Central Working launches Basecamp package for entrepreneurs and business visitors looking to set up in London

Central Working, the members-based organisation behind one of the capital’s top co-working spaces, today launches Basecamp - a special membership offer for start-ups, entrepreneurs and investors touching down in London. Offering fully-equipped facilities in the heart of Tech City at Google Campus and in London’s creative district Soho, Central Working’s Basecamp membership provides business visitors with a package to make working in London as flexible and beneficial as possible.

The city skyline

“Millions of visitors will be passing through London this summer, and it’s important that they are able to stay in touch with their business even when they’re away from home. While we offer all members access to fantastic workspace facilities, our approach is really about making sure you and your business hit the ground running by making the right introductions, collaborations and partnerships to ensure you’re on the road to success ” said James Layfield CEO of Central Working.

The Olympics aren’t the only game in town this summer, with several major events including Le Web, Digital Shoreditch, the British Business Embassy, Seedsummit and StartUp Games taking place that will be attracting visitors with a need to work away from the office. From as little as £25 a day, Basecamp guest membership will provide access to top-class facilities including super high speed Wi-Fi, printing and scanning facilities, discounts on meeting rooms, and special offers on hotels in the surrounding areas. All Basecamp packages give full access to London & Partners services, including free and impartial advice, intelligence reports on market specific areas in the capital and sector specific guidance and contacts on setting up an office, sourcing talent and building local connections.

London & Partners CEO Gordon Innes added: “We want to ensure that not only can London welcome the world in 2012, but that we can also retain and grow new businesses for the years to come. London is attracting the world’s top creative minds and entrepreneurs, and Central Working’s Basecamp will make sure anyone coming to the capital from abroad has access to the very best work spaces and support to help their companies to flourish.”

Designed for international start-ups and entrepreneurs who are looking to establish a business in the city, Basecamp London provides a springboard to get operations off the ground without any of the usual set up costs by providing members with access to a fully-registered address, 24-hour storage access, IT and phone set-up.  The £200 membership package also gives access to Central Working’s Collective Intelligence sessions offering both mentoring and expertise.

“Events like Le Web, Digital Shoreditch and the StartUp games will attract hundreds of international start-ups and investors to London this summer and initiatives like Basecamp give important support for visitors who will need a place to work. Basecamp also provides a great stepping stone for those entrepreneurs or businesses that are looking to establish permanent operations in London,” said Eric van der Kleij, CEO of the Tech City Investment Organisation, part of UKTI.

Basecamp packages are available from today (15th May 2012) at just £25 for the basic set-up to £200 for a fully functioning base in London with significant support to kick-start your London launch. It is an offer that any international business coming to London can take advantage of, to find out more information you can access online at www.centralworking.com/basecamp -businesses are just one click away from getting off to the best possible start in the UK’s capital.


High-res photos of Central Working facilities are available here: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/n6gidryd288k6w0/Z1HckHiFOY. Photographer: Marte Rekaa

For more information on Basecamp membership options please visit www.centralworking.com/basecamp or email basecamp@centralworking.com.

Notes to Editors

Central Working- The Ideal Environment for Growing Businesses. Central Working launched in May 2011 with an aim of helping over 10,000 businesses to grow over the next 10 years. In less than 12 months Central Working have already helped over 250 businesses.

London & Partners is the official promotional organisation for London. Our company attracts and delivers value to business, students and visitors. London & Partners is a not-for-profit public private partnership, funded by the Mayor of London and a network of commercial partners. Our remit is to drive leisure and business visitors as well as bidding to secure major events in London, to unlock the city for overseas businesses who want to set up or expand in London and to promote the capital’s world class universities to international students. Our intention is to work in partnership with organisations in London and across the world to deliver our goal - that London be globally recognised as the best big city on earth.

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The Tech City Investment Organisation (TCIO) was created in March 2011, following Prime Minister David Cameron's announcement of the Tech City initiative in the 'Silicon Roundabout' area of East London. TCIO was set up by UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) and is designed to help the existing cluster of tech-digital and creative companies flourish. Tech City stretches out from the financial heart of the City of London to Stratford and the Olympic Park in East London, and is the fastest growing technology cluster in Europe. The TCIO team is a unique combination of experienced entrepreneurs and UKTI business specialists. Their role is to help existing companies succeed, as well as attract global business, entrepreneurs and high-value investment to the digital capital of Europe. For more information, visit www.techcityuk.com or www.ukti.gov.uk/techcity  or follow us @techcityuk

UK Trade & Investment (UKTI) is the Government Department that helps UK-based companies succeed in the global economy. We also help overseas companies bring their high quality investment to the UK’s economy – acknowledged as Europe’s best place from which to succeed in global business. UKTI offers expertise and contacts through its extensive network of specialists in the UK, and in British embassies and other diplomatic offices around the world. We provide companies with the tools they require to be competitive on the world stage. For more information on UKTI, visit www.ukti.gov.uk or telephone +44 (0)20 7215 8000. For latest press releases, visit the online newsroom at www.ukti.gov.uk/media.


Central Working: James Layfield, james.layfield@centralworking.com; +447815 061 479

London & Partners: Chloe Couchman, Head of Communications – Business & Major Events; +44 (0)207 2345727, ccouchman@londonandpartners.com

The Tech City Investment Organisation: +44 (0)20 7413 3751 or pressoffice@techcityuk.com