Wonderstuff has so far achieved over 50% (£4,381) of their crowdfunding target to support Flintlab, their coworking and office space, as it re-opens for business.

This also means they have secured the first stage of matched funding pledged by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) through Crowdfunder UK’s Pay it Forward scheme, launched to enable small businesses to keep trading by pre-selling goods and services through the Covid-19 crisis.

“When Coronavirus hit we had to close our doors,” said Paul Alderson, director of Wonderstuff Group. “We’re now ready to re-open having made changes to the space already, including removing desks, adjusting layouts to enable social distancing, and installing sanitisation stations throughout the building.

“But we need to go further to prepare for the future. The crowdfunded support will make it possible for us to create a more contactless entrance and exit, develop our desks into ‘pods’ to enable video meetings without disturbing co-workers, and improve our outdoor space for more year-round use.

“We’ve been overwhelmed by the level of support for Flintlab. We’d like to say a massive thank you to everyone who has supported us so far, and to the North East LEP and Crowdfunder UK for setting up the scheme.

“When we reach 75% of our target that triggers the second match funding payment from the LEP. With 21 days of the crowdfunder to go we’re hopeful we can achieve that and our full target of £8,400.”

Flintlab opened in Gosforth, Newcastle 18 months ago to provide an affordable and flexible place to work. It soon became a hub of local, independent businesses and won an award. Coworking at Flintlab is a great way to be productive for independent business owners, writers, developers, creatives.

To find out more visit Flintlab crowdfunder.