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CHARITY

CHARITY VISION

GEM Workspaces promotes employment, training and schemes of community benefit to assist people in need. Our main employment and employability awards are allocated through our Employability Fund and smaller grants are available through our Community Foundation.

Our focus is on poverty and unemployment alleviation through various means, including forming companies, providing managerial services, offering advice and training, promoting community schemes, and operating workspace projects.

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OUR CHARITY

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GEM Workspaces Ltd, established in 1987 as Greater Easterhouse Managed Workspaces Ltd, aimed to tackle local unemployment. Initially leasing Queenslie Business Centre and later acquiring Equicentre, rebranded as Queenslie Workspaces, the charity expanded to Wright Business Centre in 2006 with funding from various sources.

Despite slow initial occupancy due to economic downturns, milestones like land purchase and loan repayment marked progress. Notably, it's named after Alex Wright MBE and led by Bill McCall. GEM fulfils its objectives by providing office spaces at Wright Business Centre and Queenslie Workspace

INVEST & INSPIRE

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GEM EMPLOYABILITY FUND

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GEM aims to make a small number of larger awards annually through the GEM Employability Fund. Projects must be aligned with GEM’s objectives, which can be summarised as:

To relieve and / or prevent poverty and to relieve unemployment through:

  • Providing paid employment;
  • Providing training;
  • Assisting people in need;
  • Promoting schemes of community benefit which further employment opportunity or otherwise assist people in need;
  • Operating workspace projects.

Awards under the GEM Employability Fund will typically be five figure sums (in any one year) and may be for multi-year projects. There is no geographical restriction for awards, although priority will be given to activities in the Greater Easterhouse area of Glasgow. Awards are only available to organisations with demonstrable alignment to GEM's objectives.

GEM expects to develop a collaborative relationship with recipients, influencing the design of projects, assessing progress and measuring outcomes. Appropriate contractual arrangements will be necessary.

For an initial discussion, please contact Gillian Slater, General Manager or complete the application here.

COMMUNITY FOUNDATION

Smaller, ad hoc awards are also available for community initiatives outwith employment and employability. Examples for funding applications include:

Program Funding: such as feeding programs, educational workshops, healthcare services, counseling services, etc.

Operational Expenses: including staff salaries, office rent, utilities, and administrative expenses.

Capacity Building: to assist growth including leadership training, skills development workshops,

Special Events and Fundraisers: Charities often organise special events such as charity galas, auctions, marathons, or concerts to raise funds and engage with supporters.


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BOARD MEMBERS


Nick Martin

Nick’s extensive experience as a Non-Executive Director in both private and public sectors underscores his commitment to sound governance practices.

Nick serves as a Board Member and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee at Consumer Scotland, the statutory consumer advocacy body. Also in the public sector, he is an external member of the Audit & Risk Committee at Scottish Canals, and previously served a full eight-year term on the Board of the Scottish Environment Protection Agency, where he chaired the Audit Committee.

In the private sector, Nick is currently a Non-Executive Director of Beer52 Ltd, a major player in the UK’s online beverages market.

In his executive career, Nick latterly served as Head of Corporate Development at Glasgow-based The Weir Group PLC, a leading global engineering enterprise, where he led the strategic planning function and executed acquisition, merger, and joint venture projects across more than 15 countries.

 



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Gill McNeill

Gill brings a wealth of expertise and strategic insight to our Board, with a career spanning human resources leadership and corporate governance.Currently serving as the Chief People Officer at Scottish Enterprise, Gill oversees a number of corporate functions critical to delivering the organisation's business strategy.

Prior to her role at Scottish Enterprise, Gill held the position of Head of People Services at Virgin Money with further senior leadership roles at BAE Systems, Leidos, and Lloyds Banking Group.

Her extensive experience in human resources leadership, coupled with her strategic acumen, makes her a valuable addition to the Board of Directors at Wright Business Centre and Gem Workspaces.


Brian Gilmour

With a distinguished career spanning more than thirty years in the property market, Brian brings a wealth of expertise and experience to our Board.  Brian embarked on his journey in the property sector back in 1989 working for both Scottish and national brands, spearheading the new homes division for Scotland within one of Britain's largest estate agency groups.  In 2016 Brian founded Indigo Square Property, a prominent letting and factoring business in Glasgow and Ayrshire.

Brian is also a familiar voice to many as the property guru on the BBC Radio Scotland Kaye Adams programme, solidifying his reputation as a trusted authority in the industry.

As a seasoned Managing Director with thirty years’ experience in property and finance, Brian's expertise on the board of GEM will significantly contribute to our ongoing success.


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Dominic Notarangelo

Since 2018, Dominic has been an active member of the Law Society of Scotland, serving on the Professional Conduct Sub Committee. His dedication to upholding professional standards underscores his commitment to excellence and integrity within the legal profession.

Dominic’s leadership extends beyond his professional endeavours to his extensive involvement in community service. He served as the Chairman of the Scottish Association of Citizens Advice Bureau from 2009 to 2016, demonstrating his commitment to advocating for social justice and supporting vulnerable communities. Additionally, his tenure as Chairman of Maryhill & Possilpark Citizens Advice Bureau from 1999 to 2016 exemplifies his dedication to grassroots initiatives and community empowerment.

His vast experience and unwavering commitment to excellence make him a valuable figure on the Board of Directors at Wright Business Centre and Gem Workspaces. We are confident that his strategic insights and passion for community engagement enrich our organisational endeavours and drive sustainable growth.

WORKSPACES

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Our commercial and industrial workspaces provide employment opportunities.

Find out more about our workspaces here

TENANTS

Increasing our tenancy roster widens opportunity for our GEM Community and GEM Employability Funds
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INCOME SHARE

A portion of our rental income is reinvested in local charitable endeavours.

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COMMUNITY

Our Funds aim to assist people in need, with a focus on training and employment, centred on the Greater Easterhouse community.

Through the Wright Business Centre and Queenslie Workspaces, GEM Workspaces is proud to invest in and support community initiatives in Glasgow.

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GEM COMMUNITY FUND APPLICATION FORM


    IN MAKING THIS APPLICATION:

    • We undertake to provide subsequent confirmation (by letter or email) that the project
      or activity for which an award has been given has been carried out;
    • We consent to GEM making news of the award public on its website and annual
      report;
    • We consent to the foregoing information being retained by GEM for administrative
      purposes.

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