06 Jun 2017
Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO), Scotland’s specialist business support organisation for the Creative Industries, announces its move to an edgy new home at Barras Art and Design (BAaD) in the heart of Glasgow’s East End.
Recent investment in Glasgow’s Barras, has seen the nurturing of an exciting creative events quarter in the East End of the city, joining hands with the long standing community and institution of this major street and indoor market area.
Calton’s Gallowgate is a main thoroughfare from the city centre and Cultural Enterprise Office move into BAaD’s refurbished shipping containers on the shoulder of the iconic Barrowlands Ballroom. With St Luke’s a close neighbour, Many Studios around the corner and the bustling market stalls with their range of wares, the area is bursting with personality.
Chair of Cultural Enterprise Office (CEO), Gwilym Gibbons, said "I'm delighted that we have the opportunity to bring our business and embed our creative network into this area of the city, which as a neighbourhood very much represents the forward looking creative organisation we have become and indeed reflects the vibrant diversity of our sector. I am sure that we will be a natural addition to the community, and further help to invigorate the area".
Norrie Innes, Owner of BAaD has been integral to redevelopments in the area over the past 18 years. Norrie said "I look forward to welcoming CEO to The Barras. It has always been a key objective that this was about bringing in smart resilient businesses to the Carlton area. We don’t want change in the area to be a predecessor to displacement and gentrification, we want to keep, protect and nourish its community and history. The process of change and making new contemporary stories of progress then demands the positive input from the right type of people - People who "get it"! This is what I see in CEO who are, with the quality and desire of their Team, much more than a support organisation for the creative sector. They are a perfect addition to the growing creative and trading community. We welcome them warmly and look forward to doing some exciting projects together"
Rachael Brown, Chief Executive of Cultural Enterprise Office, "We need a space that reflects not only our goals and ambitions, but that of the Creative Industries Sector. So much has been achieved and now the world moves at a pace we have never seen before, therefore it is time to really get in and about it. I am really excited to rehouse our organisation to the heart of The Barras. It’s very fitting, I am hugely inspired by Margaret McIver, truly one of Glasgow’s and Scotland’s most visionary entrepreneurs. If you have never heard of her, look her up! We want that spirit of Can Do and business to be at the heart of what we do, we want to help Creative Industries to flourish, so please do come see us in The Barras, our doors are open!"