The rise and rise of coworking spaces

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It used to be the case that coworking spaces merely offered new startups a cheaper alternative to office buildings but they are fast becoming the office of choice for tech startups and corporates alike.

What’s driving the success of coworking spaces?

Greater flexibility

Research shows a growing trend in the amount of candidates and employees seeking greater flexibility in the workplace. They want to be able to dictate their own working schedules and processes and that need for autonomy and freedom is reflected in their preferred office space too. Coworking spaces forgo the traditional, often rigid design of conventional offices in favour of a more open, easily accessible and dynamic environment. 

Burgeoning community

Being a lowly founder can be a lonely existence. There’s often nobody to share the weight of the tough decisions or to commiserate with when things go awry. Coworking spaces can alleviate this somewhat. There are a lot of shared spaces to encourage members to get to know one another and create a sense of community. This can be invaluable support for young companies.

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Gig economy

If the future of work means the end of 9-5 days and organisational structures as we know them, then the sectioned workflow also becomes defunct. As it becomes more common to work on a project by project basis, across multiple companies and even industries, workers will be better served by facilities like hot desking and

Coworking giant WeWork boasts 383 office locations in 72 cities alone, testament to the meteoric rise in popularity of what’s been marketed as the ‘office of the future’. But while WeWork may currently be the most renowned of the coworking spaces, there are plenty of options on offer for companies looking for to join this up-and-coming professional community.

It just so happens we’ve compiled a list of the very best Ireland has to offer. Watch this space (pun intended) as one of them will be claiming the Jobbio sponsored, Best Coworking Space Award at the Spiders later this month.

As the name suggests, Creative Spark is home to a number of young, creative enterprises. Based in Dundalk, this space focuses on creating a collaborative environment where people can easily share ideas, knowledge and experiences. Their residents work predominantly in the creative, technology and sustainable energy sectors.

Catering for freelancers and startups to medium and large enterprises, Glandore offers businesses a range of coworking options including hot desking and private offices. They currently have four locations: Two in Dublin, one in Belfast and one in Cork. With a previous client list of Facebook, Dropbox and Twitter, this coworking space is a great place for companies to scale.

New Work Junction is a networking of coworking spaces with locations in Dublin, Kilkenny and Carlow with a fourth location coming soon to Wexford. Among their selling points are excellent wifi, printing and a burgeoning community of entrepreneurs. Sign us up!

Located in Stephen’s Green, this coworking space offers a host of benefits including bike storage, daily cleaning services and refreshments. Rumour has it there’s even a few resident dogs to keep you company during your working day. What’s not to love?

The Nutgrove Enterprise Park offers a range of facilities from industrial kitchens to free parking to business development supports. They’re streets ahead in terms of flexibility offering 24/7 access, a manned reception and the option to rent on a daily, weekly or monthly basis.

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