Node Cowork, North Devon
An initiative of Devon County Council, operated by Town Sq, Node Cowork is a fresh space dedicated to supporting the growth of startups in Devon.
The centre supports growing businesses and drives local enterprise
Through provision of dedicated incubation/enterprise workspace, combined with advice, mentoring and collaboration with specialist partners, the purpose of the centre is to support innovative and growth-focussed businesses to start-up, grow & thrive, and to act as a focal point/driver locally for enterprise.
When the centre is full, it is expected to support 100 jobs and accommodate 25 to 35 tenant businesses.
Node Cowork is a leading example of the Work Near Home (WNH) movement that is quickly growing in response to changing working patterns precipitated by COVID-19. It affords high quality space for staff and companies to work close to home, avoiding the needless expense, time and stress of commuting to a major city each day. Working Near Home is also more sustainable, strengthens local economies and enhances communities.
Rype assisted with the furniture layout and provided remanufactured and sustainably sourced furniture throughout, enabling the centre to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by around 80% compared to using furniture from virgin resources.
The project was fitted out rapidly to a tight budget and high quality specification.
The project is receiving up to £2,932,162 of funding from the England European Regional Development Fund as part of the European Structural and Investment Funds Growth Programme 2014-2020. The Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government (and in London the intermediate body Greater London Authority) is the Managing Authority for European Regional Development Fund. Established by the European Union, the European Regional Development Fund helps local areas stimulate their economic development by investing in projects which will support innovation, businesses, create jobs and local community regenerations. For more information visit https://www.gov.uk/european-growth-funding