Rhyl Hub launches to support workers, businesses and the local economy

March 3, 2022

Rhyl Hub launches

Coworking and enterprise Hub, Costigan's is now open for business after being officially launched by Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for the Economy.

With the initial opening being delayed due to COVID, The Hub on Bodfor street in Rhyl was launched on Wednesday (02 March) at an event attended by Council leadership, as well as a number of founding members who are already based at the space.

Denbighshire County Council has transformed the building from a semi-derelict pub into a thriving new coworking space and coffee shop, thanks to funding through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Town’s programme and European Social Fund.

With a top-class cafe, as well as desk space and high-speed internet access, Costigan's is able to be that ‘third place’, with the comfort and style of a barista-led coffee house, but the facilities of a professional workspace.

The Hub will look to further grow and support a community of founders, freelancers and entrepreneurs - creating jobs and boosting the local economy. However, it’s also home to a number of local workers; people who are employed by other companies, but are seeking to boot the commute and work closer to home.

Hub members are supported through a number of programs, including after-hours startup clubs, fast-growth accelerators, workshops and one-to-one mentorship. The space also offers funded business-development packages worth up to £5,000 as well as support accessing the Town Centre Entrepreneurship Fund grant of up to £10,000.

Costigan's is managed by coworking and small business experts, Town Square Spaces Ltd (TownSq) which also operates spaces in London, Wrexham, West Sussex, Oxfordshire, Devon and Cardiff.

Community Manager for Costigan's, Owain Colwell said: “We’re excited to finally officially launch this fantastic space that will make such a difference to those who live and work in the area.

“Coworking and remote working is not just about providing desk space and internet access, it’s about creating a community of supportive individuals and teams, who can share experiences and help each other grow.

“Spaces like Costigan’s are easy to access and provide all the support and facilities people need to get ahead, be it growing their own business, or just grabbing some headspace to get their work done”

“I’d encourage anyone who thinks they could use any of the support we offer, or who are just looking to break away from the kitchen table for a day, to get in touch with us and see how we can help.”

Cllr Hugh Evans OBE, Leader of Denbighshire County Council and Lead Member for the Economy, said: “Costigan's is a fantastic project involved in our wider Rhyl Regeneration Programme.”

“This space will give businesses the chance to develop, hire and train more people locally, investing back into our community for the long-term.”

“We hope this inspires many entrepreneurs to consider making Rhyl their business home.”

Cllr Alan James, chair of Denbighshire County Council said: “We are delighted that the Costigan's co-working hub in Rhyl is now officially open for use.”

“The renovation of the space, made possible through the Welsh Government’s Transforming Towns programme and European Social Fund, has allowed us to give Costigan's a new lease of life and provide a modern working space for ambitious business owners in Denbighshire.

“I look forward to seeing how this space positively impacts independent businesses”

To learn more about Costigan's or to book a tour, you can call 01745 299987, email Owain@townsq.co.uk or visit costigansrhyl.co.uk.