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New Workspace Project Offers Kick Start To Start-Ups

A pilot project offering workspace to business start-ups and entrepreneurs is coming to Bexley. 

From 9 October TheWorkary – offering dedicated co-working space in your library - will offer affordable, flexible and fixed desk space at Welling Library, from as little as £65 a month, for a wide range of start-ups and co-workers.

TheWorkary offers more than just desk space. It aims to create a community of like-minded business people who not only grow their own businesses, but support each other through the network that Wimbletech CIC offers, linking up with other entrepreneurs in Workaries across London for advice, support and collaboration.

You can try TheWorkary Welling for free on Monday 9 October, work from the space and meet the team. Register today at bit.ly/WorkaryWellingDayPass

Cllr Peter Craske, Cabinet Member for Community Safety, Environment and Leisure said: ‘We’re thrilled to be working with Wimbletech to bring this fantastic new facility to Bexley. By providing entry level workspace and fostering a great sense of community and collaboration, I’m confident that this project will help some incredible new enterprises get their start in Bexley.”

The project is being delivered by Wimbletech CIC, a community interest company with a proven track record in setting up workspace projects in libraries, in partnership with Bexley Libraries. Once established, it will help support the library in delivering a range of free community events centred around work and life themes.

Wimbletech CIC was founded by David Fletcher, an entrepreneur whose quest for flexible, local, affordable workspace for his own tech start-up lead him to create a community interest company that specialises in both meeting the needs of aspiring start-ups and supporting public libraries to generate sustainable income.

He has this to say about the partnership with Bexley: “The idea of TheWorkary is to transform under-utilised space, support our public libraries and create a great alternative for those, like myself, who struggle to start and grow a business at home or in the local coffee shop.

"Libraries are vital to the local communities in which they are based and we are proud to work alongside local library teams to help protect this valuable service. So far, the Wimbletech CIC project has generated over £250,000 of new, sustainable library income, £1.5m of local spending, 350 new local jobs and delivered more than 200 free community events, plus millions of pounds of inward investment.

“We look forward to working with the Council & library teams in Bexley to bring as much value as possible to Welling and the Borough. If you know someone who may be interested in a space, please help share and spread the word and let's make TheWorkary Welling a success!"

To find out more about TheWorkary visit www.theworkary.com/welling or follow @_TheWorkary on Twitter.