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WHAT is Jelly?
Jelly is an informal co-working event which aims to bring home workers, freelancers, small business owners and entrepreneurs together in a relaxed, informal, working environment that encourages creativity and collaboration. Jelly recognises how lonely working from home can be and how important interaction with other people is to a positive working environment. It’s a mixture of work, chat, comparing of ideas, passing on tips – and signposting – if you have just moved to Shropshire it’s a great way to find out what’s on and where to go for help with things like starting a business.

WHO can attend?
Jelly days are open to everyone. If you normally work from home, it’s an opportunity to get out of the house and enjoy a chat with other people over a coffee made for you. If you work in an open plan office you might enjoy a change of scenery and lunch with different company. People from all walks of life attend Jelly days – designers, photographers, writers, musicians, translators, programmers, cooks, solicitors, therapists, artisans – anyone in fact who uses a laptop!

Most Jelly-goers are entrepreneurs or freelancers but no matter what you do or what you create, you’re welcome to go to Jelly days and share your knowledge and learn from others.

WHEN is it held?
Telford Jelly is being reinstated at Brodie House in Telford, TF3 4DR, near to Southwater Square, on the third Thursday of the month, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm.

Shrewsbury Jelly is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month – alternating between The Alb (Albert Lounge Bar, 14 Smithfield Rd, Shrewsbury SY1 1PB – near Shrewsbury bus station) 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm and the The Loopy Shrew, 17 Bellstone, Shrewsbury SY1 1HU. 9.30 am – 4.00 pm.

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the A49 at Prees on the first Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.

HOW much does it cost?
Nothing. Jelly days are totally free to attend and all offer free Wi-Fi but where events are held in a café, Jelly-goers are expected to buy coffee and lunch during the day.

WHERE did it start?
Jelly originally started in NYC in February 2006 when two freelancers were talking about the benefits of working from home, but realised that they missed the creative brainstorming, sharing, and camaraderie of a traditional office (but not the office politics!) So they started inviting other freelancers to bring their laptops and work together one day a week. They soon found that working with new and interesting people resulted in new ideas and interesting conversations. And there are now Jelly events all over the world. The name? They were eating Jelly beans at the time!

Jelly started in the UK in the autumn of 2009 when Lee Cottier set up events in the Bristol area. Judy Heminsley was also a pioneer Jelly organiser, and the Jelly section of her website has been used by many of the 50 plus groups now meeting regularly from Edinburgh to Plymouth and North Wales to Norwich.

The first Shropshire Jelly co-working day was set up by Jan Minihane and was held at Enterprise HQ in Coalport in April, 2010. Shropshire Jelly has had its ups and downs and moved around a bit but there are now 4 Jelly days in different parts of the county.

Telford Jelly at Brodie House in Telford is run by Lee Neilson
Shrewsbury Jelly is run by Chris Smith and currently alternates between The Alb and the Loopy Shrew
Whitchurch Jelly is run by Barbara Rainford and is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre at Prees

Jelly Days in Shropshire

Whitchurch Jelly is held at The Coffee Barn at Holly Farm Garden Centre on the A49 at Prees on the first Tuesday of the month, 10.00 am – 4.00 pm but you don’t have to stay all day, call in for a coffee and see what co-working is like.
To book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire, or email:  [email protected]

Shrewsbury Jelly is held on the 2nd Thursday of the month and alternates between The Loopy Shrew, 17 Bellstone, Shrewsbury SY1 1HU. 10.00 am – 4.00 pm.

and The Alb, 14 Smithfield Road, SY1 1PB 12.00 noon – 5.00 pm.

To book visit www.eventbrite.co.uk and search for Jelly in Shropshire, or email:  [email protected]

Telford Jelly meets at Brodie House in Telford,TF3 4DR, near to Southwater Square, on the third Thursday of the month, 10.00 am – 5.00 pm
Totally free to attend, coffee and tea facilities are available for a small donation. Bring your own lunch or take advantage of a day working in the town centre and choose lunch in one of the cafes in Southwater Square – and you can do some lunchtime shopping!  Email [email protected] to book