Rotherham’s GVA growth has been boosted by a burgeoning consumer economy, recent research has found.

The UK Powerhouse study is produced by Irwin Mitchell and the Centre for Economics and Business Research (Cebr) and provides an estimate of GVA growth and job creation within 45 of the UK’s largest cities 12 months ahead of the Government’s official figures.

Rotherham’s £4.3 billion a year economy was a top performer in 2017 and an update to the study has focused on the consumer sector in the UK, including retail, tourism and leisure, and restaurants and bars.

Rotherham is ranked 18th in the UK with a 2% growth in GVA in the consumer sector, ahead of the average GVA growth across the areas in the study which was 1.5% annually in Q4 2017.