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Try the Tech Co-working Space at Platform for Free

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Spend a day hot-desking at Platform for free.

Bruntwood Platform

On its mission to create innovation districts, Bruntwood SciTech has reinvented a Leeds landmark and transformed it into a hub for technology businesses. Platform is a focal point for the region's digital talent and a showcase for international investment.

Superfast wifi, free coffee and oodles of space to grow – that’s what awaits at Platform, so why not check it out?

When you start your own business, working from home is a no brainer. It’s cheap, it’s easy and it’s flexible, but the longer you do it, the harder it gets. You need people to bounce ideas off, space to grow and a healthy work-life balance, which is where Platform comes in. Their Tech Hub has everything you need to thrive and you can try it for free on the third Wednesday of every month.

Take a desk, join the community

Platform

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It’s impossible to miss Platform. It towers above the city, taking pride of place above Leeds Train Station, so the location is ideal. All thirteen floors are dedicated to tech businesses, but the first three champion start-ups. This is where you’ll find their co-working space. It’s a ready-made community of entrepreneurs, so you’ll have an instant pool of confidants and collaborators to help you navigate the challenges of scaling up.

It’s great for networking, because you have so many businesses right on your doorstep, but it’s also sociable. Friendships are forged over free coffees and casual chats – it’s one of the things that draws people here, that sense of camaraderie is so important when you work alone. Over 1,000 people work in the building and even more come in for their events – they have 30 a month, including 10 tech meet-ups, so it’s easy to engage with the wider digital community.

Platform

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The Tech Hub itself is vast. They have 42 dedicated desks and 45 hot desks, but there’s also a 7,000 square foot mezzanine full of quiet corners and breakout spaces, so you can change-up your working environment or schmooze clients in a cool, professional space. They also have a small number of free meeting rooms in case you need something a little more private. And of course, the kitchens come fully stocked with tea and coffee, so you can always get your caffeine hit.

Bruntwood have taken care of everything, which means you can focus on growing your business, and the on-site team will do everything they can to help too. They offer a business support programme that gives you access to everything from growth advice to legal and accountancy services. They’re not shy about making introductions either, which means they can help connect you with key stakeholders and investors. So you see, this is so much more than a desk – it’s a sounding board, it’s a support network, it’s a secret weapon.

Try it for free

Platform

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Want to check out Platform for yourself? It’s easy – just sign up to Free Workspace Wednesdays. You can hot desk for the day, which means you’ll get full access to their facilities, including their showers, Skype booth and breakout spaces. This is your chance to try it out, join the community and see how it can help your business thrive, so what are you waiting for?

Terms & Conditions

No purchase or payment is necessary to participate in Free Workspace Wednesdays. Current Bruntwood customers and/or their respective employees are not eligible to participate. Attendees must be at least 18 years old. The offer is redeemable at Platform Leeds only and is not valid at any other Bruntwood building, on any other day. Attendees bringing their own property and personal belongings do so at their own risk. Bruntwood are not responsible for any loss or damage to any such items. You will receive complimentary use of a desk for the day (9am-5pm), free tea, coffee & water and access to free secure WiFi. Free Workspace Wednesday is subject to change or end at any time and without notice.