The Coming Soon Club uses ‘meanwhile’ spaces to help people in Wembley test out a business, arts or community project.
The project was commissioned by Brent Council and is delivered by Meanwhile Space. Club members join for free in return for submitting their idea for using empty space and in return receive support and mentoring for their project and use of the club headquarters for meetings, events and to trial their project. The club has more than 500 members and Meanwhile Space work closely with the council to identify new opportunities.
The club currently operates from four sites. While some are smaller retail spaces where members can make and sell their products, Cottrell House – a large, disused 1960s retail and office unit – has become the main co-working space for members. The aim is to encourage enterprise, inspire ideas and help to build confidence through nurturing opportunities in a professional environment. The club can boast a number of success stories in a short space of time, including a fashion designer employing another member as a seamstress and an unemployed member with trade skills starting a handyman business.