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Dragon Calling All Creatives

Medway is lucky to already lay claim to some of the fastest growing companies in Kent. Many young companies are looking for a base in this bustling hub. Being able to work remotely from anywhere in the world is a definite bonus but sometimes office space is necessary for client meetings, networking or for when the business is expanding.

Many creatives have resorted to the daily commute to London in order to capture the buzz of the city but Roland Stanley is confident he can offer a solution with the opening of his Dragon Coworking Space based within the St George Hotel in New Road Avenue, Rochester.

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‘We’ve invested in a cool, funky, modern, industrial, open space designed specifically for young, creative and innovative businesses in Kent,’ says Roland ‘it’s not just a work space it’ll be a creative community where the coworking businesses will collaborate, communicate and help build each other’s businesses up.’

With astro turf flooring, bean bags, stand up desks, river views, creative whiteboards, jungle scenes and barista style coffees and teas this coworking space will make working in an open office space affordable and a pleasure (prices start from as little as £15 per month).

Dragon Coworking offers free parking on-site, draught beers, creative and community events, hot desk facilities plus a limited number of fixed offices and desks available to rent. Open from 10 July creative businesses will need to get in quick to reserve their space.

Coworking and shared space is becoming a new way of working and is firmly established, with more spaces opening up in towns all over the country. It has a rosy future as the ability to dip in and out, expand and contract as needed are all features of community hubs not found with fixed lease office rentals. And the icing on the cake is that it’s significantly cheaper.

Having collaborated with Paul Andrews founder of Fruitworks Coworking in Canterbury Roland has incorporated what works there knowing that it’s a successful model. ‘Creative people love to collaborate and associate with other creatives but you don’t meet many working in your spare bedroom!’ says Paul Andrews ‘We converted part of our offices into coworking space. Seven years on we offer totally flexible working from 1 day per week to  6 days per week. We have 120 plus businesses using our facilities. We’ve now significantly expanded our facilities and recently opened an onsite coffee shop that has quickly become a meeting place for young creatives to meet up, sip coffee, use wifi and bounce ideas off each other.’

Anyone wishing to visit the St George Hotel or the Dragon Coworking space will receive a warm welcome, a grand launch party is planned for 21 July and they’re calling all creatives to connect on @DragonCoworking on Facebook or Twitter for more information and events.

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