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Welling Library to offer shared office space when it reopens next month

PUBLISHED: 12:01 25 September 2017 | UPDATED: 12:03 25 September 2017

Welling Library is closed for refurbishment works until October 9, when TheWorkary pilot scheme will begin

Welling Library is closed for refurbishment works until October 9, when TheWorkary pilot scheme will begin

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The pilot project gets underway next month

A new pilot project to open up Welling Library for business use gets underway next month.

Starting from October 9, The Workary will open up the library on Churchfield Road as a communal office space.

Providing space for start-ups as well as co-workers, prices to rent a desk space start from £65 a month.

The proposal was approved at a cabinet meeting last week, with a spokesperson from Bexley council saying: “The Workary offers more than just desk space. It aims to create a community of like-minded business people who not only grow their own businesses, but support each other through the network that Wimbletech CIC offers, linking up with other entrepreneurs in Workaries across London for advice, support and collaboration.”

The library is currently closed for refurbishment works, with its reopening set to coincide with The Workary’s launch date.

Peter Craske, cabinet member for community safety, environment and leisure said: “We’re thrilled to be working with Wimbletech to bring this fantastic new facility to Bexley. By providing entry level workspace and fostering a great sense of community and collaboration, I’m confident that this project will help some incredible new enterprises get their start in Bexley.”

David Fletcher is the founder of The Workary, which currently runs across seven other sites.

He said: ““The idea of The Workary is to transform under-utilised space, support our public libraries and create a great alternative for those, like myself, who struggle to start and grow a business at home or in the local coffee shop.

“Libraries are vital to the local communities in which they are based and we are proud to work alongside local library teams to help protect this valuable service. So far, the Wimbletech CIC project has generated over £250,000 of new, sustainable library income, £1.5m of local spending, 350 new local jobs and delivered more than 200 free community events, plus millions of pounds of inward investment.

“We look forward to working with the council & library teams in Bexley to bring as much value as possible to Welling and the Borough. If you know someone who may be interested in a space, please help share and spread the word and let’s make TheWorkary Welling a success.”

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