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6 Things to consider when choosing your co-working space

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
106 blog posts

When choosing your future working space there are so many options in Manchester! At Workplace we think there are six key considerations to bear in mind. Book an appointment or a free day pass to come and see us and find out if we could be the co-working space for you!

  1. The Location of the co-working space

The adage location location location does always rings true, but there is a lot more to consider here than you might think. It can be hard to a toss-up between a co-working space with a prestigious city centre address and the convenience of lunch spots vs somewhere out of the city centre where you can avoid rush hour traffic. Ultimately it is a very personal decision, but the key areas to consider are where are your client’s based? Where are your staff based? What is a suitable commute for most people and what are the public transport links like? Are there trains, trams and buses which will take you and more importantly your client’s, straight to your office doorstep? For any growing, professional business transport links are an absolute must

  1. The Environment

At the end of the day, whether you are co-working or in a private office within a co-working space, you are going to be spending a lot of time there. So it is essential that you feel at home in the surroundings. The style, layout and feel of co-working spaces are often overlooked. Most provide the minimum of what is needed in terms of open-plan layouts and breakout areas, but it is important to consider if the style and décor of any you are considering really suits you. Do the surroundings align with you and your business. Not all clients are comfortable in exposed concrete, and ping pong tables but not all startups belong in plush velvet and coffee tables books territory either. So think, what environment suits me best?

  1. People

The people make a place. Try to do a few trial days and get to know the staff of the co-working space. See if you get on with the people around you. Could you work alongside them or even with them one day? There is nothing worse than trying to avoid people and having to hide around the corner or the other side of the business lounge. Make sure you choose somewhere where the staff and other residents are friendly and approachable

  1. The Facilities

How’s the coffee? Is there parking? Can you store your bike? Is there a beer available on a Friday? Think about which little things matter to you and make you feel at home or that make life just that little bit easier for you. Make sure you go for the place which has the things you need

  1. Flexibility

When you are first moving away from your kitchen table, it can be a daunting move. In this instance, consider taking a place somewhere with flexible contracts, so you aren’t locked in should circumstances change. For more established businesses taking somewhere longer, term might be the next step, but with so many unknowns around the corner, with co-working, you can make this work without having to sign a five-year lease!

  1. The Price

The price has to be right and affordable. But more than price consider the value of the place. If the coffee is good, then you won’t be popping out to top up at Starbucks. If there are parking offers, then you won’t be spending money on expensive parking spaces each day. Sometimes the little things add up

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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How working with Workplace took the stress out of event planning

Workplace
Author since:
October, 2015
106 blog posts

This blog was written by our member Julie Russell from June Studios. Julie recently used our boardroom for a workshop event she ran for her clients at Workplace. Over to Julie . .

I have been a member of workplace for a few years now. I love their business lounge and can often be found meeting clients or working from here whenever I am in Manchester City Centre. It’s location is so central. There are a number of train stations and other transport links really close and it has a few really great options for room sizes and layouts. So was the obvious choice for us when we needed meeting space.

I have been so impressed with how the Workplace team worked with me to make sure my event seamless. I wanted to share my experiences here:

  • Pre-Planning

As soon as I knew there was going to be a key session with the client I gave the workplace team a call. I knew I would need a meeting room in the heart of the city centre.

The team confirmed my meeting slot and sent me a follow up email. At the time of booking we discussed how many people would be attending and what refreshments would be needed. I wasn’t entirely sure at the time but I gave them a rough estimate and then a few days before they followed up to make sure that the catering and room were to be set up correctly.

I needed the room set up for a workshop so the team and I discussed which of presentation, boardroom or cabaret style would be most appropriate. There were options on the lunch catering and nothing was too much trouble even the dairy-free, gluten-free, & vegan options were all catered for. 

  • On the day of the event

My team arrived 30mins before the meeting started and the Workplace team were so great at helping us set up. They made sure we had all the adapters and technical support we needed.  We were put as ease as technology fails can be a real stress when you need things to run smoothly.

When the clients arrived they were greeted by the Workplace team at reception and provided with refreshments in the lounge. Our guests were looked after so well. The Workplace team discreetly let us know they have arrived so we could get ready to start.

At key intervals through the day the team provided us with refreshments when needed.

When lunchtime arrived we were greeted by a buffet laid out and prepared by the workplace team- what a spread!

  • Winding up the day

At the end of the day the Workplace team helped with the clean up of the room and made sure that we had collected up all out materials. The day was a massive success! It was a Friday it was time for a drink! It was perfect that we could store our materials in the lockers provided whilst we went out with the clients.

 

Could workplace be the perfect venue for your next event?

At Workplace we have a number of spaces to suit any kinds of event from open networking and office parties through to board meetings, workshops & client presentations. Contact us today for rates and availability. 

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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