A new co-working office space, Work & Co, has opened its doors in Cape Town. Work & Co will host a community of entrepreneurs, creatives, small and medium sized enterprises, remote teams and freelancer and aims to, through connecting people, enable serendipitous growth.
Work & Co is the brainchild of French born Julien Verspieren. Julien sold his business in France in 2014, packed up and moved to Cape Town. In France, he was the founder of a recruitment company, and with another partner, grew their staff from two people to 160 people in the space of fourteen years.
As a successful entrepreneur, Julien is an expert in business development and enjoys the excitement and energy that accompany new ventures. Launching Work & Co is his latest creative venture.
“I experienced the way that co-working spaces have taken off not just in South Africa, but globally and how they are creating and supporting a new way to work,” says Julien Verspieren.
“In Work & Co I wanted to create a unique 2,000 m2 space that people could draw inspiration from, interconnect through the latest technologies and grow their businesses. It combines the buzz of a coffee shop with the comforts of the most beautiful home, bringing a community of passionate entrepreneurs and creatives, working together under one roof. Work & Co is all about people”, she added.
In the heart of Cape Town’s city bowl, Work & Co is located in Touchstone House on trendy Bree Street, with panoramic 360° views of the city.
The interiors were designed by top Cape Town-based international designer, Andrea Graff, who combines vibrant colours with classic and modern pieces. These pieces add to the natural light and beauty of the space and make it a place for entrepreneurs to to feel at home, while the art surrounding the workspace (Julien’s other passion) enhances the creativity in the space.
"The co-working office space we have created reflects my belief that a work environment should be comfortable and congenial, enriching the user experience. We have brought in elements that make it feel lived in and established, layered and inspirational. It is like no other co-working office space in the country, it really pushes the boundaries, incorporating the work of some of South Africa's best artists, designers and artisans,” she explains.
Work & Co offers a number of different solutions for entrepreneurs and businesses of all shapes and sizes; Hot desks that can be rented per day, a shared office space area, all the way to private offices that can accommodate up to 15 people. Work & Co offers members a network and the infrastructure; meeting rooms, high-speed and reliable fibre optic internet, Uninterrupted Power Supply, printing stations, a receptionist, installed landlines and full time IT support, that businesses need to propel their growth. The philosophy being to allow members to focus on their business and Work & Co will take care of the rest.