Open house

Morroway House, a Gloucester office block, has opened as a new dedicated facility for Gloucestershire charities, voluntary sector and not-for-profit organisations.
Having registered as a community interest company, Morroway House offers the sector office spaces to rent, meeting rooms, a free hot desking area, as well as other support including regular expert speaker events.

The new initiative is being driven by three local businessman, all who have an extensive background in the charitable sector: Gary Jones, managing director of Gloucestershire home improvement business Glevum Windows; Darren Stevens, Glevum’s marketing director and managing director of Prestbury Marketing; and Rupert Walters, who will be leading the project on a day-to-day basis.

“I am very excited about the potential that Morroway House has to deliver to this sector and how it is going to enhance the capability of the many hundreds of fantastic causes we have in this county,” Gary said. “The germ of the idea was given to us by Chris Hill from the charity, the Gloucester Law Centre, who are already tenants in the building.

“The more we spoke to local charities and other interested groups, the more convinced we were of both the need and the potential for such a facility. We hope that other individuals and organisations will join us on this journey.

“We have already invested a substantial five figure sum in the building to make improvements including installing a lift. We hope to go much further though and deliver the first class facilities for these organisations that their hard work and dedication deserves.

“If funding were to be available I would also like us to be able to offer free or subsidised incubator spaces for new or growing causes.”