MP backs new business hub in Norwich church
A revolutionary business work hub has just been launched based in a Norwich church and backed by Norwich North MP Chloe Smith.
Business Revolution says it is the first work hub of its kind in the East of England, offering training, support and facilities for co-working in the city centre and is based at the Kings Centre on King Street, home of Kings Community Church.
Business Revolution co-founder James Gardiner, said: “The digital and mobile revolution has made huge changes to how we work and do business, and hub working is part of a new generation of work space that is emerging to meet these changing demands.” James started his recruitment business, Twinserve Ltd, from home seven years ago and after renting a city centre office, he will now be based within Business Revolution.
A co-working work hub is an open workspace with a range of “hot desks” that users can occupy for meetings or to work independently on their laptop via the high speed wireless internet connection. Business Revolution also offers users access to small meeting rooms on demand and an informal lounge area. Its location within the Kings Centre gives users access to the on-site coffee shop and a range of larger conferencing facilities if desired.
With a background in business prior to becoming MP for Norwich North in July 2009, Chloe Smith is keen to support this important new venture: "It is very important to have good business facilities in Norwich. Lots of people today work from home or in different locations - especially in small businesses - and a flexible hub facility will help them. I'm pleased to be able to support a new, innovative venture in the city at a time when jobs and work are all-important,” said Chloe.
Business Revolution will be holding regular training courses and networking sessions for users to further develop co-working opportunities: “We have a network of specialist business advisors in place to offer drop-in surgeries and advice sessions,” explained Business Revolution co-founder Jim Drew.
In other parts of the UK, work hubs are popular with entrepreneurs and creative freelancers, many of whom work from home and relish the opportunity to attend the work hub on an occasional basis to access peer support. Feeling part of a larger business community through the work hub can also help to combat rural isolation and even develop business opportunities for joint ventures with other co-workers.
Sarah Mullender from Drayton is one of the first users to join Business Revolution: “I’ve just started up as a self employed translator and will be working from home but sometimes I need to get away from the house, so coming here with my laptop is a great way to help me to focus – plus everyone is so welcoming,” explained the twenty-three year old who has just graduated with a masters in translation.
Other businesses represented at the centre include people running marketing, IT, software programmers, translators, PA, mentors, trainers, legal and HR companies.
For further information about Business Revolution pop into the work hub on King Street during normal office hours or see www.bizrev.co.uk
Pictured top at the new hub are, from the left, Kate Elliott from Active Marketing, Chloe Smith, Jim Drew and James Gardiner from Business Revolution.