Bury St Edmunds workspace @Inc opens for business in 'cool quarter of town'
A new shared workspace is helping put Bury St Edmunds on the map as one of the coolest places to work, and play.
@Inc, in King’s Road, was established in July this year by Bury-based business support organisation, MENTA.
The workspace is already attracting members from across the town, region and even the world.
“It’s going really well. We already have lots of people using the workspace,” said Suzanne Banks, @Inc’s community manager.
“These range from people in their early 20s working in programming and web design to two older men who both lost their jobs due to Covid and have now gone into business together. We also have people from Russia, Canada and mainland Europe.”
Situated in what @Inc describes as the ‘cool quarter of town’, it offers a shared workspace, breakout rooms, private Zoom rooms, and a place where people can also network and socialise.
It is also helping to build a co-working community where contacts, experience and ideas can be shared.
@Inc is open 24 hours a day and seven days a week to members and is also planning a series of evening social events. Members are also entitled to free pastries, fruit, tea, coffee and WiFi.
“The idea is to build a community here” said Suzanne.
Many people enjoyed those early days of lockdown, the freedoms of working from home but after some months, people felt ready to get back to something that had recognizable structure and human connectivity.
@Inc says it is a convenient base for shared-space working ‘near to the all the bars, restaurants, and music venues’ which, it says, offers both a business and social lifestyle.
The collection of rooms have also been given a makeover with a ‘fresh and modern’ approach, and a ‘touch of street art’.
“To date, we have seen workers and sole traders as well as freelancers in sectors that include digital development, design, finance, gamers as well as legal professionals chatting over coffee and sharing insight and experience before taking a Zoom call and going about their work schedules,” said Alex Till, MENTA’s chief exectuive.
Suzanne added:“As someone who grew up locally, I’m proud of the town and the international business that is operating here.
“Our furthest worker would normally be in downtown Hong Kong, some 5,918 miles from King’s Road here in Bury.”