Hot desk boost for High­land town

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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.

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