Bates Wells Braithwaite launches new Charity Hub – Social Business Trust first occupier to rent space

Bates Wells Braithwaite’s (BWB) Charity Hub has now launched with its first tenant, the Social Business Trust, now set to move into the firm’s new space.

Charities, Impact Businesses

Unveiled at a launch event hosted by BWB, and attended by organisations from across the sector, the Hub aims to address charities’ pressing need for high-quality office space in the City of London by offering a newly-refurbished open plan space at competitive rates.

To deliver this project BWB partnered with the registered charity and social enterprise CAN Mezzanine, who will undertake the day to day management and renting of this space.

The Hub consists of 4,000 square ft on the first floor of BWB’s Queen Street Place (QSP) offices, and has also been developed in order to foster collaboration and cooperation among charities and social enterprises from across the sector. Aside from providing a prime location in the heart of the City, this Hub also offers tenants high-speed Wi-Fi, conference rooms and access to QSP’s roof terrace.

Martin Bunch, Managing Partner, Bates Wells Braithwaite said:

Given the often prohibitive cost of prime office space across London, we feel that the launch of our Hub comes at a timely moment for charities and social enterprises.

“By providing an environment which organisations from across the sector can occupy at a competitive rate, we are hopeful that many will benefit from the chance to expand and diversify their operations.

“We have long discussed the practicalities involved in launching a Hub of this kind, and it’s particularly pleasing that this ambition has now become a reality.

Sir Stuart Etherington, chief executive of the National Council for Voluntary Organisations, which represents charities, said:

A foothold in central London can be crucial in helping a charity make connections with partners, funders or opinion formers, but finding an affordable location is often challenging.

“This new hub will make a big difference for the charities which become occupiers, and BWB stand to gain a lot from the perspectives and connections that sharing their space will bring. I hope other firms will look to this as an example of something they might be able to replicate.

Andrew Croft, Chief Executive, CAN Mezzanine said:

The new BWB Charity Hub managed by CAN will provide additional much needed accommodation at affordable rates for the sector.”

“As the leading provider of office accommodation, and an organisation which offers advice on impact measurement and skills to enterprises across the sector, CAN are delighted to be working with Bates Wells Braithwaite, the law firm which represents more charities and social enterprises than any other law firm.”

Adele Blakebrough MBE, CEO of Social Business Trust (SBT) said:

By opening this Charity Hub at its City of London offices, BWB will make a huge difference to the health and sustainability of charities and social enterprises and the beneficiaries they serve.”

“At SBT we encourage engaged philanthropy from businesses using their skills and assets. What could be better than inviting charities and social enterprises to share your home?”

“We are delighted to be the first tenants. BWB will be saving SBT and others hard won cash which will directly enhance what we can offer to our beneficiaries and raise the standard of accommodation that we can typically afford.”

“We also hope BWB staff will enjoy having us there and find our energy and enthusiasm is infectious!”

“On a personal note, as the co-founder and former CEO of CAN and CAN Mezzanine, shared workspaces for charities and social enterprises are close to my heart. I’m so pleased that CAN Mezzanine are servicing this wonderful space for BWB and know it will be a great success.


If you have any questions regarding this news, or would like to request an interview with any of the above individuals, please contact:

Sam Hunter
Senior Press Officer
Bates Wells Braithwaite
DD: +44 (0) 207 551 7906
Mob: +44 (0) 7393 462 041

If you would like to enquire about the availability of space in the hub, please contact:

Gary Phillips
Director, Sales & Marketing
CAN Mezzanine
DD: +44 (0) 203 096 7664
Mob: +44 (0) 7855 803 325

This information is necessarily of a general nature and doesn’t constitute legal advice. This is not a substitute for formal legal advice, given in the context of full information under an engagement with Bates Wells.

All content on this page is correct as of July 4, 2018.