26 May 2015

A traditional cutlery works that has been in the centre of Sheffield since the 19th century will be moving to a new, larger site off Sheffield Parkway.

Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd, the Sheffield kitchen knife manufacturer and distributor, have done a property ‘swap’ with Sheffield City Council. They have agreed to exchange the historic Eye Witness Works on Milton Street for a 32,000 square foot single storey unit on Parkway Close. The new building will provide a new factory space as well as room for their distribution business.

Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd will invest over £1million in the new building, including new machinery for the manufacturing unit, new warehousing equipment, offices and a trade showroom.

As part of the deal Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd can remain at Eye Witness Works for 24 months to ensure a well-planned move.

Eye Witness Works was built in stages between 1850 and 1900 and is a Grade 2 listed building. It has been home to Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd for over 150 years but has become increasingly unsuitable for a modern business.

The property is close to Devonshire Green in Sheffield City Centre in an area that is becoming an increasingly popular place to live as well as work. The Council intends to spend the period while the company remains in the building to prepare a development brief and market the property.

Alastair Fisher, joint managing director of Taylor’s Eye Witness Ltd said: “For us this is a great opportunity to continue the growth of our business and to give even better service to our worldwide customer base. It also it shows our continuing commitment to manufacturing in Sheffield.”

Councillor Leigh Bramall, Sheffield City Council’s Cabinet Member for Business, Skills and Development added: “I am really pleased that the Council has been able to help this longstanding Sheffield business relocate to a property that is more suitable for their needs and will allow them to develop their business further.

“At the same time, by acquiring this fascinating historic building, the Council will be able to bring forward exciting regeneration proposals that build on the City’s historic cutlery industry.

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