Enterprise City offers businesses a free opportunity to kickstart the return to the physical workplace

Enterprise City and its ABC CoLAB workspace are offering free city centre meeting space as businesses return to a new normal.

Enterprise City has launched a new initiative in its CoLAB space, offering businesses the opportunity to kickstart their return to work for free.

The new workspace located in the ABC buildings, part of the Enterprise City tech, digital and media cluster, is offering a location for a business’ first meeting for free, as Britons’ resume physical meetings and collaboration.

Based on a six degrees of separation philosophy, the space is available for businesses to use for free, up until 31 March 2021, on the condition that each business refers another one entirely for free, creating a chain reaction. Through this concept, Enterprise City is reconnecting the wider Manchester and north west business community whilst it is still fragmented.

ABC CoLAB is designed specifically for a new world of work offers a dynamic and flexible work solution with spacious desks, distanced seating, meeting areas and safe social spaces.

CoLAB is an ideal setting for businesses which need a safe space for their teams to meet, train, workshop or reconnect. The workplace has seven meeting spaces, including a presentation space and screen, lounge, board table, meeting pods and casual workspace, as well as its own kitchen.

Michael Ingall, founder of Enterprise City, said: “It’s time to create a new working culture, and for businesses and their employees to experience a new way of working – we believe CoLAB is the solution. We know many have not returned to the office full time, and CoLAB is the flexible intermediate option that businesses need, as we return to a new normal. It offers the ultimate flexibility through multiple workspace and meeting configurations, and takes the headache out of organising a venue that is suitable for everyone and every circumstance. At Enterprise City, we champion inter-firm collaboration, but working from home for almost a year has led to a breakdown in this between Manchester businesses. We are excited to recreate that sense of community between the city’s firms and kickstart the economy.”

Tanya Grady, head of partnerships at Enterprise City, said: “There has been a real appetite for this type of space from the region’s tech, digital and creative community, so we have listened and are happy to help facilitate the safe meeting of groups and organisations, so they can add a spark to their collaborative work. While many will still work remotely for the time being, giving businesses a central and accessible space that they can use for a conference, meeting, presentation, brainstorm or culture setting day is vital to many businesses thriving.”

Members’ safety is also top priority at CoLAB, with a number of sanitising stations situated throughout the building, regular deep cleans, digital track and trace measures in place and a dedicated entrance via St. John’s Garden with socially-distanced routes.

All Work & Social is the hospitality partner to the concept workspace, and helps deliver the safe experience for businesses that want to resume face-to-face meetings, providing top class hospitality, catering and refreshments.

To redeem the free usage, email info@allworkandsocial.com. Businesses which need the space for more than one day can book a day or half day, week, or month-long package and the first day will be free of charge. ABC CoLAB is available via the following packages for a longer-term use:

• CoLAB Ideas: book for the day or half day,
• CoLAB Skills: book for the week,
• CoLAB Enterprise: book for the month.

For more information on ABC CoLAB, and to find out how entrepreneurs and businesses can become members, visit: www.enterprisecityuk.com.

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