- 23rd May, 2017
When Workplace first launched in October 2015 we talked a lot about what feel the venue would have and the quality of facilities and service it would offer. Having researched the market and looked at many other mixed use business spaces we decided that we wanted to be different. We wanted to open up this way of working to attract more professional services as well. Most of our members don’t fit the mould of traditional co-workers, they’re mature professionals with a different set of priorities. So we understood we needed to approach this differently.
After batting around a few ideas we started to call this “coworking for grown ups”. Then during a focus group with some of our members and the people who had helped us get this far, someone said in passing “it’s not coworking it’s more proworking” and so the phrase was born.
So what is proworking? Well, our members are generally consultants or from a professional background. They have worked for other people and have now gone into business for themselves. They are freelancers and pioneers. They are start-ups but not necessarily straight out of university. They are scale ups trying to take the next leap. They are remote workers that need to get their head down amongst like-minded individuals.
So why is this all so different? Well, you really need to visit and to feel and see the difference that Workplace have made on the sharing economy for workspace.
What you will find at Workplace is a very well and highly designed environment, which offers the quality of service and facilities you would expect from a boutique hotel. We are not about forced networking, we are about nurturing organic relationships. We host member’s breakfast events, wine tasting or business seminars. Our members enjoy the relationships they forge but do not come to us for a social life, they have friends and family that they want to get back to at the end of a busy day.
What you will find is subtle introductions, chats over a coffee, a feature in our member’s spotlight. As business people ourselves we are happy to use our knowledge of our members so that we can always introduce an accountant to someone looking for help with VAT, a designer who can help an app builder or a technology expert who can help a cyber security company. We pride ourselves on getting to know our members and making the right connections…
So back to my original question – What is Proworking? Well, what do you look for in your place of work? To us, it’s a professional, comfortable environment which encourages and enhances the growth of your business.