Frequently asked questions
When will Coworking Dunbar open?
If everything runs smoothly we could be opening in 2020. But it's a big project and things may change.
However, we will be organising events and possibly pop-up coworking opportunities before we open. To make sure you hear about them, leave your details when you complete our survey at the bottom of this page.
What will the prices be?
We haven't fixed prices yet, but they will be in line with market rates for similar facilities and services.
How will Coworking Dunbar be funded?
We plan to raise a mixture of grants and loans to buy and develop the building. Coworking Dunbar will be run commercially, generating income from member fees and rents. As a social enterprise, any surplus will be invested in projects to benefit the community.
What is "coworking"?
Coworking centres are membership-based workspaces where diverse groups of freelancers, remote workers and other independent professionals work together in a shared, communal setting. Members have access to shared resources such as reception services, broadband, meeting rooms, studios and copiers. Members may work from the centre full or part-time, or just use meeting rooms from time to time. Others might only attend events and trainings.
While this basic infrastructure is essential to do business, what makes coworking spaces different from a shared, serviced office, is a sense of community and a culture of mutual support and collaboration. These intangible benefits are the primary reason people choose to join a coworking space rather than working from home or a traditional office.
Is coworking a new thing?
Coworking is a new concept for many people even though coworking is popular worldwide. The number of coworking spaces has grown in two years from 8,900 in 2015 to 15,500 in 2017. Scotland’s first coworking space opened in 2007 and there are now over 40 across Scotland. There is trend for coworking spaces in smaller towns with operations opened or planned in Dumbarton, Forres, Kinross, Kirkcaldy, Linlithgow, North Berwick and Rosyth.
Is coworking a franchise?
No. Coworking is a general term that describes a style of workspace. There are literally thousands of coworking spaces around the world and they each have a different style, focus and range of services. Some are very corporate, others are laid back, some only have members from one industry, say IT, while others are open to all.
Can't you think of a better name than Coworking Dunbar?
Not yet, we're using it a working title for now. If you've got a better suggestion please let us know! (Sensible ones, not Coworky McCoworkface.)