Solo workers get the chance to team up

The Red Lion's Jane McHugh (left) joins forces with the organiser, Avril Scott (right), to support local businesses.

The Red Lion's Jane McHugh (left) joins forces with the organiser, Avril Scott (right), to support local businesses.

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Those who work from home in north Northumberland are being given the opportunity to do a day’s work while sharing their experiences and learning from fellow professionals.

In 2010, Gateshead’s Jayne Graham, who had worked for herself for 10 years, but missed having other people around to talk about business in an informal way, set up Co-working Days, which enable people who usually run their businesses from home to get together and discuss their work.

Business owners spend the day at a venue with workspace and Wifi. After a morning’s work, they talk about their businesses over lunch and share knowledge and experiences during after-lunch discussions.

Avril Scott, a strategic marketing and business development consultant based in Foxton, attended a Co-working Day in Newcastle in June and was so impressed by the experience that she is now setting up similar days for people in Alnwick and the surrounding area.

“I thought the idea of Co-working Days was excellent and could see the benefits it could bring to people who normally are working alone,” she said.

“On my Co-working Day, not only did I achieve my ‘day’s work’, but exchanged a lot of knowledge and information and made lots of new contacts.

“I am delighted that Jane McHugh at the Red Lion in Alnmouth has agreed to provide the venue for the Co-working Days in the area and will take part herself.

“The restaurant in the pub will be transformed into a pop-up office for the occasion.”

The first day takes place next Thursday, from 9.30am until 4.30pm and there are still a few places available while second and third days are planned for February 27 and March 20.

The cost of one Co-working Day is £20, which includes lunch, workspace, Wifi and refreshments. For those booking two days or more, the cost is £16 per day.

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