You have properties in London (two), Manchester, Birmingham and Belfast – what plans do you have for future locations?
We’ve actually just secured a new space in Southampton – our sixth UK location and first on England’s South Coast. We’ll occupy 4,500 sq ft as part of a deal led by our sister company, BE.Spoke (BE Offices’ corporate flexible workspace division), to acquire and develop customised space for a global advisory firm. In fact, it’s a very similar set-up to what we have in Belfast (operating alongside the same BE.Spoke tenant), which is proving to be a really effective way of expanding our portfolio. The site is located within Grosvenor House (2 Grosvenor Square, Southampton) and is currently undergoing refurbishment for a January 2020 opening.
Southampton has a world class university, a vibrant community, great transport links and many exciting local businesses, so we’re really excited to be launching in the area and, even though we have only just announced the acquisition, we’ve already received a great deal of interest.
Why are businesses choosing you over the increasingly crowded market?
We create environments in which businesses can flourish together in a beautiful, community-driven space without the constraints of onerous five-year leases. We never forget that work is the primary reason for its use but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t enjoy a vibrant workplace that embraces wellbeing. Everything from bespoke artwork installations, height-adjustable furniture, biophilic planting, high-end coffee machines and relaxed comfortable seating areas allow clients to work how and where they choose.
For our members, the collaborative aspect is really important, and we curate a range of events, from yoga classes and comedy nights through to panel discussions on the business issues of the day. Some of our intimate events are particularly popular and include executive-level cheese and wine tastings and our monthly breakfast clubs. Both of these are great platforms for getting all of the different businesses in our building together, talking, sharing ideas and learning from each other.
We also happen to be the only UK space that offers members free access to coworking spaces across the globe via our membership of the League of Extraordinary Coworking spaces (LExC).