Stake your claim to share in Sheffield historic site

Portland Works,Randall Street,Sheffield...Chairman Nikky Wilson
Portland Works,Randall Street,Sheffield...Chairman Nikky Wilson
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It’s your chance to own part of Sheffield’s history and help preserve it for the future... but time is running out.

The deadline for the second issue of major shares worth more than £1,000 in the Grade II* listed Portland Works has been set for tomorrow.

Already, £390,000 has been raised in the two share issues by Portland Works Little Sheffield Community Benefit Society.

And the organisation’s new chairman, Nikky Wilson, has revealed preparations are now being made for bids to the JP Getty Foundation and Heritage Lottery Fund for larger sums.

Restoration works to the building, which is home to more than 20 small industrial businesses and other groups, are set to cost £3 million in total.

Nikky has taken over from Derek Morton, who remains involved with the campaign to preserve the building.

She said: “Our second share issue closes tomorrow for anyone wanting to buy shares worth £1,000 or more - although we are still open to people wanting to buy shares of more than £100.”

Portland Works was bought by the community benefit society last year for £390,000.

■ Visit Portland Works to buy shares.

Portland in numbers:

500 - Number of people who have bought shares in Portland Works

£310,000 - Money raised so far from the two share issues made by campaigners.

£100 - Minimum share stake.