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Co-working: The new office concept sweeping Belfast

Over the last few months, Belfast has been experiencing a healthy demand for co-working space.

The concept, now well-established in London and New York sees a vacant spaces transformed into a fully-functional office space for start-ups, freelancers, creatives, entrepreneurs and more to enjoy.

Belfast boasts a handful of co-working spaces including The Foundry, Glandore and Ormeau Baths but we caught up with the city’s newest addition, LoftSpace, to find out more about how the concept works and whether it’s here to stay.

Founder of LoftSpace, Max Humphreys said: “We’ve been open just a month now and every week, we’re welcoming more members from copywriters to bloggers to tech start-ups to translators.

"We even have financial and legal advisors using the space. There is a growing demand for flexible workspaces in Northern Ireland and what we have created here at LoftSpace has responded to the lifestyles of self-employed and start-ups.

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Having spent the afternoon checking out the space, here’s what we learned:

Flexible membership

First things first, members can choose from various, flexible membership options granting access to the 2,500 sq foot space.

Enjoy all of the benefits of a traditional office….but with added extras

From superfast broadband to meeting rooms to printing to the all-important tea and coffee station.

Expand your network

From freelance marketing specialists to copywriters to creatives to tax advisors – there are no rules on who can and can’t access the space.

Get out of the house

Whilst sitting at home, working from in-front of the television doesn’t sound like the worst place in the world – but imagine doing that five days in a row?

After work entertainment

Being right in the city centre, you have Belfast’s best cocktail bars on your doorstep but LoftSpace members need not even worry about the Friday evening crowds as Friday afternoon beers are an added benefit of membership.

For more information visit www.loft-space.co.uk.

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