West Ealing Workspace #westealingworkspace
We know from working in partnership with you in West Ealing that demand is there. More than 250 people used Ealing Blueprint co-work hub during a 6 month pilot period and were interested in such provision. Additional proof of demand is evidenced by private providers who are moving into the borough.
Workspace and support services fit for innovation and today’s challenges
We want to provide a new generation of open workspaces – unlike anything already available in the borough.
Our new space will offer space for new, start-up and micro- businesses as well as for home workers- somewhere to network, rent a desk, and access meeting rooms. You will be able to tap into a range of support including: training, seminars, mentoring and coaching to help your business grow. We are working on a project to open up St James House, West Ealing as a hub.
Teaming up with Catalyst Housing, University of West London, In West Ealing (West Ealing BID), ContactUs, Open Ealing - Ealing Council will be opening a new space over two floors of St James House on St James Avenue, W13 in Spring 2017. The project is partly funded by the Major of London Regeneration Fund.
West Ealing Workspace will cater for social enterprises, seedling and growing businesses, students and freelancers - with the first floor of the building being a conventional workspace catering for small businesses and individual workers, while the second floor will be a flexible mix of creative workspaces. This is an opportunity to mould a space to meet local needs, whether that's rehearsal space, creative and recording studios, hot desking or meeting rooms.
Inspired by the success of co-working spaces in central London, the Ealing Blueprint community helps entrepreneurs, sole traders, freelancers or start-ups to work alongside one another in a collaborative atmosphere. Creative people can work flexibly in a modern and stimulating environment where ideas can be shared and enterprises thrive. Working independently should not mean working alone.
Feasibility study results (2013)
Click here to download a PDF of the feasibility study report.
5 month co-working hub pilot results (2015)
Click here to download a PDF of the co-working hub pilot.
What is a co-working hub?
A co-working hub or space is about community, networking and sharing ideas. Individuals or companies who cowork share a space and share values.
Co-working hubs offer flexibility to freelancers and small businesses by reducing the financial commitment to a long-term contract on office space or the responsibility of a lease on a property. This enables start-up businesses to focus on developing their business and networking.
How do co-working hubs work?
There are a number of models that hubs can adopt. Some operate as commercial ventures, generating profits for their investors or as a Social Enterprise, where profits are reinvested back to the company.
The general principles are, they have a professional feel, the space has high-speed broadband, networking events are held and training and meeting rooms are available at low cost.
Income can be generated through membership subscriptions, space and room hire and in some cases providing consultancy services.
Why a co-working hub in West Ealing?
The results of the 2013 study found there was considerable interest in a local co-working hub as a place for businesses. Reasons put forward were good transport links, a diverse population, and an independent character compared to Ealing Broadway. There are also pockets of strong community activity. A business coworking space would build on the strengths of West Ealing, its sense of community and independent nature.
The study also highlighted that respondents felt that West Ealing lacked a specific identity, had low job density and suffered from a slightly negative perception with respect to safety and attractiveness in terms of the High Street. A coworking space could help to address some of the negative perceptions, the lack of employment opportunities and contribute to the regeneration of West Ealing.
A 5 month pilot in an old high street shop highlighted people's desire to co-work. Over 250 people used the space for working, meeting, drinking coffee and collaborating.