THE Workspace Group, a social enterprise based in Draperstown, has been awarded the Queen’s Award for Enterprise in Sustainable Development.
The award is in recognition of the significant contribution that the Workspace Group has made in aiding regeneration and demonstrating commercially successful sustainability.
The Group which was set up in 1985 by the local community now has a turnover exceeding £10m per annum, employs more than one hundred and twenty staff, has six offices in Northern Ireland, one in Donegal and also has offices in Wales and England.
Through its diverse range of services including property, enterprise and business support, energy efficiency, employability programmes, recruitment, childcare and recreation, Workspace identifies and satisfies community needs. The Group’s business model sees it undertake energy efficiency projects throughout the UK and Ireland saving industrial, commercial and public sector customers’ money and reducing their CO² emissions.
By encouraging enterprise and self-employment Workspace helps stimulate economic development. The Group also works with voluntary groups locally and in areas of impact encouraging and supporting them to develop including providing support from its Community Fund. Workspace is working towards making its area carbon positive by identifying commercially feasible local energy generation opportunities.
Brian Murray, Chief Executive of the Workspace Group said “We are delighted to be awarded this award. Whilst recognising our work over the past 28 years of our operations the award will also be of significant marketing benefit as we work more and more with larger companies and organisations particularly in Britain on our energy saving systems.”