Help fund Sheffield’s new antiques plans

Sheffield Antiques Quarter...Hendrika Stephens, at the old Heeley Bank,Queens Rd,Sheffield
Sheffield Antiques Quarter...Hendrika Stephens, at the old Heeley Bank,Queens Rd,Sheffield
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Businessmen and women behind Sheffield’s Antiques Quarter hope residents will back ‘ambitious’ plans for the attraction.

The area, which encompasses a collection of antiques, retro and vintage shops around Broadfield Road in Heeley, has seen 10 new businesses spring up since it was launched last year.

Now organisers hope people will get behind an application to put the quarter firmly on the map with new banners, information ‘totems’ providing details of local shops, murals or artwork and brown tourism signage.

A bid for crowdfunding – where people pool money through the internet to fund a project – is being finalised so residents and businesses can also get involved.

Artist Hendrika Stephens, chairman of the group behind the quarter, said: “We are in our second year and have ambitious plans for bringing improvement and increasing footfall.

“We are looking for Sheffield to support the development of the quarter and plan to take measures that will really put our stamp permanently on the area.

“The idea is that when you arrive in the quarter you will really know you are there.

“We are currently undertaking public consultation to support Signing the Quarter and have put together a crowdfunding bid which we hope will help us raise the funds necessary to carry out our plans.

The branded quarter – like the city’s Devonshire Quarter – was launched with a vintage fair in November.

It has support from Sheffield Council and local firms.

Hendrika said: “We have created a new shopping area and browsing experience filled with independent businesses run by Sheffield people. Since our activities began just more than a year ago, 10 new businesses have opened in the area.”

n For details on the plans, visit Signing the Sheffield Antiques Quarter