Broader so­cial pur­pose for many

Yorkshire Post - Business - - FRONT PAGE -

MANY SMALL firms have been es­tab­lished with a broader so­cial pur­pose, ac­cord­ing to the His­cox re­port.

Spark: York, is a new project led by 36-year-old Joe Gard­ham and two mil­len­ni­als, Sam Leach and Tom Mcken­zie.

It of­fers af­ford­able space for young and em­bry­onic lo­cal busi­nesses. Mr Gard­ham pre­vi­ously worked in a ‘box­park’, or com­mu­nity project in south Lon­don.

When he got back to York, he linked up with newly grad­u­ated Mr Leach and Mr Mcken­zie.

Spark: York oc­cu­pies 1,000 sq m, of which 250 sq m is a sen­sory gar­den.

The re­main­ing space is taken up by 23 re­cy­cled ship­ping con­tain­ers, each com­pris­ing a num­ber of units.

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