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Freelancing Hub Space


#1
Hey guys

I've been wanting to set up a local freelancing hub where I live, kinda like hot-desking, as my home life is crazay at the moment. There is a great space in a town further down the county, but a bit too far to travel on the off chance you get a couple of hours free.

So anyway, I'm thinking maybe an industrial unit or large office space would be good, and to get a bunch of freelancers I know are in a similar position together to basically hire this space.

The question is funding. Ok, that's not a question, but I'm wondering if this kind of thing would be classed as a social enterprise, maybe? Or does anybody know if there's any funding for stuff like this? Grants would be great, as it's not a loan and repayable.

Cheers

(Here's the link to a similar thing down the way... http://www.thefactorykendal.com/)
 

scotty

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#2
I know of a few shared spaces like that which seem to work quite well.

Not sure if NeonThunder rents something similar.
 
#3
Im part of soar works http://www.soarworks.co.uk its an excellent building / project it perfect for all types of business and with it being social enterprise the rent is cheap :D as the money goes back into maintaining the building and the staff etc not to some greedy landlord.

What your looking would be classed as a social enterprise. i would suggest contacting princes trust and also look at ERDF funding.
 
#5
Jonna Healey said:
Yea that sounds kind of similar. So I'd have to look to set up a separate company as a social enterprise first then, eh?
if your wanting to make money then a company, but if you set it up as a charity / social enterprise the tax benefits are better and you'll get more funding easily