WeWork announces plans to launch collaborative workspace in Manchester

Marking the workspace provider’s first UK location outside of London, the site is designed to help businesses of all sizes work more flexibly and collaboratively…

Global workspace provider WeWork has announced plans to launch a new workspace facility in Manchester; the company’s first UK location outside of London.

Set to open in Allied London’s development No. 1 Spinningfields, the workspace is expected to provide a flexible and collaborative community for start-ups, small businesses and larger enterprises.

The new location is the 20th WeWork facility to be announced in the UK, with 14 of these already open across London, hosting over 15,000 UK members.

WeWork says its decision to open a site in Manchester was made due to the city’s “excellent infrastructure” and “growing tech and start-up sector”. According to the firm, almost 8,000 businesses launched in the region last year.

Find out more about why you should consider launching a business in Manchester in our detailed guide to starting up in the city.

Founded in 2010, WeWork has over 140 locations in 15 countries across the globe, hosting over 120,000 members and almost 10,000 companies worldwide; including household names Dropbox, Samsung and IBM.

The provider champions collaboration between businesses, and says that over 70% of its members collaborate with one another.

Joe Gaunt, UK managing director at WeWork, commented:

“Manchester is an obvious choice for our second city. It couples a vibrant cultural heritage with an established desirable business location.

“We are proud to have secured premises in the latest addition to the Manchester skyline and believe this best in class building will provide the perfect hub for entrepreneurs, start-ups, freelancers and established companies alike to create their life’s work.”

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