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Boost for North West creatives as Department launches flexible access to studio and production facilities in Manchester city centre

The department store for business workplace concept is launching a single day rate giving creative, media, digital industries access to state-of-the-art facilities on a flexible basis

Department, the innovative managed workspace concept, is offering creative, media and digital companies access to its state-of-the-art studio, recording, production and editing facilities on a per day basis, in order to support businesses in the sector.

As the pandemic alters the business landscape, Department is aiming to correct the competitive balance of the industry by offering smaller North West-based businesses the opportunity to use its photography studio, recording booths, production facilities and editing equipment on a flexible and scalable basis.

Daily access to Department, situated at the Bonded Warehouse within the Enterprise City district of Manchester city centre, includes access to: Bonded Underground, home to Manchester Studios and Reform Radio; The Gallery, a private exhibition space which can be used for showcases and events; Clubhouse, an informal space for work and social meetings, Condition, an in-house wellness studio, Project Halcyon, a cocktail bar and distillery, and a series of meeting rooms throughout the 1860s warehouse.

Use of the hot desks, meeting rooms & breakout spaces, printing, member events programme and unlimited tea & coffee at Department Bonded Warehouse is available for £15 per day, with access to studios and production facilities available at a discount to Department members.

Anthony Powell, managing director at Department, said: “Work doesn’t necessarily happen at a desk for many of the region’s creative, media and digital businesses, with photographers, models, content creators, producers and editors all needing access to the equipment and facilities they need to carry out their jobs. Many companies cannot afford to invest in expensive equipment and large studios themselves, and need them on an infrequent basis, and that’s why we are offering those that want to retain the quality of their work access to industry-leading facilities on a per-day and flexible basis.”

“The ethos of Department is a department store for all kinds of work; a space which includes a specialist inventory designed to support each business. Now more than ever, flexibility and adaptability are key, so businesses can book Department’s facilities for a number of days, or even hours, to deliver their projects effectively during these challenging times.

Department also recently launched a successful pop-up workspace offering at XYZ Social in Spinningfields, Manchester providing those living in the city centre with an alternative location to work from in a drive to improve productivity, wellness and work-life balance.

Anthony Powell, continued: “We are also remaining open while Government restrictions allow us to, as working in isolation can have a negative effect on mental health, and the wellbeing of employees is a responsibility of employers. Retaining a designated workplace provides a mechanism to support workers’ wellbeing by beating the sense of solitude many have after working from home for an extended period of time.”

The department store for business workplace is already used by Manchester Camerata, Modern English and Auden Department welcomes businesses that need space on a short-term and flexible basis to book the space for their upcoming projects.

What is Department?

The complete workplace offering, which is an evolution of the All Work & Social managed workspace operation, originally founded as the award-winning Hello Social, by Allied London, also has sites in Bonded Warehouse and ABC building. It will give businesses of 1–200 people space to work, scale and grow, providing everything a company needs to thrive in one place.

Department offers members fully customisable spaces, from single and clusters of desks, to private studios, allowing flexible working and giving companies space to evolve and change with their surroundings, providing the ultimate workplace solution for businesses in all sectors.

Each of Department’s sites will offer members a varied inventory of wellness and social spaces and opportunities, developed in collaboration with local business, with gyms, coffee shops, bars, tap houses and a gin distillery all on-site.

Department will operate seven sites in the heart of three UK cities – Manchester, London and Leeds. Department Leeds and Department London will open in 2021, Department Piccadilly will open in 2022.

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