A NEW Gosnells co-working space has been launched in an effort to keep local workers close to home.
The SWEET Hub on Lissiman Street aims to retain some of the 35,000 local residents who work outside of the City by offering them office space close to home.
Co-Founder Zeeshan Pasha said about 10,000 Gosnells residents worked in the City and they wanted to help small businesses thrive locally.
“The southeast definitely needs these facilities; if you look at where the different coworking spaces are in Perth or around Perth, you probably find a lot in the city, Osborne Park and Subiaco,” he said.
“There’s nothing in this area; I think the southeast definitely needs the support there and also if you look at the stats, there’s a whole heap of people who leave the City of Gosnells to work.
“There’s great potential for this to work really well for a lot of people in this area, especially in Thornlie, Southern River and Gosnells.”
Mr Pasha said people with small businesses were more motivated if they had an office than if working from home.
“If you worked from home, it could be the most cost-effective way of doing it, but you’re not as disciplined to work on your own,” he said. “When you have people around you who are like-minded, you tend to sort of broaden your own thinking and it grows.
“You’re helping each other and that’s the whole objective of it, that’s why it’s so much better to be working from a collaborative community like a hub rather than individually from home.”
SWEET Hub co-founders Zeeshan Pasha and Marshall Chabbra.