Oxford University Student Student Consultancy worked with CFO on a short piece of research focused on business hubs and the use of community halls as a place for business hubs
66 community halls responded to the survey (thank you!). The findings, though only a small sample of the 280 community halls, suggest that there is interest in business hubs – a few halls are already engaged and working with local businesses.
Unsurprisingly, one of the main barriers to rural businesses linking in with their local community hall as a hub, was the poor mobile network coverage and/or lack of WiFi (50% of the halls who took part in the survey said they don’t have WiFi due to its cost).
Business hubs don’t just benefit businesses but can benefit the community by providing good networking and connectivity within the community rather than outside of the community.
The business hub report is available: Oxfordshire Business Hubs and Community Halls TSK December 2017.