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Remote Work Wales, Commonplace Initiative by Welsh Government

Long-term remote working locations confirmed across Wales as an alternative place to work.

Welsh Government has announched several locations of remote work hub across Wales as long-term options of place to working remotely.

Debuted on February 2021, Welsh Government is encouraging an increase in remote working and has set a long-term ambition for 30% of the Welsh workforce to work away from a traditional office, to be achieved by giving people more options and choice on their workplace.

It wants to work with organisations to support a long-term shift to more people working remotely, with benefits for local economies, businesses, individuals and the environment including:

  • a reduction in travel time and expense
  • more flexibility and better work/life balance
  • increased productivity
  • less traffic, especially at peak times
  • less air and noise pollution
  • the opportunity to redesign our towns and city centres

As part of this, Welsh Government is looking into options for a network of remote working hubs and would like to see a workplace model where staff can choose to work in the office, at home or at a hub location.

This will allow people to work nearer to where they live, allow individuals to work together in their local community, and provide a space for those who cannot or do not want to work from home.

As part of its research, Welsh Government has launched an interactive map, hosted by Commonplace, which asks people if they would like to work remotely and allows them to drop a pin on the map where they would like to see a hub established.

On March 17, 2021, locations across Wales are being made available for remote working, giving people an alternative to working from home or working in a traditional office environment.

In Haverfordwest HaverHub’s new coworking space offers a space to work in the community, while TownSq’s latest hub Costigan’s in Rhyl town centre has undergone a refurbishment and will have desks for local people to work remotely – in partnership with Denbighshire County Council.

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In the Swansea Valley area ‘Indycube’ are trialling turning underused office areas and community centres into community working spaces.

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All three projects are inviting employees and businesses to come forward if they would like to try working locally to where they live and rent space in order to provide more choice for their employees. Where applicable the desks are free for the period of the 12 month pilots which will be open when COVID-19 restrictions allow.

In Pontypridd, Transport for Wales’ new headquarters in Pontypridd will trial closer public sector collaboration, working with the Welsh Government to provide a dedicated space for local public sector workers.

Additionally, six flexible working sites in the Valleys Taskforce area are being supported through £500,000 in Welsh Government funding. This includes giving people the opportunity to work close to local beauty spots and heritage sites, with spaces situated in the Discovery Gateway at Llyn Llech Owain in Carmarthenshire and another at Parc Bryn Bach in Blaenau Gwent.

More locations will be confirmed in the coming months and people are still being invited to suggest locations through an engagement exercise hosted by Commonplace.

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