Cafe based at award-winning Wasps Studios set to become community hub thanks to support from 'Ditto'

A cafe based in the award-winning Wasps Studios in Dennistoun, Glasgow, has been awarded a place on Firstport’s ‘Ditto’ programme.

The Factory Cafe will receive tailored business support and funding to help it become a vibrant hub for over 70 artists within the studios as well as the local community.

Karen McGregor, Chief Executive of Firstport, said:We are delighted that the Factory Cafe has the support it needs to become a sustainable social enterprise.

“The idea behind Ditto, which is funded by Resilient Scotland, is to increase the social and economic impact of social enterprises in Scotland by promoting a low-risk route to starting a business.”

Gillian Orr of the Factory Cafe said: “Getting onto Firstport’s Ditto programme is an important step for us as we take the business to the next level. It will make a huge difference in how we market our services to the public and to the artists working within Wasps.

“The cafe had been empty for almost two years before I took it on and it has been hard work getting it off the ground. We’re currently developing our craft sessions and making plans to ensure the open plan exhibition space is used to its full potential by the local community and the artists.”

The Ditto programme opens the doors to a network of industry peer support and will offer budding entrepreneur Gillian, the opportunity to develop valuable relationships within the cafe sector. She will also have access to a tried and tested business model provided by a Ditto model contributor. 

Ditto is supported by Resilient Scotland. Anyone interested in using one of the Ditto models can visit the Ditto section on the Firstport website for more information.