Fremantle: co-working hub F Space gearing up for fifth birthday

F Space Owner Sabine Albers and Marketing Manager Jason Normandale.
F Space Owner Sabine Albers and Marketing Manager Jason Normandale.

FROM sailing around the world to working in co-working spaces in London and New York, Dutchwoman Sabine Albers has done plenty – and has now brought this passion to Fremantle.

The international photographer said when she came to Australia she saw a lot of untapped potential.

“I was craving to work with and connect with other creatives,” she said.

“I found it really hard when I arrived in Perth after living in Sydney.

“I was looking for things I was used to in Europe, the US and the UK.

“I knew there must be like-minded people around.

“I couldn’t find them but once I started creating it started to grow and found other people.”

F Space, which will have been operating for five years in July, is an office space that individuals or businesses can sublet on a month-by-month basis.

Ms Albers said she talked to the staff at the City of Fremantle about how to engage with people who work from home.

“There are about 17,000 people who work from home in an 80km radius around Fremantle,” she said.

“People who have come in have said their productivity has doubled.

“ It also helps the isolation that small businesses or freelancers have when they work from home.

“The City of Fremantle is supporting businesses for the first three months with a 50 per cent discount.

“That helps them with the cash flow which is often the hardest part of building or expanding the business.

“We have three or four businesses that started with one man and in four or five years have six people working for them and have moved to the A grade offices.”

F Space marketing manager Jason Normandalesaid it’s not just a place people go to.

“It’s a creative industry hub, we have lawyers, web managers, programmers, architects, creatives with clients,” he said.

“There is a lot of talking and working together with people advising each other.”

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