WeWork have officially opened the first of three Irish locations at Iveagh court in Dublin city.
The launch is part of the company’s ongoing expansion which has seen new locations open across the UK, Poland and Peru, bringing the current total of locations to 383 across 72 cities worldwide.
And with the high speed wifi, slow roast coffee and beer on tap, we can certainly see the appeal.
A common design thread runs through each of the WeWork offices. If you’ve been in one before you’ll instantly recognise the bespoke wood furnishings, light drenched communal areas and excited members gushing over the resident dogs.
The Iveagh Court premises has a number of unique features which reflect its surroundings, including a basement speakeasy and observatory themed artwork (which also encompasses their ‘workspace of the future’ ethos).
Leni Zneimer, WeWork General Manager for the UK and Ireland, said the new space is “very special” and has drawn a broad mix of entrepreneurs and companies spanning industries such as banking, fashion, design and law. Larger corporates are also getting on board with Microsoft and Twilio now calling WeWork their Dublin home.
“We really do have a vast amount of members from different backgrounds and businesses in our spaces which creates an incredibly diverse ecosystem,” she said.
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As well as state of the art facilities like arcade rooms and large event spaces, WeWork members also enjoy a busy social and professional events calendar. These events are excellent opportunities to build valuable connections and expand your network. They often lead to collaboration or even partnerships, says Leni.
“50% of our members actually do business together and 70% collaborate. It’s the flexibility we offer which allows these conversations and communications to happen,” she added.
Evolved working practices have resulted in greater demand for flexibility among workers and this has contributed to the rise in coworking spaces, according to Leni.
“Big companies want to be more like startups, and startups want to grow into big companies. Our community is unique in that it brings these two worlds together and helps people to connect, learn and create opportunity,” she said.
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