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Steel CityEntrepreneurship, Strategy, and Technology in Sheffield 1743-1993$
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Geoffrey Tweedale

Print publication date: 1995

Print ISBN-13: 9780198288664

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198288664.001.0001

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Survivors and New Agendas

Survivors and New Agendas

(p.361) 11 Survivors and New Agendas
Steel City

Geoffrey Tweedale

Oxford University Press

In spite of how the share of world steel that Sheffield accounted for experienced a decline during the 1970s, the local economy proved to persist as the unemployment level of the city remained at a level lower than the national average. However, in 1979, the manufacturing base of the Steel City began to shrink as about 20,000 jobs were lost. This significant change brought on a change in outlook not only for the industry, but also for the government. In this chapter, attention is drawn to how businessmen and various companies were able to respond to such sharp declines and changes. The chapter examines castings, special steels, cutlery and tools, forgings, and the other sectors of the industry while looking into the different strategies and changes of attitude experienced during the 1980s and the 1990s.

Keywords:   forgings, special steels, cutlery, castings, company strategies, changes of attitude, government

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