This week on the SLIC blog our Head of Programme Lindsey Henderson talks about the first year of the Scottish Coworking Network and tomorrow's SCN Open Day at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries - the first SCN coworking hub to open.
It has been almost a year since the Scottish Coworking Network (SCN) opened its doors to its first members! March 2019 welcomed startups, entrepreneurs and small businesses into newly refurbished coworking hubs transformed from tired, underused spaces in five of Scotland’s public libraries. What better place to mark this upcoming milestone than going back to the very first hub on the network for an Open Day?
This Thursday (20th February) SLIC and the team at Dunfermline Carnegie Library and Galleries will open the doors from 11am until 2pm for interested entrepreneurs and small business owners to get a feel for what working from an award-winning library at the heart of the town’s heritage quarter might be like. SCN partner organisations Business Gateway and the Federation of Small Businesses will also be available throughout the day to give advice and let potential start ups and business owners know a little bit more about the support they offer.
Why we should encourage people to run their business from their local library seems like the obvious question!
The Scottish Coworking Network provides a number of great benefits:
- Competitive Pricing - at just £60 per month for a fixed desk and £42 per month for a hot desk, the space comes at the lower end of the coworking market and offers fledgling businesses professional space to develop. There are also no long-term contracts with all memberships being offered on a rolling basis
- Library Expertise - the hubs are located in vibrant public libraries full of resources to help businesses succeed and staff on hand to help members find the right information first time
- Social Conscience - for those who are keen to make their businesses more socially conscious, the SCN is a not-for-profit organisation with membership profits being invested in local library service.
- Support and Advice - not only does working from the network give the opportunity to share a space with other members everyday who are also on a journey with their business, the network also provides links and workshops to regional and national business support agencies.
The coworking spaces have proven to be a great addition to library services, showing communities they are ever evolving and responding to changing needs.
We are really looking to developing the network and our relationship with members, business agencies and partner libraries as we enter the second year and hope the open day at Dunfermline is going to signal a great start to the next chapter of SCN!
*interested in how the SCN Dunfermline Hub can help your business? Come along tomorrow to the SCN Open Day at Dunfermline Carnegie Library & Galleries between 11am and 2pm. You can also book a tour of the Hub by visiting the Scottish Coworking Network website.