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Finding the right coworking space for you and your business is essential; make sure you choose a space that matches your ambitions.

Coworking spaces in Northern Ireland come in all different shapes and sizes.

The one you choose will most likely be hitting most of your ideals; close to your home, all-inclusive bills, and a great location.

Today we’re speaking to Jessica Phillips, Marketing Executive at Newry’s ultimate coworking space, Granite Exchange.


What are your expectations from a Northern Ireland coworking space?

“When you are doing your research into coworking spaces, you first need to determine what your expectations are,” Jessica advises.

“Does it offer on-site support? Does it include all your bills? Does the coworking space cater to large meetings?

Once you narrow down your criteria you’ll want to either visit each place in person or – because of the COVID-19 pandemic – opt for a Zoom call and tour,” she says.

Jessica says one of the biggest attractions that Northern Ireland businesses mention to her and the team continually is the on-site support available at Granite Exchange.

“Whether it is a light bulb blowing or running out of coffee beans, in Granite Exchange, everything is taken care of for our members.

It means they have nothing to think about apart from concentrating on running their business,” she insists.


How is your Northern Ireland business structured?

Another thing to think about when choosing a coworking space is how you and your business are set up.

“Whether you’re a sole trader or a limited company, you’ll want to know how your business can integrate into a coworking space,” Jessica advises.

And regardless of how your business is structured, Jessica says businesses of all sizes are making use of Granite Exchange’s support staff.


Sole Traders at Granite Exchange

“As a member of Granite Exchange, you’ll get exclusive access to our incredible support staff.

Members get support with marketing, postal sort and a receptionist who can greet their clients, answer phone calls in their company name and take messages on their behalf,” something Jessica says is a hugely beneficial to Sole Traders.

“It allows Sole Traders to focus on their business without getting sidetracked with admin duties.”

Limited companies at Granite Exchange

Limited companies can integrate staff into Granite Exchange with minimum fuss, Jessica advises, pointing out that nine businesses currently call the impressive coworking space their home.

“There are a lot of opportunities for members to connect and network with one another.

And with Granite Exchange enjoying two large conference rooms, your company has space and privacy to strategise and formulate business plans,” she adds.


The social buzz in a coworking space

Most business owners and entrepreneurs benefit from networking with other like-minded individuals, and Granite Exchange’s innovative design accommodates and fosters new friendships and business relationships.

“This can be as simple as meeting one another in the hallway or greeting each other at the door,” Jessica explains.

“When members join our coworking space, we tend to announce it on our social media and through our monthly newsletter.

This allows members and the public to be informed of the new business, and we usually insert a quick bio along with their website.”

Granite Exchange also hosts ‘member bonding’ events, which Jessica says members enjoy.


Why are Northern Ireland businesses choosing Granite Exchange?

“Over two years, I have had the pleasure of interacting with a lot of businesses through Granite Exchange.

We find that businesses love the convenience that comes with being part of Granite Exchange.

We are located right in the heart of the city centre; there is on-street parking, and we are a mere three-minute walk to a free car park.

We have popular coffee shops, supermarkets and delis all within a short walking distance.”

She continues, “Members appreciate Granite Exchange because we have everything a successful business needs to function: printers, telephone lines, high-speed Wi-Fi, receptionist and on-site meeting rooms.”

Jessica adds, “It’s the perfect place to run a business and meet clients without leaving the building.”


If you would like Granite Exchange to be the home for your business contact us today on 028 3044 2500 or click HERE.

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