The Education Partnership Award: Workspace Group PLC

Award Type: 

Longlisted for a Business in the Community Responsible Business Award 2018 

 

Action and Impact 
Workspace Group is a business that offers flexible offices and co-working spaces for businesses across London. It owns and operates more than 3.7 million square feet of business space in 68 properties in London for 4,000 business customers.

In a partnership with the Greater London Authority and Business in the Community, the business has developed InspiresMe Week, a one-week internship programme for 16 to18-year-old students. The aim is to help businesses support the next generation of entrepreneurs, particularly from underprivileged backgrounds, and provide them with the opportunity to build their skills and gain work experience.

Thirty-nine businesses got involved, 100% of which said they would like to be involved in future editions of InspiresMe Week.  They all also said they would recommend the programme to a friend or business contact and that it had been particularly successful in its primary objective: instilling confidence and enthusiasm into students and giving them direction. In fact, 85% of participating students said they would “consider setting up their own business in the future”.

The initiative has helped engender a culture where Workspace employees believe in developing young people and helping them grow. It has also helped to strengthen collaboration among Workspace’s various business units, employees and customers.