New colleagues enjoy their first day at work

The Coworking day at the Red Lion in Alnmouth.
The Coworking day at the Red Lion in Alnmouth.

The first Co-working day to take place in north Northumberland has been hailed a success by the businessmen and women who took part.

The Colleagues on Tap day, at The Red Lion in Alnmouth, was hosted by Avril Scott, a strategic marketing and business development consultant from Foxton and the latest licensee to join the company’s associate scheme.

Colleagues on Tap Co-working days were created by Gateshead’s Jayne Graham to enable people who usually run their businesses from home to get together to not only do a day’s work, but also learn from each other.

The sell-out first event at the Red Lion attracted local businesses and home-workers as well as business owners from further afield such as Newcastle and Durham, who were keen to experience working in Alnmouth for the day.

The Red Lion Inn restaurant was turned into a pop-up office for the day. WiFi and workspaces were provided, and co-workers had the chance to talk about their businesses over lunch and share knowledge and experience during an after-lunch group discussion.

Andy Dennis, who works from home in Lesbury for Microsoft, only found out about co-working days when reading about them in the Gazette.

He said: “I had a really productive day. It was an excellent work environment, but with the added benefit of meeting a diverse group of new people, sharing business ideas and experiences as well as having lunch with some newly-found ‘colleagues’.

“Today was my first experience of co-working and I’m sold – I’d already signed up for the next two sessions by lunchtime!”

Mike Walsh, owner of Spot on Designs, Alnwick, added: “I had a very productive day.

“Lunch provided me with a great opportunity to meet new business contacts and share professional expertise. It’s fantastic that Co-working days are now available in Alnmouth.”