CIC Association

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At Community Spaces we work with the Owners of Commercial Property and try to convince them that rather than them keeping their un-used property empty they should un-lock the potential and allow us to find occupiers that can benefit the communities in which it is situated.

We have now got to the point where we have a portfolio of in excess of 2000 properties, predominantly shops where the landlords are prepared to accept occupation proposals from Charities, CICs and Start-up businesses.

The Landlord do so because they still have to pay rates on un-occupied shops, but by allowing occupiers who will pick up the rate burden it reduces their costs and boost footfall as well.

Give us a call on 01743 730004 or email for more details, we may just have the space your looking for.

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Comment by Joseph Michael Kay on June 2, 2019 at 18:00

We are Northwest Computer Museum and looking for premises in the Northwest, preferably in Manchester, if anything is available, but we need over 3000sqf if available :) email me at

Comment by Mira Fadwa Fadel on September 2, 2018 at 22:44
To Dawn Boulton.
Star Bucks caffe in Leeds city centre (opposite to Boots/Trinity) provides a decent meeting room absolutely free. We used it a couple of times. it can accommodate up to 8 people.
Comment by Scott Hay on August 26, 2018 at 18:54

We are Glasgow-based and this is something we'd also be very interested in. 

Email is

Many thanks,

Comment by Dawn Boulton on August 21, 2018 at 15:18

Hi all,

We are a tiny CIC working across Leeds, we are looking for a FREE meeting space in central Leeds?  We are a team of 3 and need somewhere for a couple of hours to talk privately about clients.


Comment by James Hilton Hughes on August 3, 2018 at 16:31

Hi All,

Just in 9000 sqft office space in Pudsey Leeds, ample parking!!!

Any use to anyone

Comment by James Hilton Hughes on August 3, 2018 at 16:30

Hi All,

Just in 9000 sqft office space in Pudsey Leeds, ample parking!!!

Any use to anyone

Comment by James Hilton Hughes on July 30, 2018 at 15:55

Hi All, Just to let why have received a fresh allocation of space shops now available in Witham Essex and Worthing Sussex, spread the word if you know anybody who could use the space. Space in Cardiff with us by the end of the week.

Please email on

Comment by Tanya Dennis on July 30, 2018 at 13:35

Hi James

This is something I am definitely interested in and wonder if you properties become available in the Croydon area?

I have tried to email the email address provided but it isn't working.

Many Thanks

Tanya Dennis 

Comment by Sami Poole on July 27, 2018 at 15:52

Jim, a really interesting post. This is kind of related and if you can't help with this question, I wonder if one of the blog readers might be able to? We're trying to ascertain the 'value' of our water sports centre to the community. Are there any reports and research which could help us focus in on this. We're trying to say is that if we didn't exist the community would be 'poorer' and as a sailing training centre we deliver value and impact in the community . I know in some area where the local authority runs sailing centres they sometimes lose money which is absorbed by the council tax payer. However we carry the burden on cost control as part of our CIC operation and don't 'cost' our community. So there must be value in what we're doing but we have no idea how to measure this kind of value for grant applications etc... If anyone could point me in the right direction this would be so helpful. Simon.

Comment by James Hilton Hughes on July 25, 2018 at 9:28


Thanks for all the responses, we have been swamped!! We will try our very hardest to deal with all the requests for space as soon as we can, but please bare with us.




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