The Plan - Where? What? When? Where? Who?
Where are we
Worcester – a fast-growing and well-placed small city with a booming university, friendly people and a history of engineering, easily accessible from Herefordshire, Gloucestershire and the West Midlands.
Worcester is a heritage city with a strong making and manufacturing history and a fast-growing university town Approximately 10% of the city’s population are students, digital natives equipped for the future
But, despite the university, young people are leaving Worcester for cities such as Bristol and Birmingham with a stronger support network for their aspirations
If young people leave Worcestershire, their digital and creative skills go with them.
Freelancers, such as designers and developers, have no flexible space to use for work, meetings, and find it tough to meet clients
Skilled students and locals aren’t able to share their skills with local startups and established businesses
We want to encourage those with tech and creative skills to work together to create enterprising new ideas and creations. Our aim is for The Kiln to build a physical collaboration and co-working space in the Heart of Worcester.
Two years into the project the City Council has agreed to allow the project to use 2 Copenhagen Street, just off the high street in Worcester. With additional funding from Local Enterprise Partnership they have also agreed to fund the renovation of the building – we hope to move in late spring 2018.
In 2015 we created the brand and started holding events. Throughout 2016 we held events, gathered momentum and a following, and started making solid plans for the space we hope to create. 2017 has been a year of working closing with the public sector to find an appropriate building and funding to open The Kiln
The third stage – the plan for 2018
- Open The Kiln at 2 Copenhagen Street, Worcester
- Offer regular and relevant events that draw in enthusiastic people and provide real benefits to local people
- Provide a home for a growing body of startups and freelancers with flexible work and event space
- Build relationships with other regional and national hubs to put Worcestershire on the map
What we need to get there?
In order to ensure the success of The Kiln, we need your help. In particular, we will need:
● Staff to run the location day-to-day – we will be recruiting soon, please feel free to express an interest
● Initial founder tenants who want to be hands-on shaping our space
● A network of contacts to provide advice and inspire our startups
We want you to be part of our journey and visible in the success of the startups that will call the Kiln their home.
Can you help?
Do you own a business? If so, what can it provide us with to further our cause?
Support from individuals and the community
Ultimately we are a community of individuals, and to that end the greatest support we can receive is through the growth of that community.
As an individual we need you to:
Our Pitch Pack
Much of the information on this page, including more statistics from the survey we caried out can be found within our pitch pack. Know someone who might be able to help us, why not send it on to them with a link to this page.
Who we are
Greg Smith & Hamish Gill head up The Kiln
Greg is the co-owner of F8 Creates where guides the art direction and projects for the team. In what spare time he has he enjoys drawing and painting.
Hamish co-owns F8 Creates with Greg. He is also an avid photographer with particular interest in film photography, is the founder of 35mmc.com a successful film photography blog, and is working on the launch of his first iphone app.
Our Advisory Group
A creative force, Will is a Worcester-based Architectural Technologist who claims to never use social media. He also likes to get hands-on, creating round timber furniture…
A source of brilliant ideas, Seb is new in town having previously led major healthcare IT projects in London.
Worcestershire-born Sarah is a leading figure in East London’s tech scene, heading up Google Campus and leading groundbreaking initiatives such as Campus for Mums.
Jamie is a long term nerd and cyber security expert. He is the founder of The Friendly Nerd, a start-up that provides cyber training to SMEs.