Our Story

The team behind the Coworking Accelerator has been involved in coworking since 2005, before you could "Google it"... We believe that great coworking spaces are built around, for, and by people and communities.

Because of this we offer our expertise so that others do not need to start from scratch, and can instead grow their coworking business rapidly, cost-effectively, securely and successfully.

We support a global network of independent spaces which share the same core values and methodologies that create great places to work, all rooted in their local community.

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Get introduced to our core values, read about our progress, find out about our impact, and meet our team below. And if you have any questions, drop us a line!

“I found it comforting to know that I was speaking to someone with a lot more experience in this space and I felt that I understood the subject - pitfalls and all.”

- Anonymous


Our Core Values

Our coworking values and commitments underpin all of our work, and can be found at the core of the Coworking Canvas, which we developed specifically for coworking businesses and which you are welcome to download and use for free.

Belonging

People unleash their potential and become resilient when they develop a true sense of belonging.

Nurturing

People and businesses grow and endure when talent, relationships and opportunities are nurtured.

Placemaking

Communities thrive when people, spaces and places create a joined-up ecosystem.

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“In our opinion The Coworking Accelerator’s core values of belonging, nurturing and placemaking can be an integral part of Kirkcaldy Town Centre’s regeneration process. We are excited at the prospect of bringing this new venture to fruition in the not too distant future.”

- Laura Laird, Kirkcaldy4All


Our Progress

We may be young, but look how far we’ve come! If you are interested in hearing more about what we have achieved to date or would like to find out how we can support you on your coworking journey, write to us and have a look at what we offer.

“Scotland is a social enterprise world leader and our organisations are becoming widely known for their high quality services, which reduce inequality, lift people out of poverty and encourage more empowered and resilient communities. I am pleased to be backing the Coworking Accelerator which, when realised, stands to benefit numerous businesses and communities across Scotland.”

Angela Constance, Communities Secretary


Our Impact

Opening a coworking business takes time, energy, resources, and there are many potential stumbling blocks along the way. But when done right, coworking can have an incredible impact on the local community! We are proud to mediate others in making this impact. Below, find examples of a few of the organisations we’ve been guiding as they work towards opening a coworking business to support their community.

For more information on how we may be able to help you or your organisation with similar challenges, please take a look at our products and services, or get in touch to discuss your needs.

Sustaining Dunbar

Acumen Community Buildings

Forres Area Community Development Trust

Old Beechworth Gaol

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“The support from the Co-working Accelerator has given us tremendous clarity about what we need to focus on, and why, at each stage of our journey. Without this clarity we would likely be wasting time and resources on areas of work that are not essential to moving the project forward.”

- Osbert Lancaster, Sustaining Dunbar


Our Team

Questions, ponderings, thoughts, suggestions? We’re open to them all! Just drop us a line.

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NAOMI LILLIE

Naomi joined in 2018 to head up the Coworking Accelerator, helping emerging and established coworking businesses take a faster and safer route to coworking success. A generalist with 20 years’ experience across the 3 UK sectors and internationally, Naomi has worked alongside entrepreneurs, innovators, educators and activists, and developed skills in management (of people, projects and events), communication and facilitation, organisational development, and - not to be taken lightly - remote working.

If not immersed in a book, you may find Naomi walking around Edinburgh or pretending to know about wine.

 
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CLAIRE CARPENTER

Claire is a global pioneer of coworking, having founded The Melting Pot in 2005 and opened the first coworking space in Scotland in 2007. She's an ideas and action-oriented person. Her expertise is in personal, organisational and community development. Claire works internationally, advising on quality coworking, leadership, social enterprise development, and incubating social change.

In 2016 Claire was recognised as the inaugural ‘Social Enterprise Champion’ at the Social Enterprise Scotland Awards, and in 2017 was shortlisted for the UK Social Enterprise Awards 'Women in Social Enterprise'.

Whenever there’s time off, Claire can be found "having adventures and making stuff" – on her allotment, wild camping, or touring on her motorbike.

 
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JENNIFER RICHMOND

Jeni brings over 25 years' experience in administration, business systems and financial record keeping roles to the Coworking Accelerator. She always knows, or quickly finds, the answer for every scenario thrown her way.

When away from her faithful calculator, Jeni enjoys swimming and spending time with her family.

 
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SAMANTHA HULLS

Sam oversees the daily operations of The Melting Pot's coworking space, responsible for marketing, communications and social media. Sam’s skills also include events coordination, government policy and commercial law litigation.

Originally from Melbourne, Sam is an avid traveller and spends most of her free time planning her next weekend jaunt to Europe.

 
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ANNA CIBOROWSKA

Anna combines her skills in community building and philosophy with her love of problem solving and appreciation of order to research, acquire, organise and update whatever is needed, constantly improving processes. A firm believer in the value of community, she works on the people side to support and engage our network members.

In her spare time, Anna enjoys music, philosophical discussions, and playing drums.

 
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KRISTY LAMBERT

Kristy is a part-time Communications Officer, specialising in creating social media content, writing blogs and snazzing up mailings. Before taking up this role, she was wearing a very similar hat supporting the growth of the well-established community of The Melting Pot and promoting its many wonderful services.

When not in the office, you'll find her working towards completing her undergraduate degree in Social Policy and Sociology at The University of Edinburgh.