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From Cottonopolis to coworking – a nod to our history

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
102 blog posts

Workplace opened in 2015 and spear-headed the 21st century trend for remote and coworking.  It provides a beautifully designed space which has all of the high tech facilities required to make shared space and coworking as seamless as sitting at a desk in a traditional office space.

We are a small but valuable part of this revolution

We are proud to consider ourselves a small but very valuable part of this coworking revolution, and in our own small way, we would like to consider ourselves trend setters!

As I sit with other coworkers in the comfortable lounge, making full use of the high-speed internet and free coffee and biscuits supplied at Workplace.  I stare out of one of the beautiful, semi-circular windows which flood the space with natural light, and contemplate how the history of the building and my own personal history are inextricably linked with what we are creating today.

Coworking is continuing in the footsteps of those before us.

We see ourselves as trendsetters but in truth, the building and the people that occupied it before us have all been trendsetters in their own time.  We are simply continuing in the steps of those who have gone before us – each contributing – then and now – to Manchester’s rich history of cutting edge technology and style.

It starts with Churchgate House itself.  Re-developed to provide its tenants with high spec, state of the art facilities. Manchester and in particular the weaving industry generated much of Britain’s 19th century wealth, as well as pioneering technological and ground breaking achievements. The floor that Workplace occupies was previously the weaving floor for a textile manufacturer.  Here we are in the 21st century we are pioneering another new style of working and contributing to the growth of Manchester’s new technology and business revolution.

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Pattern Shop at Churchgate House

Tootal Broadhurst and Lee Co who made the iconic Tootal Ties first occupied Churchgate House. Tootal is one of England’s oldest brands but has continually been at the forefront of fashion. It created ties and scarves which were a key fashion accessory during world war two and will be forever associated with the RAF look. They were a dominant feature of both the Mod and New Romantic look and are once again in vogue as an essential accessory for today’s man. Favoured by style icons such as Noel Gallagher and televisions Sherlock Holmes – Benedict Cumberbatch.

On a more personal note, my family business is the supply of weaving machinery. My father-in-law and brother-in-law frequented these offices in the days when it was busily involved in the high tech business of weaving the Tootal Tie. Here I sit now, busily using another high tech fibre of the internet kind. I’m sure my father-in-law would never in his wildest dreams have imagined that!

Whoever wishes to foresee the future must consult the past; for human events often resemble those of preceding times said Machiavelli and I think he had a point!

 

Workplace is a 5-star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester. It is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers excellent flexibility with day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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Dedicated Desks

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
102 blog posts

Dedicated Desk or Hot Desk, what works better for you?

Dedicated Desks are your permanent business home in a shared space.  There are many options of hot-desking but if you want somewhere permanent to work from but not the expense of a full-on office what are your options?

A dedicated desk is ideal for anyone from freelancers, writers, entrepreneurs to start-ups.  It even works for small groups of people who can secure dedicated desks in a group and work as a team.  It works for people who like the coworking vibe but don’t want to sacrifice their privacy.

In this space at Workplace you get your own mini-office with a desk chair and lockable cabinet.  You can leave your laptop, gym kit and photos of your dog.  With this option if you are not in, nobody else takes your space, it is yours and yours alone!

 

Dedicated Desks – Private Space

One of the great benefits of a dedicated desk is that it can be a place of privacy.  Dedicated desks put you away from prying eyes and coworking colleagues.   At a dedicated desk your business benefits from keeping yours and your client private matters discreet.  At a dedicated desk though, you still enjoy all the perks of being part of a bigger community.  This community will encourage you, support you and often feed you!    Your membership included all the frothy coffee you can drink, custard creams and monthly breakfast and cake meetups.

A Place to transition from

Contracts are month to month.  If you need to downscale, up-scale or move to a different city you are never going to end up paying for something that you no longer use.  A dedicated desk is a little more expensive than a hot desk but not as much as you think for the benefits.

Economical Office Space

Dedicated Desks offer one of the most inexpensive options for office space.  At Workplace investing in a dedicated desk not only gets you the desk, but you also buy into something much bigger.  You can use our reception services, meet in the lounge and get reduced rates on meeting rooms.

At Workplace a fulltime hot-desk membership is £225 per month and for the guarantee of space, a dedicated desk is just £50 more per month.

Best of Both Worlds

If you are a person who works best alone you can work in a quiet space.  If you then want to have someone to chat to over a coffee during a break or share your lunch with you can.

At Workplace you are not restricted to your desk all day, every day.  When you want to come out from behind your desk you can take a call in the lounge or join it at a hot desk.   There are also events and meetups that you can join in with or avoid depending on your feelings.

 

 

Workplace is a 5-star coworking and serviced office company in Manchester. It is perfectly positioned on Oxford Street, close to Oxford Road Station and only 10 minutes walk from Piccadilly Station.  It has easy access with the tram system in Manchester being only a few steps from  Albert Square.  Full Google Directions and Location

Workplace Manchester offers excellent flexibility with day desk hire, coworking, reserved desks, offices and meeting space.

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