Start Our Own Space?:
Wakefield lacks a really strong co working space. I am actively exploring starting my own space. Interested? Drop me an email on [email protected]
Moving to the Wakefield area as a freelancer I was keen to explore and discover the co working spaces within the City. One of the drawbacks to freelancing is bouncing ideas off colleagues. It’s something I always miss; particularly when I’m working from home. Arriving in a new place; I was keen to meet new people. Like minded digital workers to get that level of collaboration of sorts.
I must admit I was slightly disappointed with the lack of co working spaces. There’s an excellent, thriving community of Digital entrepreneurs however it lacks co working spaces where individuals can have a dedicated/hot desk in a shared office. Sure there’s the excellent Wakefield Jelly event in Create Cafe every Wednesday but this is a once a week event and nobody has a physical desk. Although these events are fantastic for meeting people they do have limitations in terms of it’s not permanent.
I know Wakefield Council identified Digital as a growth area, however, this doesn’t seem to have translated into the available co-working spaces within the region. Wakefield is home to Calder Park which is the fastest growing business park in Yorkshire. There’s unfortunately not a co-working space here.
There are however some options for freelancers which I suggest you check out. They all offer a slightly different experience but certainly merit your attention.
Indycube dubs itself asa co-working space run by co-workers for co-workers which is far more encouraging than some of the other offerings in Wakefield currently. They also have a blog and regularly tweet about co working which again highlights the passion they have for creating an inclusive space.
To become a full time member it’s £180+VAT which gets you a dedicated desk, super fast fibre internet and as much tea/coffee you can shake a stick at. You can also use the IndyCube offices as your personal business address.
They also offer flexible part time packages and single day rates of £12+VAT. All very reasonable.
I have yet to visit the space however I have spoke with the team and plan to in the future.
If you’re looking for a cool, hip working place then Unity works is probably the one for you. It boasts a cafe/bar, concert hall, dedicated offices and a co working space. It’s in the centre of Wakefield in a beautifully restored building. It boasts a mix of Digital agencies, print media companies & freelancers. When I enquired about desk space within Unity Works the receptionist was unclear of the pricing. This was a tad disappointing and soured my plans to potentially get a desk within the Unity Works building. I also found the kitchen a tad small. I appreciate we are in the centre of Wakefield however I would have still expected a larger space.
Regus Trinity Walk:
If you are familiar with Wakefield then you will know of Trinity Walk. It’s a purpose built shopping centre with high street brands including Next and Topshop. Regus have very recently (March 2016) opened an managed office space here which includes small office spaces, hot desks and dedicated co working spaces. Not only was it modern and clinical but you also gained a ton of perks when becoming a Regus member. Signing up for a Regus office space gets you free tea and coffee, unlimited use of printing/photocopying facilities as well as FREE access to any Regus office in the world. If you happen to be working in London you can jump in a co working space which Regus happens to have and grab a desk. A real perk for travelling freelancers.
UPDATE (PLEASE READ): Unfortunately I decided to take my trial a step further and sign for a three month membership of the Regus co working space. This was a huge mistake. The hospitality, environment, atmosphere and services are sub par and Regus is an incredibly difficult company to deal with. This seems to be a nationwide problem as there is a website dedicated to the issues with Regus. http://www.regus-sucks.com.
Not only was the space empty but Regus doesn’t understand co working nor do they have an environment conducive to productivity. Low occupancy, awful coffee and a soulless space. If you are looking for a coworking space in Wakefield I strongly suggest you stay away from Regus!
I am currently working my way around co working spaces in Wakefield and will add to this list as I find more suitable spaces. If you have any in mind please drop me a note in the comments below.