If you are actively looking for a place to grow your startup in England, chances are that you are keeping an eye out for nice co-working spaces in Birmingham, the buzzing capital of business in the West Midlands. The second largest city in the UK and a former industrial centre, Birmingham is where several metal factories have prospered over the decades. Having always been an important manufacturing and engineering centre, it is only natural that the city is slowly turning into an active hub for startups.
If you are looking for an affordable and cool office/desk space in the city, here is our list of the 10 best co-working spaces in Birmingham:
Impact Hub is a popular brand that has become synonym with a lively global network of hubs. The philosophy inspiring the brand is to create a community for its subscribers that is as diverse as possible in all respects and all across the world in its numerous venues. One popular venue is located in Birmingham. Over the last three years the hub in the industrial city has evolved its membership structure in order to fulfill the needs of all kinds of customers: individuals, teams and even children. Individuals membership fees start at £35+VAT for 5 days access per month. But don’t worry, they have an offer for every palate: just pick what suits you best!
The Transfer: Inside The Old Print Works, a heritage building in South Birmingham, is an affordable and inspirational co-working space. It’s called the Transfer and hosts makers, artists, yogis, galleries and an ort cafe. If you care about sustainability, localism, creativity, community wellbeing this is just the right place for you. You can get your three months’ membership for as low as £100.
Alpha Works’ motto is this inspirational quote: Work, Connect, Create, Be. Situated on the 20th, 21st and 22nd floors in Birmingham’s iconic Alpha building, Alpha Works offers a stylish working space with an exciting view of the city. The space has been designed by the award-winning architecture practice Orms and includes The Alpha Café, showers and changing facilities, and secure cycle storage. The memberships include a wide range of options: from simple desks (for a fixed monthly fee of £300) to more luxurious (and expensive) private offices.
Grosvenor House: Located in a classically Georgian building with a contemporary twist, Grosvenor House offers professionals prime location co-working office space in central Birmingham from just £150 per month. This co-working package is perfect for small businesses, freelancers or even those just starting out who are looking for a flexible arrangement at a reasonable price. Grosvenor House’s services include superfast broadband, secure storage, unlimited use of printer & scanner, and exclusive kitchenette access.
The Engine is a new creative co-work space opening in the innovation hub of Digbeth. Taking inspiration from the many factories in the region, The Engine is finished with a raw and clean industrial style. This co-working space is bright and welcoming and invites creatives, tech wizards, start ups and visionary entrepreneurs to join its active community. Open plan seating memberships start at £150/ month.
The BioHub Birmingham is not your average tech hub. It has been designed with a specific purpose: to nurture and support the growth of life science companies from early stage startups to investment-worthy businesses. With this mission in mind, the hub has made available to its community of innovative entrepreneurs fully serviced biomedical research laboratories and equipment. The BioHub is situated inside the Birmingham Research Park, a long-standing and successful joint venture between the University of Birmingham and Birmingham City Council. The Biohub provides eligible companies with hot-desking 24/7 and all inclusive, free of charge growth support.
Boxxed: In its large and modern office environment, this business incubator hosts early stage manufacturing and high tech businesses. People at Boxxed have made their mission to support the growth and development of said promising startups. Boxxed typically takes equity in return for financial and business support. Their offering in the co-working space includes superheats wi-fi, dedicated meeting space, printing and free flowing tea and coffee.
SocialVenture: Located in one of Birmingham’s emerging neighborhoods, Woodlawn, SocialVenture is a former warehouse now converted into a co-working space with a vibrant industrial character and a splash of cool-factor. SocialVenture is not only the base of entrepreneurs, non-profit companies and start-ups; but has also the spatial potential to host house meetings, workshops and receptions.
Moseley Exchange, Birmingham’s first co-working space in the heart of Moseley Village, is the ideal place for freelancers, solo entrepreneurs, home-based and part-time employees. The members of Moseley Exchange come from all disciplines, offering varied networking opportunities to all the newcomers. In addition to ensuring flexibility, the space is known for organizing events, workshops and occasions to exchange business cards. Membership plans start at £32 per month with a registered postal address and mail management.
Innovation Birmingham Campus is the favourite destination for Birmingham’s digital and tech enthusiasts with a community of over 1000 digital techies and innovators and over 150 startups incubated to date. Add to that flexible accommodation, a dynamic atmosphere and a well-connected location and you’ll get a pretty good idea of the potentiality of this space. Their memberships are also complemented by business programmes for early stage digital businesses and startups looking to access key target markets. Coworking spaces start from £40 per month.