Published: 10:57, 14 November 2019
| Updated: 11:36, 15 November 2019
A new shared office complex - designed to appeal to entrepreneurs and with a range of facilities on offer to help boost growth - is to launch next week.
The first WonderHub will be Sunley House, in Middle Row, Maidstone.
Launching on Thursday, November 21, it is the brainchild of marketing agency Wonderful which will provide access to a host of other practical and strategic support - as well as access to investors - designed to help grow potential.
It has won the support of inward investment agency Locate in Kent, and offers everything from hot-desking to dedicated private offices for anything from three to 14 people.
Agency MD Dan Maudhub said: “We’re really excited to be a part of this new venture, and can’t wait to start helping the businesses joining us in the building.
"With Wonderful being the hub’s very own in-house agency, it will give us the opportunity to help a range of businesses to succeed.
"This hasn’t happened by accident, it’s all part of a formulated ecosystem that will help start-ups and scale-ups not only survive, but to thrive in challenging and uncertain climates.
"We’re helping to give these businesses the best chance of not becoming another one of the failures. We hear stats of 90% failure rate for UK start-ups, with 60% failing even if they survive into year three, and a lot of the time this is down to poorly spent investment in their tech platforms, their marketing, or just not getting their brand and value proposition right in the first place.
"One key aspect of this is our access to investors. We work closely with scale-ups to help get them ready for investment and growth, and make sure they’re in the best shape possible to secure that investment when the time comes.
"We can then introduce them to our investor network and help their continued growth.”
Gavin Cleary, CEO for Locate in Kent said: “We are seeing a steady growth in demand for co-working spaces across Kent and Medway. This is being stimulated by the changing nature of work environments; with requirements for flexible lease arrangements, collaborative workspaces and a focus on staff retention.
“The interest in co-working spaces is also reflective of the forward-thinking business community across the county and is an area particularly relevant to the creative industries, one of the region’s fastest growing sectors with an active freelance community as well as 9,000 employed across Kent and Medway.
“Locate in Kent is pleased to support the launch of WonderHub as part of our work providing bespoke advice to businesses looking to set up, expand or relocate in Kent.”
The WonderHub will be officially opened by Mayor of Maidstone Cllr Marion Ring and special guests with the launch event running from 4pm-7pm.