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Maidstone launches shared office space for small businesses

Maidstone Borough Council has invested £250,000 on new office space called The Business Terrace, to support fledgling businesses.

The space features 6 sharing offices, 15 hotdesks, meeting room and seminar space as well as wi-fi throughout the building.


Work away from home

According to the 2011 census there are 9,000 people that work from home, whilst recent research suggests that many home-based workers believe not working in an office can be a barrier to their growth.

Maidstone Borough Council’s economic development officer Karen Franek said: “There is a growing phenomenon of people setting up businesses from home because it is less expensive. However, they can be isolated.”

She went on to say how The Business Terrace can provide people with the option of working away from home “somewhere where they can have a professional front and meet other businesses”.

The space was in high demand from the outset with the waiting list racking up 25 interested parties when it first opened.


‘Build relationships’

One of the key motivations appears to be a strong interest in networking and fostering of new relationships.

Ahmed Nuaman of Firestarter Media told Kent Online that he looks forward to hiring more staff and running workshops. He also highlighted that the rent for the space acts as an incentive to work harder.

Sarah MacDonald and Jo Hage from communications agency Rise said that they are looking forward to growing their professional network.

“This offers us a great opportunity to hotdesk and meet new people and build relationships,” said Jo.