One of our goals for The Hub – our small, existing coworking space launched in 2016 – was to enable local businesses to collaborate and grow. Today we’re publishing a success story from one of our member companies who’ve expanded from one person to a small team over the past 18 months. One Stop Social is a social work and care professionals hub, supporting practitioners across the UK. They provide information on front-line services, training, jobs, resources and events, with an online reach of over 30,000 social workers and care professionals. Elena Jones, Marketing & Events Executive at One Stop Social, tells the story of how coworking at The Hub has helped them grow…

 


 

A New Way to Think About “The Office”

When One Stop Social started about 2 years ago, it was a team of 1: a social worker with a vision but a desire to approach social work “business” in a different way. So, when it came time to find somewhere to work, “different” was the core theme. It’s important to have a place to work, but the space should reflect the values of the company, providing an efficient but people-oriented environment for the workday. For One Stop Social, these values are driven by social worker training, meaning the importance of a comfortable and inviting workspace for the people within the team is incredibly important. Utilising the coworking space at The Hub has given us the platform to launch our business with strength, while staying true to our work-ethos.

Coworking at The Hub involves more than affordable desk space and comfortable chairs, as the in-house award-winning chef Shelley Jones provides the option for a catered lunch every Friday for everyone – it’s a perk that represents the bigger picture of office life at The Hub. The staff are always available to help, the office is spacious and modern, but best of all, the food is fit for kings!

 

Coworking for a Startup that’s Started Up

The coworking setup has suited One Stop Social’s growth perfectly, as the policy of “pay for what you use” allows us to expand and reduce the number of desks available for our use as our Internship Development Programme with the University of Salford has been implemented. The flexible nature of the office space has helped us bring in multiple interns at once, without restrictions; which in turn allowed us to take on more ambitious and high-profile projects for the company. During quieter periods though, there’s the ability to cut down and save costs – a priority for every young business! While we’re no longer your typical startup – as our team, workload and commitments increase – we’re not exactly a multinational corporation either; so, The Hub has helped us maintain a level of professionalism and “office life” to our company without being too corporate that One Stop Social feels out-of-place. We’ve also been able to utilise the space to film a promotional video, something which other shared office spaces would not have been so accommodating about.

 

Finding a Varied Support System

Sharing an office with several other businesses and freelancers has helped One Stop Social in more ways than one. At The Hub, we’ve been able to gain advice on loans, web development and event management; tips which have been invaluable as we are gaining our footing in business. It’s allowed us to bounce ideas off knowledgeable people who can help us think outside the box for new projects or ground us when our imagination gets too carried away!

Having more than just the One Stop Social team in an office also makes us a more interesting employer for our Internship Development Programme, as we can offer students guidance from multiple sources with a range of specialities. We saw this first-hand with our financial intern who was taken under the wing of The Hub’s resident mortgage broker, to the degree he connected her with recruiters at the end of her internship with us.

 


 

We’re really pleased to be able to support One Stop Social as they grow, and it’s been great to see how small businesses can benefit from the coworking environment. To learn more about One Stop Social and what they offer, check out their website at onestopsocial.co.uk . If you’re a freelancer, entrepreneur, or small-to-medium business and would like to be a part of a growing business community, make sure you get on the list to get notified of when membership opens up at The Forum.