70. Third Door (Workhub & Nursery)

Combining a nursery with a co-working space, this firm offers parents truly flexible working

Founders: Shazia Mustafa and Yusuf Chadun
Founded: May 2010
Website: www.third-door.com

Third Door is the first of its kind – though the ingenious simplicity behind offering workspace and a nursery on one site is sure to induce ‘why didn’t I think of that?’ moments from working parents everywhere. Working from home with small children can verge on the impossible, as founder Shazia Mustafa realised when her daughter was five months old, so a nursery situated below a co-working hub was for her the obvious answer. Along with her husband, she launched the business in May 2010; it disrupted the traditional nursery model by offering a nursery service that’s completely flexible and doesn’t require large deposits. The hybrid model means it also attracts customers who use only the nursery or only the workspace. Having achieved profitability, the founders are now looking for a second site with the eventual aim of having 10 profitable centres by 2020. 

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