APPROVED Workspace Provider list 2019
The Workspace Provider List is assessed and compiled by Hackney Council and is available to developers to ensure they partner with a recognised provider as they design and plan new schemes. SMEs looking for office or desk space with a workspace provider are invited to contact any of the providers listed below to enquire about availability and prices.
All providers listed have been assessed and approved using the following criteria:
Delivery of affordable workspace
Delivery of space for local businesses
Delivery of business support for tenants
Local supply chain
The listed providers are committed to hosting and supporting businesses at different stages of development and across the growing sectors of the borough’s economy, providing a range of affordable, flexible and grow-on space for Hackney businesses.
Applications to join the list are opened every 6 months.
Applications are open now until 28 June 2019.
To receive information on how to apply to become an approved workspace provider please submit your contact details below:
ACAVA is an educational charity with a 40 year history of providing studio buildings for artists and makers, and delivering community and educational arts projects. ACAVA currently operates 25 buildings accommodating 542 artists and makers in 481 studios.
Established in 1972, ACME is a charitable organisation that operates 17 artists’ studio buildings.
In total Acme manages 582 studios and 24 work/live units for 717 artists. This includes two sites in LB Hackney which provide 96 studios for 115 artists.
ARBEIT PROJECT Ltd. is a creative space provider with 4 locations hosting over 100 artists, designers, small businesses and start-ups. They have experience of over 6-years working in Central, East and North London and we are listed as a preferred workspace provider with Southwark Council and Tower Hamlets Council.
ARK is an affordable coworking space with community & collaboration at its core; designed for freelancers, nomadic workers, start-ups, social enterprises, and charities.
We look to be the first rung on the ladder for anyone starting out or working alone by providing an affordable workspace that brings individuals out of their bedrooms & coffee shops into a community where creativity can flourish.
We run spARK, a 3 month funded membership to give new ideas a chance to start, and ARK for Good, a way for our members to give back to the local community through their time, skills & resources.
Find out more about us at www.arkcoworking.com
Benk & Bo
Benk+Bo translates to, 'workbench' and 'home', a combination tailored to creative makers in London, a city increasingly robbed of space suitable for craft and artisan businesses. With our first site in Spitalfields, we aim to help change the way people live, work and develop ideas in the city through super flexible and affordable memberships that include free yoga, tasty vegetarian and vegan treats and great artisan coffee.
BOOTSTRAP is a social enterprise, charity and company limited by guarantee setup in 1978 and based in Dalston town centre. The workspace is split into 220 units, including 70 desk spaces and the remaining 128 units are between 150ft2 and 2,500ft2.
The portfolio is based in the heart of Dalston’s cultural quarter and includes a gallery, two cafes, two retail units, a community allotment and a range of meeting and event spaces including a roof-top bar and WW2 bunker.
BOW ARTS was established in 1994 and manages eleven different Studio sites across London and is developing more. They also operate a Live Work scheme throughout Bow, this provides housing for practising artists who have an interest in community work, including the iconicBalfron Tower.
Their workspace schemes support over 500 artists with affordable safe spaces to work and grow.
THE BREW SPACES LTD is a company owned by Brew Partnerships LLP. It operates four workspaces in the Shoreditch area of Hackney. The Brew will be expanding its co-working spaces in 2015 onwards aiming to open approximately two per year in East London. The Brew is open to businesses across a mix of sectors.
Building BloQs is a social enterprise with its mission to provide access to the best resources available to those in the making, manufacturing and creative industries so they can advance their trades and businesses.
Opened in 2013, Building BloQs runs London’s largest Open Access Workshop in Edmonton, Enfield – offering affordable and flexible access to professional workspace and machinery; with the ability to work across a broad range of disciplines. Since inception the organisation has helped to support over 600 makers.
Cell Project Space is a charity and company limited by guarantee operating across Hackney and Tower Hamlets. Its founders are artists with international experience of exhibiting and curation, applying this to their studio model for artists, visual artists and artisans.
Central Working in an International workspace provider that started in London. The company run 11 spaces worldwide with 5 sites in London. Central Working specialise in providing the space and support start-ups and SMEs in the creative sector need to grow and thrive. Central Working’s current spaces are occupied by a wide range of companies and entrepreneurs in the creative and tech industries.
London Small Business Centre is one of the leading enterprise agencies in the capital providing funding, workspaces, training and face-to-face advice and mentoring to aspiring and thriving entrepreneurs.
The Ethical Property Company is one of the largest social businesses in the UK, owning and/or managing a total of 23 Centres across England, Scotland and Wales, and providing office, meeting, event and retail space to over 1000 organisations each year that meet a set of Ethical Criteria.
Enterprise4Good is a Hackney-based social enterprise designing, developing and operating unique community-based physical spaces in London and Essex that help local enterprises and entrepreneurs to start-up, survive, collaborate and grow. We have extensive experience in delivering social impact through physical regeneration of new-build and re-purposed properties, working with a blank-sheet business plan to ensure local economic growth.
