Christchurch and East Dorset Councils, in conjunction with Skills and Learning and Somerford Alliance Resource Centre (ARC), are launching a new event in Christchurch for freelancers, home workers and micro business owners.
The new weekly event aims to provide an informal environment for people to collaborate and interact with others who would usually be working from home. The new “Business Jelly” events will be held every Thursday (starting 9 June 2016) at the Somerford ARC, 20 Southey Road, Somerford, Christchurch, BH23 3EH. You can drop in between the hours of 1pm and 3pm. Every Business Jelly will be free to attend with Wifi provided by the Somerford ARC.
This Business Jelly is being set up following the successful introduction of a similar event which started in Wimborne in January this year.
The concept of the Business Jelly was conceived in New York in 2006 by two IT freelancers who wanted to overcome the drawbacks of working from home. (They were eating jelly beans at the time, which gave them the idea for the name.) By working in a shared environment, they were able to benefit from the creativity and energy that is generated by working with others while still working independently from their employer. Many have found that Business Jelly events have been a good way to meet like-minded people as well as providing a refreshing change from their home offices.
Cllr Claire Bath, portfolio holder for the economy at Christchurch Borough Council, said: “We have arranged this Business Jelly to support the many small businesses and home workers who we know are working in our area. We hope that this event will grow, as they often do through word of mouth, to become a regular meeting point for people who otherwise may work in isolation.”