ODI Leeds

Start up - Success Stories

Co-working works incredibly well for start-ups. You're free from the commitments, fixed overheads, plus the costly time and effort of running your own office or the unattractive solution of camping out in an ill equipped garage! Using ODI Leeds shared co-working space offers the flexibility, freedom and facilities that start-ups need to focus on building their business.

Just this year we have seen 3 start-up teams that based themselves in our space: Leeds Live - a team of journalists dedicated to a digitally exclusive local news platform; Geolytix - local planning experts; and DXW - a team of digital service designers. All have successfully grown their teams, platforms and services, winning clients and awards along the way.

These startups, 2 of them starting out from just a solo worker, have boosted their staff to teams of over 9 or 10 in less than a year. ODI Leeds has a large flexible space so we are able to accommodate growing teams and offer meeting rooms, privacy pods for skype calls or podcasts, and event space for launches, show and tells, or pitches as the start-ups developed.

Publisher of Leeds Live Matt Millington says:

As permanent co-workers in the ODI we see a lot of events happening in the space here, often with many creative minds coming together to collaborate. In early March it was LeedsLive's turn, hosting our 1st birthday networking lunch to celebrate an incredible 12 months for the team. LeedsLive's audience started at zero and from our desk here in the ODI we now reach millions every month, covering the biggest talking points in the city. The connections we've built in that first year joined the individuals and organisations we hope to work with in the coming months to find out more about our operation and see exactly where the team is based - busy at work in the heart of Leeds city centre.

The benefits are clear - only one value for money bill that covers all services and utilities, with the option to up or downgrade usage of the space, and freeing up time to focus on the real work. We offer a fabulous city centre space to work in, to attract new employees and clients with and all the facilities you could need - superfast wifi, ergonomic seating, printers, stationery, lockers, business address service, on-site cafe, meeting rooms, kitchen, showers, bike racks and much more. Combined with networking opportunities and working alongside other like minded contemporaries plus the odd free lunch and beer makes for an easier route to start-up success.

So if you have an idea for a startup or have a team that needs a base we now have some spare desks available so get in touch and it could be you we are talking about next year.For more information please email hello@odileeds.org.