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Co-working space opens in Skipton

Anita Birch and Katie Birks of Qworkery

Qworkery, at 12b Otley Street, held an open event to showcase its recently renovated offices with around 20 workstations including hot desking and fixed desk rental.

It has received backing from GPLD to fund two desks specifically reserved for use by young freelancers.

GPLD, a Heritage Lottery and Arts Council-funded programme which aims to encourage more 16 to 34-year olds to live and work in the area, sponsored Qworkery’s desk space in its recent seedfunding initiative.

The funding aims to support entrepreneurial, creative businesses to attract and work with young people. It was open to everyone from young start-ups, businesses and organisations to creative practitioners and students. The focus was on exploring training opportunities, ways of working and workspaces, plus raising the profile of rural creativity.

Children’s author Katie Birks, who writes as Katie Daynes, and translator Anita Birch, are the team behind Qworkery.

Anita said: “We noticed a demand for office space where freelancers and self employed people could hot desk, either for half a day, a day or every day. As freelancers ourselves, we know the importance of having an inspiring, social space to work in away from home.

“Our opening event was a great success with around 50 people through the doors. They included musicians, photographers, web developers and other creatives plus friends and Otley Street neighbours. We were delighted to sign up a number of freelancers looking for a friendly, stylish and comfortable co-working space.

“There has been keen interest from younger creatives in the GPLD sponsored space, which is fantastic.”

Lindsey Hebden, GPLD programme manager, said: “It’s so inspiring to witness an innovative business concept turn into reality in such a short space of time.

“The Qworkery co-working space is a vibrant addition to Skipton’s working community in an area which is fast becoming a hub for creative entrepreneurs. Its flexible design and affordable packages will no doubt be appealing and GPLD’s sponsored desk space hopefully conducive to younger freelancers who don’t want to work alone or commute into other areas.”

 

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