Press release

Free desk and meeting room space for start-ups with a social goal

Start-up social enterprises and organisations with a social goal across the North West can now apply for one year of free desk and meeting room space in Manchester city centre.

Up to four desks are available per organisation at The Federation, close to Victoria railway station. Successful applicants will join a broad range of existing tenants including community film-makers FreshRB; Hive Learning, which supports young people to work in digital; and Foodinate, which partners with restaurants to fund meals for local people in need and homeless people.

As well as desk space, residents will also have free access to meeting rooms, the opportunity to put on their own events as part of The Federation’s specialist event series, and support to help reach their growth, sustainability, social impact and digital innovation aims.

Support is being provided by Co-op's charity, the Co-op Foundation, through a grant from Luminate, part of The Omidyar Group. Emer Coleman, Technology and Engagement Director at The Federation, is encouraging start-ups across the North West to get in touch.

Emer said: “The Federation’s co-working space is a one-of-a-kind social entrepreneur hub where social enterprises and teams providing a community benefit can work together, share ideas and learn from each other. I’d encourage any social enterprise start-up looking to grow in Manchester city centre to get in touch today to give you the best chance of success.”

"By providing free desk space at the Federation, Co-op Foundation is helping to bring together like-minded start-ups all looking to make a difference to communities. Our offer provides stability as well as access to peer support that is helping to grow an exciting network of ethical enterprises that do things differently and make the most impact." Jim Cook, Head of Co-op Foundation

Caroline Stevenson is the founder of Foodinate, an existing Federation tenant. She said: “The Federation is not just a workplace - it's a place you look forward to coming to where you feel like you are in the company of friends. The team is passionate about encouraging ethical business practices and social enterprise and, as the founder of a social enterprise myself, I can say they are some of the most supportive people I have come across in my journey growing the business so far.”

Visit www.thefederation.coop/support to apply and find out more.