Creative Co-working Space(s) in Monmouthshire & Rural Newport

Project categories: 
Evaluation
Strategies
Client: 
Monmouthshire County Council
Assignment: 

To undertake a study to determine the feasibility of establishing a co-working space for the tech, digital and creative sectors in the Usk Valley Region.

Timescale: 
4 months
Project Description: 

With a view to supporting the tech, digital and creative sectors, and creating places where people feel connected and inspired, The means was commissioned by Monmouthshire County Council, on behalf of the Vale of Usk Local Action Group, to determine the appetite for a suitable co-working space(s) within the Vale of Usk Region – a rural area that covers parts of Newport and Monmouthshire, in South Wales.

The study is supporting efforts to encourage new opportunities for work based collaboration and economic development in the region and will identify how these can be developed in a manner that enables people to feel connected, energised and inspired.

The rural nature of the region, and the geographic spread of the workforce, presents a challenge in terms of locating home-workers, commuters and local businesses. As a result, The means is currently delivering a targeted engagement programme that aims to locate workers across the region to gain an understanding of their appetite for a new shared working space, or spaces.

The key delivery outcomes are to:

• Build a fuller understanding of the tech, digital and creative sectors in the Vale of Usk.
• Establish the appetite for co-working space in the region.
• Locate homeworkers, commuters and local businesses who might be interested in using a co-working space(s).
• Determine the feasibility and optimum location, site and design of such a work space(s) and identify a model for this facility that is suited to the needs and challenges of rural areas.
• Produce a recommendation report on potential demand, mix of services and optimum location.
• Identify suitable funding streams to take the recommendations forward.

Sep.20.2017