Business & Entrepreneurs Charity

New community hub for Oxford social enterprises and charities

By John Charlton

Makespace Oxford is a new venture for social enterprises and charities to put vacant space to use for social benefit. Makespace Oxford is a collaboration between Transition by Design, Aspire Oxford, Broken Spoke Bike Coop and the Community Action Group Project who together make up the community interest company (CIC) board of directors.

Andy Edwards, Director and Co-founder of Transition by Design and a Founding Director of Makespace Oxford said; “In starting Transition by Design, one of our biggest struggles was affordable space. As I worried about rent I looked around and saw many other community organisations, big and small, established and embryonic struggling with just the same thing – affordable space in which to make, create, meet, think and do.”

“So a group of us came together to do something about the strangulation of social impact and community development by market rents. Makespace will nurture existing groups, projects and enterprises as well as hopefully sparking new ideas, partnerships and innovation.”

Makespace Oxford is now looking for organisations to become the anchor occupants, particularly those working for social benefit, with a creative or practical aspect to their work. Makespace welcome applications from organisations of all sizes, incorporated and unincorporated . The aim is to incubate new organisations as well as strengthen established ones.

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