SOAR-ing ahead with £4m site

Guests on the Hard Hat Tour of SOAR's �4 million enterprise centre, in Parson Cross, with (front l-r) former Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law, Lord Lieutenant David Moody and SOAR partnership manager Ian Drayton
Guests on the Hard Hat Tour of SOAR's �4 million enterprise centre, in Parson Cross, with (front l-r) former Lord Mayor Coun Alan Law, Lord Lieutenant David Moody and SOAR partnership manager Ian Drayton
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Leading figures from Sheffield have got a sneak preview of a new enterprise centre being built by Southey and Owlerton community regeneration charity SOAR.

The £4 million centre, in Parson Cross, is due to be opened in the autumn by former Sheffield City Council chief executive Sir Bob Kerslake, now Permanent Secretary of the Department for Communities and Local Government.

When complete it will create a local hub, comprising high quality offices, light industrial units and artist studios clustered around an internal courtyard providing support services for new and established businesses.

SOAR is staging a series of ‘Hard Hat Tours’ to give business and other organisations a sneak preview of the facilities, which SOAR partnership manager Ian Drayton says have led to lots of enquiries about the space and requests for further tours.

The organisation has also launched an appeal for Sheffield firms to become corporate sponsors of the new facility.

“This is about much more than a logo on a board,” Ian Drayton told potential sponsors.

“Your sponsorship and support will enable residents to access state of the art learning facilities, a purpose built enterprise centre, boost the local economy and raise aspirations.”

Prospective sponsors are also being offered the chance to influence local strategy and make a real difference at a community level by joining the SOAR board.

Lord Lieutenant David Moody, who was among those on the first Hard Hat Tour, said: “It’s a very impressive project and will create real opportunities for local businesses and residents. Parson Cross is a hub of building activity at the moment with the Enterprise Centre, the new District Centre ASDA and the Learning Zone.”