A SPACE for home workers and freelancers who want to get out of the house has opened in central Newcastle.
Jayne Graham, founder of spaceontap.com and Colleagues on Tap co-working events, teamed up with Helen and Mark Reed to open the Office Club Hub at the Reeds’ business centre at Clavering House.
Mrs Reed, who manages the Newcastle Business Village at Clavering House, said: “We know that a lot of businesses just can’t afford to rent an office these days, but most people we’ve spoken to still need to dip in and out of the city centre for meetings, or occasionally want to get a bit of human contact while they work, which is something they miss out on by working from home.
“Although coffee shops are convenient, they aren’t always the ideal place to work or do business, so that’s why we’ve opened the Office Club Hub, where people can hot-desk for an hour or the full day, have a coffee with colleagues or customers, and meet other businesses while they work.”
The Office Club Hub has already hosted four sell-out Colleagues on Tap co-working events.
The events were designed to provide a traditional day-at-the-office experience for people who usually work at home.
Ms Graham said: “When people set up a business, they’re often working on their own, at least in the early stages.
“If their usual workplace is their home, they can become quite isolated and that’s not good for them or their business.
“Sharing an office occasionally in a place like Newcastle Business Village’s Office Club Hub can really make a difference and often people are much more comfortable with the relaxed business networking that happens naturally throughout the working day than at more formal networking events.