Origin Workspace has officially opened Phase 1 of its £9m renovation. Located at 40 Berkeley Square, Clifton, Origin Workspace bridges the gap between Filton in the north of the city and Temple Quarter, creating the backbone for a third business hub in Bristol.
Representing an evolutionary step in the Bristol’s coworking movement, Origin Workspace is the city’s first space dedicated to ‘proworking’. Origin Workspace is aimed at entrepreneurs, startups and scale-up businesses that seek a high specification finish and require their workspace to match their professional identity. This includes facilities like a wellness centre, members lounge and roof terraces.
Opening with 85% capacity, Origin Workspace opens with members from a diverse range of sectors, including recruitment, digital marketing, law, edutech, financial services and AI & robotics. These include Bud Systems, an apprenticeship management platform, Cook Corporate, a boutique law firm, and Flexology, a recruitment agency that specialises in professional part-time and flexible working roles, to name just a few.
Rob Hingston, Head of Origin Workspace, commented: “There is a shortage in the Bristol market for office space that can accommodate growing businesses and so we’ve shaped Origin to respond to this need. We designed Origin Workspace so businesses can start, grow and scale with us.”
The premise behind Origin Workspace is to provide the community, counsel and support in one place, something that Origin Workspace’s founder, Heather Frankham, found hard to access in the early stages of building her first business, Lifetime Training. Heather successfully sold and exited this company in 2016, by which point it was the UK’s number one apprenticeship and skills training provider and employed over 1000 staff.
Heather added: “It took me many years to build my first company because I began with zero connections. I’ve now gone through every stage in the lifecycle of a business from a sole trader start up, to scale up, to a market leading business. My goal with Origin Workspace is to create a collaborative space where businesses can start and grow in a supportive environment. Our collective vision is to help tomorrow’s business talent succeed with all facilities, advice, support and experience on tap to provide the best possible start.”