Global workspace provider WeWork to open in Manchester

Based in No. 1 Spinningfields, WeWork’s Manchester location is the 20th to be announced in the UK - with 14 already open in London

Global workspace provider WeWork is set to open in Manchester – marking its first UK location outside of London.

Set to be based in No. 1 Spinningfields, WeWork’s Manchester location is the 20th WeWork to be announced in the UK, with 14 locations already open in London.

Home to over 15,000 members across the UK alone, WeWork serves over 120,000 global entrepreneurs across 140 physical locations in 15 countries and 45 cities around the world.

Ahead of its Manchester opening, local entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses have also been offered the chance to take part in WeWork’s Creator Awards programme – which offers awards totaling over $20m to entrepreneurs “making a difference in their communities and pursuing their passions.”

WeWork say the decision to move to Manchester is an acknowledgment of the city’s growing reputation as a centre for innovation, media and technology – with 8,000 Mancunians starting their own business last year alone.

Founded in 2010 by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, WeWork aims to provide businesses with a collaborative community in which to network and grow.

Joe Gaunt, UK managing director for WeWork, said:

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

“The city has excellent infrastructure and a growing tech and start-up sector and is showing itself to be an increasingly appealing destination providing a fantastic work life balance.

“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.”

Michael Ingall, chief executive of Allied London, said:

“WeWork coming to Manchester is a big story, it is a powerful brand that will help Manchester and us as developers and investors with our inward investment agenda.

“It’s a diverse brand, aimed at corporates as well as creative industries and will significantly expand the choice and offer within Spinningfields”.

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