Me & My Job: ‘Getting people into work is inspirational’

November 14th, 2011

Margaret Heron, General manager, network personnel, the employability arm of the workspace group What does your job entail? We provide employability programmes, mainly on a contract basis, for the Department of Employment and Learning. These programmes are focused on improving people’s chances of getting work and finding them employment. The programmes we deliver include Steps […]

Local firm among top performimg social enterprises

July 26th, 2011

Among the best performing social enterprises in Northern Ireland is a not-for-profit firm based in Draperstown. The ‘Workspace Group’ is one of the top three fastest growing social enterprises in Northern Ireland. A social enterprise is a business which trades with a social or environmental purpose rather than being focused primarily on the bottom line. […]

Dragon’s Den Competition

June 27th, 2011

On Wednesday 15th June 2011, Year 10 pupils from St Pius X College had the opportunity to take part in a real life ‘Dragon’s Den’ competition. The competition was organised and run by the Business Studies Department. The idea originated when the local Enterprise Agency ‘Workspace’ through their Community Fund generously contributed money to the […]

Workspace donates carbon gas detectors to 200 homes

May 2nd, 2011

Hundreds of people living in Draperstown will be safer in their homes thanks to an initiative supported by one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises, The Workspace Group. The organisation, which uses profits generated from its business to partly or wholly fund activities aimed at benefiting the whole community, is donating 200 carbon monoxide detectors […]

Energy savers fuel 55% sales jump at Workspace

February 17th, 2011

One of Northern Ireland’s biggest social enterprises, the Workspace Group, today reported a 55% jump in turnover and a rise in staff numbers to 117 for the year to end-March 2010 – a year it describes as one of its best ever. Draperstown-based Workspace said the better-than-expected results were largely due to a strong performance […]

Happy Birthday Workspace

November 25th, 2010

The Workspace Group in Draperstown have been celebrating the 25th birthday of the organisation.  Set up by the local community with loans provided by 170 local people, the group now employs 115 staff, contributes £1.75m to the local economy through staff salaries, has a turnover of £8M per annum and has offices in Draperstown, Castledawson, […]

Minister visits the Workspace Group

October 29th, 2010

Minister for Social Development, Alex Attwood, has paid a visit today to The Workspace Group, Draperstown, to see at first hand the local social enterprise and economic regeneration group. The event marked the 25th anniversary of the establishment of the group in the area. The group was formed to improve the local economic situation initially […]

Senior Government Officials visit Workspace.

October 20th, 2010

The Workspace Group one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises was delighted to welcome a group of 21 senior civil servants on a recent Social Economy Awareness Visit. The group comprising of officials from various government departments including DARD, DETI, DSD and DHSSPS met with Workspace Chief Executive Brian Murray at the group’s head office […]

The Workspace Group achieves the Social Enterprise Mark

September 1st, 2010

The Social Enterprise Mark is the new brand for social enterprises developed by the social enterprise movement. The Mark identifies businesses that meet defined criteria for social enterprise and offers consumers an instantly recognisable logo that represents enterprises working for social aims and trading to benefit people. The Workspace Group, based in Draperstown, has operated […]

The Workspace Group Welcomes Alastair Hamilton for it’s 25 Year Celebrations.

June 14th, 2010

Workspace was established in 1982 to stimulate social and economic regeneration in the Magherafelt area by providing enterprise units, business support services and employability initiatives. 25 years on The Workspace Group is now one of Northern Ireland’s leading social enterprises with an annual turnover of over £6m and employs over 100 staff. Through it’s 25 […]

3rd Generation Synthetic Pitches Open at the Backrow

June 14th, 2010

Workspace is delighted to anounce the opening of the new 3rd Generation Synthetic Pitches in association with the Backrow recreation Centre Draperstown. The pitch is floodlit and suitable for all sporting activities. The pitch is available for hire by clubs, organisations or groups. The cost of hire of the 3rd Generation Synthetic Pitch is as […]

Groups from Desertmartin, Tobermore, Kilcronaghan and Draperstown receive community grants.

May 15th, 2010

Following the success of the first round of awards of its Community Fund, Draperstown-based Workspace has awarded a further 14 grants totaling £6,250 to local voluntary and community groups. The Workspace Community Fund offers local voluntary and community groups the opportunity to avail of grants of up to £250. Workspace Chief Executive, Brian Murray explains […]

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