Those who work alone or in small companies are being offered the chance to work in Preston city centre for free.Advertisement
Thursday 9 August is International Co-Working Day and it’s to be marked in Preston.
Society 1 in Cross Street, near Winckley Square, allows you to hot desk and have a city centre office without committing yourself to a long-term lease.
Co-owner Catarina King is inviting anyone to come and power their business with coffee and WiFi for the day.
She said: “We are really looking forward to throwing our doors open on international coworking day, 9th August. It will be a great opportunity for people to come and try working within our space and alongside our vibrant community.
“Society1 has a diverse mix of businesses and freelancers, some of which will be hosting free business clinic sessions on the day. We get to see on a daily basis how these businesses help, collaborate and support one and other. If anyone is thinking they would like to join our growing community of over 80 members this free day provides a perfect opportunity to try it out.”
It’s free to work within the co-working space but you need to sign up via Eventbrite to guarantee your space. It runs from 9am to 4pm, and you can stay for as long or as little time as you like.
Society1 members are running some free workshop sessions during the day which anyone can attend;
Chris Hunter – HM Networks. GDPR and connectivity
Chris Oxley – Danbro Accountants. Accountancy issues for small business and freelancers
Sam Martin – Socially Sam. Online Marketing and Social Media
Michelle Bondesio – Growth Sessions. Digital wellbeing checkins, you digital habits and health.
Stephen Leishman – Selling Sells Ltd – Anything related to Sales, closing the deal, acquiring new customers, Customer Service ask him anything you like!
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In many cities instead of large office spaces a new trend has emerged in recent years, with hot desk places being made available to small firms and self-employed people.
For a small fee per month you can become a member and use the space to run your business from.
There’s usually meeting rooms which can be booked and often free hot drinks and the WiFi is normally free.
Read more: What it was like when we spent the day co-working in Preston
Disclaimer: Blog Preston has a co-working arrangement with Society1 where we pay for a desk space for our reporter a few days a week to be based in the city centre.