Creative hubs and coworking spaces

During the last decade creative hubs and coworking spaces have become essential to how creatives work and as such, to the growth and development of the creative economy globally.

In Cardiff, throughout the last five years in particular, we've seen a number of innovative hub spaces established. These are places where creatives, entrepreneurs and digital innovators – working as freelancers or in small companies – have found a home to work.

In order to understand this coworking environment, we’ve held a number of events and carried out work including:

  • a Pop-up Hub at Wales Millennium Centre (2016)
  • Show & Tell event with hubs focus (2016) 
  • Hub Crawl which visited three Cardiff hubs (2017)
  • the Networking Creative Hubs project - part of a City Region Exchange programme at Cardiff University (2017)
  • the Ymlaen! scheme - a creative desk space placement for graduates in partnership with Rabble Studio and Cardiff University Enterprise and Start-Up team (2017)
  • establishing the Coworking Collective - a group of people producing, directing or supporting coworking spaces and creative hubs in the Cardiff Capital Region (2018)
  • delivery of a training programme for the British Council in Thailand focused on creative hubs (2018)
  • the British Council Connect For Creativity project focusing on research into the role of creative hubs and clusters for intercultural dialogue (2019) and
  • a Hub Crawl for students from Cardiff University, Cardiff Metropolitan University and University of South Wales to tour creative coworking spaces in the city in 2020.