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This blog post lists the new options centred around the hot-desking and coworking trend and ends with a list of spaces in Northern Ireland.
April: Coworking Craigavon has just started
April: Bayview Synergy Space (Newcastle) is open
April: WabiSabi hosts its third Coworking Day on 20 May
March: Boom! Studios and Collective (Bangor) is open
March: StudioSouk (Belfast) is open
Hot-desking is the option of paying (on demand, or monthly) for use of a desk on an hourly, daily or ad-hoc throughout the month basis. Only rarely will you be able to make the desk your own, as it will be used by others inbetween your visits.
Larger organisations, typically in the IT industry, may keep some hot-desking space free for visitors, or where a large portion of the workforce works mostly from home. Hot-desking is best for those who are only rarely in the office. Alternatively, those who work from home, and want to avoid distractions or enjoy a little company may also benefit.
Coworking is the option of renting a desk for one to five days a week, usually in an open office. Often, you will be able to make the space your own, as it is more common to rent the desk all week. Coworking is suitable for those who enjoy the busy office vibe.
A virtual office does exactly what it says on the tin. It is a service supplied by an office provider that gives you a business address and telephone number (usually along with an answering service). It allows those who prefer to work from home, those who travel frequently or those who cannot afford permanent, physical office space to maintain a professional image.
The option is also used by those who have a headquarters in one location, but who may wish to establish a presence in another, without committing to a long-term contract.
Inclusive services may involve answering calls, storing and forwarding post, conducting administrative tasks, setting appointments, and hosting meetings.
Dedicated Desk or Office
Renting a dedicated desk is the best option for those who need an office, but without the large premium that city-centre locations bring. It may, or may not, be located in a shared office. The advantage of a dedicated office over a mere desk, is that clients may visit and conversations will be private.
In either case, meeting rooms are usually available (often free to residents, or, if charged, at a discounted rate).
Many Enterprise Agencies and business centres will have industrial units for rent. They are suitable for manufacturers, those who need a workshop, or anyone else who needs lots of space. Some units on offer would need to be modified to incorporate suitable office space.
In venues that offer coworking, you will often find business incubation mentioned. This can refer to an ad-hoc, supportive, ask-us-anything-and-we’ll-help, atmosphere, to a more structured coaching arrangement, and may or may not be included in the price.
Where Can I Find these Options in NI?
This is a list of the providers who supply a combination of some of the options listed. Recently opened spaces are in red.
Bayview Synergy Space (Newcastle)
Belfast Central Studios
Blick Shared Studios (Belfast)
Boom! Studios and Collective
CIDO Innovation Centre (Craigavon)
City Business Hub (Belfast)
Code Space (Newry)
Farset Labs (Belfast)
Magazine Studios (Derry)
Midtown Business Centre (Belfast)
Northern Ireland Science Park (Belfast)
The HatcheryNI (Antrim)
The Hub Newry