Re:New Sheffield launch: making meanwhile worthwhile

Thursday 30 July saw the launch of Re:New Sheffield, a collaborative project to promote and support creative interim uses of empty buildings in Sheffield City Centre for pop-up shops and other start-up businesses.

The event was a sell-out, with over 150 entrepreneurs and independent creatives discussing ideas and getting advice from the Re:New advisory board, all who have developed their own successful independent businesses

In the spirit of Re:New, the event was held at Theatre Delicatessen on the Moor, using local independent businesses for event organisation/styling (Felicity Hoy), catering (Pie Eyed) and photography (Shelley Richmond).

Re:New was created by Sheffield City Council, in collaboration with the University of Sheffield's Office for City and Cultural Engagement and Schools of Law and Management. Inspired by a visit from regeneration expert Marcus Westbury of Renew Australia last year, the council and University worked with the creative community to identify barriers and enable start-ups to take their next step in taking on a commercial property.

The result was Re:New Sheffield, which offers mentoring, funding and help in finding vacant units. ReNew is governed by a board made up of Sheffield City Council, property agent and Sheffield Hallam University and chaired by Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Cultural Engagement at the University of Sheffield.

Photos from the Re:New launch event

ReNew launch

ReNew launch

ReNew launch

ReNew launch

Simon Ogden, Head of City Regeneration at Sheffield Council, talking at the Re:New launch

Councillor Leigh Bramall talking at the launch

The Sweet Honey Holes at the Re:New launch

ReNew launch

Felicity Hoy, event coordinator