10 things I want for Canberra… Instalment number eight

As of 1 January 2018, the management of the City Centre Marketing and Improvements Levy transferred from In The City Canberra to the City Renewal Authority. Views expressed in these articles may not reflect the views of the Authority.

In the lead up to Christmas Canberra CBD Limited is looking at its wish list to revive the City Centre… 

This is the eighth instalment in this series.

8. Innovation hubs and hot-desks

Hot-desking has become a growing trend year. From global tech giants to the public service to small business start ups, it seems everyone wants in on the action of these activation hubs.

And, with innovation a word on everyone’s lips of late, we want to keep that party going and bring more of it to the CBD.

We’ve talked previously in our 10 Things I want for Canberra series about supporting small businesses to return to the CBD and by doing so, injecting a lasting supply of vibrancy and culture into the city centre.

Office space is one of the biggest overheads for business, and so, unsurprisingly, co-working ventures like The Studio in Braddon and the government and private sector brainchild, CBR Innovation Network are proving popular with successful business people and creative entrepreneurs alike.

For those of us catching up, hot-desking or activation hubs consists of workstations available to rent in hour, day, or week blocks, where business people and entrepreneurs can secure, or actively shake up, their working environment.

More flexible, low-cost hot-desk opportunities in Civic and Braddon would be perfect for local business and start-ups. They’re innovation hubs – ideal for cultivating greater collaboration, gaining inspiration and bringing creative minds together.

Local businesses and small vendors are part of what makes any successful city great. They help to shape the personality of a place, boost local economies, and of course, create places people want to go to.

Canberrans and our visitors have been gorging on the fantastic creativity boom in Braddon of late, not to mention all the summer festivities and pop-up markets.

Anything that inspires more collaboration, innovation and small business ventures between our local entrepreneurs and brings them and their followers into the heart of our city can only be a good thing.


To read more in the series;

Instalment number one – Enlivening our walkways and laneways

Instalment number two – Place making and city connectivity

Instalment number three – Pride in our heritage

Instalment number four – Brining local business back to the heart

Instalment number five – Bush capital authenticity

Instalment number six – Bringing Floriade to the city

Instalment number seven – Artistic license

Instalment number nine – A connected city