Our starting point was to save Portland Works from being closed and converted into flats. This run-down old cutlery works is the first place in the world where stainless steel cutlery was made, and is architecturally significant, being a well built set of workshops in a courtyard behind a rather grand frontage. Portland is one of the few Works in Sheffield still host to working people busy making things, and probably the only one where metal working has continued uninterrupted from the 1870s until the present day.
The campaign evolved into securing a future for this Grade II* Listed building, through purchase, renovation and management by a social enterprise set up by an association of tenants and community members. A community share issue was launched in June 2011 and closed in June 2012, achieving the threshold target of £200,000 and enabling the purchase of Portland works to go ahead. The Works will belong to the people of Sheffield, and continue to offer low-cost accommodation to craftspeople and the creative industries.