The Werks is an open coworking space with a mixture of permanent offices, permanent desk holders and a range of more casual workers. I agree with Georgia A (yelp.co.uk/user_details?…) that it's not the most inspiring interior deco - but that is changing as the voluntary work-force spruces different areas up.
If you're not bothered by interior design, the Werks is a perfect place to work. There are friendly, knowledgeable and approachable people that are almost always willing to lend a hand if you get stuck. The facilities are just right: not fancy enough to put the price up but not grim in any way. It's clean, airy, comfortable and a positive working environment.
One of my friends rent a desk in this office space, for £150 per month and I can see the appeal. Working from home can be tricky when you don't have any self discipline and you get lonely. Equally, if you're not great at advertising your services or you lack connections it can be very useful for networking, and getting to know people in other creative backgrounds. It isn't necessarily the most stunning of locations but it's simple and comfortable enough to be distracting and relaxing.
Desks here actually start from as little as £65 if you want to be a part timer, and meeting rooms for as little as £20 an hour. So it doesn't even have to cost more than £100 to get a feeling of structure back in your life. Everybody's a winner (especially the person whose idea this was!).
The Werks is a business offering rentable office and event space. Freelancers needing a desk can rent one in the building from £150 per month, or organisations needing a workshop space can rent the large room downstairs which comes with flipcharts and white boards, chairs and a small kitchen facility. It's not a particularly inspiring space, very office-y with grey carpet and standard office lighting, but it's useful for small organisations needing to rent a larger space than they normally have access to for odd occasions. I attended a development day for the local charity that I volunteer with at The Werks, and you couldn't fault it really - it provided exactly what it says. I think the office space is useful for people who want to build contacts, as I understand that many of the rentable desks are in an open plan office - good for networking.
The Werks in Hove is one of several premises that offers desk space and co-working for freelancers and creative types on flexible terms. I've popped in to meet folks on occasion and it's a lively plave to work and also hold a meeting because they do have some meeting rooms. You can either rent a desk permanently or drift in and out with one of their packages but all in all I think the prices (which start from £60 monthly) very reasonable. And it's a great location. On church Road, close to Palmeira Square, you really are in the heart of the city and on so many useful bus routes.
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