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The Best New Flexible Workspaces in the UK & Ireland

The way we work has been in constant change over the last few decades. Whereas 50 years ago cubicles were king and 25-year office leases were the norm, nowadays it’s all about flexibility to get the best out of your office space and your employees. Flexible workspaces offer all the benefits of a “conventional” office space but, as the name suggests, are much more flexible. This can be a real draw for business owners, especially where start-ups and smaller firms are involved, as flexible workspaces can cut office costs drastically without compromising on quality or amenities.

Remote and flexible working is becoming more common for many firms, and whilst working from home has its benefits, it’s definitely not for everyone. Even with the best of intentions, working from home can be distracting, especially if you have children, pets or a partner to contend with. Flexible workspaces, co-working spaces and serviced offices bridge the gap between the flexibility and comfort of home-based working and the functionality of office-based working. They can be massively beneficial for both the business and the individual, offering a range of work spaces suitable for every price point. But the huge variety means it can be difficult to know where to start! So we’ve put together a list of some of the best upcoming flexible workspaces and coworking spaces throughout the UK & Ireland we have discovered to make your decision that bit easier…

The Daisy – Manchester

Drawing inspiration from Paris’s Quartier Piglalle, the Daisy is a work space like no other, offering an intimate co-working space by day, and cocktails by night.

The private and comfortable co-working space operates from 09:00-18:00. Primarily attracting those working in the creative industries, such as design, architecture and art, The Daisy has plenty of opportunity for networking and collaborating with like-minded individuals. At 18:00, the space transforms to an intimate wine and cocktail bar, where members can enjoy a drink as they nurture their new relationships.

The Moseley Exchange – Birmingham

The Moseley Exchange is popular with ‘solopreneurs’ and start ups from across Birmingham and the Midlands. As well as space to work or catch up with colleagues, The Moseley Exchange has a jam-packed schedule of events and exhibitions, from art exhibits to pilates classes. Whether you’re searching for a quiet and comfortable place to work, want to be surrounded by like-minded professionals to share ideas with, or simply want a space to grab a coffee and send emails, The Moseley Exchange has you covered.

TOG Borough – London

If sustainability is high on your priority list, TOG Borough is the place for you. Located opposite Borough Market and just a short walk from London Bridge station, TOG Borough has sustainability at its core. From the rainwater harvesting system and solar panels that power the low-energy lighting, to the green roof garden and on-site bike storage, this eco-friendly co-working space certainly does its bit for the environment. TOG Borough offers all the usual amenities one would expect from a high-quality co-working space and serviced office, such as hot desks, private offices, meeting rooms and event space.

The Guiness Enterprise Centre (GEC) is a unique type of work space. The not-for-profit Dublin-based coworking space prides itself on being a world-class business incubator for start ups and new businesses. As well as the modern and flexible working environment, GEC also offers regular seminars, meetings with business advisors and investors, and has a huge support network geared to helping start ups grow and thrive.

CoMozzo – Leeds

Combining a professional work environment with vibrant design, CoMozzo prides itself on being a contemporary and fresh take on professional work spaces and offers a variety of work environments. As well as the normal amenities you’d expect from a work space, CoMozzo also boasts extras like video and podcast recording suites, as well as a member mentoring scheme that can help take your business to the next level.

Orega Management Gracechurch Street – London

Sitting somewhere between a flexible co-working space and fully serviced office is Orega Management’s Gracechurch Street location. If you’re after a high-end office solution, where everything is taken care of for you, Orega Management Gracechurch Street is for you. There is no hot-desking, and instead Orega offers private, serviced offices in their high-end and über-stylish Gracechurch Street space. Members have access to the modern lounge and breakout space, where a TopBrewer coffee machine is installed, giving members access to barista-quality coffee on tap.

Ziferblat – Manchester

Ziferblat is the UK’s first pay-per-minute co-working space, meeting room and sitting room, and is a totally unique kind of co-working space. With two locations in Manchester, it markets itself as an extension of your living room, and its comfortable and casual feel is a huge draw for freelancers and home-workers. Simply turn up, sign in and pay 8 pence per minute for the space – everything else (including tea, coffee, snacks and super-fast WiFi) is free! Although they offer one membership option with unlimited access to both Ziferblat spaces in Manchester, Ziferblat is the perfect space for freelancers or remote workers that want flexible access at a reasonable price.

Ormeau Baths – Belfast
Based in a historic bath house in Belfast city centre, Ormeau Baths is a unique coworking space aimed at tech start ups and entrepreneurs. It was founded by a group of tech entrepreneurs and is partnered with Barclays Eagle Labs, who offer mentoring and business support to help businesses thrive. The 15,000 sq.ft building has been designed to facilitate networking, collaboration and creativity both within businesses and between local entrepreneurs, and offers a range of workspaces and a jam-packed event and networking schedule.

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