The Schumacher Centre
Practical Action UK
Practical Action's UK Head Office, The Schumacher Centre, is based in Bourton on Dunsmore, six miles from Rugby in Warwickshire.
Practical Action moved to its current offices in 1998, setting up the Schumacher Centre as a fitting memorial to our founder, Fritz Schumacher, to evolve as a centre for knowledge and expertise on technology, poverty reduction and the environment.
An example of wind power is installed in the grounds, and the centre hosts an international technical enquiry service and a number of international knowledge sharing initiatives.
The centre offers an attractive working environment with first rate information technology systems and ample meeting and conference space. Public transport to the site is limited to four buses per day, but it is easily accessible by car and many of our staff cycle to work. Practical Action also offers flexible working arrangements and can facilitate remote access working for staff.
The Centre’s amenities include a staff room and kitchen with summer patio, and views over Draycote Water with its popular fishing and water-sports. There are shower facilities (for the joggers among us) and the Hall, the village and its surrounding countryside provide the perfect setting for lunchtime ambling, jogging or running.
Practical Action is a ‘family-friendly’ employer and adopts working practices which allow for carers and those with dependants to more easily manage their personal commitments. Disabled access to the Centre is good, having been fully upgraded when we moved to Bourton on Dunsmore in 1998.