A FESTIVAL celebrating local businesses in the Vale launches later this month.

As part of the Cowork Local Project, the three-day festival will run from June 21 to June 23 with venues opening their doors to coworking and showcasing local role models with a series of lunchtime talks from local entrepreneurs and experts.

The Festival of Coworking will give people free access to Cowork Local spaces in the Vale with catering by a variety of local businesses.

This is part of a long-term goal to help people work closer to home.

The Cowork Local venues available to work from in the Vale of Glamorgan are:

  • Bonvilston Reading Rooms;
  • Castleland Community Centre;
  • Dinas Powys Library;
  • Emporium;
  • GVS Illtud House;
  • Glamorganshire Golf Club;
  • Parish Hall;
  • St Bridget’s Farmhouse;
  • St Paul’s Community Centre;
  • The Clock Yard @ Rowleys;
  • The Old School;
  • The Red Lion;
  • The Roost on Rock Road;
  • The Six Bells;
  • The Three Horseshoes;
  • The Tudor Tavern;
  • Y Cwt;
  • YMCA Barry.

The Cowork Local project was pioneered by Town Square Spaces Ltd (TownSq) and aims to help people work closer to home, increasing footfall in local shops, cafes and other businesses.

There are 18 venues in the Vale involved, with another 10 to come onboard soon.

Co-founder and CEO of TownSq, Gareth Jones said: “Local enterprise is a key part of the economic landscape here and it’s a privilege to be connecting local venues with the thriving business community.

“Our mission is to create more options for people to work flexibly and championing entrepreneurship is at the core of everything we do.

“As a B-Corp, we have a commitment to sustainably improving the local economies, communities, and opportunities available in all of the places we work.”

To learn more about Cowork Local, Festival of Coworking, or to find a coworking hub near you, visit coworklocal.co.uk or e-mail coworklocal@townsq.co.uk

Cowork Local is funded by the UK Government through the UK Community Renewal Fund.