Social Business Park for Charities and Social Enterprizes

FareShare South West is a charity that is tackling food waste and fighting hunger. We are based in a warehouse that has a five year lease which is due to end in 2015. Many other charities face the dilema of re-negociating their leases with landlords or having to move.

My idea is to identify a business park that includes offices, units, workshops and warehouses purely to support charities and Social Enterprizes in Bristol. 

You may say community centres are already doing this but my vision is on a much bigger scale and not under one roof, for instance; we require a warehouse, another project may require a wood yard another a kitchen etc.

 

Why the contribution is important

Organisations could share space, could share resources and become a hive of activites for volunteers and the sharing of skills.

People who volunteer could learn skills and achieve accrediation from many different charities and come away with a range of different skills.

Similar charites could be positioned close to one another to benefit each other, for instance use of vans, kitchens etc.

This could save an enourmous amount of money for charities that will benefit the local communities.

by jreeves on December 10, 2013 at 02:09PM

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Comments

  • Posted by JaneS December 13, 2013 at 19:10

    This could provide a valuable centre for Bristol, giving greater security to social enterprises so they can better-plan for the future. With security of premises taken care of, organizations are more likely to expand, to develop partnerships and new initiatives.
  • Posted by ChrisRichards January 03, 2014 at 16:05

    How about the area around the Create centre (hotwells) and in particular the big red brick building (B Bond?) there's smaller buildings and space by the side of it, it's owned by Bristol City Council and it's a central location. B Bond is 8 floors so there's loads of space and most of it is empty at the moment.
  • Posted by judithsb January 09, 2014 at 18:10

    I do not like the idea of business parks as I feel that there is already too much land taken up inappropriately. Supermarkets, DIY stores and other single storey structures should be built with accommodation on the top in order to stop expansion into the green belt and to make these areas useful throughout the day and night.

    Otherwise the idea is terrific.
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