Top 6 Co-Working Spaces for Glasgow's Budding Entrepreneurs
As Scotland’s biggest city and one of the ten leading entrepreneurial hubs outside of London, the demand for great co-working spaces in Glasgow is pretty high. Luckily for you business professionals, the city has a range of co-working spaces with a variety of great facilities in several locations. Whether you’re a web designer, illustrator, or hail from the colossal world of technology, there will be a space catered to you. Given the notorious friendliness and generosity of Glaswegians, there’s no question that we can thrive in a co-working environment – we’re talking solidarity, folks!
Here are a few we recommend:-
Just a 5-minute walk from Queen Street station and 10 from central, this collabor8tive workspace has the ideal location for those who want to stay within the buzzing city centre. This bright and spacious loft offers shared and individual desks, private meeting rooms, and hi-speed broadband – memberships start at around £40 a month.
According to the people at Collabor8te, their aim is “to facilitate Collabor8te member businesses working together, for the benefit of all. Not just sharing space…but experience, knowledge and join together on projects which you might not be able to achieve alone.”
They like to welcome people from different industries to ensure a dynamic mix of skills available at all times and regularly host networking events & fun get-togethers so members can chinwag with one another.
If you start your working day early, they’ll provide free breakfast too! Who doesn’t love a croissant?
If you’d like to escape the hustle and bustle of the city centre, but still be surrounded by creative, hard-working folk in a fast-paced environment, The Distillery at The Whisky Bond might be for you.
When you become a tenant at TWB you will be entitled to: super fast wifi, car & bike parking, 24/7 access, access to meeting and event spaces, on-site showers & a cafe operated by Piece (who also provide catering for any events you may organise!) You will also become a member of their vibrant ecosystem, alongside designers, photographers, filmmakers & tech developers. If you fancy a fixed desk you’ll need to dish out £175 a month, and if you prefer a hot desk you can get that for £100 per month.
Abigale Neate Wilson of TAKTAL, the spatial development agency managing The Distillery, told GL:
“Our aim is to cater for the creative and cultural industries, which has resulted in attracting a pretty diverse community of workers. We house fabricators, product engineers, television production companies and community enterprises, to name a few! The ‘creative’ and the ‘cultural’ spans quite a wide range of different practices and fields of interest, which has developed a thriving, multi-disciplinary community at [The Whisky Bond].”
If you want to know more, check out their promo vid here.
Calling all techies! RookieOven might be the one you’re looking for. Located in the historic Fairfield Shipyard Offices, this unique space is now home to the best of Glasgow’s tech community.
RookieOven was founded in 2011 by computer scientist Michael Hayes, after discovering Glasgow was severely lacking a solid network of technologically-minded folk. It started off as a monthly meetup, then its success led Michael to establish the co-working space.
Now, members meet up on the first Monday of every month to have great conversations in a relaxed environment – no set agendas or presentations, just great chat!
A little birdie told us they have retro games available for free too! Any fans of Sega Master System? If playing pool is more your thing, they’ve got that covered as well. This, of course, is for members only, who pay around £120 per month for a hot desk.
Located in the Barras, Glasgow Collective is home to 8000 sqft of studios, workshops, boardrooms & a fantastic communal area (also ping pong, don’t forget the ping pong.)
A spokesperson for Glasgow Collective said, “We have just taken control of our 5th vacant building in the area and are home to 30 small exciting businesses with a great pipeline of new expertise and collaborators.
“Our members pretty much mirror every part of our economy in Scotland and that, we have found, has been one of the main reasons for collaborative success. Our 94 members have all contributed to creating such an inspiring, creative, disruptive and entrepreneurial community of businesses.”
Farpoint Studio gets the award for cutest co-working space, hands down. This cosy wee space, snuggled away in the Hidden Lane in the West End was set up just last month by photographer Alasdair and Morag, an illustrator & sculptor.
They’re looking for any desk based creatives and artists to join them. Alasdair says, “between the five of us we have a video-game designer, digital artist, photographer, comic book creator, sculptor & an events organiser. We want it to be a very friendly laid back environment, so hope to cater to friendly laid back artists.”
The name is a very subtle Star Trek reference because the co-founders are self-declared “massive trekkies”, so kudos to those who noticed the nod to the classic show!
Since 1977, the award-winning Wasps Trust and Wasps Artists’ Studios have been providing support to artists and designers across Scotland, with their high-quality studio space.
One of their most popular spaces in Glasgow is at The Briggait. This striking Grade A listed building includes 64 studios for visual artists and makers, 25 offices for creative companies, 4 shop-front units, and 2 street front exhibition spaces with a rolling programme.
Wasps’ philosophy is that art can inspire, educate and transform people’s lives. They know how expensive life can be for a struggling artist so they aim to provide affordable space for them to work to their fullest potential. We respect that!
Have we missed out your hotdesk? Know of a motivational co-working spot that should be on this list? Let us know in the comments!
By Amy McCready