An organisation which connects home-based business owners with ‘colleagues’ at offices across the North East is expanding further as it looks ahead to its 100th co-working event.
Colleagues on Tap is the brainchild of Jayne Graham, 48, a business coach and nominee in last year’s Queen’s Enterprise Awards, who wanted to ensure that people with home-based businesses didn’t have to always work alone.
Since she launched Colleagues on Tap in 2010, her Coworking Days – where people can go into an office and work alongside fellow small business owners – have proved so popular she is expanding the number of venues.
Almost 200 business owners regularly attend the days, at locations in Durham, Newcastle, Stockton, Redcar, Consett, Benton and Alnmouth.
Now Graham has appointed a new associate in Middlesbrough and is actively seeking Coworking Day hosts and venues in Darlington, Northumberland and North Yorkshire as her venture expands ahead of the 100th co-working event in March, in Durham.
Graham, who runs Colleagues on Tap from her home, in Low Fell, Gateshead, has had inquiries from across the UK to set up more Coworking Days.
She said: “Colleagues on Tap is not a traditional networking group. It’s about being connected with other people and having the support of colleagues while increasing business confidence.”