Freelance sessions to begin at X-Site

A global co-working craze which gives freelancers a chance to meet up has proved so popular in Lincoln it is to launch in Skegness.

The first of the networking sessions, called Jelly Skegness, is being held at X-Site Skate Park in the town on Wednesday, November 21.

Spalding-based business Kind of Digital, which is helping to organise the monthly sessions on behalf of Lincolnshire County Council’s onlincolnshire campaign, said the idea is to encourage people who work on their own or from home to collaborate and share ideas.

The sessions are free to attend, with the first one even including bottomless tea, coffee and biscuits for businesses taking part.

Jelly Skegness organiser Tim Wilson said: “This is a chance to meet like-minded freelancers and solo workers as well as swap ideas and get mutual support.

“You could also come away having learnt a few things from chatting to someone in another line of work and the Jelly events are flexible so you can come and go as you please.

“Freelancers, home workers, small business owners, field workers – in fact everyone is welcome to drop in, work together, collaborate and chat.

“Other than a laptop you can bring your note-book, your craft project or just yourself, it’s a great time to clear your diary and think of new ideas.

“As a mobile worker myself the coffee shop is a great place to work, especially when other people are co-working in the same place.”

The Jelly idea began in America in 2006 when two roommates realised that they loved working from home, but they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing and camaraderie of a traditional office.

The first Jelly Lincoln was held during Frequency 2011, Lincoln’s inaugural Festival of Digital Culture in October last year, and the idea has been picked up in Skegness owing to the city event’s popularity.

Jelly Skegness will be held all day at X-Site Skate Park in Skegness from 9am. For more information please visit www.digitallincs.com and follow #jellyskegness on Twitter.