We're were featured in The Big Issue this week, thanks to the community spirit of the magazine and their efforts to support subscribers. Here's what was said:
indycube is an independent organisation which provides coworking spaces across Wales. They aim to supply a comfortable and productive working environment for freelancers and those who ordinarily work from home. indycube’s writer in residence, Mari Ellis, explains why they support The Big Issue.
Can you explain more about what indycube does?
indycube provides coworking space all over Wales, from vibrant big cities to smaller rural towns. We were born on St David’s Day 6 and a half years ago, and have since expanded across the country, with 25 locations and counting. We aim to facilitate a space where people can come together to work alongside one another.
What are indycube’s goals?
Serendipity is our buzzword – we love seeing people working together, chatting over the coffee machine and getting to know each other. Time and again we’ve seen projects born from chance meetings across a desk. Our goal is to foster that. We’re also a social enterprise, which means that our social mission is core.
Why is indycube a part of The Big Issue Big List?
We support the mission statement of The Big Issue, helping others to help themselves. Like The Big Issue, and its independent charity, The Big Issue Foundation, we believe in connectivity and independence. Now that we’ve subscribed, we’ll have plenty of reading material in our offices!
How does the ethos of indcyube fit in with that of The Big Issue?
indycube, we’re all about people. We provide open spaces which are fit for purpose in terms of coworking, but our associates are the ones who ‘make a house a home,’ so to speak. We supply the desks and the wifi, but we encourage our members to make the space their own, however they may choose.
What are indycube’s plans for the future?
We’re always on the look out for new spaces, especially in rural areas, so don’t be afraid to get in touch if you have somewhere in mind. We’re also hosting a Summer Get Together at the end of the month – the more the merrier! Come along if you want to find out what we’re all about. Our founder, Mark, is running the Cardiff Half-Marathon this October, raising money for another independent charity, Autism Puzzles.
Why is indycube a success?
Our organisation is upheld by a network of individuals, who each have a role to play. We have a very small team of staff, flanked by Anchor Associates in each location, who are given desks in return for holding down the forte. We also have a near even number of men and women who use us regularly, which is uncommon in the coworking world. Our members and the people involved are what make us different.
Pick up a copy of The Big Issue in our Cardiff Bay office!