Flexible workspace operator beyond has launched a competition for London-based startups born out of the pandemic to win free space within its flagship beyond Aldgate Tower.
The UK’s entrepreneurial spirit has been on display throughout the pandemic. A record 780,760 new businesses were formed in the UK in 2020, followed by another 771,617 in 2021.
In many instances, these businesses were founded as new opportunities emerged as a result of the extraordinary, unprecedented upheaval Covid-19 caused to businesses and consumers alike. Further, with millions placed on furlough or made redundant during the first year of the pandemic, many chose to start their own venture instead.
Now, with restrictions removed and a sense of normality returning, many of London’s fledgling startups will be looking for their first workspace. It will be an important step in their growth as they move from bedroom businesses to scaling companies.
beyond’s new competition is designed to support these entrepreneurs. It is offering ten different one-person and two-person offices for free for three months.
Any London-based entrepreneur who has started a new company between March 2020 and March 2022 can apply. But they must be looking for their first rented workspace.
To apply, entrepreneurs must complete a simple form about their business, and submit a short video (under two minutes) explaining how having access to a flexible workspace will support the growth of their venture.
Entries will close on Friday 29 April 2022, with the ten winners selected in early May.
Maria Bichl, head of marketing at beyond Aldgate Tower, said: “The UK’s entrepreneurial spirit has come to the fore throughout the pandemic – people have stood up to the challenges Covid has thrown at them and come up with ingenious solutions to all manner of problems.
“At beyond, we want to support London-based entrepreneurs who have launched a new startup during the pandemic by providing them with an inspiring workspace and world-class facilities to grow into fully-fledged scaling businesses. Our flexible workspaces exist to foster connectivity and empower human endeavour – this competition will give a major boost to startups just finding their feet and we cannot wait to review the entries at the end of April.”
Opened in March 2022, beyond Aldgate Tower is located at 2 Leman Street within the iconic Aldgate Tower, an impressive 16-floor glass building at the heart of this emerging district.
Members benefit from a best-in-class app, with access to a huge range of opportunities from meeting rooms and breakout spaces to barista coffee, events and business support services.
This article is published in partnership with UKTN’s sister company City Road Communications.
beyond is a flexible working space used by change-makers and forward-thinking business innovators.