Jeremy Hunt, MP for South West Surrey, recently visited HasleWorks – a new co-working space in Haslemere – to meet the team of local residents who have devised the initiative in response to a growing need for workspace close to home and to encourage business for local shops and cafes by enabling more people to work in the town centre.
Jeremy was taken on a tour of the newly refurbished building, located at 2 – 4 Petworth Road, that has been adapted to enable at least thirty people at any one time to work together comfortably and efficiently. They have the choice of working at large open tables or in quieter zones and have access to acoustic phone booths for privacy and to meeting rooms as well as a comfortable seating area. A programme of events is planned with informal drinks and local speakers, drawing on the wealth of experience in the area, providing networking opportunities for collaboration between members.
In addition to offering flexible workspace close to home, the central location of HasleWorks will draw customers to Haslemere’s shops and cafes, helping to boost the local economy. Jeremy Hunt, who in September 2020 launched the South West Surrey Bounceback campaign to help local businesses, charities and other organisations get back on their feet after the pandemic, welcomed the initiative. He said:
“To have such a facility in Haslemere is a coup for the town and for the many business people who live and work in the area. As we finally come out of this awful pandemic, we will be looking for more flexibility when it comes to working and having meetings and I hope HasleWorks can be at the centre of this within the town. We need to support our High Street and local businesses more than ever and this seems like an excellent opportunity for Haslemere.”
Helen Bowcock, Co-Founder of HasleWorks, said:
“We were delighted to welcome Jeremy to HasleWorks, and know that as a successful entrepreneur himself he values initiatives like this one within his constituency. Our market research indicates that there are many people who live locally who welcome the flexibility that a local co-working space offers and also the social contact and networking that it will provide.”
Jenny Thrower, Co-Working Manager at HasleWorks, added:
“We are really looking forward to introducing the local community to HasleWorks, and from next month will be inviting those who have expressed an interest in our initiative to arrange a visit. Do please visit our website – hasleworks.co.uk – or email [email protected] to get in touch. I look forward to welcoming you all soon.”
HasleWorks, located at 2-4 Petworth Road, Haslemere, is a new co-working space for the town and the people of Haslemere and the surrounding areas.
Opening this summer, HasleWorks is the initiative of a group of local residents – Helen, Matthew and Dom Bowcock, Kate Bradford and Paul Edwards – who intend that the enterprise will contribute to the economic and social recovery of Haslemere following an extraordinary year.
Offering professional working space with zones for head-down working as well as spaces for collaboration and conversation, HasleWorks has flexible packages for daily, regular or occasional use.
A programme of events for all members will provide opportunities to network, to share expertise and to learn more about the local community.
Importantly, any profits raised by HasleWorks will be donated to local charitable causes.
HasleWorks will open this summer. For further information and to register interest, please visit hasleworks.co.uk