New creative co-working hub to open next month


A new creative and digital co-working hub is set to open in September as part of the Weston-super-Mare town centre regeneration programme.

North Somerset Council was awarded a £460,000 grant last year from the West of England Local Enterprise Partnership to support the purchase and development of the creative hub.

Since then, the former Badger Centre in Wadham Street above the Heritage café has been purchased and refurbishment work is now almost complete.

When it opens next month The Stable, now run independently of the council as the Hub Weston Community Interest Company, will offer a range of facilities, services and support to local people in the digital, technological and creative sectors.

Co-working space will be let on a daily and monthly basis to freelancers, micro and start-up businesses on flexible and low-risk terms. Networking events and support will also be available to members of The Stable to cultivate their business success.

“Graphic designers, a science writer and editor, a mobile tech company, freelance photographers and designers, and film editors are among those who have already expressed an interest,” said The Stable Manager Kerry O’Neill. “Local people interested in providing business support and services have also been in touch.”

“The Stable will bring a new cultural dimension to the town centre, nurturing the creative talent already in the Weston area and hopefully attracting new residents and businesses to relocate,” said North Somerset Council’s deputy leader and executive member for economic development Cllr Elfan Ap Rees.

“This supports the council’s bold ambition for Weston which focuses on increasing the number of people living in good quality housing in the town and boosting the demand for shops and services, as well as expanding the town’s learning and leisure opportunities to create a more prosperous and vibrant town centre.”

To find out more and register your interest in becoming a member of The Stable, visit www.thestableweston.com.