Business and Economy
New Enterprise Centre appoints Community Manager as it begins its search for founding members
Posted on: 11 May 2021
A new Enterprise Centre in Barnstaple has appointed its Community Manager as it searches for founding members ahead of its launch in June.
Known as Node, the coworking and office space is located within the newly constructed Enterprise Centre and will support SMEs, start-ups, freelancers and local workers in Barnstaple and the surrounding areas of North Devon.
Julian Dymond has been appointed as Community Manager by operators TownSq, which also run hubs in Wrexham, West-Sussex, Oxfordshire and Denbighshire.
Julian will be responsible for finding and supporting new members, sourcing and organising business mentors, arranging events and the general day-to-day running of the Hub.
Construction of the Node building on Devon County Council’s Roundswell Enterprise Park was completed in January and has space for 37 small and medium offices, a coworking space for up to 50 people and a number of meeting rooms. It aims to boost the local economy and create jobs in Torridge and North Devon by supporting potential high-growth and startup businesses.
Julian previously worked in managing leisure centres across North Devon, where he focused on developing business strategy and community building – experience that perfectly translates to his new role fostering a thriving workspace.
Julian said: “Stepping out of your comfort zone and taking a leap into the unknown requires a huge amount of courage and support, whether that’s starting something new or just changing how you work day-to-day. The feeling of doing it alone can be daunting, which is where supportive spaces like Node really come into their own.
“Our community-focused coworking and office space will give individuals, teams and organisations a way to work flexibly and efficiently amongst other like-minded people. We know from our other hubs across the UK that a vibrant workspace has a huge impact on productivity, but also on an individual’s health and wellbeing, and that’s why we are reaching out to local people to offer them a new way of working.
“It’s not just about having somewhere different to work – we support our members with a number of different mentoring and workshop schemes and I’d encourage anyone with an idea or a desire to start their own business to get in touch with us.
“We can offer support to anyone in the early stages of their business; from someone working from home who wants to take advantage of the natural networking opportunities that come with being part of a community, to the individual with a promising idea who can’t quite quit their day-job yet – we can help.”
Mandy Weston, COO of TownSq, said the appointment is the next positive step towards a burgeoning start-up space: “We’re taking tours and excitedly getting ready to officially open the doors, alongside our cafe in June. However, it’s communities that decide the success of startup spaces, and they are built of positive people just like Julian. We’re delighted to be welcoming him to the team and we feel having a community manager who has worked in the demanding, customer-facing leisure industry will provide our members with a unique understanding of the local networks and opportunities.
“All the successful hubs, spaces and coworking areas across the world succeed when they build a community of like-minded individuals who, through collaboration and mutual support, grow their businesses together. That’s what Node will offer, and Julian is ready to do that across the district.”Business and Economy