Govan Workspace operates as a community-based social enterprise which is owned and controlled by local people. It is a registered charity and was set up in 1981 to create employment through the provision of managed workspaces and services to small firms. The Board of Directors is elected by the wider membership which is open to people who subscribe to the company’s objectives.
What we do
Govan Workspace’s existing workspace operations cover three sites, all within a mile of one another. Six Harmony Row, a former primary school built in the 1890s, was converted and refurbished in 1981 and offers 40 classroom-sized spaces for starter businesses. Elderpark Workspace which opened in 1985, involved the conversion of one of Govan’s landmark industrial buildings, the Lyons Bakery (1927), and provides 60 workspaces. Finally, the Grade B-listed Alexander Stephen House (1914), former headquarters of the Alexander Stephen shipyard, re-opened after refurbishment in June 1996 and provides 23 high-quality offices.
The organisation’s primary goal is the alleviation of poverty which it seeks to achieve through the creation of employment. Trading since 1981, all profits are reinvested back into Govan via the company’s work or other community activities. It currently possesses assets of £5.8m.
Aside from employment, the charity has been involved in many aspects of community life, striving at all times to put its resources – professional, organisational and financial – to work for the benefit of the community, particularly in ways that will give local people a greater say in decisions affecting them.
In 2009 Govan Workspace purchased the A-listed Fairfield Shipyard Offices which had been lying empty and derelict since 2001. Having completed a detailed Options Appraisal Study in 2008 the company decided to provide commercial office space alongside a community-based resource centre on Govan’s shipbuilding heritage. The principal objective of Govan Workspace’s Fairfield proposal is to create employment and inject commercial life into Govan’s badly run-down town centre. It will provide 18,000 sq ft of business space and is expected to generate 90 jobs. The company has a long track record of success in this field, having over the past 30 years developed 120,000 sq ft of workspace accommodation occupied by some 100 businesses employing 500 people.