New Sheffield workspace opens its doors

Union St
Union St

‘The future of self-employed working’ has arrived in Sheffield after a new centre threw open its doors.

A four-storey building in the city centre has been converted to a workspace for start-ups, small enterprises and freelancers, offering a ‘new way for self-employed people to work and collaborate’.

Union St, on Union Street, was renovated by two non-profit social enterprises, CADS and Common People, in partnership with Sheffield University.

Co-founder Felicity Hoy said: “After lots of hard work it’s great to be finally opening the doors of Union St to the public.

“Sheffield has so many talented individuals working in various corners of the city, the response has been really positive.

“If you currently work from home, and if you’d like to hot-desk from the city centre along with a range of other independent and social enterprises, we look forward to seeing you at Union St.”

Angga Kara, co-founder of the international clothing brand Hantu, said: “Through Union St we’re able to provide a platform that encourages a wide range of collaborations for the self employment members that work here, whether it’s promotion, pop-up shops, networking or events.”

New member Patrick Brown, of local social enterprise Watermade, said: “As someone who’s only been working in social enterprise for about a year or so, I really want to know about what’s going on in Sheffield, who else is out there, and find organisations with similar ideas and a similar ethos to collaborate with.

“That’s exactly what Union St is all about. It’s bringing together those sorts of people in a co-working space where they can talk about those ideas.”