15 Sep 2009

Installers fair at Social Enterprise Centre success

On Saturday as part of the Eco-Renovation Open Homes weekend the Social Enterprise Centre (SEC) at The Exchange, Brick Row was open to the public for the eco-installers fair.

The photos here are from that fair along with the great Nightingale's cafe which was there for the day - one of the best coffees and chocolate brownies I've ever had!

Anyhow this was the first chance many people had to view the eco-measures taken at the centre in the former Selsley Herb & Spice building. It was also a chance to talk to installers like Ecovision, Elite, the Greenshop and more (see more re the fair here).

The centre is an eco-friendly meeting, conference facility and workspace, right in the town centre. The revamped building includes an underground heat pump to harness power for the building complimented by photo voltaic panels. The new space also boasts a shared workspace for up to 15 local organisations, a conference facility for up to 50 people, two private meeting rooms and a fully-equipped kitchen.

The SEC covers the whole of the county of Gloucestershire and was established in 2002 to provide a range of advice and support services to emerging and existing social enterprises and community businesses. See their website here.

To find out more about renting a new workspace or desk from £5 per day within The Exchange or to arrange a viewing please call 01453 762271 or email info@secglos.org.ukThis e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

1 comment:

Philip Booth said...

Further info:


At the Exchange, Stroud Common Wealth seeks to provide affordable shared office space on easy in, easy out terms, linked with the wide range of support services delivered by the Gloucestershire Social Enterprise Centre.

We have had a simple Licence Agreement drawn up which gives tenants security but also the option of leaving with one month’s notice. In order not to accrue “squatters rights” should Stroud Common Wealth go into liquidation, tenants are required to relocate their work space every five months, as part of the terms of our Lease with our Landlord.

Package of Benefits & Costs
We charge our tenants £6 per day, which is £182.50 per month, payable in advance, together with one month’s rent by way of deposit. For this, tenants get the following package:
Business rates
Heat and light
Broadband (wireless or wired)
Free tea and coffee
Free reasonable use of the meeting rooms
Access to the services of the Gloucestershire Social Enterprise Centre.

We are negotiating with a national organisation – Peninsula – to be able to provide a group service covering all HR and H&S issues.

If they wish, tenants can sub-let their workspaces to others.

Workspaces are also available on a daily basis at £10 per day.