Small business “work hub”
Members of My Cheddar and local small businesses met recently with a local consultant with lots of experience in setting up these co-working spaces in towns around the country. It seems there may be scope to set something up in Cheddar, depending on a suitable property being located, funding obtained, and there being sufficient interest from local small businesses.
These would be professional workspaces that small businesses can use to meet clients and collaborate with each other on projects, with a variety of formal and informal desks and sofas, plus a kitchen, coffee machine and toilets. Facilities that could be provided would include meeting rooms with audio or video conferencing, photocopying and large-size printing, storage, mailbox facilities, workshops, business clinics and so on. Some employers also support and fund workhub use for their employees to reduce travelling and carbon footprint. Other mobile workers, sales reps, engineers working in the area and so on, can find them a friendly and useful base camp for catching up with the day’s paperwork and emails, and for arranging meetings.
In Cheddar perhaps a workhub could also promote local traders, provide courier drop-off and collection services, and even some tourist information services.
See these sites for some examples of what has been set up elsewhere:
Most have a variety of different membership packages from occasional use to full time office rental. Facilities could also be available to people visiting the area on holiday, for example if you need to video-conference in to an important meeting back at HQ while you are away. If you think you could benefit from a work hub, whether you work from home and would like to have access to some professional work facilities, or would just like the opportunity to meet with others in a similar situation, let us know in the comments.