• October 16, 2020

We have made some big decisions about our future. Find out more from The Melting Pot’s Founder and CEO Claire Carpenter.

The Melting Pot is leaving its home on Rose Street after 13 years.

We opened our doors as one of the first coworking spaces on the planet in 2007. Now we close those same doors, but with a clear vision for the future.

This has been a difficult decision to make but, with all the new challenges posed by socially distanced working, our business model is no longer viable in this space.

So, we are looking for a bigger and better new home where we can scale up our offering in Edinburgh’s city centre.

The way we work has changed forever.

We are making it our mission to ensure that, in the long term, this change is a positive thing.

Right now, we’re focused on finding out what people actually need from this new era of workspace. We are undertaking a large-scale research project to find out.

The Future of the Office survey will collect responses from people across Scotland and the UK to understand what they want from the workspace of the future. Please take 5 – 10 minutes to complete it now.

This research will help us translate our coworking expertise into a plan for the new era of workspace.

The Melting Pot is entering a new chapter and we need to make sure we’re creating something that truly meets people’s needs.

We have championed flexible working since our beginning. We have spent over a decade developing a coworking model that improves impact, equality and well-being. More recently we have learnt how to make workplaces safe for socially distanced working.

It is our responsibility to share what we have learnt far and wide to help Scotland Build Back Better.

The recovery will require action in many forms in many places. From the grassroots to the top level of government.

We need infrastructure that facilitates this. We believe a national network of hyper-local, community focused coworking spaces is key.

Our next stage

The first step is scaling up our work in Edinburgh. The Melting Pot will grow in a new space in the city centre. A place that even more people can make their home.

If you can help us find a new home, please get in touch.

Otherwise get involved with our research. Join The Virtual Pot, attend an event or set up a business address with us. These digital services will be accessible throughout our nomadic period.

This has been a hard decision and there are challenges ahead. But I can see the need for The Melting Pot is greater than ever before. And the team and I are in a better position than we ever have been to stimulate and support social innovation, as I set out to do all those years ago.

We are very grateful for your ongoing support.

All my best,
Claire Carpenter
Founder and CEO of The Melting Pot