Global Co-working Craze Comes to Skegness
13th November 2012
A global co-working craze which gives freelancers a chance to meet up has proved so popular in Lincoln it is to launch in Skegness.
The first of the networking sessions, called Jelly Skegness, is being held at X-Site Skate Park in the town on Wednesday 21st November.
Spalding-based business Kind of Digital, which is helping to organise the monthly sessions on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire campaign, said the idea is to encourage people who work on their own or from home to collaborate and share ideas.
The sessions are free to attend, with the first one even including bottomless tea, coffee and biscuits for businesses taking part.
Jelly Skegness organiser Tim Wilson said: “This is a chance to meet like-minded freelancers and solo workers as well as swap ideas and get mutual support.
“You could also come away having learnt a few things from chatting to someone in another line of work and the Jelly events are flexible so you can come and go as you please.
“Freelancers, home workers, small business owners, field workers – in fact everyone is welcome to drop in, work together, collaborate and chat. Other than a laptop you can bring your note-book, your craft project or just yourself, it’s a great time to clear your diary and think of new ideas.
“As a mobile worker myself the coffee shop is a great place to work, especially when other people are co-working in the same place.”
The Jelly idea began in America in 2006 when two roommates realised that they loved working from home, but they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing and camaraderie of a traditional office.
The first Jelly Lincoln was held during Frequency 2011, Lincoln’s inaugural Festival of Digital Culture in October last year, and the idea has been picked up in Skegness owing to the city event’s popularity.
Jelly Skegness will be held all day at X-Site Skate Park in Skegness from 9am. For more information please visit www.digitallincs.com and follow #jellyskegness on Twitter.
Notes to Editors:
- Jelly Skegness will be held at X-Site Skate Park on Wednesday 21st November, Wednesday 19th December, Wednesday 16th January, Wednesday 20th February and Wednesday 20th March. The Lincoln Jelly events take place at Coffee Aroma on Tuesday 27th November, Monday 28th January, Monday 25th February and Monday 25th January.
- onlincolnshire is a £57 million project run by Lincolnshire County Council which aims to provide broadband speeds of at least 24 Megabits per second (Mbps) for 90% of homes and businesses in the county, and a guaranteed 2Mpbs for the remaining premises by 2015.
- onlincolnshire is part-funded by the East Midlands European Regional Development Fund Programme 2007 to 2013
- Some Internet users in rural Lincolnshire experience speeds of less than 1 Mbps. The UK’s average broadband speed is 7.6 Mbps, according to Ofcom.
- The Department for Communities and Local Government is the managing authority for the European Regional Development Fund Programme, which is one of the funds established by the European Commission to help local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support local businesses and create jobs. For more information visit www.communities.gov.uk/erdf
- For more information visit www.onlincolnshire.org