The UK’s Best Cities for Co-working Centres

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  • 2 Northampton
  • 3 Milton Keynes
  • 4 Bristol
  • 5 Manchester
  • 6 Edinburgh
  • 7 Glasgow
  • 8 Belfast
  • 9 Newcastle
  • 10 Leeds
  • 11 Sheffield
  • 12 Birmingham
  • 13 Oxford
  • 14 Aberdeen
  • 15 Liverpool
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  • 3 Other
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The UK’s Best Cities for Co-working Centres

This is a map of the top 15 UK cities / Including London’s 5 districts for Co-Working Centres.

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Locations are ranked using a weighted index (3:2:1) whereby Cost of an Average Workstation is indicated as the most influential factor, followed by of co-working choice centres and Community of Startups in the area.
See below for full methodology/sources

Co-working offers the alternative of working in a shared working environment whilst still offering the flexibility of independent work. Those using co-working centres are typically individuals, SMEs and are not employed by the same organisation

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Location

Bristol 400k residents

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Average Price per Desk

This area £266

National £285.00

Number of Co-working Centres icon

Number of Co-working Centres

Total 47

Per 100k pop. 81%

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Number of startups in 2014

Total 47

Per 100k pop. 81%

Methodology

We used a weighted index to calculate and correctly rank the top cities in the UK, as well as London districts for co-working centres. The weighted index relied on three key metrics:

  • Number of start-ups per 100k population
  • Number of working centres per 100k population
  • Average desk price

From here, we scored each metric for each city or London district equally, on a scale of 1-10. The higher the score, the higher the position a city or London district would rank in the overall rankings. The scores for all three of the metrics were totalled up to give the overall score and it is this score that determines a city’s/ London district’s ranking.

This is how we calculated each metric:

Number of start-ups per capita:

We found the number of businesses that opened (2014) in each city and London district and divided that by the population of each city or London district. We then times that by 100,000 (per capita).

Number of co-working centres per capita:

We used a report from Instant Office from 2015 for the number of centres. We then divided that by the population of each city or London district. We then times that by 100,000 (per capita).

Average desk price:

We used a report from Instant Office from 2015.

Here is an example of this in action. Each metric is scored from 1 to 10 as seen below using a linear equation:

Score No. start-ups per capita No. co-working centres per capita Average desk price
Worst 1 603 2 £199
Best 10 2648 11 £187.50

Therefore, Nottingham came out top:

No. start-ups per capita Score No. co-working centres per capita Score Average desk price (per month) Score Total score Rank
892 2.27 10.5 9 £218 9.59 49.45 1
UK Cities:
  • Nottingham
  • Northampton
  • Milton Keynes
  • Bristol
  • Manchester
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Belfast
  • Newcastle
  • Leeds
  • Sheffield
  • Birmingham
  • Oxford
  • Aberdeen
  • Liverpool
  • Cardiff
  • Brighton and Hove
  • London
London Districts:
  • Midtown
  • West End
  • City and Docklands
  • South Bank
  • Other London* (24 boroughs included):
    • Hackney
    • Islington
    • Harrow
    • Richmond upon Thames
    • Newham
    • Hounslow
    • Kingston upon Thames
    • Brent
    • Bexley
    • Havering
    • Barnet
    • Ealing
    • Barking and Dagenham
    • Hillingdon
    • Enfield
    • Merton
    • Lewisham
    • Bromley
    • Haringey
    • Wandsworth
    • Croydon
    • Waltham Forest
    • Redbridge
    • Sutton
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