The need for creative spaces for people to work in is growing exponentially in the South West. The tech and creative sectors are growing, and consequently the demand for co-working space for freelancers and the self-employed is increasing. One person keen to add to Bristol’s co-working spaces is Ben Byford and he’d love to get your help to make sure he provides what co-workers value most highly in a shared working space.

“We’re hoping to help freelancers and small businesses in Bristol as they are created and need new spaces to collaborate and grow”

 

For this he’s created a quick collaborative work space for Bristol survey where anybody interested in getting involved with this new co-working space can explain what they would want from it. We caught up with Ben to find out a little more.

TechSPARK: What has made you decide to look into creating a co-working space in Bristol?

ben-byfordBen Byford (pictured right): Both personal and business reasons. Bristol has a thriving creative community, which is an absolute joy to be a part of and one of the reasons why I looked to Bristol and not another UK city. We’re hoping to help freelancers and small businesses in Bristol as they are created and need new spaces to collaborate and grow.

TS: What will the responses to the survey allow you to do?

BB: We want the new space to reflect the people in it and evolve as we all learn about each other and the space. Part of that is to enable our community to have an influence straight away before the space / ethos has been created.

TS: What are your impressions of the tech and digital community in the South West?

BB: I can see some real excitement in these sectors in the South West and the beginnings of support being funnelled in that direction. The collaborative workspace we’re looking to create will be a supporting member of that community and a focal point for data analysis, machine learning, research and education activity in the South West.

Interested? You can add your thoughts to the survey here: Collaborative work space for Bristol survey.

Jamie Middleton