Everything you need to know about WeWork
Covering WeWork's locations, benefits, amenities, packages and more - plus honest reviews from real members - learn what the global workspace provider can offer your start-up
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What is WeWork?
Worth a reported $40bn, global workspace provider WeWork has grown to run hundreds of locations worldwide – including in Asia, South America, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia – since its inception in 2010.
Founded by Adam Neumann and Miguel McKelvey, WeWork’s first location opened in New York’s SoHo district, and was very much inspired by the times in which it was born.
Reflecting, Neumann told the New York Daily News: “During the economic crises, there were these empty buildings and these people freelancing or starting companies. I knew there was a way to match the two. What separates us, though, is community.”
Now with UK locations across London and Manchester, WeWork is known for its sleek glass walls (which it says provide privacy without limiting natural light) and its modern, attractive and unique common spaces.
A driving success story in the world of coworking spaces, WeWork now provides thousands of UK start-ups with “dynamic environments for creativity, focus, and connection”.
Who is WeWork for?
Whether you’re a one man band or the leader of a team of 50, WeWork could be the right workspace provider for you.
The provider aims to cater to ambitious entrepreneurs, start-ups and small businesses, and with a mix of hot desks, fixed desks and private offices on offer, WeWork can house businesses with teams of one to over 100 employees.
The benefits of a WeWork membership
Regular members’ events
WeWork runs a programme of regular events for its members, whether informative sessions to incite business growth or social activities designed to help members meet and blow off steam.
WeWork’s regular events include:
- Office hours: One-to-one sessions with investors and industry leaders
- Lunch and learns: Catered lunches during which members can share their experiences, expertise and advice with one another
- Networking events: Events in which to mix, mingle and make connections with other WeWork members
- Wellness events: Wellbeing-focused classes, such as meditation and kickboxing
A dedicated members’ app
For $45 (roughly £35) a month, WeWork members can sign up to We, a dedicated app through which users can collaborate with, learn from, and share expertise with fellow members.
The app – which is available on iOS and Android – comes complete with a social feed that displays updates and announcements from your building’s community managers.
Using We, members can:
- Book space in meeting rooms and working spaces at any WeWork location
- RSVP to WeWork events
- Post advertisements for jobs in their business
Access to a global community
Travelling in Beijing and need a place to stop and get some work done? Fancy expanding your business into France, and want a place in Paris in which to get set up and chat to local entrepreneurs?
With a WeWork membership, you can hot desk at any of the provider’s hundreds of locations in key cities across the world. So, no matter where you are, it’s likely that there’ll be a space for you to do some work in just around the corner.
Enjoying more than just an attractive workspace, members also benefit a range of amenities that, WeWork says, “make a business day run smoothly”.
Such features include:
|Super fast internet
24/7 building access
Stylish meeting rooms
Private phone booths
|Front desk service
Personalised help and support
Mail and package handling
Fresh fruit water
Craft beer on draft
Attractive common areas
Table football and ping pong
WeWork’s UK locations
NB: As a fast-growing provider, WeWork is opening new locations all the time – so be sure to double check the website for the most up-to-date information.
WeWork’s Manchester locations
|Location name||Nearest stations|
|Dalton Place||St Peter’s Square Metro, Manchester Piccadilly|
|One St Peter’s Square||Machester Oxford Road, Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Piccadilly|
|No. 1 Spinningfields||Salford Central, Manchester Deansgate, Manchester Oxford Road|
WeWork’s London locations
The majority of WeWork’s London locations are based in and around the capital’s fast-growing Tech City, attracting both start-ups and established businesses in finance, media, and a wide variety of fields.
