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Top 5 Coworking Spaces in Birmingham

Known as the ‘first manufacturing town in the world’ and the homeland of chocolate (it is thought that the novel ‘Charlie and the Chocolate Factory’ was inspired by Roald Dahl’s experience of Cadbury’s), Birmingham is the best place to start a business outside of London. Earlier this year, Birmingham was crowned one of the best “entrepreneurial hotspots” of the West Midlands by the thinktank Centre for Entrepreneurs. It’s not just the sweet tooth that Birmingham is famous for; the city is also known for having a low cost of living, which translates to affordable coworking spaces for freelancers and new businesses.

Keen to join the entrepreneurial hotspot that is Birmingham and work alongside like-minded professionals? Here’s our selection of private offices,  modern conference rooms, art-filled lounges, and all-inclusive amenities like free-flowing coffee and stocked kitchens that keep your team comfortable and engaged.

Custard Factory

Custard Factory coworking spaces uk

Custard Factory: Gibb Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B9 4AA

Capacity & Design: Custard Factory was built by Alfie Bird to produce Bird’s Custard in 1906. Today it retains its industrious edge with original Crittall windows, exposed steels, and high ceilings and it’s comprised of 6 rentable spaces.

Price: From £275 per month for a two-person office. 

What are the perks of Custard Factory? Set in 15 acres of beautifully restored Victorian Factories, just five minutes’ walk from the Bullring, it is the heart of Birmingham’s buzzing creative and digital district. Custard Factory is also the home of many innovative start-ups like ASOS and the Prince’s Trust.

Highlights 

  • 5 – 160 staff
  • Bespoke specification to suit your needs
  • Creative and light workspaces
  • Flexible lease structures
  • Access to a growing digital community

Somerset House

Somerset House coworking spaces

Somerset House: 37 Temple Street, Birmingham B2 5DP

Capacity & Design: The newly refurbished property extends to 36,294 Sq ft (3,372 Sqm) over ground plus six upper floors. The office suites have a contemporary urban feel incorporating exposed and original steel l-beams, galvanised trunking, and parquet flooring. 

Price: The mystery shall be revealed on application 

What are the perks of Somerset House? Somerset House is perfectly located in the heart of Birmingham’s central business district, just a few minutes walk to both New Street and Snow Hill train stations and a wide range of retail and leisure amenities.

Highlights 

  • Workspace for 1 -200 desks
  • 10 Gbps internet connectivity – ultra-fast speeds in EVERY office
  • Expansive garden roof terrace and generous breakout spaces throughout
  • Stocked kitchens featuring high-quality bean-to-cup coffee machines
  • Large gym exclusively for clients
  • Height adjustable (sit/stand) desks at every workstation
  • Free telephone calls package
  • GolfZon indoor golf simulator – play the best courses in the world without leaving your office

Melting Pot

Melting Pot coworking birmingham

Melting Pot: Smithfield Garage, Meriden St, Birmingham B5 5LS

Capacity & Design: Designed by the man behind the original Odeon Cinemas, Harry Weedon, with a grand Art Deco style entrance The Smithfield Garage is a Grade 2 listed building. It’s also a site of archaeological interest, with medieval workings having been discovered beneath. During the renovation, care was taken to highlight its many beautiful features, industrial and art deco alike, which are blended with exciting bespoke decor furniture. A place where creative businesses will feel right at home!

Price: Single desk from £150 p/m; Hot desk from £10 p/d; Workshop & Studio from £250 p/m; Meeting room from £150 p/d

What are the perks of Melting Pot? Melting Pot was founded by a collection of young creatives that also operate their businesses within. This plays a key part in understanding what co-workers want and need, including CCTV monitoring and lockable storage, high-speed internet, and a kitchen area.

Highlights 

  • The Lounge: Casual workspace featuring islands of desks and breakout spaces, perfect for individuals or smaller businesses.
  • The Loft: Similar to The Lounge but set over a much larger, open-plan space with conferences and meeting rooms.
  • The Lab: Bright workshop and studio space with high-speed internet and a roller shutter entrance ideal for larger-scale projects.
  • The Void: Similar to The Lab, but offering much more room for collaboration and innovation between SMEs.

Alpha Works

Alpha Works birmingham london

Alpha Works: Alpha Tower, Suffolk Street Queensway, Birmingham B1 1TT

Capacity & Design: Situated on the 21st and 22nd floors in Birmingham’s iconic Alpha building, Alpha Works is set across two floors of contemporary styled office space with unrivalled views of the city. The space has been designed by the award-winning architecture practice Orms who are known for creating architecture that elevates the human experience through insight, collaboration, and design integrity.

Price: £10 per day for hotdesking (great for hybrid working); £300 per month for your own desk; £375 per month for your own private office

What are the perks of Alpha Works? Alpha Works’ independent coffee shop, run by Sixteen Kitchen, is one of the top-rated in the area, and there’s even a fully equipped kitchen with free tea and coffee. As well as 24/7 access, you can also benefit from the centre’s superfast broadband, shower and changing facilities, and secure cycle storage.

Highlights 

  • High-speed internet connection
  • Double height reception and Community hub with the best views in the City
  • Coffee bar
  • 3 fully kitted out kitchens with breakout benching and plush soft seating
  • 3 meeting rooms with integrated AV
  • 4 phone booths
  • 2 quiet rooms
  • Free tea, coffee, filtered drinking water, and fruit
  • Photocopier/printer facilities
  • Flexible event space

Assay Studios

Assay Studios coworking space uk

Assay Studios: 141 Newhall St, Birmingham B3 1SF

Capacity & Design: The original building was one of the four assay offices established in the UK for the assaying, testing, and hallmarking of precious metals, Assay Studios is a testament to original good design, allowing the conversion of a Grade II historical building into contemporary, adaptable spaces for start-up and established businesses. Its units can accommodate nearly 30-60 workers. 

Price: From £180 per person per month

What are the perks of Assay Studios? The Assay Studios is a collection of flexible workspaces within the Grade II listed former Assay Office, located in Birmingham’s historic Jewellery Quarter. This office space is also located just 10-minutes away from New Street. Buses also pass through the area frequently. There are a host of nearby cafes bars and restaurants, as well as easy access to the centre of Birmingham. The Queen’s Arms is located opposite the restaurant and is the ideal spot to head for a pint with colleagues after work.

Highlights 

  • 24 Hour Access
  • Break-out areas
  • Bike storage
  • Showers
  • High speed Wi-Fi
  • Disabled access to certain units
  • Post room

You can read our article Top Coworking Spaces in Oxford in 2021.

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