Our story

Central Working, in our own words.

Central Working was started to address challenges that James Layfield, founder, believes all new business owners are affected by. The first was the space. Why sign leases for three, four, or even five years when you have no way of knowing how big or small your business will be in that time? Wouldn’t you prefer a space with soul, and a place you can envisage yourself going to work everyday? Somewhere you’ll be more likely to connect with the talent that you want to attract.

The second was support. It’s really difficult to be an entrepreneur, running your own business. There will be difficult times or issues that you might not feel you can speak to your team about, these problems then get bottled up and cause you unnecessary stress.

"Central Working offers incredible flexibility with no leases to worry about. We also give you a genuine support network."

That’s why Central Working offers incredible flexibility with no leases to worry about. We also give you a genuine support network; other people like you, running businesses, having problems, helping each other by sharing their experience and knowledge.

Lots of people talk about ‘community’ and ‘networking’, but they just mean something random that relies on serendipity. At Central Working when we talk about reinvigorating community, we mean something much more reliable than that.

"When you walk into a Central Working location, you can feel that these people care about you."

You spend most of your time in your office, so we’ve created a workplace that gives you a real and supportive community. It isn’t random, and is made up of people that really want to look after you and care for you, making you want to come into work each day. When you walk into a Central Working location, you can feel that these people care about you - not just our team, but the membership as a whole - it’s a real community, for you.

"Our team don’t have computers to sit behind; they will have a conversation with you."

It’s pretty common to see someone walking around with their nose buried in their phone, and to us, that isn’t how business is done. The magic happens when you’re sat across a table, looking another person in the eye, talking to them with enthusiasm; that’s why our second value is about cherishing human connection. Email, Facebook, even instant messenger doesn’t offer that; that’s why we put you in the room with the right people. Our team don’t have computers to sit behind; they will have a conversation with you, know your name and about your company, they care about you and what you do.

"The word love isn’t used a huge amount in business, but we think it’s important."

The way that those human connections help you is our third value: creating magical moments, with love, care and attention. The word love isn’t used a huge amount in business, but we think it’s important. Your workspace is where you spend most of your time, so if you don’t feel like there’s some truly inspirational magic in the air, what is the point? With us, you’ll be able to create moments that encourage your business to thrive.

Our members tell us there’s something amazing about our spaces, and we believe it’s the amount of effort and love that we put in. We can tell you our story, but the only way to really ‘get it’ is to come in and feel the difference for yourself.

James Layfield

Founder of Central Working

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