New co-working space for market town

Chris Lees and Sophie Hazell, founders of Work Meet Play in Richmond, North Yorkshire
Chris Lees and Sophie Hazell, founders of Work Meet Play in Richmond, North Yorkshire
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A Yorkshire market town has launched a new co-working office to encourage local businesses to collaborate.

Work Meet Play in Richmond, North Yorkshire, is the brainchild of Sophie Hazell, of thecitysecret academy, which offers technology training to organisations, and of entrepreneur Chris Lees, of Serendipity 29, who uses behavioural analysis and data to produce efficient and productive workplaces globally.

Although shared workspaces are becoming increasingly popular in cities, this is a first for Richmond. It will take place every Friday from May 11 at thecitysecret academy’s office.

Its founders are keen to build a community of local business people and entrepreneurs who can exchange ideas, learn from each other, have fun, and grow their businesses as a result. Both these organisations have achieved national success from their rural North Yorkshire bases.

Ms Hazell said: “We’re aware many small business owners feel isolated and would benefit from the company of trusted ‘colleagues’ in a friendly, supportive environment.”

Visit thecitysecret.academy/workmeetplay