Create’s roots are deeply ingrained in the Craigmillar community in south-east Edinburgh.
Our striking Category B Listed building was once Niddrie Marischal Junior Secondary School, which first opened its doors in 1943.
In 1995, Craigmillar Opportunities Trust turned the school into a space for training local people in the skills needed for employment and a hub for local start-ups as part of a wider drive to stimulate economic growth and regeneration in the area.
In 2000, the Craigmillar Opportunities Trust changed its name to Create and three years later achieved Local Enterprise status.
Almost 30 years later, the original ethos of teaching and supporting local businesses that is etched into our building’s history continues.
What has changed is the scale and scope of Create. Today, we are home to many more businesses from small start-ups to large, long-established organisations, employing a great number of local people.