September's HighStreet Hero: The Generator Hub
Having moved to Exeter with his family in 2010, Neil Finnie found it challenging to become immersed in the local business community. He’d worked in other cities and found co-working spaces to be the heart of opportunities and new connections and felt Exeter needed a place for its ecosystem to thrive. With this in mind, he found a city centre office space, invited a few connections to join him, and in 2012 launched the Generator Hub; Exeter’s first and completely independent co-work space.
Like other entrepreneurs, digital nomads and freelancers, Generator Hub member Jim Strong, found the co-work space to be a ‘home from home’ workplace and loved the concept. After chatting to Neil about his own passions for building a strong community of like-minded professionals, there was little doubt that together they could grow and strengthen the community; Jim partnered in 2014.
When the opportunity arose in 2016 to take on a second Generator Hub location right on Exeter’s beautiful and historic quayside, Neil and Jim jumped at the chance to be immersed in this unique and evermore vibrant city location, creating a new community to interact alongside their original one.
After the community manager moved overseas in 2018, Neil’s wife Liz – also an active freelance member at the Generator Hub – diverged away from her scientific career and took on the role. As Liz explains,