Posted on 08 Dec, 2016
Following our article earlier this year on the loss of open workspaces for London's creative startups, we have received some positive news! The new Workspace Providers Board hopes to secure open office spaces for London startups.
The plan to create a Workspace Providers Board follows the recent appointment of a Business Advisory Board whose aim is to understand how policy can have a positive impact on business and job creation, as well as a £7m scheme to support Londoners in the digital, technology and creative sectors.
The Workspace Providers Board will be responsible for finding new workspace venues and refurbishing and redeveloping empty spaces in existing buildings.
Saddiq Khan explains, "Whether you are an entrepreneur looking to expand your business or a creative start-up that needs more space to work, my message to you is that London is open for those with ideas and passion."
"When we give Londoners with skills and talent the space they need to fulfil their potential, we pave the way for the great businesses of tomorrow."
Office rental costs in London can be expensive for entrepreneurs and startups, a fact which The Mayor of London's regeneration guide for Creating Open Workspaces recognises. The report also notes that for London to achieve its innovation potential, office spaces need to become more open and versatile.
Sadiq Khan is encouraging local councils to help create affordable workspace by coupling up with workspace providers who 'understand the market and the kind of services their occupiers want', and will write to all boroughs shortly to request they sign a 'workspace pledge'.
This initiative is part of Khan's ongoing #LondonIsOpen campaign.
London workspace is open for startup businesses