Co-Working in Ireland is getting popular!

It’s taken a while but word is getting out about how it quite simply “just makes sense”! If you’re a small business owner or a freelancer, and don’t need your own premises, why would you bother with all the overheads & loneliness that it comes with? A co-working community allows you the flexibility of using a workspace / meeting rooms for clients / printing facilities when it suits you & to tap into the business community but without the burden of huge bills / maintenance & solitary confinement.

“Co-Working initiatives” http://silvertonguetranslations.com/local-love/

Have a read of this blog article below,posted by Jo Rourke (Owner of Silver Tongue Translators) who recently, along with myself & lots of other champions of co-working, went along to The Mac, Belfast to join a new coworking community.

“In perfect symmetry, it was through the networking events that I then heard about the co-working initiatives taking place around Northern Ireland. I linked up with Dawn from Sensei at the Thrive Newtownabbey event and she told me about a co-working venture she was working on, called WabiSabi. I attended one of their events last week at The MAC, which was all about building a co-working community and figuring out what co-workers want. I also found out about other co-working events in Northern Ireland, like the well-established Hub in Newry, which I’m going to pop into on the way to a meeting in Dundalk next month.  As for contacts made during the day, I met accountants, career coaches, business development experts, SEO specialists, web designers….the list goes on. Co-working is something that many of my US-based translator colleagues rave about and I’ve always been jealous of the community they become a part of. Working from home offers unparalleled freedom when it comes to working hours, but sometimes, it’s nice to share a coffee with a colleague and chat about nothing in particular. I’m very excited about finally being able to become a co-worker! ” For the rest of the article…http://silvertonguetranslations.com/local-love/

 

Other good news on the business community front…

Local “Twitter Hour” community & business feeds / discussions are now happening weekly in Belfast / Newry / Lisburn & are really starting thrive & help local businesses & freelancers get their say & push projects & ideas forward.

In Newry the new “Business Improvement District” debate continues & if the vote goes through in October, as did in Ballymena, should bring such much needed support to local trade & business here & also help to drive & promote more trade our way. There are over 180 BIDs in the UK with many expected to grow in the ROI.  UK BIDs will bring in around £300 million over the next 5 years to help develop their areas. Northern Ireland has embraced the concept of a BID to develop major towns and cities.  The Department of Social Development has supported the roll out of a BID pilot scheme for Newry, Strabane, Lisburn Road, Ballymena, Enniskillen, Cathedral Quarter Belfast and Belfast City Centre.

For more information on coworking in Newry, call in at The Hub Newry or call +44 (0) 28 302 60122 or email: info@thehubnewry.com

It’s all positive & let’s keep it that way, onwards & upwards for N. Ireland & beyond!!!