Updated: Sep 22, 2021
The Military Coworking Network (MCN) is delighted to announce the opening of a new coworking hub at Bulford Camp in Salisbury. The official launch of the hub took place on Monday, 6th September.
The new hub at Bulford Camp will also serve all the surrounding military bases, including Tidworth, Larkhill, Boscombe Down, Upavon and Netheravon, and is now the fourth hub to open following the easing of Covid19 restrictions.
About the MCN
The Military Coworking Network is a tri-service initiative that has been set up by military spouses for military spouses. It is their response to the many challenges they face, including loss of their support network, dealing with issues of loneliness and isolation, loss of independence as well as their own identity, and more specifically, having to put their careers on hold as they prioritise those of their serving partners. The MCN gives them back what military life takes away.
How does it do this?
It does this through its online community and network of coworking Hubs. The online community offers them a platform where they can connect with their peers, and access a wide range of useful resources, including career and business support as well as discounted, even free learning and development opportunities. Its network of coworking hubs gives them a place where they can work, study, and meet new people and offers them a level of continuity and stability.
Lt Col Ant Gilham, Commanding Officer of the Household Cavalry Regiment at Bulford Camp, who officially declared the hub open said:
“Military spouses have always endured the hardships of being in a relationship with a serviceperson, be that frequent postings, lengthy periods of separation, or myriad of other challenges. Historically this meant them not being able to have their own careers or saw them change jobs every few years. In the modern day it is more important than ever that we support families as much as we can, and the Military Co-Working Hubs are a prime example of how Defence is helping to do this. I am delighted that, after numerous delays because of COVID-19, we are able to open the Bulford centre, and hope that many partners will reap the benefits that this facility offers”.
About the Bulford Hub
The Bulford Hub offers a very stylish and contemporary office space with secure WI-FI as well as access to a full-colour printer, scanner, and copier. There are 6 hot desks available in total.
There is a communal kitchen with unlimited tea and coffee on tap, as well as communal toilets. Onsite parking is also available opposite the hub building.
Maria Lyle, Director, Royal Air Force Families Federation, concluded:
“There is a lot of interest and excitement about our coworking space at Bulford, and the opportunities it affords the spouses of our serving personnel.
“I would like to take this opportunity to extend my thanks to the Naval and Army Families Federations, who are helping us to raise awareness of this fantastic initiative and supporting our endeavours to make this the success it deserves to be. A special recognition goes to the Armed Forces Covenant Trust Fund who have supported and funded us, and the Royal Air Forces Association, who are working very hard with us to deliver this project.
“I would also like to say a special thank you to SSAFA and Aspire Defence for their generous donations to the Bulford Hub, as well as to the Bulford Camp for providing the hub facility to us free of charge.
“And finally, I would like to say a heartfelt thank you to our team of volunteers, who have been working tirelessly with the MCN Central Team to get this hub ready for launch – we couldn’t have done it without them.”
The MCN is also offering free trials to any military spouse who would like to explore the option of becoming a member first before committing to a subscription. These are offered on a ‘no obligation’ basis. Visit https://www.militarycoworking.uk/mcn-hubs/bulford for more details.