Entrepreneurs, Growth Hacks, Pop-up

Silicon Abbey to open temporary Start-up Hub in St Albans


This summer Silicon Abbey will open their first Pop-up Hub in the Clarence Park Cricket Pavilion. From 3rd to 30th July the space will be open to all entrepreneurs, start-ups and anyone interested in setting up their own commercial or social business. There will be free desk space as well as a series of masterclasses and networking events – and all in the tranquil and inspiring environment of Clarence Park and its historic cricket pavilion. 

What we’re doing

For one month we are turning the Cricket Pavilion into a co-working space and a community hub for entrepreneurs. Anybody can come in to work (free wifi  and coffee provided) and meet interesting people. There will be a café and a bar in the building overlooking the park and cricket ground. However, we want it to be more than just a shared office, so we are organising a schedule of masterclasses and networking events. Here are some highlights:

Tuesdays: Growth Hack Sessions on business planning, marketing, web design and social media – followed by live music and networking in the evening

Wednesdays: After-school Minecraft club, followed by Lightning Talks on entrepreneurial topics

Thursdays: After-school Coding Club and in the evening a Big Debate Series on Future of Work, Future of Professional Services in St Albans, Future of the High Street, etc.

Fridays: Wellbeing workshops, social enterprise workshops – evening: BBQ and networking

To see the latest programme, please visit the event page: http://siliconabbey.com/project/popup

Why we’re doing it

We believe that St Albans and its surrounding areas need a space where entrepreneurs and start-ups can come together as a community to support each other. It has long been our ambition to create a co-working space in St Albans that doesn’t just provide office space, but a true hub where anybody can participate and benefit from the skills and knowledge of the local community. This is a test-run and if it goes well we will proceed to phase 2: planning a permanent hub in or near St Albans.

How you can get involved

There are three ways you can get involved:

  1. Use the co-working space in July – just contact us to reserve your desk space
  2. Contribute to the programme – if you have an idea what to include in the programme or want to run a session, please let us know
  3. Become a sponsor – get your logo displayed on our website and our flyers and/or stage or contribute to an event in July

If you are interested in any of the above, just email us on hello@siliconabbey.com or call 07528 920 782. We look forward to hearing from you!

UPDATE – here is our flyer:


  • How utterly wonderful. Local business addressing a local need to the benefit of the wider business community. All good wishes for a wonderfully successful month!

  • Hi. I was wondering whether you were looking for staff to help during the period that you’re opening the silicon abbey at the cricket club in St Albans.

    I’m 16, finish my GCSE’s tomorrow, live right around the corner, can be flexible and feel I could really benefit from being exposed to such a great innovative initiative right by my home and school.

    Look forward to hearing from you.

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