Creative and Innovative Workhubs
Designed for Small Businesses

About Us

It’s work but not as you know it.

Forward Space embarked on a mission in 2007 to revolutionise the way we work. We pioneered co-working and shared workspace in regional towns. Spaces for people who want to work for themselves, just not by themselves.

We own amazing workhubs for smart-thinking entrepreneurs, ambitious start-ups and successful small businesses. And although we don’t like to shout about it we are recognised as one of the best workhub operators in the UK.

We understand that people like to be around people like themselves. So we create workhubs that have inclusive, collaborative communities of like-minded people doing exciting things. We work really hard to bring together the right mix of people, energy and facilities to create an environment in which you are successful and have fun.

Because we believe your workspace should be much more than just a place you go to work.

We do things differently.

We insist on our workhubs being in the town centre – so you can walk or cycle or get the bus to them (and drop the kids off at school, nip to the shops, get your hair cut…you get our drift). We also only buy interesting buildings. So if it looks like a shed on a faceless edge-of-town business park it won’t be one of ours! It’s just not our thing.

We provide different types of workspace to suit your needs, from open plan co-working, to permanent desks, work pods and studio offices. But to make sure you don’t spend all your time at your desk we wrap them around a hub consisting of cafe, lounge, garden, shared resources, event space, meeting rooms and project spaces.

We believe you should have fun at work. So we throw in a good dose of table-top football, deck chairs, hammocks, table tennis, beers and pizza on a Friday, running club, rounders in the park and loads of social events.

Because to be productive, you sometimes need time out.

Our Workhubs

Where we’re at.

We have chosen only to operate outside the big cities. Not because we have anything against cities but because we believe that there should be an alternative to locating your business in one.

Lots of regional towns have vibrant entrepreneurial communities and we’ve proved that many more small businesses will locate in regional towns if inspiring workspaces exist.

If you’d like to know more about what we do or would like to talk to us about coming to your town, get in touch or come and visit one of our workhubs. You are welcome anytime.

The Old Church School

Frome, Somerset

Building Type

Town centre, Grade II listed former school and boxing club.

Workspace

14,000ft2 self-contained studios and open plan flexible workspace set around a landscaped courtyard with parking.

Facilities
  • Café
  • Event space
  • meeting rooms
  • Skype booths
  • video-conferencing
  • resource library
  • showers
  • 100Mbps superfast fibre
  • VoIP phones
  • IT support
  • co-working
  • permanent desks
  • workpods
  • self- contained studios

The Old Church School

Butts Hill
Frome
Somerset
BA11 1HR

T 01373 888108
F 01373 888107
theoldchurchschool.co.uk

Collar Factory

Taunton, Somerset

Building Type

Landmark town centre, Victorian Grade II listed former shirt and collar factory in a unique setting next to the cricket ground.

Workspace

17,000ft2 self-contained studios and open plan flexible workspace with huge windows and an urban warehouse vibe.

Facilities
  • Cafe
  • exhibition/event space
  • meeting rooms
  • roof terrace
  • 100Mbps superfast fibre
  • resource library
  • showers
  • digital editing suite
  • VoIP phones
  • IT support
  • co-working
  • permanent desks
  • workpods
  • self-contained studios

Collar Factory

112 St Augustine Street
Taunton
Somerset
TA1 1QN

T 0845 838 0805
F 01373 888107
collarfactory.co.uk

Coming Soon

Box Works

Bath, Somerset

We will shortly be announcing the details of our latest workhub.
Please contact us for more information.

Consultancy

We know that you’d like to know what we know.

Are you interested in setting up your own shared workspace? We’re flattered to be recognised as one of the best workhub operators in the country and have provided advice and mentoring to lots of organisations who’ve gone on to set up their own successful spaces.

We offer a range of consultancy packages to assist in the process of setting up a workhub or making an existing space more successful. We will help you get the right mix of ingredients to make your workhub vibrant and sustainable.

We set up our first workhub in 2007 and we know what makes a collaborative space tick. We will give you nuts and bolts advice on flexible layouts; furniture design and other space must-haves; pricing structures and tariffs; and most important of all (and most difficult) how to create a strong, dynamic and collaborative community. We share openly with you everything we’ve learnt and a few mistakes we’ve made!

Unless you’re Google you’re probably opening your workhub on a budget, so we will make sure you spend your resources on the right things and help you avoid making costly mistakes. When you consider that the average co-working space only survives for 2 years and that over 80% are not economically sustainable, then you can see getting it right is not easy!

We have worked with public and private sector organisations including: the University of Bath, Bath Co-working, Bath & NE Somerset Council, Mendip District Council, South Somerset District Council, Taunton Dean Borough Council, Stroud District Council, Somerset County Council, Devon County Council, Cornwall County Council, Wiltshire Council Enterprise Network, Galliford Try, Renaissance Land, South Devon Rural Housing Association, Nash Partnership, Llandovery Workhub, and the Work Hubs Network.

Our rates start at £250+VAT. Please contact us for more details.

Ask Us

Give us a shout.

Want to get in touch? You can give us a call, drop us a line or even pop round for a chat. The kettle’s on and we love a good chin-wag.