Luminous has a new home: Welcome to 8 Devonshire Square
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We’ve always been fans of the creative, collaborative ethos promoted by global co-working giant, WeWork. When we heard they were opening a new facility just around the corner from London Liverpool Street, we jumped at the chance to sign up.
From now on, you can find at least half the Luminous team hustlin’ away on the hot desks at 8 Devonshire Square.
The new WeWork facility opened its doors in early September and is already generating quite the buzz. The facility is filled (but not crowded) and impeccably designed and furnished. Though all WeWorks are incredibly modern, 8 Devonshire has attracted a particularly young crowd — we didn’t spot anyone over the age of 40.
Eight Devonshire Square comes with all the usual features and facilities you’d expect from a WeWork: a games room, showers, lockers, bike storage, free refreshments (including beer and prosecco), meeting rooms and break-out ‘pods’, and an abundance of dogs.
WeWork already operates a space at 9 Devonshire Square and is currently renovating number 10. With three facilities in close proximity, Devonshire Square looks set to be the ‘place to be’ for startups, entrepreneurs, and young businesses.
For many, WeWork calls to mind Instagram-worthy offices, complete with ping-pong tables and craft beer on tap. However, these associations potentially do the brand a disservice – it’s about so much more than that.
There are plenty of beautiful coworking spaces around the world, but WeWork prides itself on creating a community. They see themselves as “a place you join as an individual, ‘me’, but where you become part of a greater ‘we’.”
As well as the free prosecco and stylish coffee table books, 8 Devonshire Square offers a lockable wellness room for meditation, prayer, or even nursing mothers. Each WeWork hosts a regular programme of events to bring its members together and encourage collaboration. However, these aren’t your typical networking events. Upcoming events at 8 Devonshire Square include yoga and meditation, candle-making with a side of mentorship, and a ‘birthday party’ for another member business. All these events are promoted on the WeWork app, which also helps connect members who might benefit from working together.
WeWork’s commitment to wellness and responsible business isn’t just for show, either. The global organisation announced earlier this month that they would no longer serve meat at company events in order to reduce their environmental impact. WeWork estimates this initiative will save 16.6 billion gallons of water, 445.1 million pounds of CO2 emissions, and 15.5 million animals over the next five years.
In November 2017, WeWork committed to hiring 1,500 refugees over the next five years and is likely to announce plans to become plastic-free and carbon neutral in January next year.
As a small (but fast-growing) business, creating company culture is near the top of our to-do list at the moment. One of the biggest challenges we’ve faced while trying to develop this is the fact that our team is split between two central locations, with some remote workers mixed in too. However, the care and attention that WeWork puts into their culture offers small businesses like us a helping hand. While we’re still growing our ‘team spirit’, we can borrow a bit of WeWork’s.
If you spot the Luminous team working at 8 Devonshire Square, do stop and say hi! ?