Feedback wanted on work hub scheme

Joseph Bulmer

BUSINESS people in six towns across Devon are being urged to respond to a survey, commissioned by Devon County Council, to provide their views on the need for managed work space, or work hubs, in each area.

Work hubs provide individuals and micro-businesses with office-type services like broadband, IT support and meeting rooms – but rather than paying a monthly or yearly lease, they can rent space on easier, more flexible terms.

Events are being held in Barnstaple, Totnes, Newton Abbot, Ilfracombe, Axminster and Exmouth, led by Devon-based businesses Transform Research and Cosmic IT, and funded by the county council.

These events not only provide IT support for small businesses, but promote the concept of work hubs and encourage feedback through an on-line survey.

Four events have already taken place in Barnstaple, Totnes, Newton Abbot and Exmouth and Devon County Council is encouraging those who attended, or any business which couldn’t make it on the day, to fill in online questionnaire surveys.

Jacqui Footman, an Emotional Freedom Technique (EFT) practitioner and trainer who attended the Barnstaple event, said: “There was a wealth of information and expertise on hand and I received some great one-to-one support. The work hub events have so much potential for small businesses in particular.

“It’s important to the event providers to get lots of business people to complete the questionnaire – then they can look to offer the best support to the business community.”

Councillor Will Mumford, Cabinet Member for Economic Regeneration and Strategic Planning, said: “Devon County Council is keen to support small businesses who may need workspace but we need to find out exactly what help these businesses need. I’m really pleased that we’ve had such positive feedback from businesses who have attended the events so far, but we want to encourage as many people as possible to give us feedback on the need for work space in each town.”

Businesses wishing to complete a survey or find out more about work hubs, go to:

The Ilfracombe event is being held next Wednesday at The Terrace Tapas and Wine Bar, 62 Fore Street, Ilfracombe, from 12pm to 4.30pm.