Worcester MP Robin Walker is delighted that The Kiln has officially reopened in the City with support from £195,000 of the Local Growth Fund. This project provides local entrepreneurs with access to flexible and creative co-working space and help encourage new start-up businesses to flourish right in the centre of Worcester.

Robin, who recently visited the Kiln to attend the launch, is pleased that Worcestershire’s start-ups, freelancers and small businesses can now access a long-anticipated co-working space at the Old Police station on Copenhagen Street, after its grand opening on 30th of August.

The Kiln, a collaborative community to help entrepreneurs and lone workers, is a friendly and imaginative space to work and provides hot desking for over 60 people. It has undergone extensive building and renovation work, creating a modern, fresh and practical space for professionals to use as their base, share ideas and network with like-minded people.

The launch of The Kiln comes hot on the heels of The Kiln 0.5, which was a smaller scale, temporary hub based in The Guildhall on Worcester’s high street. It proved popular, having over 20 self-employed people using the space.

With the new launch and major refurbishments, entrepreneurs can benefit from:

  • A flexible way of working – professionals can book a work space just one day a month or a full working week
  • Unlimited tea and coffee will be provided
  • Free, super-fast wi-fi is available
  • The building is fully air conditioned, offers event space and a range of meeting rooms

The Kiln is the brainchild of Greg Smith and Hamish Gill, co-owners of the visual identity agency F8 Creates, and is the first of its kind in Worcester. It has been backed by Worcester City Council, which has invested £400,000 in the initiative, and Worcestershire Local Enterprise Partnership, which has provided £195,000 towards refurbishment via the Government’s Local Growth Fund.

Speaking at the launch of the Kiln, Robin said:

“I continue to work hard in Parliament to ensure that business in Worcester is thriving. Over the last 10 years I have had the honour of representing Worcester in the House of Commons, but the biggest highlights of my career are Worcester based. As a child I have fond memories of wandering up the High Street with my family and it is fantastic to see Worcester flourishing despite national decline.”

“I have always been a champion of local business in Worcester, especially through my work in Westminster on business rates relief and retention. There are many exciting ongoing developments within the City, earlier this year we received great news of a £3million boost into renovating and repurposing eight railway arches for creative and dynamic business space and a fresh bid for a share of the £1billion High Street Fund.”

“I commend Greg and Hamish on all their efforts to get this idea off the ground and I was pleased that the Government, City Council and LEP could contribute in funding.”

Minister for Housing Communities and Local Government, The Rt Hon Jake Berry MP said:

“We are committed to boosting economic growth across the whole of the Midlands Engine and ensuring every community has the support and investment it needs to flourish.

“The Kiln, supported by £195,000 investment from the Government’s Local Growth Fund investment, will provide new workspace for entrepreneurs, and will serve as a community hub where ideas to unlock the full potential of the region can be explored and developed by businesses from far and wide in one creative space.”

Chief Executive Officer of the Worcester BID, Phoebe Dawson said:

“It has been a pleasure to welcome The Kiln and its members to Worcester. Not only has the project reinvigorated a magnificent building which had been lying empty, but the further investment has also brought a new audience and visitors to our city centre.”

ENDS

For Robin’s previous releases on business, please see:

https://www.walker4worcester.com/?s=business

For more information on the Stronger Towns Fund, please see:

https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/stronger-towns-fund