A community coworking centre
We wish to set up a community coworking centre to provide workspace, inspiration and support to freelancers, commuters, remote workers, artists, businesses, social enterprises and community groups in and around Dunbar.
46 - 48 High Street, Dunbar
We want to buy the former housing office in Dunbar High Street. We've looked at alternatives and this is the only viable option. We believe the coworking centre can only really benefit the whole community if it's right at the heart of the town.
Sustaining Dunbar, community development trust and charity
Since 2008 we have been bringing people together to create practical projects across the Dunbar and East Linton area that improve the quality of life, support the local economy and enhance the natural environment.
A social enterprise approach
We hope to buy the property from East Lothian Council with a grant from the Scottish Land Fund. We will seek a mix of commercial and social investment loans to cover the cost of upgrading, refurbishing, fitting out etc. The centre will operate commercially in the market and invest profits for the benefit of the local community.
If everything runs smoothly we could be opening in 2019
But it's a big project and things may change. We are currently seeking support from across the community, building a network of potential members, undertaking a feasibility study, creating a business plan and seeking funding to buy and develop the property.
Speaking with local people, businesses and organisations, and other research, tells us that this project will help:
Improve Dunbar High Street
by restoring a long disused building at risk of becoming an eyesore.
Tackle the shortage of work space
by creating quality workspace with hot desks, offices, studios and meeting rooms.
Grow local businesses
by building connections between freelancers, commuters, SMEs, social enterprises and more.
Bring more trade to the High Street
as people who formerly worked from home or commuted away, shop more locally.
Develop community groups
by investing profits to support fundraising, project planning and development.
by linking more people with local groups and activities.
And it will be great for members!
Commuting to Edinburgh…
Work here one or more days a week. Less commuting, more time with your family and to enjoy life in Dunbar.
Working from home…
Permanently or occasionally, be part of a professional work space. Get out, meet people, build your networks.
Looking to expand…
Rent desks, offices and meeting rooms only when your organisation needs them. Manage costs, reduce risk.