A brand new co-working hub in Nottingham’s historic Lace Market is almost ready to be unveiled. Situated in a completely refurbished four-storey, Grade II listed building in Commerce Square, Works Social is a contemporary co-working, shared office and event concept aimed at independent workers and small businesses.
Bringing a new, fresh and inspiring environment to co-working and collaboration, Works Social will facilitate connections, build communities of interest and act as a hub for sharing resources, ideas and talent. With potential for 40 dedicated desks and a range of virtual membership and hot-desking options, it will offer cost effective office and meeting facilities to suit remote workers, sole traders, micro businesses and small teams.
The local collective of entrepreneurs behind Works Social have been busy renovating for over 12 months and have transformed the former Lace Works to bring their vision to life.
Virtual assistant and Works Social co-founder Lise Garner Morgan, understands that it can sometimes be isolated and lonely as a freelancer. It was this experience that fuelled the team’s passion to set up a space for businesses to thrive and develop. Lise said:
“Community spirit underpins Works Social’s core ethos. Our manifesto is about promoting ideas, enterprise and exchange – working amidst a variety of skills, ventures and projects can inspire far more ideas than working in isolation. Works Social aims to provide a fresh and stimulating space, cultivating a vibrant coworking community which encourages and supports innovation among our members.”
Fellow co-founder and freelancer, Han van Oudheusden brings 10 years experience in running international membership organisations to Works Social, as well as working solo as a digital designer. She adds:
“Like every community, we understand that the needs of our members are going to be diverse. That’s why we offer a variety of membership packages from a simple virtual address through to 24/7 dedicated office space.”
“As flexible and remote working becomes more of the norm rather than the exception, Works Social aims to offer a place for independent workers, micro business and home workers to take a tentative step towards a place of their own. It also offers an ideal way to bridge the gap for expanding teams waiting to move into their own premises.”
The entrepreneurial team strongly believe that communal working helps forge connections and opens up opportunities for mutual and meaningful collaborations.
One of the first members to sign up is marketing and PR freelancer, Rachael van Oudheusden from Big Old House. She commented:
“Having worked from a home office and in coffee shops for three years, it is time to get somewhere a bit more permanent. It is exciting that Works Social has come along to meet the need for businesses on the cusp of scaling up, but not quite ready to invest in a full scale office of their own. With a dedicated desk at Works Social you get the best of both worlds – freelance flexibility and a collaborative community, all at a reasonable price.”
With three floors dedicated to communal desk space, hot-desking areas, shared facilities and personal lockers, the ground floor offers a bookable meeting room space, chillout areas, a cosy outdoor terrace and an honesty bar. Members can use the ground floor space for their own staff party once a year as part of their membership or it can be booked for external events, training courses and networking.
A range of membership options are available from annual virtual office arrangements to monthly membership packages for independent workers, teams and pairs of freelancers.
For more information about Works Social or to book a tour visit: https://www.workssocial.co.
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