I work from home. I’m fine with my own company but this year have decided to spend more time getting out and working from some of the best co-working spaces on offer.
There were some great suggestions from businesses in Devon, for the co-working spaces that they recommend, so I’ve tried a few. I’m looking for suggestions of where to go for the rest of the year so if you have any ideas, let me know!
The Propeller: Exmouth
My first trial of co-working was at the Propeller:Exmouth and my plan for the day was working on reviewing my website. Thanks to Jim and Jasper for their welcome to this lovely, warm and friendly place.
The Propeller is a social enterprise focussed on bringing together creatives to help them scale their businesses via collaboration and sharing of ideas. They have lots of events planned and also expansion to create a ‘quiet space’ and more meeting room spaces.
A must try if you are thinking of starting to work away from home, and really good prices to rent a desk. There is no parking on site, but I managed to park for free in a local side street and there are plenty of car parks nearby too.
The Nook: Cullompton
The Nook is located just off the Cullompton turning of the M5 on the Kingsmill Ind. Estate, and there is lots of on-road parking and a few spaces out front.
The Nook is a rustic and very warm and friendly space and I felt completely at home – although it was a really cold day and the fire was welcome!
Alongside co-working spaces, The Nook has office space that you can hire and some businesses have also taken up residence, so you can be assured of some great company.
They also have an onsite cafe (open to the public) serving homemade hot and cold food, run by Phillippa. Phillippa’s brownies are to die for – a must try if you are passing!
Devon Business and Education Centre
Located in beautiful East Devon, near Payhembury, Honiton, the Devon Business and Education Centre sits peacefully amongst trees and fields, overlooking a lily pond – you could not find a more relaxing place!
DBEC is a smart, modern and welcoming centre, run by Chris Lorimer of South West Growth Service. The centre provides facilities and meeting spaces for training and meetings, alongside tutoring (including maths and english support, foreign languages and SAT preparation) offered by Mary Lorimer Tutoring.
With a super kitchen where you can serve yourself, along with a disability-friendly bathroom with shower facilities, and a beautiful terrace to enjoy a break, this is most definitely a venue to visit.
Offices at No.1, Barnfield Crescent, Exeter
I really enjoyed my time at Offices at No.1. I had a very warm welcome from Stuart and was shown around this gorgeous building which has been sympathetically restored and has bags of character.
They have kitchens and bathrooms on each floor (with shower rooms too so there’s no reason not to cycle there!)
Whilst Offices at No 1 were offering co-working spaces, much of the office space is now occupied by businesses that have taken up residence, but do contact Stuart if you do fancy co-working there as they may have space.
There is no onsite parking but plenty of local car parks and of course a great bus service.
The Rabbit Hole, The Mount, Venaspace, Exeter
The last but not least (by far) co-working space I worked from was The Rabbit Hole.
Right in the centre of Exeter, across from the bus station development, The Rabbit Hole is the co-working centre of Venaspace, which has permanent office space to hire as well as permanent desks, and also this fabulous co-working space.
Super trendy, with a lovely kitchen area, bar (free beer Friday anyone?) and pool table as well as practical desks and meeting spaces, this is a really lovely space to work from. With low level music, and sounds of bird song, it feels like you’re in a scene from Alice in Wonderland! I think of all the spaces I’ve visited, this has to be my favourite.
To find out more contact Egle on 01392 401989.
Are there any other co-working spaces I’ve missed out on – let me know!