Hot desk boost for Highland town
Local businesses and residents helped launch the initiative on Monday needed in the town for a number of reasons.
“Factors such as issues with broadband connectivity in some of the outlying areas around Dunkeld, and the sometimes lonely nature of working for yourself from home led us to carry out a feasibility study over the summer to look at the possible demand for such a facility.
“We received a variety of responses to the idea, all of which convinced us there was a need for this kind of space, so when part of the former doctors’ surgery became available we thought we would take it on and give it a try.”
Two offices have already been rented out to local businesses or organisations and there are currently around six to eight hotdesks and a social area/meeting room available on an ad hoc basis.
Sally added: “We offer a warm, dry premises with superfast broadband connectivity in a friendly environment.
“There is a kitchen, we provide tea and coffee, and have disabled access and facilities.
“We are aiming to be as flexible as possible in terms of renting out the desk space, which, depending on availability, can be hired for a day or two a week, or every other fortnight, a day a month or whatever suits you and your business needs.
“People have different requirements and reasons for wanting to use the space. Some find that they are more productive in an office-type environment, maybe they want to save time and money by not commuting or perhaps they just want to go to work somewhere where there are other people in a similar situation.
“There’s also a real problem for people who live in the outlying areas of Dunkeld and don’t have superfast broadband but are trying to conduct their business affairs online – filling in tax returns for example – but can’t due to the limitations of broadband.”
Those behind the co-working space have been working with community-based enterprise support organisation GrowBiz on the development of the project.
Sally said: “The team at GrowBiz has been very supportive of this initiative and really helpful, providing lots of great advice and encouragement.
“This venture has the potential to be really beneficial to enterprises in this part of Highland Perthshire and a real boost to the local economy.”
Jackie Brierton, CEO of GrowBiz, commented: “We are delighted to be able to help this innovative project.
“It ticks a lot of boxes in terms of supporting rural enterprise and micro businesses that often face very different challenges to their counterparts in urban areas.”
The co-working space in Dunkeld is located at Lagmhor, Little Dunkeld.