Coworking, Collaboration and Community
Cynnal Cymru works with a wide range of organisations from across Wales to help support and promote their sustainable initiatives. This month we feature two of our members who have developed innovative business models providing flexible coworking spaces for a growing community of freelancers and self employed.
The Sustainable Studio – Cardiff
The Sustainable Studio is a coworking space with community and collaboration at the heart.
Founded in 2016 by two sisters, Julia Harris and Sarah Valentin, the studio rapidly took shape breathing new life in to an old industrial warehouse to create an open plan co-working community in the heart of Cardiff for makers and creative folk. The building has provided the catalyst to do more collaborative and community projects and build relationships with other creatives. This has included working with fashion students at local Cardiff and The Vale College on live briefs and having students use the space for exhibitions and fashion shoots. Also hosting Creative Mornings Cardiff space encouraging creatives to network and share their stories. They have been part of a hub crawl for Creative Cardiff and hosted meetings for the coworking collective – a partnership between coworking space in South Wales.
All of the studios are made from reclaimed wood and the furniture, fixtures and fittings have had a previous life somewhere else. Providing an inspiring space to work, relax and do something amazing with a group of like-minded individuals.
As well as housing a variety of creative businesses, the studio hosts creative workshops, fitness classes, exhibitions and business events.
To find out more about the Studio visit www.thesustainablestudio.com | twitter: @TSSWales | insta @thesustainablestudio | FB @TSSCommunity
Launched in 2010 by founder Mark Hooper with just a single coworking space in Culverhouse Cross, the Indycube Community has recently shifted from a Community Interest Company to a type of cooperative called a Community Benefit Society. They are a not for profit organisation with the express aim of “changing the way we all do business” for the better! Indycube offer a membership scheme that supports freelancers, the self-employed, and small business owners with a range of benefits and services, including free legal support and access to invoice factoring. They also run a network of coworking and shared work spaces, rapidly expanding across the Wales and the UK, with the aim to effectively kill the commute and get people working from within their local communities as much as possible.
From Penarth to Porth to Pembroke Dock, Indycube offer a variety of different spaces (many with scenic views) across Wales with the aim of providing high level working environments that give people the freedom and choice to live and work within their local community – a vital ingredient for many of communities across Wales. Here are just a few of the most idyllic places to work: 6 of Wales’ most scenic coworking spots.
As an organisation they are proud to be paperless and utilising the latest technology they have successfully digitised anything unnecessary including invoices, documents,letter and cheques.
Until April 1st, Indycube are offering independent workers (or anyone who’d like to be involved) chance to become Founding Members with full access to their benefits pack, including a free desk day every month, for only £1 a month until June. You can register to become a member here.
For more information visit Indycube | Insta @indycube_coworking | Twitter @indycube | Facebook @indycubecommunity