New co-working space opens in Preston

A new family-run co-working space inspired by a hub in the French Alps has been officially opened in Preston.

[caption id="attachment_90120" align="f-align-medium-right f-align-center" width="300"]Society1, Edwin Booth Edwin Booth officially launches Society1[/caption]

Society1, in Cross Street, Preston is spread across three floors, with boardrooms, hot desking and workshop space.

Launched by husband and wife team Catarina and Brendan King and Catarina’s brother Chris Ruppert, the site was once  the Alpenhof restaurant, owned by Chris and Catarina’s parents.

Chris runs a similar concept in the French Alps called The Ski Locker. When the Preston building became vacant last year they decided to take the plunge.

Fourteen members have already signed up to use the space, from a range of different sectors.

Catarina said: “The response so far has been great, everybody who has been in has been so impressed and people can use this exactly as they want it, we’re really flexible and want to create a community here.

“We aren’t a business centre, we’re a co-working space and it’s about making this space everybody else’s not just ours. It feels like there’s a lot of exciting things happening in Preston at the moment and we’re excited to be a part of that.”

Society1, Preston inside 2The trio has been supported by Boost; Lancashire’s Business Growth Hub and its Growth Support Programme – a programme designed to help entrepreneurs develop business plans and grow their enterprises.

The team attended the Lean Launchpad series of workshops over two days where they completed a business model and outlined their vision – following this support they went on to open their new venture. Brendan said: “I’m really glad we found out about Boost at the point we did, before we got going, we learnt a lot and found it a great help. Now it’s about getting people out there into the mindset that co-working is an option, it’s here and it is available.”