Although its open plan desk area and private offices have been available for local businesses to use since autumn 2020, Caterham’s co-working hub The Workary finally held its official launch last month. Founder and CEO of Wimbletech CIC (a community interest company), David Fletcher was present to welcome visitors, offer tours and make a speech, alongside Councillor Simon Morrow, chairman of Tandridge Council, who cut the ribbon and formally welcomed the site to the community.
A relaxed communal space
The start of the pandemic resulted in many people struggling to concentrate on work tasks, as they attempted to share their house and devices with their family. The Workary offered a Covid-safe, distraction-free environment, and many chose to hire a desk there when the situation allowed, where they were able to markedly increase their productivity. Those working there now include freelancers, teams and remote workers, who are continuing to use the location as an alternative to working from home. 90% of The Workary’s members live within two miles of it, finding it allows their business to develop and grow in a relaxed communal space.
The Workary. which is located in Quadrant House, on Croydon Road, offers its users the chance to connect with, and support, other businesses, leading to potential collaborations.
David Fletcher credits both Tandridge District Council and Coast to Capital with helping him and his team bring The Workary to life:
“It was only with their vision and support that we were able to renovate Quadrant House. which is a strategically important building within Caterham.”
The ethos of Wimbletech CIC, which manages nine other co-working establishments, is putting people ahead of profit, and creating a resource which will become the centre of the community and boost the local economy.
Dan Cottrell, founder of The Podcast Guys, was the first person to have an office at the Caterham site:
“Not only is The Workary the ideal location for my business, it also provides me with a great community of entrepreneurs and networking opportunities.”