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Inverness scheme aims to bring folk together

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A NEW initiative to support small businesses and self-employed people will be tried out during an event in Inverness.

The new co-working hub located at Inverness Library will be hosting an evening meeting organised by Highland Business Women.

Supporting local entrepreneurs, freelancers, sole traders and start-ups, the new space is part of the new Scottish Coworking Network scheme.

It was launched by the Scottish Library and Information Council (SLIC) with the aim to create a network of business hubs in underused spaces in Scotland’s public libraries – allowing entrepreneurs and small businesses to work, meet and collaborate in a shared space.

Seb Dadbin, SLIC project manager for the co-working hubs, said: “We are transforming the library’s space so that people who normally work at home or that need a different environment can find a place to share ideas and feel stimulated in a sociable environment.

“Working from home can sometimes be very isolating and having a space to meet other people, even just one or two days a week, can really change the way we work.

“We are aiming to create a blueprint for other libraries.”

With the first pilot hub launched in Dunfermline in February, the scheme has now expanded to Inverness, Edinburgh and Dundee.

Mr Dadbin added: “Something that can be very useful for someone who has to travel to another place for a meeting is that they can use the co-working spaces in different cities, and our aim is to extend it as much as possible across the network of Scottish libraries.”

The Highland Business Women event is today at 5pm.

For more information, visit www.hbw.scot

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