Unique collaborative office celebrates first birthday by rocketing to success
The only co-working facility in Cambridge run entirely by community volunteers is celebrating its first birthday with rapid growth in membership.
Cambridge Space, currently on the top floor of Hundred Houses Society’s offices in Chesterton, opened in October 2016 in response to a growing need for a space where home-based freelancers and small businesses can feel part of a professional community, access business facilities – such as meeting rooms, wifi, printing and workshop events – and participate in the buzz of a creative office.
Over 30 members now regularly use the co-working space, benefiting from many opportunities for collaboration and professional development. New creative, innovative and social entrepreneurs are joining every week.
One of them, marketing consultant Matt Sullivan, says that Cambridge Space has been ideal for his consultancy work and his tech start-up. He says “While billing out time per day as a consultant it’s vital that your working space enables maximum productivity and efficiency. But it’s the people that are the real benefit and I love the sense of community here.” In just one month Matt’s productivity increased and he already met someone who has helped him on the user experience design of his start-up.
Matt says “Working from home or cafes can be lonely and unproductive. Other co-working spaces are expensive and lack character. CambridgeSpace means that although I’m working on my own I have like-minded people around me that I can ask for advice. The community atmosphere means that members bring in cake to share together with the free coffee”
As a co-working community CambridgeSpace has a high level of social interaction and collaboration between a loose collection of independent workers. This has created a strong community-based sharing culture which is both motivational and inspirational, with ideas flowing across a lively, open working space.
In this positive environment members also benefit from exposure to a wide range of complementary member experiences. For example, in the first year at least one professional development and social event has been held every week, attended by hundreds of the City’s more independent minded and entrepreneurial workers.
To see if the warm, creative atmosphere of Cambridge Space is right for them, home-based workers are welcome to a free trial day, by calling 07494 035195 or visiting www.cambridgespace.co