Providing community services, space and connections is getting tougher. Historically the domain of churches and temples and technically a council responsibility, this key element of local support relies on vulnerable funding – and lots of good will. Local trusts have been delivering that support for decades, and it may be time for them to play a bigger role.
Since 2016, Future of London’s Workspace that Works initiative has brought together cross-sector organisations through field trips, networking events, a collaborative research forum and a major report to share best practice in promoting SME workspace throughout the city. As these flexible spaces play a greater role in economic development strategies, councils are seeking an affordable and inclusive offer to maximise local community benefit.
Throughout this work Future of London has connected property owners, policymakers, developers, designers and operators at varying scales to explore the key issues and more than 100 cross-sector practitioners attended the half-day conference in 2018 to explore inclusion, accreditation and the future of workspace.
FoL continues to lead the way in 2019/20 – this time, the conference focus is on building resilience and managing tensions. Workspace and co-working in particular remain an important part of London’s landscape, contributing both economic and social value. Success relies on working collaboratively to understand and respond to local need, but with London’s largest commercial landlord now in the media spotlight, questions about market saturation and the future role of workspace are being asked.
Join us on 23 January for a morning of discussion and debate with invited speakers providing insight and cross-sector perspectives – and to find your next project partners.
Workspace half-day conference
Agenda (full agenda and speakers to follow)
8:45 Arrivals & registration / tea, coffee, pastries
9:30 Keynote: State of the market
9:45 Panel discussion: (Re)valuing workspace
10:45 Infoburst: GLA workspace accreditation pilot
11:05 Panel discussion: Building resilient workspaces
- Increase your awareness of current risks, opportunities and trends in workspace provision
- Gain better strategies for planning and development including different workspace formats, designs and revenue models, and their implications
- Establish new connections with peers, partners and stakeholders.
Who the event is for
- Public property owners and policymakers including local authorities, GLA, development corporations and housing associations seeking best-practice workspace operators
- Private-sector developers, designers, agents and property owners assessing the risk and opportunities of diversifying their workspace portfolios; developers seeking the right partners for planning applications; new entrants including mixed-use developers looking for operators beyond the big names
- Workspace providers (including big and small operators of incubators, accelerators, post-accelerators, maker, studio and co-working spaces) who want to stay responsive to the changing needs of users and sites.
“The format of this event was excellent. The short speeches focused the speakers, and networking then gave the opportunity to find out more from the most relevant speakers afterwards.”
Workspace for All delegate, 2018
Thursday 23 January 2019, 8:45 am – 12:30 pm
Registration opens soon