“We take the heat out of hot desking and bring soul to shared office space” Claire Carpenter, Founder and Managing Director of The Melting Pot.

home-joinAs one of the first co working spaces in the UK, The Melting Pot  in Edinburgh is a true pioneer of the international co working movement.  And by “coworking”, they don’t just mean a shared workspace with hot-desking facilities.

Founded in 2005 by a group of “like minded folk” led by Claire Carpenter, The Melting Pot opened its doors in 2007 in Rose Street, in the heart of Scotland’s capital city, just as the recession started.

She says: “Looking back, my dream was to create a special resource base – a shared working and learning environment, in my home city.  I wanted to bring together interesting people who do interesting things, and to develop a dynamic and diverse community that shared a sense of collective purpose and reach.”

good-ideas-academyEstablished as both a social enterprise and a registered charity, TMP is also Scotland’s Centre of Social Innovation and the home of The Good Ideas Academy, a business incubation programme aimed at nurturing the start-up and development of ‘good ideas’ that will achieve social impact.

Claire describes it as a place where people “meet, dream and work together, then do their bit to change the world.”  But, she points out, “a desire to change the world is not a manditory requirement!” for the many people and organisations who use their resource base.

She says: “TMP is home to a wonderfully inspiring and diverse range of organisations of all sizes. Our premises are fully accessible and ideal for self-employed people, lone workers and start-ups looking for an alternative to home working; and for those needing an Edinburgh base or branch office.”

Their core offering covers everything from pay-as-you-go access, monthly memberships and fixed desk with personal mailbox, storage and landline services; virtual office services, and public venue hire with fantastic food.

But central to The Melting Pot ethos is their hosting of a monthly programme of social, learning and inspirational events run, not just for members, but for the general public as well.

Check out their website (www.themeltingpotedinburgh.org.uk) for more info and details of their twice-monthly Open Days where you can trial coworking for free for the day.