'..one of the biggest community buy-outs in the country should guarantee that the building where stainless steel cutlery was invented can continue to house craftspeople, who plan to teach their inherited skills to young people in Sheffield.' (The Guardian, Feb 24th, 2013)
Here at Portland Works, we are owned by over 500 community shareholders, who are working to ensure one of Sheffield’s greatest buildings survives. We provide an affordable workspace for small manufacturing businesses and independent artists and craftsmen.
Our wonderful home was built in 1877. In 1914 Portland Works went on to become the first place to manufacture stainless steel cutlery. By the 1950's the industry was in decline and the Works gradually became home to a wide range of small cutlery and engineering businesses. In 2009, the building was threatened after planning permission was requested to convert the building to flats; this encouraged locals to save the building and keep it what it was originally meant for. Our volunteers have tirelessly worked over the past few years to raise funds to buy and renovate Portland Works so that it may continue to fulfill its original purpose of providing affordable workspace for small manufacturing businesses as well as independent artists and craftsmen. We succeeded on 28th February 2013, when we finally purchased the building.
- - Operate the building as a community-owned social enterprise, which lets out workspace at affordable rents.
- - Conserve the building with repairs and grant-aided restoration.
- - Ensure existing tenants stay, maintaining and creating jobs.
- - Attract more tenants into the renovated areas.
- - Support start-up businesses.
- - Develop a centre for traditional crafts and offers training in these skills.
- - Offer public access to the Works through open days.
- - Develop the heritage potential of the site.
Nikky Wilson - Chair, Portland Works LS Ltd
Portland Works Little Sheffield Ltd
A Community Benefit Society registered with the Financial Conduct Authority
Reg no. 31143R