One of the UK’s largest startup workspace providers has opened its second Bristol hub in 18 months.
Natasha Guerra, Runway East’s CEO, said: “London is still a great place for startups, but with the Bristol’s index of unicorns-to-startups now outstripping the capital, it really has huge momentum behind it.
“Since opening our first 600-person space, it quickly filled up with some of the best startups in the city.
“Bristol’s combination of young, ambitious entrepreneurs and its highly-skilled workforce – not to mention what’s on offer in terms of lifestyle – meant we couldn’t pass up the opportunity to open our second space so soon after the first.
“Our mission is to bring together entrepreneurs, innovators, dreamers and doers from all corners of the city to build the best space for startups.”
Runway East’s Temple Meads site – roughly a five-minute walk to its Victoria Street workspace and 500 metres from the station – will open on December 2, accommodating companies from one to 55 people.
It offers desks in open plan areas at £350 plus VAT, with private offices starting at the same price.
Runway East launched its first Bristol site in July 2018, attracting a cluster of rapidly growing companies, including Deliveroo and gift-sharing platform Huggg, named by Forbes as a startup to watch in 2019.
He said: “The most important thing for us was being part of a thriving startup community, where you’re working in close proximity with some really inspiring entrepreneurs.
“Beyond that, you can’t beat the location and the staff really look after our team. Plus, of course, we have cake, beer and table tennis, and lots of fun and surprising initiatives to boost members’ wellbeing.”
The Temple Meads co-working space will participate in Runway East’s new partnership with BorrowMyDoggy, announced in October, which gives members an ‘on-demand’ dog-lending service in the office.
The ‘Dogs on Demand’ service was inspired by research which shows having dogs in the office can boost improve mental health and productivity.
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