Co-working space to open in Southampton in January

Co-working space to open in Southampton in January

A new coworking space is set to open in Southampton city centre in January 2019.

Named after the post code in which it resides, SO Fourteen will house start-ups, small businesses, freelancers and remote workers.

The 3,500 sq ft open plan office will provide space for 44 members on the second floor of Woollen Hall, next door to St Michael’s Church on Castle Way.

It will sit above the offices of the Hilton-Baird Group, a local business finance group of 21 years’ experience which refurbished and moved into the building at the end of 2017. Its founder and chief executive, Alex Hilton-Baird, has overseen the project since coming up with the idea earlier this year.

The previously unoccupied floor is currently being converted by Guildford-based office design and build company TDA Interiors, with the furniture custom-built by Benjamin Xavier at Blue Island Home, a furniture manufacturer based in Petersfield.

Alex Hilton-Baird, managing director of SO Fourteen, said: “We’ve seen firsthand how start-ups and small businesses in Southampton and across the country are finding it difficult to rent office space, which often comes with high rates and restrictive contracts.

“SO Fourteen will not only provide a flexible and affordable alternative, it will connect our members with other local businesses and enable them to grow together through collaboration and support.”

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