Cathedral Place works for Shaw Trust

A national charity which helps the disadvantaged into work is to occupy a whole floor at Real Estate Investor’s flagship city centre HQ.

Shaw Trust has taken 2,281 sq ft at Cathedral Place in Birmingham on a ten year lease.

Having merged in 2012 with Careers Development Group, another employment charity, the main focus is on delivering employment, skills and learning and offender rehabilitation services.

It employs over 1,600 people across 200-plus locations.

Ian Clark, REI’s senior asset manager, said: “We are very pleased to have been able to provide accommodation for this very worthy organisation whose work makes such a difference to so many people.”

Agents Knight Frank acted for REI and TSP Surveyors for Shaw Trust.

Shaw Trust were advised by law firm Brabners Chaffe Street while Clark Brookes advised REI.

Head of facilities, Shawn Stewart, said: “Over the past thirty years, the Trust has striven to combine its charitable heart with its commercial brain to provide the very best support to the people it was set up to serve.”

The largest third sector contractor for the Department for Work and Pensions, Shaw Trust delivers employment support schemes across Britain and helps over 50,000 people per year. It also helps people gain skills and into work via a wide range of other activities including education, retail and volunteering as well as health and social enterprise projects.

Supported by over 600 volunteers, it delivers contracts for eight major funding agencies including the European Social Fund and the Big Lottery Fund. There are international partners in Australia (Interwork), Poland (Intergracja Foundation) and Romania (Motivation Romania).