Coworking spaces in Bristol have never been as in demand as they are today. While studies have found that working remotely at least some of the time boosts productivity, others have reported that working at home can have the opposite effect. Since remote work has experienced a rapid rise in recent months and is not expected to fall as sharply as it’s risen, professionals, entrepreneurs and freelancers alike are increasingly seeking out coworking spaces.
Part of this rise in remote working is undoubtedly attributable to the meteoric rise of self-employment and tech entrepreneurship, which has led to a sharp increase in demand for coworking spaces in Bristol in particular, with Bristol having been named the UK’s best city for young entrepreneurs outside of London. What such entrepreneurs will soon realise, if they haven’t already, is that not all Coworking spaces are created equal. This post lists what, in our opinion, are Bristol’s best coworking spaces for entrepreneurs and remote workers alike.
Origin Workspace – Ideal for Start-Ups
40 Berkeley Square, Bristol, Avon, BS8 1HP
Located right next to Bristol’s Clifton Triangle, Origin Workspace has everything one could want from a workspace, and much more. From roomy coworking and office spaces to comfortable lounges, from a roof terrace to regular networking events, in-house IT support and even a gym available to its members.
This workspace’s numerous points of appeal have not gone unnoticed either; they won the Insider South West Property Award’s prize for Commercial Workplace of the Year in 2019.
What makes Origin so well suited to Bristol-based start-ups and entrepreneurs, however, is their exceptional start-up support plan, which includes access to dedicated business advisors, experts, mentors and the wider community of Origin entrepreneurs, opportunities for additional education and training, as well as unlimited use of the workspace and other facilities for the whole team.
Origin Workspace’s lounge membership is priced at £90 per month, while their hot desk and dedicated desk memberships cost £195 and £368 per month, respectively. Meeting rooms are priced from £30 per hour.
Their ‘Origin Start-Up’ membership, inclusive of all benefits mentioned above and more, has a commitment fee of £2000 per business (paid quarterly) to participate in the 12-month plan, subject to a successful application. They also offer a bursary for start-ups without the financial means to meet this fee.
Pollen Place – Perfect for Photographers and Filmmakers
15-17 Backfields Lane, Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS2 8QW
Located in Stokes Croft, the artistic hub of Bristol, Pollen Place is a bright and easy-going coworking space for entrepreneurs, freelancers, creatives and remote workers alike. Its well-lit and plant-rich spaces inspire an air of calm in even the most hectic of workdays.
Though their coworking spaces, meeting and event rooms come with access to their superfast 200Mbps fibre-optic WIFI, printing facilities, a locked bike shed as well as free coffee, tea and fruit (plus on Fridays, free beer!) and even regular yoga sessions, the benefits to this particular workspace don’t come close to ending there.
Users of this workspace also receive highly discounted access to their professional 400 square-foot film and photography studio, perfect for interviews, green screen filming or any form of photography your business requires. You can hire their professional green screen and lighting facilities for just £10 per day, as well as camera equipment and operators.
Fixed private desks are priced at £195 per month, inclusive of 24/7 access and a free hour in one of their meeting rooms.
Meeting rooms are priced from £20 per hour/ £150 per day on weekdays and from £30 per hour/ £250 per day on weekends.
The private photo studio, complete with white or green screen backdrops, a pair of softboxes and a professional Manfrotto tripod is available for £20 per hour or £150 per day, with users of the workspace receiving a further discount.
Redbrick House – Ideal for Freelancers and Creatives
York Court, 6, Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH
Also located in the vibrant and lively Stokes Croft, just 0.1 miles from Pollen Place, is Redbrick House, a not-for-profit co-working space that provides an ideal workspace for freelancers and entrepreneurs to reach peak productivity. They host regular social and networking events for members, provide free coffee, tea and fruit, as well as access to their fibre-optic broadband, secure bike racks and even shower facilities.
What makes Redbrick House particularly suitable for freelancers is the option to book desks for 60 hours to be used flexibly, as opposed to weekly or monthly plans, perfect for freelancers whose work may be less constant than it is for others.
Creatives will feel similarly at home in Redbrick house’s variety of available shared spaces and studios, including open plan studio floors, as well as single and twin cubicle studios, complete with free printing facilities and a generously sized painting sink.
That said, entrepreneurs and staff of small businesses would feel similarly at home at Redbrick House as they do offer monthly memberships with hotdesking and fixed desk options. Also available are their three spacious and colourful meeting rooms, themed after the likes of David Bowie and the late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid DBE.
Prices for shared office space range from £100 for 60 hours to £140 per month, or £180 per month for a fixed desk, while studio spaces range from £150 to £330 per month, depending on space required.
Meeting rooms start at only £10 per hour or £50 per day, with the larger spaces with capacities of up to 25 people costing £25 per hour or £125 per day.
108c Stokes Croft, Bristol, BS1 3RU
Yet another fantastic coworking space in Stokes Croft, located with close access to both Montpelier and St. Paul’s, is Mild Bunch. While some hot-desk coworking spaces are more like work hostels, Mild Bunch describe themselves as a house-share for work, where like minded people come for both the workspace and the community that uses it.
Mild Bunch offers a large, bright workspace with custom-designed desks, a lounge with sofas and armchairs, a kitchen, secure bike storage and even a shaded outside working space to use on warmer days. Membership comes with access to all facilities, discounts at local restaurants, cafes and pubs, as well as 24/7 access and your own key.
Membership costs £225 per month on a rolling contract, with one month’s required notice for membership cancellations.
Framework – The Spot for Nature Lovers
35 King Street, Framework, Bristol BS1 4DZ
Built within a converted warehouse in the centre of Bristol, Framework feels a bit like a mix between a coworking space and the Eden project.
Its laid back atmosphere is palpable from the moment you walk in, though the atmosphere and pleasant work environment aren’t all that’s on offer at Framework. They offer super-fast fibre-optic broadband, public meeting rooms for up to 8 people, collaboration spaces for up to 16 people and event spaces seating up to 60 people.
Members can also enjoy free and unlimited access to member meeting rooms, phone booths, kitchen and shower facilities, free coffee and even a library on the 3rd floor.
Pay as you go deals are priced at £4 per hour, while the Coworking membership, which includes unlimited bookings of shared coworking spaces, is priced at £200 per month. Dedicated memberships, which allow for unlimited, 24/7 access to the building and its facilities are available at prices ranging from £250 per month for a booth workspace to £300 per month for a larger desk or team pod.
133 Cumberland Road, Bristol, BS1 6UX
Situated close to the waterfront on Bristol’s Spike Island, just a 15-minute walk from the city centre, is Tea Beat Studio, a small, bright coworking studio with an abundance of incredible features, including an onsite restaurant with plenty of vegetarian and vegan options, as well as a café, darts board and even its own art gallery.
Tea Beat Studio offers both seated and standing desks, kitchen and shower facilities and is also wheelchair accessible. While public transport links are only a 5-minute walk away, the picturesque and unique location of Spike Island is more than enough to justify walking that little bit further.
Prices for memberships that include 24-hour access start at £190 per month for a dedicated desk and £686 for private offices accommodating up to 5 team members.
Coworking spaces are on the rise and show no sign of slowing down any time soon. If you’ve made it this far on this page, chances are you’ve already decided to make use of one of the many great coworking spaces in Bristol. If this is the case, the options listed above are ones with which you really can’t go wrong.