About us

 The St Ives Corn Exchange is the ideal venue for:
Local clubs and societies
Markets
Business meetings
Dinners
Private parties and receptions
Exhibitions
Music and drama events
 
The building provides a range of flexible spaces and catering arrangements to suit everyone’s needs, from two to 200 people.
The flexible staging, sprung dance floor, lighting and sound systems in the main hall make it a venue of choice for music and drama performances, or for special occasions such as an anniversary dinner or birthday party.
The self-contained, quiet meeting rooms enable local businesses to get away from their offices and discuss strategies, forecasting and planning.
Accessible toilets, lifts to the upper level, an induction loop in the main hall, a small loading area at the rear for deliveries and an on-site manager by arrangement all help to ensure that your event has all the facilities you need.
For further details of flexible room spaces see Facilities
Discounted hire charges are available to regular users and community groups. For all charges, see Bookings
Please contact us to discuss your particular requirements.
 

Our history

The Corn Exchange was opened in 1864, built and paid for by local businessmen. Local corn merchants used the building, but it was also used for concerts and meetings. The building was sold to the then St Ives Borough Council in 1947 and passed to the Town Council following Local Government Reorganisation in 1974.
Structural concerns led to the building being closed in 2001 and subsequent years saw a number of schemes for refurbishment being put forward, but none was taken forward.
In 2006, when it appeared likely that the building would be sold off, a campaign group, Action Corn Exchange (ACE), was created by local residents to save the building and retain it for community use. Although a ‘For Sale’ sign did appear briefly on the building, in late 2007 the Town Council decided to restore the building and fund the work.
Renovation work started in late 2009 and the restored building was formally re-opened by the Mayor of St Ives, Councillor David Hodge, on 24 June 2010.
The building is owned by St Ives Town Council and is run by the Corn Exchange Community Interest Company (CIC) with the help of volunteers from ACE – Friends of St Ives Corn Exchange.
 

What is a CIC?

A social enterprise is a business with primarily social objectives. Social enterprises can take many legal forms, for example, charities or co-operatives. For the St Ives Corn Exchange we have chosen to form the enterprise as a Community Interest Company (CIC).
A CIC is a new type of company, introduced in 2005 under the Companies (Audit, Investigations and Community Enterprise) Act 2004 and designed for social enterprises that want to use their profits and assets for the public good.
CICs have the same controls as any standard company, but with special features to ensure they work for the benefit of the community.
Standard companies generally exist to make a profit, and those profits are distributed to the shareholders or owners. The CIC structure doesn’t have shareholders, and so surpluses generated are principally reinvested back into the enterprise for the good of the users and the town of St Ives. Similarly, the assets of the CIC are dedicated to the purpose of running the building and are retained for the benefit of the community.
 
St Ives Corn Exchange Community Interest Company.
Registration No. 97107843 in England and Wales.
The CIC is controlled by St Ives Town Council.