Showcase of social enterprises giving new life to Glasgow high streets

A project which helped young entrepreneurs start their own social enterprises and revive Glasgow’s high streets is opening its doors to the public over the next week.

The Beyond the Finish Line project based at 7 Trongate challenged 16 to 30 year olds to find social enterprise solutions to the widespread issue of high street and town centre decline. Co-ordinated jointly by Firstport, the social enterprise start-up agency, and Icecream Architecture, it used the momentum of the 2014 Commonwealth Games and the imagination of Glasgow’s young people to regenerate local communities. 

Each business received one-to-one business support, mentoring from an industry expert, free workspace within the refurbished incubator space, funding of up to £2014 and support to find their own premises to open for business during the Games.

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport said: “We have supported these 12 social enterprises over the last six months and it has been truly inspiring to watch them grow from an initial concept to the beginnings of a sustainable social enterprise. 

"We are now inviting the Glasgow public to see their amazing work and achievements so far, both as individuals and as a community of people. They really are changing the future of social enterprise in Glasgow and beyond.”

The project has produced a variety of exciting initiatives including a youth culture magazine, an upcycling enterprise, an illustration company, confidence workshops for young mothers and a community cinema.

The exhibition will be open on Saturday 11am to 3pm; Monday 10am to 6pm and Tuesday 10am to 4pm. A preview evening is being held on Friday from 5pm to 7pm, tickets are available at: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beyond-the-finish-line-showcase-our-social-enterprises-preview-evening-tickets-12637317557.

Beyond the Finish Line has prestigious Legacy status, awarded to projects in 2014 that will work towards creating a more prosperous, inclusive and accessible Glasgow. The project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund. Firstport and Icecream Architecture aim to replicate the idea in other areas, widening the legacy across Scotland. 

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For further information please contact Fiona Holmes on 0131 220 0511 or  07703 117063 or Fiona@firstport.org.uk or Alison Bell on 0141 552 2227  or Alison@icecreamarchitecture.com

More information at www.beyondthefinishline.org.uk