If you thought London and our other major cities were the only places to find coworking spaces, you'll be delighted to hear that the coworking movement has spread to other parts of the country too. Like Bordon in Hampshire where we run our coworking space called SiGNAL.
Demand for coworking spaces is high in Hampshire for a number of reasons. Hampshire has 101,900 self-employed workers. We have the second highest rate of home workers in the country, after the South West, with 16.4% of workers using their home for work; approximately 78,400 people. We also have a large number of businesses offering remote working to their employees, including Hampshire Country Council who has a BYOD and remote working policy. And 85% of the county is defined as rural, which means many of those home workers and self-employed people are living outside of the main hubs of Havant, Basingstoke, Gosport, Eastleigh and Winchester.
While super-fast broadband makes it entirely feasible to work from home in most parts of the county, many people want an alternative. That's where coworking spaces fill the gap in the market for somewhere with all the facilities of a conventional office, but offering a different style of working. Be it the opportunity to network and collaborate with other entrepreneurs and home workers, or a change of scene from the four walls of your home office; coworking is on the increase in Hampshire!
If you haven't explored this way of work yet, here are 10 coworking spaces in Hampshire to try out.
10 great coworking spaces in Hampshire
- SiGNAL, Bordon
SiGNAL is one of Hampshire's newest coworking spaces, providing local business owners, freelancers and entrepreneurs with an important hub in Bordon. We offer a free coworking space with desk and meeting room hire available too. As well our inspiring coworking and office spaces, we also have maker rooms, techie rooms and a wellness room for different users. Our focus is not just on providing people with somewhere to work, but also somewhere to grow their businesses, whether they're a tech start up, maker, consultant, therapist or any other small business. We're big on education, collaboration and innovation, and offer a variety of business support as well as a desk.
Find out more here.
- BASE Bordon Innovation Centre
Another new coworking space also in Bordon is BASE at the Bordon Innovation Centre. This space is aimed at start-ups, SMEs, and high-growth businesses and has a choice of monthly desk hire in a shared office, or you can work from the business lounge for a daily fee. BASE also has serviced office spaces to let as well as a variety of corporate meeting rooms. Monthly desk hire starts at £180 p/m, and business lounge access is £10 p/d. More details here.
- Innovation Space, Portsmouth
More shared office and coworking spaces are available at the Innovation Space in Portsmouth. Here you can hire a hot desk for up to 10 days per month, rent a full time dedicated desk or alternatively your own private office. Business support is also available from this location. For prices click here.
- DeskLodge, Basingstoke
Hot desking is available in Basingstoke at DeskLodge. This venue is located in Basingstoke's Enterprise Zone, and has a sister space in Bristol. As well as hot desking you can also hire a fixed desk or private office, and a variety of meeting rooms are also available. Prices start from £75 per month, more here.
- Regus serviced offices, Fleet & Farnborough
If you want to cowork in a modern corporate serviced office environment, Regus offer coworking facilities at many of their locations including Fleet and Farnborough. Hotdesks are available to hire on a first come first served basis, as well as a variety of serviced offices when you're ready to scale up. More details can be found here.
- The Tech Dojo, Portsmouth
Aimed at techie entrepreneurs this venue includes a creative lounge for coworking, breakfast bar hotdesks and serviced offices. They also offer back office support, coaching and mentoring, as well as funding and other startup incubator services. Coworking is free for members, prices on application for hotdesking and dedicated office space. Find out more here.
- Workshop, Winchester
This desk hire space operates on a membership basis where you can either use the space as a Full Time Resident (hiring a dedicated desk), Part Time Resident (limited use) or Tourist (for just a few hours a week). Workshop also hosts events for their business users as well as networking and talks. More details here.
- Port 57, Southsea
Aimed at small creative businesses and freelancers, Port 57 provides a creative studio environment for creatives and design businesses. Starting at £200 per month, more information here.
- IncuHive Spaces, various locations
The original IncuHive Space is in Chandler's Ford, providing desk hire, office hire, meeting rooms and a photo / video studio. Coworking desk spaces start from £30 per week. Find out more here.
- Tec Hub, Eastleigh
Another space aimed at digital startups and early development creative businesses, this time in Eastleigh. Memberships includes up to 8 days p/m access to the drop in workspace as well as free entry to events and discounted use of the meeting room. Visit the website here for more information.
As you can see there are lots of different coworking spaces in Hampshire, from corporate shared offices to more alternative spaces like SiGNAL. That's great news for entrepreneurs, home workers and small business owners in Hampshire, as there's something for everyone!
Why not visit a few to find out what style of coworking suits you?