Our Supporters

As a community project, Portland Works only exists today thanks to the tireless generosity of our supporters. While we are working to become a truly self sufficient, modern industrial organisation, there is still a great deal of work to do. We continue to rely upon and give thanks to a huge list of people and organisations to whom we are indebted for their support.

The first group are very much the front line of our support: the volunteers who’ve given hundreds of hours of their own time to rebuilding Portland Works, and the more than 500 shareholders who’ve supported us financially.

Please learn more about about getting directly involved on the Volunteering and Shareholders pages.

Donors and Grant Organisations

From 2011, Portland Works has been fortunate enough to attract significant grant funding form some of the most engaged and forward-thinking organisations in the world. These grants allowed us to purchase the building, get our business onto its feet and move forward towards our goal of self sufficiency. In addition, there are a number of individuals too modest to be named, who have donated around £5000 over the campaigning phase, and continue to support us.

We still have a way to go yet but the continued funding, support and guidance that these organisations provide is absolutely critical to the success of today’s Portland Works. Click the logos below to learn more about each organisation.

The Architectural Heritage Fund
Key Fund
The Church Burgess Trust
The J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust
EU Regional Development Fund
S. Yorks Community Foundation
Sheffield City Council
Sheffield Town Trust
The JG Graves Charitable Trust
The Freshgate Trust Foundation
Henry Boot Ltd

2020/2021 Supporters in Kind

A number of local business also support the Portland Works project with advice, products and preferential rates on their services. This donation in kind is invaluable and greatly appreciated by the hundreds of shareholders, volunteers and tenants that also support the Works.

Having worked with these companies, we are delighted to recommend them as great examples of businesses that share our commitment to craftsmanship, personal service and upholding the heritage of our city.

H. Harrold & Sons

H.Harrold & Sons Ltd was established in 1919 by William Harrold after leaving his employment with a firm of white smiths in Derby. The company, which is based within half a mile of Sheffield city centre, is one of the best known locksmiths and safe and security engineers in the North of England. Four generations later, it is still owned and run by members of the same family.


Progressive Safety Footwear & Clothing Ltd

One of the UK’s leading distributors of safety footwear, Protective workwear, Corporate Careerwear and PPE/Workplace safety products. We provide a nationwide service with all goods avaliable from our national distribution centre and trade counter which is open to public with amazing trade prices. We are also the official licensee in the UK and Ireland to manufacture Safety footwear and clothing under the world famous JCB brand.



Based in Sheffield, ASAP is a dynamic digital print and large format print company with an enviable reputation for innovation, quality, value and service. ASAP is owned and managed by a highly motivated group of print production professionals whose combined heritage includes graphic design, screen print, reprographics and of course, a wealth of large format and digital print experience.