eOffice was delighted to host its fourth consecutive Coworking Conference in London this past 15th and 16th of June. The 2-day interactive event was organised across some of London’s most innovative coworking spaces. Attendees and speakers from around the world shared inspiring insights into the future of work, new trends in workplace technology, design, and Proptech. The event was split into five sessions and eight workplace tours over two days.
Day 1 started at FORA, a recently launched flexible workspace in Clerkenwell, where attendees were welcomed with a networking lunch followed by a tour and presentations from workplace and tech specialists including key figures from CBRE, Coworker, The Instant Group, VEGA Europe and Oktra.
The programme carried on with workplace visits, a startup pitch and networking sessions. The next stop was BE Offices Theadneedle in London’s City, a state of the art business centre set in a former bank that still preserves the original vault from the late 1880s. The building has been completely refurbished creating a contemporary and fresh office environment. Attendees were welcomed in with delicious canapés, drinks and pastries offered by the BE Offices team and their delightful Marketing Director, Andrew Issot.
The last workplace visit and session of the day was hosted at US&Co, a new coworking space in the City occupying the entire building with stunning views of London and the Thames River. The atmosphere was relaxed and joyful while we introduced five amazing new talents from the PropTech industry: Bold Tech Ventures, Wizme, Share Dining, Spacehaven and Yndica who pitched their innovative ideas showing us how the flexible workplace is creatively expanding into different sectors and the impact of technology on our working habits. The session ended with drinks and nibbles providing further opportunities to network.
The eOffice team wrapped up the day with a private event at Eight Member’s Club, where participants had the chance to relax, network some more, enjoy a delicious dinner, and exchange ideas and impressions of the topics covered and the spaces visited throughout the day.
Day 2 of this dynamic conference began at The Clubhouse Mayfair in Saint James’s Square. We were thrilled to witness a unique moment in Coworking history as CEOs and Founders of some of London’s and Europe’s top independent coworking spaces got together in the spirit of collaboration to exchange their views on today’s flexible workplace industry.
The programme started with a social networking breakfast, followed by vibrant presentations on “The Emergence of New Brands, Concepts and Operators in the Coworking Sector”, a tour of the inspiring workspace, and a session on “Coworking and The New Age of Property Companies Offering Flexibility to Occupiers”. Each session was followed by a lively panel discussion moderated by eOffice Founder, Pier Paolo Mucelli.
Speakers included The Clubhouse Co-Founder and CEO, Adam Blaskey; Work.Life Co-Founder David Kosky, Huckletree Founder and CEO, Gabriela Hersham; Headspace Group Managing Director, Jonny Rosenblatt; The Office Group Senior Community Manager, Alessa McNally; Avila Spaces CEO and eOffice Portuguese Ambassador, Carlos Gonçalves; FORA Co-Founder and Head of Experience, Katrina Larkin; United Spaces CEO and eOffice Swedish Ambassador, Göran Garberg; Interchange Operations Manager, Jack Martin and Mark Breen, Artesian Property Partnership Chairman and Us&Co Founder.
After the morning sessions at The Clubhouse Mayfair, we visited eOffice headquarters in Soho for a delicious healthy lunch, nutritionally designed to energise and maintain attendees engaged and prepared for the following workplace visits.
The afternoon continued with three stimulating tours starting a few blocks down in the heart of Fitzrovia at The Collective HQ, a beautiful refurbished Georgian townhouse converted into a creative and inspiring coworking space. The two final visits took place in Camden, London’s hip and iconic neighbourhood. The first space visited was Work.Life, a cosy coworking space with a welcoming and tight-knit community of freelancers, startups, and innovative businesses.
The final destination was Interchange, a beautiful workspace spread over three modern buildings and 84,000 sqft. in the heart of Camden Market. Following an inspirational workplace tour, attendees enjoyed a presentation on workplace wellbeing and Biophilic Design by Meristem Design’s Director, Habib Khan.
We look forward to attending next year’s conference and stay updated with new coworking trends and the latest on the flexible workplace industry!