Case studies

Here are some workhub case studies taken from our 2010 national report WORKHUBS - smart workspace for a low carbon economy.


Digital Peninsula Network Penzance

Digital Peninsula Network was founded in 1999 to support IT and creative businesses in west Cornwall and campaign for broadband. It has well over 200 member businesses, many of who use it for training and collaboration

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Electric Works, Sheffield

The Electric Works offers a mix of serviced offices and club facilities for home-based businesses at Sheffield’s city centre ‘digital campus’

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Forward Space ‘The Old Church School’, Frome

The Old Church School is the first of three workhubs set up under the Forward Space banner. It opened in 2007 and today offers a mix of studio space for small businesses and, on the ground floor, shared work- space and meeting rooms

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Funkbunk, Wing, Bedfordshire

Funkbunk occupies a shed with a richly varied history – home to the Women’s Auxiliary Air Force during World War One, followed by dairy cows, then furniture. It has now been reincarnated as a workhub

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The Hub, Bristol

The Hub at Bristol is a co-working space above the Arnolfini Arts Centre, with views across the city centre waterfront. It is used by a wide range of creative and environmental businesses and freelancers

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The Hub, Islington

The Hub in Islington was the first of the now global network, opened five years ago. It offers incubation space for start-ups and freelancers just a stones throw from one of London’s most popular high streets

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Leeds Round Foundry

The Round Foundry Media Centre offers city centre workhub facilities and offices to media, IT and technology businesses

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The Werks, Hove

The Werks in Hove is lead workhub in a group of four on or near the Sussex coast. It has a high street presence with 60 or so of its 370 members regularly using its three floors of flexible space

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Woodend Creative Workspace, Scarborough

Woodend, once the home of the Sitwell family, has been transformed from a declining museum into a vibrant workhub at the centre of Scarborough’s new creative business cluster

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York Hub

In the centre of York, is the city’s first workhub. A variety of freelance users co-work there, invited by the owner who wanted to share his commercial premises with a wider range of businesses

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