Saved former Sheffield cutlery works hits full capacity

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A former cutlery works which has been restored for future generations craftspeople has now reached full capacity.

Two years on since the building was saved from being turned into apartments, there are currently no spaces available at Portland Works following the arrival of seven new tenants, taking the number of businesses based at the works up to 32.

With the help of volunteers, further space is being renovated and will be offered later this year.

Portland Works is also getting a new chairman. Derek Morton is standing down to continue as a board member, with Stuart Mitchell taking over his old role.

Stuart, a second generation knife maker who has been based at Portland Works for 32 years, said: “Derek has been the driving force behind saving Portland Works and without him I doubt we would be here today. Our big challenge is to bring new investment of up to £150,000, in particular to replace the roof.”

Derek added: “It’s been great being chair of Portland Works. There’s an immense amount still to do but eventually we’ll have a fine heritage and education asset as well as our growing community of craftspeople - something the city can be really proud of.”

An open day at the works, on Randall Street near Bramall Lane, runs from midday to 4pm on April 11.