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 space to launch a coworking community in Kent. Since 2011 our home has been the former Natwest bank building on Rochester High Street. Two and a half years and 200+ events/workshops on, we’ve decided it’s time to think about coFWD’s evolution and this means taking some time out to plan the next chapter.
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.
With countless connections and many friends made, a staggering number of workshops and projects run, various businesses launched, and immeasurable amounts of fun had, it’s time for something new.
coFWD will move out of 161 High Street by Friday 20th June 2014.