Wednesday June 8th 2016

ReNew’s success bolstered by BID investment


Sheffield BID and ReNew Sheffield are working together to encourage meanwhile uses of empty buildings, transforming them into new pop-up shops, business startups and community projects.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID Manager says “empty properties spoil the city centre and act as a magnet for anti-social behaviour. Meanwhile uses are a way of putting a vacant space back into good use for the benefit of the whole community until a permanent solution is found.

“Through its Busier work programme the BID focuses on achieving higher footfall, city centre vibrancy and economic growth. Investment in projects that reduce empty retail, void spaces and redundant buildings helps to make the city centre more enjoyable, more social, healthier and easier to get around. Our investment in ReNew is just one example of how we can achieve this.”

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City & Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield is also Chair of ReNew. She says: “ReNew is helping city centre transformation by bringing together landlords of empty buildings with creative professionals and entrepreneurs who want to get their businesses off the ground. We are giving new, independent businesses the opportunity to test their ideas, whilst at the same time adding variety, colour and new life to our city centre streets”.

New businesses helped by the ReNew scheme with support from Sheffield BID include: The Sheffield Makers in the Winter Garden, the Foodhall on Eyre Street and The Alternative Information and Gallery on Charles Street.

Kiran Antcliffe, from Creative Arts Development Space (CADS) which has opened The Alternative information Centre, said: “19 Charles Street, a stone’s throw from the Peace Gardens, is a fantastic new opportunity to provide accessible space in a city centre location with high levels of footfall, allowing CADS to achieve its charitable aims of supporting early stage enterprise in the city centre, and assisting individuals in personal business development regardless of background or financial circumstance. We’re very excited to see the impact that this new building will have.”

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