The Workbox is the brand name of a social enterprise dedicated to delivering affordable workhub facilities: Workhubs Network Community Interest Company. This CIC is the Trust’s delivery partner which sets up and runs workspace creating the opportunities the trust supports.
The CIC also runs the national website workhubs.com which helps people find affordable workspace across the UK.
Set up in 2013, Workbox Penzance was Cornwall’s first workhub, a dedicated shared space designed for people who work for themselves. It helps them access affordable workspace, collaborate and build up their businesses.
Originally housed in a former tax office tower block, The Workbox was helped to move to a new premises overlooking the harbour in 2018.
The trust purchased the lease of the building to enable The Workbox to work long term in the town. Today there are over 40 businesses using the space. More than 50 jobs have been created by the project.
Workbox Penzance also helps to animate the town itself, with members and their customers increasing footfall and spending the town centre. The space has become the de facto HQ for the freelance community in West Penwith, a disadvantaged area where high proportions of the community work from home often in isolation.
Members include software developers, low carbon engineers, hairdresser, magazine publishers, community arts and cinema projects, lawyers, finance advisers, marketing specialists, a TV advert producer and a marine research scientist.
It is also the home to The Cornishman, the community’s local newspaper.