About Forward

We create workspaces for ambitious start-ups, visionary entrepreneurs and successful small businesses

We pioneered coworking in the South West

For over 13 years we have been at the forefront of change in how and where we work. We create inspirational, design-led workspaces in regional towns and cities in the South West. We specialise in providing workspace as a service for ambitious start-ups, visionary entrepreneurs and successful small businesses. We own workspaces across the SW and have consciously chosen not just to focus on cities. Many towns have lifestyle and infrastructure considerations that make them great places to work from. We firmly believe that coworking forms an important part of the economic model for 21st century town and city centres, as we shift to agile working and value added, connected business.

We design each of our buildings from scratch to respond to its location and market

No two of them are the same. We don’t have a singular brand identity that we stamp all over them, preferring instead to make each of them unique. This is harder than the alternative, but sets us apart, and treats our members as individuals, not numbers. We believe our buildings should be about your brand, not ours.

All our workspaces share a common DNA

We insist on them being in central locations – so you can walk, cycle or get public transport to them. We invest heavily in them, so they look fantastic and have all the resources you need to excel. We design them to include shared coworking areas, dedicated desks and private offices. And to make sure you don’t spend all your time at your desk, we wrap them around a hub consisting of cafe, lounge, gardens, event spaces and meeting rooms.

We believe you should have fun at work

So, we throw in great coffee, a good dose of table-top football, table tennis, beer trolley, pop-up pizza, book club, running club, rounders in the park and loads of social events. Because humans are social animals and to be productive, you also need time out.

Our Mission & Values

Our mission is to engage, energise and empower forward-thinking businesses

We want to inspire people to do their own thing and forge their own path.

We want to
empower them with the resources they need, and

We want to
connect them to the change-makers, thought-leaders and dare-devil doers like themselves.

No wo/man is an island & no business is either

Our members are successful because they are part of something bigger than themselves. Our workspaces are more than just a place to go to work. We create inclusive, collaborative communities that are vibrant, nurturing and supportive.

We have always been different. Not afraid to go first; challenge the status quo; or stand behind what we believe. We are truly driven by what we do.

Our vision is to be the most inspiring, aspirational and inclusive UK workspace provider.

We are, unapologetically, a little bit Forward.

Our Team

Gavin Eddy – Founder and CEO

Gavin scouts out new locations, negotiates deals and project manages new building launches. He’s rubbish at everything else.

Rachel Hall – Head of Operations

Rachel drops in on all the Forward Space sites keeping us all connected and on the same page.

Ange Saxbee – Head of Finance & Administration

Ange makes the numbers stack up and ensures the wheels keep turning. She pays the bills, files the reports and tells us off for not filing expenses.

James Borley – Head of Brand

James makes sure we look and sound right. He leads on our marketing and communications and helps develop the identities of each building.


Boxworks felt like the natural choice when we recently reevaluated our working arrangements – seeking a more flexible and agile set-up. The central location is perfect for both staff living in Bristol and those commuting in, and there’s a great sense of community and palpable ‘buzz’ from being in the city centre. Gavin and his team have been incredibly helpful and proactive in assisting with our move, and we’re looking forward to settling in and making it our home

N Tomlinson – Tonic Architecture

Forward Space has been a vital part in the growth of our business over the past 3 years. Both from the support they offer to members, the social, business, and wellbeing events that they host provide a network and community of people who love going to work each day. Our collaborative work experience earlier this year widens this goodwill even further than just the TOCS offices.

Ian Fooks – Curious Ways

The coworking floor is a bright, airy space that’s flooded with natural light. The desks are plenty big enough and lockers provide a handy overflow.

Being so close to the city centre, and with lots of local amenities close by, there is always a buzz about the building.

Merlin – Hamilton House

The best place to work in Bristol. Beautiful building, awesome plants, speciality coffee, fruit and beer trolley! Great community of like minded growing businesses and talented freelancers. Plus awesome supportive and relaxed hosts!!

C Arnold – Framework Member