Coworking events: Winchester Jelly and Freelance Friday

As part of research into coworking and home-based businesses, Annabelle Wilkins recently participated in two coworking events in Winchester and London.

Winchester Jelly is a free event in which freelancers come together for social contact and to work alongside other  home-based workers in a friendly and supportive environment. It is held once a month at Winchester Racquets and Fitness centre, and according to the organisers, all members need to bring is ‘a computer, some work, and a willingness to chat’.

Annabelle also attended the launch of Freelance Friday at Huckletree Shoreditch, a coworking space in East London. Organised by Rebecca Collins and Caitin Liebenberg and hosted by Huckletree, Freelance Friday is a monthly coworking event where freelancers can meet, work and collaborate, with the added bonuses of yoga, coffee and snacks.

Both events revealed fascinating insights into how coworking can facilitate a sense of community and belonging among freelancers in different contexts and areas of the UK. We look forward to learning more about the future of coworking and freelance work over the coming weeks – please get in touch with the team if you are involved in coworking and would like to take part in the research.


Picture: Rebecca Collins
Picture: Rebecca Collins




How does the style of your home affect your chances of self-employment?

Research by Darja Reuschke on the importance of housing for self-employment has been featured on the Understanding Society website. The research linked data from Understanding Society and the Household Panel Survey. It revealed how a person’s housing situation can affect their chances of entrepreneurism by tracking people over a 20-year period.

Read more about the key findings and policy recommendations:



From Homeworking to Coworking

Darja Reuschke was invited to give a talk at a workshop on local entrepreneurship and business start-ups in Glasgow on 20th September 2016. The event was part of the CAN DO PLACES campaign supported by the Scottish Government. The event was aimed at local government and policy makers and was well attended.

Briefing paper: Why home-based businesses are important for city economies

The briefing paper shows that

  • Home-based businesses in cities are more likely to display turnover growth and are more likely to become an employer than those in commercial premises.
  •  The majority of microbusinesses are, or have been, run from the owner’s home.

It argues that measures to ease planning and tenancy restrictions on running businesses from home may be beneficial to city economies.

Home-based businesses

Darja Reuschke gave a seminar on home-based businesses in regional development at the Centre for Economic Development Research (CRED) at the University of Cumbria on 24th February 2015 in Carlisle.