We’re proud of our experience in taking redundant spaces and turning them into exciting, vibrant, all-inclusive, affordable flexible workspaces, reinvesting any profits back into our Centres to deliver free business support.
Frameworks offers workspace with a difference - we focus on nailing all of the things that help your business thrive, rather than investing your membership fees in things you don’t need. The result is small business workspace at small business prices, with a buzzing community of businesses ranging from data science to dating apps, from chewing gum to blockchain. We currently have spaces in Shoreditch and Monument, but will be opening further sites in Victoria and Hoxton in early 2019.
The Hive is a progressive property management operator that provides workspace for start-ups, artists and entrepreneurs. It is our ethos to foster the endeavours of creative professionals by providing a friendly co-working home for small businesses at an affordable rate.
Founded in 2010, The Hoxton Mix specialises in supporting entrepreneurs, startups, creatives and SMEs to scale. The Hoxton Mix provides private offices, co-working space and virtual offices at an affordable rate.
The Hoxton Mix’s Innovation Service (1Up) helps global brands’ re-think their products and services, by tapping into its ecosystem of startups.
Mainyard Studios was set up in 2013 and operates as a social innovation centre, managing a variety of affordable work spaces spread over 4 locations - Hackney, Tower Hamlets, Walthamstow and Merton.
MANOR HOUSE DEVELOPMENT TRUST is a charitable social enterprise based in the London Borough of Hackney. Set up in 2007, MHDT leads social regeneration on Woodberry Down - one of the UK’s largest housing regeneration schemes. Our key objective is to create a resilient/happy community. MHDT manages the Redmond Community Centre on Woodberry Down which is based in the London Borough of Hackney; It has 9 spaces which are used by a variety of active businesses and organisations as well as MHDT itself.
SHOREDITCH TRUST is a charity and company limited by guarantee that creates high-quality, shared workspace environments supporting small creative and tech enterprises in Hackney to grow. Shoreditch Trust has been investing in workspace as part of its community asset portfolio since 2004, offering affordable workspace in its iNDUSTRY locations.
SPACE is a leading visual arts charity and company limited by guarantee. SPACE was established by artists in 1968. SPACE provides affordable creative workspace, plus support programmes, artists’ residencies and training opportunities to enable artists to be sustainable. SPACE runs 17 artist studio buildings supporting 700 artists with studios and a further 700 artists a year with professional development.
STOUR SPACE has been operating for over 8 years, seen as an exemplar civic workspace evidenced in research by Hackney Council, Tower Hamlets, London Legacy Development Corporation and Muff Architects.
Stour Space is currently made up of 22 studios, 1 café, 1 SHOP, 1 Function Room, I gallery across 8000 sqft.
Tannery Arts is a small, independent charity concerned with making contemporary art accessible to a wide public through its programme of exhibitions and learning projects. It supports the professional development of emerging and established artists and curators, promoting their practice through opportunities to exhibit work, develop projects, to engage in learning activities and through the provision of affordable studios.
The Bomb Factory Art Foundation is an independent space for contemporary art offering affordable studios, workshops and a project space to artists who range from recent graduates to internationally acclaimed prize-winners. Currently there are 12 studios, a gallery, 2 independent art groups and over 20 resident artists that provide a dynamic hub for contemporary art. Our ambition is to create an art space that champions an exchange of ideas with a commitment to education and to the establishment of a culturally enriching resource for both the creative and wider community with our evolving programme of events, exhibitions, open workshops, and artist talks.
TOG has 15,000 members working across 30 buildings, 29 of which are in London with a focus on design, working environment and communinity.
The Trampery is a specialist in strategy, design and management for purposeful spaces. Since opening Tech City's first startup workspace in 2009 The Trampery has developed eight acclaimed buildings in London and launched a string of sector-focused incubators spanning software, retail, fashion, digital arts and travel. In 2019 it will open London's first live/work development for creative entrepreneurs.
Turtle Networks' RADLABS is a flexible workspace specialising in research and development within the tech and science industries. We offer co-working and shared desk space to start-ups and small established businesses within Hackney. We've been working with start-ups since 1999 and have helped many businesses get up and running from conception through to production. We provide meeting rooms, networking events, business support as well as a hack lab with micro controllers and robotics hardware.
V22 LONDON Limited is a Company Limited by Shares set up to operate its seven workspace buildings across east and south east London for artists, artisans and creative businesses. The first space, which V22 has managed since 2006, is situated in the heart of Dalston's creative district on Ashwin Street. V22 believes that artists need more direct input into the wider art ecology. Alongside providing sustainable workspace, we aim to enable this through our shared ownership structure, collection of contemporary art and production of exhibitions, events and educational initiatives.