The coworking movement is thriving across Europe and the US and offers an alternative to the isolation of working from home or facing a stressful commute into a City centre. Following a career working in media and the charity sector I began to research a business plan for an independent coworking office.

I have always enjoyed meeting interesting business owners and decided to start up a company that could offer this group support and the opportunity to collaborate across a number of sectors. My visits to a variety of venues, cafes and offices highlighted the benefits of working with a diverse range of people from different backgrounds and industries.

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I also learned that creative spaces can inspire individuals and businesses and took the decision to find a suitable location for a community focused coworking space. Manchester and Trafford appealed to me further to meeting local people and freelancers at networking events and canvassing their opinions on business support. The concentration and variety of independent businesses in the borough reinforced my choice of location. Altrincham appeared to be particularly suitable further to its transport links and vibrant market culture.

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Following 20 years in the capital my wife and I took the decision to move North and start the business up in January this year. Altspace offers South Manchester something truly unique with flexible membership options from as little as £9 a day for a hot desk and hassle free contracts, giving the opportunity to work with likeminded people in a collaborative and accessible environment.

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The company actively promotes the work of its members and has a policy of employing local businesses for work and services. Educational opportunities will include inspiring talks from local figures of interest and partnerships with community groups. Our inclusive rates include free WIFI and complimentary refreshments, and are as follows:

• Full-time*: £210 / month • Part-time (3 days per week): £155 / month • One-day: £14 We also offer:

• A bookable six-person meeting room, with TV, PC and presentation suite • Networking and social opportunities • A quiet setting to aid concentration

• Access to network printer

• Roof terrace Altspace is located on 19–23 Stamford New Road, 2nd Floor (Buzz for Databroker), Altrincham, WA14 1BN, and is open 9am–6pm, Monday–Friday.