Growing businesses need workspace that allows them to grow; a supportive environment that offers not just an office space, but a network of potential collaborators and clients.

SMEs are the lifeblood of the UK’s economic ecosystem, and this year looks set to be a record one for startups in the capital. But in order to survive, and indeed evolve, new businesses need vision, determination and cash flow. They also need a space in which to grow, a supportive environment that offers not just an office space, but a network of potential collaborators and clients.

London is the global leader for coworking and flexible workspace, and Office Freedom is lucky enough to work with some of the best operators in the industry. Here they share some of their top picks.

Cocoon Networks London, EC2

Cocoon Networks, based in the City Fringe, is Europe’s first Chinese capital-backed international startup ecosystem. They’re serious about business growth, and leverage a full suite of support spanning venture capital investment, business accelerators and IP management.

This workspace hub is dedicated to supporting ambitious entrepreneurs and startups by providing them with a nurturing environment and access to a schedule of in-house networking events.

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Mindspace, Whitechapel EC1

This global workspace operator opened their first UK location last year and have been facilitating business growth ever since. Their unique private offices and art-filled communal areas can’t help but inspire, and regular events enable occupiers to socialise with like-minded people.

When you sign up for a desk here you become part of a cosmopolitan community and can work from London, Berlin, Tel Aviv, Warsaw and many other branches worldwide.

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Work.Life, London Fields E8

E8 is one of London’s most creative postcodes, so WeWork’s presence there makes perfect sense. The bright, spacious building oozes community spirit, and flexible contracts enable tenants to switch and change offices as their business grows. The property contains a mix of private and coworking space, so it’s great for freelancers and project teams too.

Community managers are on hand to help with the logistics of your day, to welcome guests and keeping everyone caffeinated!

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Central Working, Paddington W2

These guys understand that nowadays, businesses expect more than just a desk from their workspace. Located in the heart of Paddington, this workspace features a gorgeous 50 person auditorium and several meeting rooms, as well as an in-house cafe - Store Street Espresso (one of the capital’s best independent coffee shops).

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Spaces, Oxford Circus W1

Oxford Circus is at the heart of London’s lively West End, an area that perfectly blends creativity and entrepreneurship into great success. The property offers everything your business needs to succeed and grow.

Meeting rooms enable you to discuss your next brilliant business venture with colleagues, freshly brewed barista-made coffee gives you the kick start you need in the morning and super-fast WiFi keeps you running throughout the day.

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One to watch:

FORA, Soho W1 - opening March 2019

We love this workspace operator, not least of all because they are pioneers of the proworking concept. This workspace in the heart of Soho is just around the corner of Carnaby Street and promises to be a hit with growing businesses in London.

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Office Freedom, sponsors the GWG Awards Business Category, matches SMEs with incredible flexible workspaces across the globe. If you’re looking for a workspace or you’d like more information on any of the above properties, call 0800 524 4118.

September 2018