coFWD’s journey to date has been amazing. Starting in 2009 through
social gatherings fuelled by coffee and beer
we later took on a small loft to launch Kent’s first coworking community and space. In 2011 we moved to into a former Natwest bank building on Rochester High Street. Now (two and a half years and 200+ events/workshops on) we’ve decided it’s time to think about coFWD’s evolution, it’s time for something new. And this means taking some time out to plan the next chapter.
With countless connections and many friends made, a staggering number of workshops and projects run, various businesses launched, and immeasurable amounts of fun had, coFWD moved out of 161 High Street on Friday 20th June 2014. Our plans are evolving but it’s safe to say you’ll see us again.
Community-led, independent-of-funding and without any staff, we’re reliant solely on the participation of local people and the income we generate through space hire and coworking. We didn’t set out to start a business or make money, we set out to make a positive difference to where we live, and to inspire people to get things done without red-tape or bureaucratic constraint. We hope coFWD has provided inspiration and helped make a difference locally.
To everyone we’ve met thus far we say thank you. Thank you so much. Thank you for your energy and enthusiasm, and thank you for rolling up your sleeves, getting things done, donating your time, equipment and furniture, and getting stuck in to inspire others and to make your mark on Medway and elsewhere.