Starting life as an opinion piece in our thoughts section, our Workshop concept has now made it onto the high street. Based on the premise that more and more small businesses are on the move (or working from home), we wanted to create something on the High Street, that filled the gap between Starbucks and Regis serviced office space.
Approaching O2 in early 2010, we presented to the UK Retail and Business team who we had identified as a perfect fit for the concept. Seeing the potential in the idea we then developed this alongside O2, into a place where young and dynamic businesses can meet, work and collaborate. Situated on the High street the Workshop is also more convenient than a serviced office and can be used, as and when it is needed.
Customers can check in at a concierge desk, where they are allocated a choice of workspace that best suits their needs. The 3,500 sq ft space can accommodate up to 75 people including open work stations for up to 10, with access to free wifi and wireless printers. There is also a customer lounge with tablet devices for browsing, and free hot and cold refreshments. In addition to this, there are four semi-private meeting rooms each able to hold up to five people with access to LCD screens for presentations. A seminar room in lecture format is also available, as well as a private conference room with interactive white board facilities, along with an O2 Guru for support and advice.
The Workshop will also play host to weekly events designed to support and encourage local entrepreneurs and small businesses, working in partnership with organisations such as Start-Up Britain and Enterprise Nation.