25. Central Working
The city workhubs helping entrepreneurs start and grow their businesses
Founders: James Layfield and Steve Pette
Founded: May 2011
As a serial entrepreneur with five businesses under his belt, Layfield is well-placed to create the perfect environment for starting (and growing) a small business. As such, he has developed a membership-based club, which provides the space, systems and support entrepreneurs need when starting-up. Since launch, two spaces have already opened in central London locations, including Tottenham Court Road and Silicon Roundabout (the latter launched in conjunction with Google).
Within the next few months, five sites will be up and running, putting Central Working in place to work with over 500 start-ups. That’s small fry compared to its long-term goal though – Central Working aims to help 10,000 businesses start-up or grow over the next 10 years.