Need To Know: Top tech and digital co-working spaces in and around Bath
While Bath may be best known for its historic beauty (oh, and its World Heritage Site status), that’s not to say there aren’t plenty of techie goings-on in and around the city. You don’t need to look very hard to find pockets of developers, designers, and all-round clever clogs beavering away on innovative services and products.
Of course, these budding businesses all need somewhere to call home, and there are plenty of creative, cool, and cash-conscious spaces to choose from in and around the area.
Guildhall, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB
Great for those looking for a lively, diverse environment, The Guild provides co-working space for Bath’s tech-savvy, creatively minded businesses and individuals. With over 3,500 square feet of office space to lose yourself in, the centre is more than just a spot to park your laptop; hosting events, seminars, and networking opportunities. Best of all is the flexibility of The Guild’s rates – whether you want your own dedicated desk, a space to work a couple of days a week, or hot-desking with the flex pass, there’s a price plan to suit everyone.
The Guild is also a residency location for the Network for Creative Enterprise – a South-West-based partnership that offers business support for creative individuals and small companies to develop a creative idea into an economically sustainable business.
Rates: day pass from £20 (+VAT), club member (150 hrs per year ) from £550 (+VAT), Flex (30 hrs per month) from £99 (+VAT), Community (60 hrs per month) from £159 (+VAT), dedicated desk (24/7 access) from £299 (+VAT).
Amenities: High-speed Wi-Fi, secure bike lock-ups, tea/coffee facilities, kitchen/breakout space, access to meeting rooms, 24/7 access, showers and phone rooms, and numerous car parks in the surrounding area.
Broad Quay, Bath, BA1 1UD
The Bath SETsquared Innovation Centre offers workspace, world-class business acceleration and inspiration for high-growth companies and the entrepreneurs that create them. The SETsquared business acceleration programme includes mentoring, training programmes and access to investors. For those that want more than just a base, there are a limited number of offices available to rent from £295 per month with entrepreneurs invited to join the networks or sign up for courses and entrepreneurship programmes. Virtual membership is also available to those who wish to have access to the co-working space.
Rates: Platinum Membership (flexible office space) from £295 per month. Co-working is only available to members however meeting rooms are available to hire.
Amenities: meeting rooms, some on-street parking with numerous car parks in the surrounding area
Set in a historic Georgian building just minutes walk from Bath Spa train station, Northgate House caters for small businesses looking for private office space, as well as freelancers looking for more flexible working.
The 17,868 sq ft space includes a contemporary shared co-working space, along with meeting rooms and over 100 private offices across two floors.
Rates: for full information on office and co-working space and rates, get in touch via the Spaces Works website.
Amenities: city centre location, unlimited superfast Wi-Fi, meeting rooms (bookable by both members and non-members)
Green Park Road, Bath, BA1 1JB
With a focus on socially minded businesses, the South Vaults provide affordable office space in the heart of the city’s bustling Green Park Station. This is a prime place for small startups, independent businesses and charities working for social change in Bath and across the UK.
Rates: £217.00 – £291.00 + VAT (£261.00 – £350.00) per bay. Bays vary from 4.8sqm – 6.8sqm.
Amenities: Wi-Fi, meeting rooms, kitchen facilities including tea/coffee, communal printing, storage and disabled access.
Butts Hill, Frome, Somerset, BA11 1HR
Set up and run by work hub trailblazers, Forward Space, The Old Church School is an award-winning shared workspace in a town centre Grade II listed former school and boxing club, set around a landscaped courtyard. Providing 1500m² of flexible workspace including co-working, 24 studios, café, event space, meeting rooms and parking. The location is in the nearby town of Frome and the old school has plenty going for it. Services range from hourly pay-as-you-go hot-desking to fixed monthly tariffs for extended use of coworking spaces.
Rates: monthly coworking tariffs £25 – £150, dedicated desk space £200, work pods and studios from £300.
Amenities: Printing facilities, members cafe, meeting rooms, free parking (for both users and visitors), secure storage, kitchen and event space, member events.
Brook Lane, Holt, Wiltshire, BA14 6RL
Located outside the city between Bath and Bradford on Avon, Glove Factory Studios may include a small commute, but boy is it worth it. This industrial heritage site, set within its own 32 acres of parkland with lakes in the scenic Wiltshire countryside, offers affordable studio spaces which remain sympathetic to the building’s history with exposed brickwork and huge windows, while still providing an ultra-modern, functional working environment.
Spaces range from single desks in shared studio spaces to self-contained offices and meeting rooms. There is a fully integrated telephone network, and a whole host of amenities, including 1Gb fibre optic leased line providing secure access to superfast speeds in all studios with wifi managed service in communal areas. There is an on-site café, The Field Kitchen, open 7 days a week serving breakfast, lunch and afternoon teas as well as hosting business breakfasts, cultural and private events.
And with the recent launch of glovedippers.club – a members-only open water swimming club – you could make a quick lap around the lakes part of your lunchtime break! It’s hard to resist the sleek yet rustic charm of the studios.
Rates: for all enquiries as to rent and costs go to their website.
Amenities: free car parking, shower and washroom facilities, cafe/restaurant, cultural hub, meeting rooms, courtyard, 32 acres of parkland and lakes, project and exhibition spaces.
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