Our 1st Year at The Wohl Enterprise Hub6th April 2017
Work Avenue has reached an exciting milestone, marking one year since the opening of The Wohl Enterprise Hub (WE Hub), our shared workspace in Finchley Central.
We set up WE Hub in line with Work Avenue’s goal of supporting people into employment and self-employment. We wanted to provide start-ups and entrepreneurs with a space in which they could thrive, and we started with just 15 people. Today, we have 105 members, each of whom has contributed to what has become a vibrant community of like-minded entrepreneurs who support each other in their business journeys.
People often comment on the modern design of WE Hub, which stands out among the surrounding traditional red brick buildings. This contemporary feel was designed to be inspirational. Success is often linked to state of mind, and people who first come to Work Avenue for help can often enter somewhat disheartened, particularly if their work isn’t going smoothly.
As part of our day-to-day work, in 2016 we helped over 800 people through career guidance, employability workshops and mock interview sessions. These workshops were all held at WE Hub.
WE Hub has also been the heart of some fantastic events. In 2016, our business events were attended by close to 500 people, while our employment events have been attended by more than 1,200 people.
We teamed up with Google’s Digital Garage in October and welcomed more than 200 businesses, freelancers and entrepreneurs, offering them advice on how to grow their businesses online at sessions by representatives from Digital Garage, Barclays Bank and Work Avenue.
We hosted our fifth annual Women in the Workplace event in November, which welcomed 120 delegates, who were given advice by a line-up of inspiring women and experts in their professional fields on various workplace topics. Louise Jacobs, former CEO of the LJCC and vice chairman of the UJIA, and the most recent addition to Work Avenue’s trustee board, shared her top tips for networking, while our own Business Adviser Hannah Mindel spoke about how to turn an idea into a business.
Since founding Work Avenue, we have developed a simple model that delivers results helping people find employment and develop their business and WE Hub has been a natural progression of our work supporting those needing a help into employment and nurturing businesses into sustainable entities.