Make Liverpool is one of the city’s leading co-working communities, born out of a desire to bring creatives together and tackle the many issues of remote working that entrepreneurs and small businesses often face, as well as providing so much more.
A creative-led organisation with spaces across Liverpool, Make is a place to share skills, make, fix and create; to learn and to teach; to try and tweak. It’s a place to collaborate and create; a magnet for creatives, makers, dreamers and doers with workshops for members, studios for residents and events for Make the community.
There’s a real sense of community at Make, which is actively encouraged. Supporting interaction between residents; helping them to tap into networks that would be unavailable to them ordinarily is the key to Make. Flexibility. Inclusivity. Community. The beauty of co-working is in the random opportunities that can be created through close collaboration with likeminded people.
So here’s how Make came to be, in the words of Make Director Liam Kelly;
“I had returned home from Japan having literally achieved the only serious life goal I had ever set myself – representing Great Britain at Ultimate (Frisbee) in the world championships. You think that would have set me up for a great end to the year! The reality was very different though.
As a young remote worker, with my nearest colleague in London. My office was in the room next to my bedroom at my parents’ house. A dream job in so many ways, flexible, exciting, living my passion! But in so many other, initially unseen ways, remote working is an isolated, demotivating, unstructured and unsupported nightmare.
I decided to find a “co-working” environment to have a healthier work lifestyle. Initially I wasn’t able to find something suitable. So a simple Facebook status to friends lead to a handful expressing similar needs and together we started with sharing a studio space.”
The four of us saw an opportunity to build something – a business – that would ultimately help people. We set about expanding our space and founded a community interest company.”
Over four years later the Make team still have that initial space in the Baltic Triangle, bustling, full of people co-working. The area is now unrecognisable to how it was back then, transformed in to the SME tech & creative digital hub of Liverpool. Better yet Make has expanded to a second location in the north of the city in the Ten Streets area.
Make plays host to a wide range of classes and events throughout the year. Classes range from helping you learn which end is the right end of a hammer, to the finer points of smithing beautiful silver jewellery.
In recent months their events calendar has included networking events for Makers, exhibitions of the region’s most exciting artists, and tasting sessions run by Liverpool’s best breweries.
Their regular Maker Meet Up is a chance for the Liverpool city region’s community of makers, artists, thinkers and doers to get together every once in a while to showcase their work, meet other makers, and discuss the maker movement happening in the city.
Now onto the classes; there’s everything from An Introduction to Woodwork – a programme for beginners to learn a new skill from scratch, or maybe the monthly Drink & Draw event is more your thing. Here you can enjoy some life drawing in a friendly relaxed atmosphere with a complementary glass of wine as well as cheese and crackers. Visit the Make Liverpool Events & Courses Facebook page for a full list of their current events.
And for those on across the water, don’t feel left out as Make Hamilton Square is currently in the pipeline and should open soon.
To find out more about Make Liverpool visit https://www.makeliverpool.com/