F8 Creates

A long anticipated co-working space for creative and technical entrepreneurs in Worcestershire officially opened its doors this week. The Kiln, a collaborative community to help start-ups and small businesses develop by providing a friendly, creative space to work, opened The Kiln 0.5 on Monday 3rd December 2018.

The Kiln 0.5 is based in the Guildhall on Worcester High Street, and provides hot desking, free wi-fi and unlimited tea and coffee from 9am to 5pm Monday to Friday. Businesses and individuals looking to join the community and take advantage of the co-working space on offer can choose from a range of different plans from just one day per month to unlimited access during opening hours.

The Kiln is the brainchild of Greg Smith and Hamish Gill, co-owners of F8 Creates, a creative agency based in Worcestershire, and will be the first co-working space in Worcester:

The concept of The Kiln has been in progress for several years now. Through our work with innovative projects and creative brands in the region, it didn’t escape our attention that freelancers and start-ups have no co-working spaces to work and develop their ideas, and if they can’t do it here in Worcester, they will surely leave and do it elsewhere! That’s why we wanted to create a community, to support designers, developers and other techies and creatives to be brilliant here in Worcester and maintain the region’s strength in innovation.” Greg said.

The Kiln 0.5 is a temporary location, whilst a permanent venue in the old Police Station on Copenhagen Street, Worcester is undergoing building and renovation works. Work should be completed here in mid-2019, allowing The Kiln creative community to relocate to the larger venue which will also allow for a programme of regular events.

It recently became clear that work was going to take longer than expected in transforming the old Police Station, so The City Council have provided a temporary home for us on Worcester’s High Street. This will allow us to start growing our community and provide a home for a growing body of start-ups and freelancers, who we hope in time will call The Kiln their home.” Greg added.

This project has been supported by Worcestershire Innovation community WINN, Worcester City Council and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership.

Cllr Lucy Hodgson, Chair of the Place and Economic Development Sub-Committee at Worcester City Council, said:

We’re pleased to be able to offer the type of flexible accommodation which start-up businesses and entrepreneurs are looking for, right in the heart of the city. The City Council is very keen to support creative new businesses, and to be a real catalyst for innovation.”

Gary Woodman, Chief Executive of Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, said:

The developments at The Kiln represent a great step forward in our ambitions of boosting creative and technical businesses in the county. Co-working spaces will help to equip businesses with the support to grow and bring innovative new ideas to life. We look forward to seeing The Kiln continue its growth.”

Jabba Riaz, Mayor of Worcester was delighted to share his thoughts on the project:

The Kiln is an ambitious and original project thought of by entrepreneurs Hamish Gill and Greg Smith, the premise of which is original to the city and aims to provide space to the vast amount of up and coming-talent within the city. It is not only a space that can be shared by all, but a breeding ground for new talent, ideas, inventions and the next multi-million point programme and applications. “

By putting Worcester’s best talent together in a shared space, you are truly creating the environment for the project and the city to succeed. The Kiln sits in the heart of the city, being able to take advantage of the raw talent at the university and the newly created coding laboratory at the Heart of Worcester college. Ultimately this is exactly the project we need and that complements the One Worcestershire approach.” He added.

As flexible co-working opportunities offered at The Kiln 0.5 are much sought after, those interested in utilising the space should get in touch to secure their membership. Anyone wanting to arrange a viewing or find out more should visit The Kiln website or send an email to hello@thekiln.co.

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