The Red Brick Building Centre Ltd is an innovative community-owned social enterprise based in the former Morlands Factory situated between Glastonbury and Street in Somerset.
In the last six years we have raised close to £1 million locally and through grants and have transformed two of the three derelict buildings into a vibrant community space for all ages. This includes affordable hot desk space; workspaces for social enterprises and small businesses; an award-winning restaurant; a local FM radio station; artisan workshops; a holistic health practice; a youth club and a space hosting a variety of events for the local community including regular gigs, the Glastonbury Film Challenge, workshops including yoga and Tai Chi and more.
We have spaces that can be hired for a range of events, workshops, conferences and weddings. We will soon have a third hire space available where we plan to have a focus on supporting new business and social enterprise by offering training, skills and networking. We keep our prices as affordable as possible to support new and developing businesses, social enterprises and local community groups. All the money we receive from bookings and rental of our spaces goes directly towards paying our staff and the running costs of the building. If there is any profit this is used to providing additional benefit to the local community.
Following community consultation, the project is now focusing on becoming a pioneering centre for community arts, design and education. The aim is to create an Enterprise and Apprenticeship Hub, particularly for young people, providing much needed opportunities for employment within the community.
We are a Community Benefit Society and have over 300 community shareholders from the local and wider community. No one benefits individually.
Red Brick Investors Club
A small number of local organisations and individuals have invested large sums of money in the building. Without this essential support the building work would not have been possible. Tom Clark is the chair of this Club and he attends board meetings and has an active role in the overall strategic planning of the project. Tom has extensive experience with charitable organisations and theatre work, and has long experience in driving projects of this kind. He has been a friend of the project since the beginning and has provided significant financial support.
Red Brick Tenancy Services Limited
Is a subsidiary wholly owned by the Red Brick Building Centre Ltd appointed to manage and run the tenancy side of the building. Any profit made is transferred to the Red Brick Building Centre Ltd.