including Ed Miliband MP and Mayor Ros Jones. But, what exactly does a city status mean for Doncaster? Here at Humana, we are here to break down what citizens can expect and what this means for Doncaster jobs.
With a population of over 300,000, Doncaster already was deemed larger than a typical town. In fact, Doncaster has a greater population than other cities in Yorkshire like Wakefield, Hull and Ripon. Home to the oldest race in the UK? Check. Airport and university centre? Check again. And with city status in our corner, things can only continue to rise up.
What is City Status?
On the suggestion of government ministers, the monarch officially grants city status to towns meeting certain requirements. From this year’s selections, the mainland UK now has 76 cities: 55 in England, eight in Scotland, seven in Wales, and six in Northern Ireland.
There are no fixed qualifications for establishing a city, and city status confer no specific rights. However, it does convey a sense of prestige and pride.
Towns with diocesan cathedrals were traditionally awarded city status in England and Wales, a tradition inaugurated by King Henry VIII. However, during the 20th century, city status has been determined by considerations other than cathedrals, such as population size, historical significance, and industry.
South Yorkshire now consists of two cities and two towns (Sheffield, Doncaster, Rotherham and Barnsley. It means that the county now has a bigger seat at the table in the terms of engaging the national government. Now more than ever, local officials from the cities can band together and help promote and advocate certain important agendas in the region.
Recently, the county has been addressing the lack of skills developed within education. In industries such as entertainment and marketing, a skill gap needs to be examined. That’s why gaining a city status can help create schemes to enter these sectors from secondary school; aiming to create more Doncaster jobs for those who are local.
Dan Fell, Chief Executive Officer of Doncaster Chamber has said: “With this enhanced platform, we will be in a better position than ever before to drive the levelling up agenda in South Yorkshire.”
With more attention, Doncaster can start to focus on driving up economic growth also. Having another city in South Yorkshire means that tourists and other visitors may be more attracted to the region and to explore the opportunities that are accessible here. Potential business owners, either coming from abroad or elsewhere in the UK, have the opportunity to expand their own trade and conduct business in Doncaster; boosting the local economy.
Though London is the nation’s capital, it is also more expensive to set up a business. Especially since there will be various amounts of competitors. However, Doncaster offers a cheaper alternative for those looking for places to conduct their trade. With an airport and good transport links, Doncaster is also ideally located to London; a direct train taking as little time as 1 hour and a half.
And with more business, the rate of Doncaster jobs will only improve.
Local Marketing Company in Doncaster
Humana is a local marketing company based in Yorkshire that focuses on improving human relations and connections. Based in Doncaster, we actively help and contribute to the local community and supply Doncaster jobs within the marketing industry. We are excited to expand our business as Doncaster begins to grow with its new city status!