A NEW type of office aimed at supporting entrepreneurs, small businesses and self-employed people has opened its doors in Bicester.
Called Perch, the site offers “metropolitan style” co-working space for up to 67 people and has opened in a former retail unit in Franklins House, in Pioneer Square, Bicester.
The project has been led by Cherwell District Council and is the first of two co-working spaces the council is opening in the town.
Perch, which is fully owned by the council but run by an external operator Point of Difference, opened on Tuesday last week and it is hoped the move will give the town centre a boost.
Cllr Lynn Pratt, pictured, Cherwell’s lead member for estates and the economy said: “We saw this project as an opportunity to collaborate with local tradespeople, not only to provide work during the construction of the space, but to then provide residents with a space to work from in the long term.
“We have invested in Bicester as its continued growth brings more people to the area, and as a result a higher demand for flexible work space.
“We are delighted that Bicester Vision also chose to invest in this project, and are providing sponsored desk space for Bicester businesses.”
Perch offers hot desks, access to meeting rooms, refreshment facilities for a membership fee. There will also be a number of networking opportunities each month.
Residents of Bicester who own a company may also be eligible for a sponsored membership via Bicester Vision.
Co-working offices are designed for people who work from home, are self-employed, or who have started small businesses, to work together, exchange ideas and build a community.
The office space was designed in conjunction with local businesses and craftspeople.
Separately, the council is also funding and building an eco business centre at the North West Bicester eco town site.
For more information view perchcoworking.co.uk