New business drive

Creative Arts Development Space (CADS).

Creative Arts Development Space (CADS).

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An enterprising charity which aims to turn disused buildings in Sheffield into hives of creative activity is expanding into two new premises.

Creative Arts Development Space moves into empty buildings and uses them to encourage business start-ups.

The organisation has signed a deal to move into a former council department on Union Street, which has four floors of former office and retail space.

Bosses are also on the verge of sealing a deal to acquire a space in the Cultural Industries Quarter.

Steve Rimmer, manager of CADS, said: “We’re delighted to continue our role providing flexible space in Sheffield with these new city centre locations.

“The next stage for CADS as a social landlord is to increase access to more unused, empty space across the city.

“We’re also finalising our new listing platform to make access to studios and space even easier.”

Both buildings are earmarked for development in the future but in the short term they will provide studios, a co-working hub and exhibition space for creative business types.

The aim is to allow Sheffield people with a business idea easy access to premises without the red tape.

The concept has seen success in Newcastle, Australia, a former industrial city, and in May Marcus Westbury from Newcastle will visit Sheffield to advise leaders on regenerating the city centre.

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