From a spare bedroom to bespoke new premises in a decade – a fast-growing Sheffield tech firm is on the move to new headquarters in the city’s Cultural Industries Quarter.
Razor, established in 2009 by young Sheffield entrepreneurs Jamie Hinton and Steve Trotter, has become the latest commercial tenant at Speedwell Works on Sidney Street, part of City Estates’ award-winning Alsop Fields development.
The company, which was first established a decade ago, is an official Microsoft Gold Partner and delivers IT solutions for businesses varying in size – from start-ups to FTSE 100 organisations.
Among its most recent successes is Market of Mums – a social selling platform for parents to buy and sell their children’s unwanted clothes and toys. The app currently has over 80k users, with 4,210 users accessing the platform weekly, and 1500+using it daily. More than 8,500 products are added on a monthly basis, with those figures growing daily.
Razor relocates from The Workstation on Paternoster Row, premises it has held since 2014, following significant growth in staff in the past five years.
The company says the move to its new headquarters at Speedwell Works will ‘complement the business’s plans for further expansion.’
Katy Hinton, Head of Operations at Razor said: “We’re extremely excited at the opportunity which this latest venture offers Razor as a business.
“We’ve experienced a very high rate of growth in the last five years and needed a space which would suit our plans for further expansion.
“When the business was first formed back in 2009, we’d never have thought it would grow at the rate it has in the last few years – but the journey we’ve been on to get here has been incredible.
“We’re delighted at the chance to take up space at Speedwell Works, which is a testament to how far Razor has come. City Estates have been fantastic from day one and have allowed us to fully customise our new premises.
City Estates’ Alsop Fields project, after gaining local, regional, national and international award recognition – including the ‘People’s Prize’ in the Small Office of the Year category at the 2018 Frame Awards in Amsterdam – is leading the way in the Cultural Industries Quarter’s re-emergence as the centre of the city’s cultural and creative industries.
Dale Fixter, Director at City Estates, said: “We’re delighted that Razor has become our latest commercial tenant at our innovative Speedwell Works development in Sheffield’s Cultural Industries Quarter.
“It further underlines the success that the Alsop Fields project has enjoyed since it first opened in 2017.
“We are committed to delivering projects and developments which not only provide the city centre with regeneration but also to continue building the increasing appeal of the Cultural Industries Quarter to both businesses and consumers.
“With such an eclectic mixture of commercial projects, food and drink outlets, shops and residential developments, the CIQ has been enjoying a renaissance in recent times – and we aim to help that continue with the addition of new, forward-thinking commercial tenants like Razor.”
For more information on Razor, visit https://www.razor.co.uk/.