The Best Coworking Spaces In Manchester

Manchester is one of the most exciting and vibrant cities in the UK, buzzing with energy, culture, amazing architecture, history and sports. It’s a fast-growing industrial city with a lot to offer visitors and residents alike, 365 days a year. 

If you’re an entrepreneur, SME owner or startup partner in Manchester then you might be looking for coworking spaces. Manchester is a real hotspot for networking and growing businesses, you can read about over 100 Manchester startups to watch here

Because it is such a business hub, there’s an incredible selection of gorgeous coworking spaces to choose from in the city. From warehouse conversions to listed buildings, nearly every industry is catered for.

Would you like some help finding out the best Manchester spaces to work in? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are the best coworking spaces in Manchester.

The Best Coworking Spaces In Manchester

The Sharp Project

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Where?

Thorp Road

What’s On Offer?

A hive of activity and facilities for digital companies based in a behemoth refurbished warehouse. All kinds of cool media creatives are here, all utilising the high spec desk spaces, studio spaces and more. 

Who Goes There?

Gaming entrepreneurs and companies, creative film makers, graphic designers and tech startups. 

Decor Style

Industrial, smart, simple. 

Costs

The Sharp Project offers red, blue and gold packages for office space which work in the following way with expenses:

Red – A single shipping container at £65 plus VAT every week, or a double version for £108 plus VAT per week

Blue – Serviced offices at £18.50 per square foot per year no including amenities 

Gold – Double level office space plus a central courtyard at £19.50 per square foot per year. This includes parking, air conditioning and heating. 

There are also production stages and studios, rooms for events and hire, an open plan meeting area called ‘The Campus’ and the opportunity to work with, and collaborate with current tenants. 

Perks?

Lots of support from the staff onsite, as well as many opportunities for networking and coworking with tenants. 

The Assembly

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Where?

Virginia House, Manchester City Centre

What’s On Offer?

Hot desking , offices, a free meeting room, event space, a warm community vibe and 24/7 access, all in an amazing central location. 

Who Goes There?

The crowd is diverse because of the amazing facilities and location. You’ll find everyone from SME owners to creative startups and young professionals here. 

Decor Style

Bright, simple and smart. 

Costs

Costs are easy to understand and most importantly, they are highly flexible, ideal if you’re on a budget. Here’s a breakdown of the costs at The Assembly:

  • Virtual offices – from £30 a month
  • Hot desking – from £10 a day
  • Your own dedicated desk – From £180 per month

Perks?

Loads, actually. You have 24/7 access so that the space can work around your schedule. All desks come with free WIFI and high speed internet. Tea and coffee in the shared kitchen is free, and there’s a drinks cabinet with individual charges if you want something a little different. As if that wasn’t enough, there are also free sweets and you’re allowed to take your dog into your workspace! 

OpenSpace

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Where?

Old Birley Street

What’s On Offer? 

Openspace works hard to provide affordable working spaces for anybody who needs them. The environment is very friendly and offers a warm community feel. 

Who Goes There?

Generally, small business owners, self employed workers based online, artists and other creatives are found here. 

Decor Style

Very simple and basic, but perfectly adequate. 

Costs

The company does not allow one-off hot desk use. Instead you have to agree to a contract stating how many days or part days you agree to use the space every month. This can be adjusted every month. 

The costs work on a member or non-member basis. 

Members get 24/7 access for £115.50 per month. Non members get the same for £161.70 per month, or there are different tiers and prices for different time blocks. 

Perks?

The company is incredibly ethical and socially responsible. They work hard to ensure this is a fairly run cooperative that benefits the local community. By working within the space, you know you are working as part of something bigger, something kind of great. 

Bruntwood: 111 Piccadilly 

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Where?

111 Piccadilly

What’s On Offer?

A sickeningly well designed space dedicated to making the city of Manchester thrive. You’ll find coworking spaces, as well as serviced offices, retail space, meeting rooms, virtual offices services and even science laboratory spaces. 

Who Goes There? 

Because the building sits right next to Piccadilly train station there’s a huge range of individuals and companies using Bruntwood. It’s a vibrant community of creatives, professionals, startups and everything in between. 

Decor Style

Cutting edge, outside in, ergonomic, Scandi-chic. 

Costs

There’s a vast array of products on offer here, and specific pricing can be provided on request. Coworking membership prices are a great offer though, at £95 for the month giving you up to 3 days a week access to the hot desking space. 

Perks?

An incredibly cool circadian lighting system, plus a sustainable photovoltaics lighting installation new for 2020. They may not sound like perks, but they will once you realise how cool it is to work within such a cutting edge building. 

Old Granada Studios

Where?

Quay Street

What’s On Offer?

A renovated setting complete with an epic history. You can cowork and mix with like-minded people, all whilst being in the heart of industry and a thriving part of Manchester’s economy. There are three floors of workspace in the main building, plus containers outside for smaller businesses. 

Who Goes There?

Everyone and anyone uses the space, but startups makeup a large portion of the community. 

Decor Style

Bright, new, slick. 

Costs

Prices available on request and start from £95 per month. 

Perks?

Free beer and pizza on Fridays. 

Accelerate Places

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Where?

Princess Street

What’s On Offer?

A bright and colourful converted mill with high ceilings, various meeting and working ‘zones’, desk spaces and a cute cafe. 

Who Goes There?

All manner of business person, but expect plenty of tech startups and creative businesses. 

Decor Style

Colourful, inviting, bright, open, airy. 

Costs

The costs are broken down into different sections which are:

  • Private office – starts at £325 per month and sits over 10 people – custom fit is available
  • Flexi-space – starts at £295 per month and enables you to create your own space with partition, lockers and desks

Perks?

There is always lots of help on hand, which feels very supportive. The design team are also useful if you want help with branding, team motivation and more. You also get discounts on a ton of services in Manchester including local hotels, entertainment, cocktail bars, dry cleaning, golf, gym and restaurants. 

Other Great Coworking Spaces In Manchester

Above are some of the best coworking spaces on offer in Manchester, and here even more to consider:

“The spirit of coworking allows you to find co-workers who are worth working with.” – Cynthia Chiam

Conclusion

There are some amazing coworking spaces in Manchester. You’ve everything from mill conversions, to coworking cooperatives to choose from, plus everything in between. With the right environment and work setting, you’ll be perfectly place to make your next business venture a success. 

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