It’s a shared office. The business plan explains it like this:
A coworking space is a shared office for independent workers. Coworking spaces usually depend on hot-desking and members’ laptops; many members are not in their coworking spaces full-time. Coworking spaces are based on a membership model, like gyms. Members can use shared resources, usually including non-dedicated work areas, meeting rooms, kitchenettes and printers, on an as-needed basis.
Coworking spaces provide a professional venue for meetings and a base for desk and laptop-based work. However, the fundamental purpose of a coworking space is to provide a supportive group of peers for entrepreneurs, remote workers and people who are self employed.
Coworking spaces are places to work, but just as importantly, they provide stability, promote camaraderie and generate business opportunities. The psychological and professional benefits of a well-run coworking space go far beyond the shared office infrastructure.
You can use a desk at Minor Oak, but you can't rent one. That's because Minor Oak is set up so people can use the space they need, when they need it. There's a quiet work area, a collaborative work area, and isolation rooms for private phone calls and intense concentration. Members can work at Minor Oak full time, but most opt for one to three days a week. Sharing the space makes it possible to keep things tidy, it helps keep rates down, and it lets members control how much they interact with others on any given day.
Minor Oak Coworking is in Sneinton Market, right next to Nottingham’s dynamic Hockley neighbourhood. Hockley is full of interesting shops and great pubs and restaurants. It’s a few blocks south and east of the Victoria Centre and easy walking distance to the trams and all the bus lines. There's a blog post about parking.
The address is:
4 Gedling Street
Nottingham NG1 1DS
Minor Oak is located the Creative Quarter, but everyone in every business is welcome at Minor Oak. We think all entrepreneurs and independent workers are creative, regardless of their industry and role. The creative magic happens when people with different backgrounds and areas of expertise come together and share their skills and insights. Minor Oak is industry-inclusive. Just bring your laptop and phone.
Memberships, day passes and half day passes are available. Please see the Membership Matrix for details on costs and benefits.
Minor Oak Nottingham Coworking has free coffee, tea and snacks, a meeting room, acoustically private phone rooms, and two main work areas: one quiet and one collaborative. There are lockers with mail slots available for members. Members can become key holders and access the space 24-7.
Absolutely. Minor Oak is more than a shared office. The community is centred on what we all have in common: we're micro-business owners and we're all working independently.
Check out the Daily Events page for a schedule of goal setting and brainstorming sessions. They're open to both members and non-members. We even have an un-led mat exercise time from 8:15 to 8:45am.
For free coworking days, workshops and other events, check out the events list.
Minor Oak isn't 100% accessible – the quiet work area is on a mezzanine is only accessible by stair. However, it is fairly disability-friendly. The meeting room, flexible / collaborative work area, lunch area and lockers are wheelchair accessible. Sneinton Market’s private toilet facilities for tenants include a wheelchair accessible toilet, and even though the bathrooms in the workspace are small, they have been designed with mobility issues in mind. Please get in touch if you’ve got a disability or limited mobility and have questions.