Co-working company Areaworks opened a new site in East London with a rooftop launch event.

The creative hub in Hoxton offers 28 full-time working desks and 56 flexible desks and began life with a party featuring 100 locals, a BBQ and DJ sets on the rooftop terrace which has ‘Insta-worthy’ views across London.

Located by Regents Canal, it joins tech giants such as Google, Amazon and McKinsey who have already invested heavily into the Shoreditch and Hoxton area.

Areaworks Hoxton intends to build a supportive environment for SMEs, entrepreneurs, creatives and freelancers, with areas which can be transformed for workshops, lectures, brainstorms and breakouts.

John Barron was the first tenant to sign up to Areaworks Hoxton on the night following a tour of the ground floor space which led to a flurry of flexible and permanent desk bookings.

The director and founder of Fresh Brands, a digital marketing and branding agency, said: “It’s a great location, and means that I no longer have to work from the kitchen table at home.

“I am looking forward to the sense of community, and having a place where I can build lasting relationships. It’s great to work somewhere that I will see familiar faces.”

READ MORE: WHAT ARE THE CO-WORKING OPTIONS FOR START-UPS?

Areaworks Areaworks Areaworks Areaworks

Creative business coach Suzanne Willems said: “The feeling of family and the support network here at Areaworks will allow entrepreneurs like me to turn their passions into a business.

“Members can share social moments and downtime on the terrace, as well as impartial advice on how to thrive in business.”

Isabelle Gomis, business analyst at French holiday cruise company Brittany Ferries, said: “My job is split between the UK and France, so having a permanent base in East London where I can get out of the house and work with peers is great.

“I love the style and values of the Areaworks team, and the sense of camaraderie among the members.”

Areaworks founder and director Panny Lawrence said: “We’re thrilled to be open in Hoxton. Our aim is to help grow the next wave of businesses with an open and supportive environment and a collaborative approach.

“Our personal and welcoming touch, where everyone is treated equally and involved in the conversation will challenge the idea of traditional businesses and places of work.

“We have had lots of interest from local businesses and freelancers already, with workers in digital marketing, communications and travel having already agreed to join the Areaworks Hoxton family.

“The straight taking and supportive community proves that these benefits can be enjoyed by companies of any size, and that you should go for it too!

“I’m looking forward to seeing some successful businesses and personalities thrive at Areaworks and use the space as a springboard to challenge out-dated business practices and values and disrupt their respective industries.”

Interactive digital magazine below

E-edition cover