WORK_SPACE

Company: WORK_SPACE (Town of Manchester)

Location: Manchester

Describe your space

WORK_SPACE is a municipally owned and operated coworking, meeting and gallery space in the heart of downtown Manchester. We are a historic 2.5 story multi-purpose and full-service building that offers entrepreneurs, remote workers, non-profit leaders, and artists a hospitable, flexible and affordable place to meet, learn, create, and work. Currently, we serve as home base to 30 businesses and 42 members, and showcase and sell the work of local artists in our three galleries and gallery shop.

What are the coolest, most popular features of your space?

Our members love the location, the 24/7 access, conference space, recording studio and quality WiFi. They appreciate the opportunity to focus on their business, yet learn about and engage with other professionals with different backgrounds yet similar drive. They like the efforts we've made to keep the space safe and productive. The fact that we offer personal and business development opportunities, fill the space with dynamic art work and provide an endless supply of free coffee is a bonus.

What impact did your space make in 2020?

Working from home doesn’t work for everyone, so WS transformed meeting space into socially distant work stations, built a recording studio to meet the expanding needs for virtual communication and digital content creation, offered business support webinars and resources to navigate the challenges of COVID-19 and hosted art shows that reflect the times and foster community. Everyone put on masks, the staff put on gloves to sanitize and an electromagnetic air purification system was installed.

Nominator Justification

Owned and operated by the Town of Manchester, WORK_SPACE stimulates entrepreneurial innovation, business growth, creative expression and community development. In 2020 WS transformed meeting space into socially distant work stations, built a recording studio to meet the expanding needs for virtual communication and digital content creation, offered business support webinars and resources to navigate the challenges of the pandemic and hosted art shows that reflect the times and foster community.

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