The areas in which WeWork sites can be found include:
|Location name||Nearest stations|
|5 Merchant Square||Paddington|
|The Monument||Monument, Tower Hill, London Fenchurch Street, Bank|
|Moor Place||Moorgate, Bank and Liverpool Street|
|1 Waterhouse Square||Chancery Lane, Holborn, Farringdon|
|138 Holborn||Chancery Lane, Farringdon, Holborn|
|131 Finsbury Pavement||Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank|
|New Kings Beam House||Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo|
|Two Southbank Place||Waterloo, Embankment, Charing Cross|
|The Stage – Hewett Tower||Liverpool Street, Moorgate|
|Shoreditch – The Stage||Liverpool Street, Moorgate|
|120 Moorgate||Moorgate, Liverpool Street, Bank|
|41 Blackfriars Road||Southwark, Waterloo|
|21 Soho Square||Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus, Bond Street|
|Linen Court||Old Street|
|97 Hackney Road||Hoxton, Liverpool Street|
|77 Leadenhall Street||Fenchurch Street, Aldgate, Tower Gateway|
|26 Hatton Garden||Farringdon, Chancery Lane|
|123 Buckingham Palace Road||Victoria, Sloane Square|
|16 Great Chapel Street||Tottenham Court Road, Oxford Circus|
|184 Shepherds Bush Road||Hammersmith, Shepherds Bush|
|Keltan House||London Fields, Cambridge Heath, Hackney Central|
|Aldgate Tower||Aldgate East, Aldgate, London Fenchurch Street|
|1 Primrose Street||Liverpool Street, Shoreditch High Street|
|70 Wilson Street||Liverpool Street, Moorgate, Old Street|
|Fox Court||Chancery Lane, Holborn, St. Pauls|
|9 Devonshire Square||Liverpool Street|
|No 1 Poultry||Bank, Cannon Street, Liverpool Street|
|41 Corsham Street||Old Street|
|1 St Katharine’s Way||Tower Hill, Tower Gateway|
|145 City Road||Old Street, Angel|
|1 Mark Square||Old Street, Shoreditch High Street, Liverpool Street|
|8 Devonshire Square||Liverpool Street, Fenchurch Street, Bank|
|Medius House||Oxford Circus, Tottenham Court Road, Piccadilly Circus, Charing Cross|
|15 Bishopsgate||Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Monument, Bank|
|Aldwych House||Covent Garden, Temple, Holborn|
|Aviation House||Holborn, Tottenham Court Road, Chancery Lane|
|12 Hammersmith Grove||Hammersmith|
|The Cursitor||Chancery Lane|
|30 Stamford Street||Blackfriars, Southwark, Waterloo|
|33 Queen Street||Cannon Street, Mansion House, Bank, Monument|
|2 Eastbourne Terrace||Lancaster Gate, Paddington|
|North West House||Marylebone, Baker Street, Edgware Road|
|Kings Place||Kings Cross, St. Pancras|
|The Bower||Old Street, Liverpool Street, Moorgate|
|10 Devonshire Square||Liverpool Street, Aldgate, Aldgate East|
WeWork’s membership plans and prices
|Package type||Price||What is it?||Who’s it for?|
|Hot desks and fixed desks||Start at £200 per person, per month||Either a flexible hot desk or a dedicated desk in one of WeWork’s shared workspaces||Solopreneurs, freelancers, consultants, remote workers, and start-ups|
|Private offices||Start at £460 per month||An enclosed, lockable office complete with desks, chairs and cabinets||Teams of one to 100-plus members|
|Office suites||Pricing available on request||A premium private office with its own meeting rooms, lounges and executive officers||Teams of over 25 members|
|HQ by WeWork||Pricing available on request||A private location entirely branded and staffed by your company, with no shared spaces||Teams of 20 to 250 members|
Real members’ experiences of WeWork
Russell Teale, CEO and co-founder of tech start-up FiTR, says:
“We are based in WeWork in Spinningfields, Manchester, and we came to this decision for two main reasons: To be part of the Manchester professional community, and to take part in the many events that WeWork hold, focused on the start-up community.
“WeWork has a great vibe, with lots of other exciting businesses around the place that are happy to support and collaborate with you.
“However, you need to like the sound of other people talking, dogs walking around the building, and table tennis and table football being played, as these are common occurrences.
“The theory around productivity is great, however in practice it can be quite challenging! It’s beneficial to bring your headphones to drown out the people cheering as another goal goes in on the table football!
“The network is fantastic. A lot of events are held here, therefore you are constantly given the opportunity to attend value-add workshops that either help the thinking around your business or your network, particularly around investment.
“The free beer is great and aside from this obvious perk, it definitely promotes social working and a happy and collaborative environment.
“Overall, WeWork is a great place to start your business journey. An affordable, flexible option that provides you with a platform to build from.”
Nigel Sarbutts, founder of PR start-up The PR Cavalry, says:
“I worked in WeWork in Spinningfields Manchester for about five months. It’s an impressive building (in contrast to the WeWork in London I visited recently) and the wow factor is undeniable.
“WeWork occupies three floors and the other 17 are occupied by well-known professional services firms, so the foyer buzzes.
“Being a new building, the design and fit out is fresh and for a tech start-up in the PR and communications market – like The PR Cavalry – that’s important.
“The front desk team are good – professional and friendly.
“Our business matches PR and comms freelancers to clients via algorithm, so it’s been useful to have a lot of PR and digital marketing businesses around – but once you’ve connected, that advantage fades.
“I’ve recently moved to another coworking space as I became frustrated with WeWork Spinningfields as somewhere to do serious work. The common areas are not really work-friendly; table football might seem cool, but it’s comically loud – as is the music sometimes.
“If I ran a call centre business that needs to attract young people who are impressed by free beer and games, WeWork’s probably ideal. For me, it’s been fun but the party is over. I’ve got work to do.”
How to join WeWork
In order to join WeWork, you’ll need to get in touch with the company directly. You can:
- Click the ‘Contact Us’ button on the website, and fill in the contact form the appears
- Call +44 203 695 7895
- Fill in the dedicated contact form on your favourite WeWork location’s page
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The information in this article is correct as of January 2019