60. Headspace Group
The design-led office space provider allowing young businesses to “operate, collaborate and thrive”
Founder: Jonny Rosenblatt
Founded: September 2012 (launched August 2013)
Working in the commercial office industry, Headspace founder Jonny Rosenblatt noticed the dearth of quality, flexible office space for the UK’s increasing number of dynamic small firms; he found the options were limited to traditional, onerous five-year leases, blandly corporate serviced offices or open plan, noisy and “generally pretty unexciting” co-working spaces. Headspace Group aims to give the UK’s dynamic start-ups a real alternative; its appealingly designed individual offices provide large, beautiful spaces for start-ups, each tailored to a firm’s individual needs, with separate communal areas for all-important networking and collaboration.
The Group’s location at Hatton Garden in London adds to this appeal, with original exposed brickwork and steel beams rubbing shoulders with polished marble columns and sheets of frosted glass. The space now boasts around 100 tenants, including $200m web giant Buzzfeed, international coding school General Assembly and mobile app developer Fueled, with an additional 100 non-resident clients leasing virtual office space and other services from Headspace. Turning over £200,000 by December 2013 – just a few months after launch – Rosenblatt confidently expects to grow this to £900,000 by year-end after doubling Headspace’s presence in their existing building.