Thursday, 25 July 2013

Cambridge MP Meets Home-Based Entrepreneurs At The Business Lounge

MP Julian Huppert will meet some of the city’s home-based entrepreneurs on Monday, July 29 at the Cambridge Business Lounge.

Mainly sole traders, they run companies in sectors from technology to marketing and 3D printing to entertainment.

And occasionally they work from the Cambridge Business Lounge, where they are offered desk space and wi-fi access as a change of scenery from their home-based offices or to meet other small business people and exchange ideas.

Cambridge Business Lounge in Burleigh Street, Cambridge is run by Ed Goodman and Nicky Smerdon.

Ed said: “Nicky and I launched Cambridge Business Lounge in January this year to provide home-based businesses with a platform to work from, where they can share ideas and experiences, and access much of the support and interaction that working from home can sometimes lack.

“We are delighted that Julian is so keen to meet the diverse businesses who use our facilities and support small businesses in the Cambridge area. We look forward to welcoming him into our growing community”

It is estimated that there are 8,000 self-employed workers in Cambridge, many working from home and home-working has increased by 13 per cent to 46 per cent in the last five years.

Peter Robbins has been running his Artisan Entertainment agency from home for the last year but uses the Cambridge Business Lounge, often for just half a day at a time.

He said: “It gives me everything I want and need from office space – good company, fast internet access, pleasant surroundings and good coffee.”

Vhari Russell runs The Food Marketing Expert helping small retailers to grow and she finds the Cambridge Business Lounge invaluable for holding meetings and meeting other business people.

She said: “Sometimes it can be hard running a business on your own and it’s good to bounce ideas off other people and get a different viewpoint.”

And Len Keenan, who runs enablen3D which looks at how 3D printing can be introduced into primary schools, said: “One of the key things about running a business is that you can’t do it on your own.

“At the Business Lounge it’s like having an office with people in it. You never know who is going to walk through the door and you can make connections with people from all different backgrounds – computer, engineering marketing.”

Julian said: “It is really good news that there are so many successful self-employed workers and that home-working is on the increase.

“Home-working gives businesses, especially new start-ups, the opportunity to keep costs down and offers great flexibility.

“I am looking forward to finding out more about these businesses and meeting the people behind them.”