Thousands flock to magical light show at Royal William Yard

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

We’re thrilled to announce that Illuminate – the south west’s largest light show – returned to Plymouth last week with four days of spectacular immersive light installations at Royal William Yard, attracting over 28,000 visitors! The free event attracted people of all ages, with visitors in their early years joining those in their 90s, to watch, wonder, to create their…

Read More

Plymouth’s spectacular light festival returns to Royal William Yard

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

The incredible light-based festival, Illuminate, returns to Plymouth’s historic Royal William Yard from 22 to 25 November 2018. The festival offers an immersive experience, with projections and light installations set out across the Yard, live performances and interactive opportunities. Claire Honey, Project Manager for the festival said: “Last year’s Illuminate was an amazing spectacle, which was enjoyed by more than…

Read More
Plymouth Sound

Plymouth: A city that grows good businesses

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

Our Chief Executive, Lindsey Hall, and Head of Enterprise & Regeneration, Ed Whitelaw, spoke to Aditya Chakrabortty, senior economics commentator for the Guardian about Plymouth, Social Enterprise, and how we’re doing better business. Read the full article here, or check out extracts of the piece below. Lindsey and Ed also feature on The Alternatives Podcast, where they discuss game-changing economic models and how…

Read More
Make Things Happen - Column Bake House

Column Bakehouse launches new fund to ‘Make Things Happen’ in Devonport and Stonehouse

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

Column Bakehouse – the social enterprise artisan bakery, run by RIO – is today, on Valentine’s Day, [Wednesday 14 Feb 2018] launching a new initiative show some love to the neighbourhoods its cafés call home, by creating a ‘Make Things Happen’ fund to support community enterprise ideas in Devonport and Stonehouse. Working with Power to Change and its ‘Empowering Places’…

Read More
Image of Market Hall Devonport

Planning permission granted for Market Hall development

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

Plymouth City Council has granted planning permission for the £7million redevelopment of the Market Hall in Devonport, which will see the derelict Grade II listed building transformed into a cutting-edge space for digital skills, research, learning and entertainment. The Market Hall development is being led by RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – in partnership with Plymouth City Council, i-DAT at Plymouth…

Read More
Column Bake House Cafe - Royal William Yard

Column Bakehouse café and stores now open at Royal William Yard

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

A second outlet for the popular artisan bakery Column Bakehouse opened its doors on Wednesday 12th July at Ocean Studios, Royal William Yard. The successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall in 2013 and has grown from strength to strength winning countless awards and fans along the way. Run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation –…

Read More
Crowd at music festival

MTV Crashes Work Experience Opportunity DEADLINE EXTENDED 28/06/17

By | News, Press Releases | One Comment

Interested in music, marketing or event management? Aged between 18-25? We are looking for enthusiastic and energetic young people to get hands-on with a number of exciting work experience opportunities behind the scenes when MTV Crashes Plymouth returns on 27-28 July with two nights of chart-topping acts on Plymouth Hoe. To apply, please submit an ‘expression of interest’ in a…

Read More
Game changer - European funding

European Funding is a Game Changer

By | News, Press Releases | No Comments

A project to support young people in Cornwall and the isles of Scilly into work or long-term learning has received £3.1m of European Social Funding from the Big Lottery Building Better Opportunities project.  The funding will enable a programme of support that will help young people improve their personal and employability skills and progression into employment and learning.  The investment…

Read More
Plans for expansion of Bake House

Bakehouse success on the rise as expansion plans are announced

By | Press Releases | 2 Comments

Column Bakehouse, the successful artisan bakery started at Devonport Guildhall, has announced plans to open a second café outlet and a ‘Bakehouse Stores’ shop inside Ocean Studios at the prestigious Royal William Yard, Plymouth. The Bakehouse which is run by pioneering social enterprise RIO – the Real Ideas Organisation – was opened in 2013 and has grown from strength to…

Read More