Workspace for all

Workspace for all 2018

Since 2016, Future of London’s Workspace that Works initiative has brought together cross-sector organisations through field trips, networking events, and a major report to share best practice in promoting SME workspace throughout the city. Now a well-established part of the market, shared and affordable SME workspace continues to enjoy high demand and fast growth [1][2].

As these flexible spaces play a greater role in local economic development strategies, councils are seeking – often demanding – an affordable, supportive and inclusive offer to maximise community benefit.

Authorities often seek features such as discounted or staircased rents, allocation for charitable or creative organisations, or training and support for area residents. Many councils are also striving to promote diversity among operators and their tenants; this is an issue Future of London champions across all its work.

Event details

To coincide with Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, Future of London and LB Hackney will spotlight workspace inclusion and diversity (of offer and of occupiers) at Hackney House on 14 November.

This afternoon of seminars and networking will host up to 110 public and private landlords, developers, workspace operators and planning/policy decision-makers. In addition to identifying ways to attract a broader range of occupiers, seminars will include topics such as move-on/scale-up space, the future of workspace, supporting smaller operators, design, revenue models and business rates.

Early-evening networking will give participants a chance to discuss new ideas from the day, and to make valuable new connections. 

Event registration

Registration opens soon.

In the meantime, you can register your interest by emailing Oli (oli@futureoflondon.org.uk

This event is for:

  • Public landlords/owners such as local authorities, GLA, development corporations and housing associations seeking workspace operators and demanding best practice in workspace provision
  • Private-sector developers, agents & landowners assessing the risks and opportunities of diversifying their portfolios to broaden workspace provision; developers seeking the right partners to get projects through planning; new entrants including mixed-use developers looking for workspace operators beyond the few big names
  • Workspace providers (including big and small operators of incubators, accelerators, post-accelerators, makerspaces, studio spaces and co-working space) who want to evolve and grow their service to respond to the changing needs of users and availability of sites
  • This event is focused on workspace provision, but we are inviting representative occupiers to speak and join. If interested, please email oli@futureoflondon.org.uk 

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