Not everyone comes to London looking for fun. Some arrive on business, whether they’re coming from across the world or across the city.
London’s hotels need to be prepared to cater for the needs of business travellers, as well as London-based businesses. Providing meeting space is another way they can make a profit, on top of being a place for people to stay. While smaller, boutique hotels are less likely to provide business services, many go out of their way to provide for delegates.
Although business people might make use of these facilities during the day, it’s often a different story in the evenings. Andaz Liverpool Street has come up with an idea to make use of their events spaces once 9-5 workers have left the office. Their new SpacetoStartup programme gives London startups the chance to work, collaborate and code from 6pm to 10pm each weeknight.
London is one of the best places in the country to launch a startup. While other cities, from Newcastle to Cardiff, also have budding startup scenes, London is where it’s at.
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In the capital, entrepreneurs can often find it easier to access support and funding. But meeting space can be difficult to source, especially if you want a relaxed atmosphere. And most office spaces are available during the day, when many are busy with their day jobs. Andaz offers quiet and comfortable space to work in, at an ideal time for working on a new project.
Startups can book space from £200/month. You can join the waiting list on the hotel’s dedicated website. Its location near Silicon Roundabout is ideal for tech companies and anyone looking to grow.
Other hotels are stepping up their business offerings too. The Hilton London Bankside is adding 975 sqm of events space, while the Hyatt Place London Heathrow is putting in a further 160 sqm. Later in the year, we’ll see the opening of the The Intercontinental – The O2, which will have a large meeting and events space, plus business services, including a business centre.
Providing for businesses is important for many hotels. And some, like the Andaz Liverpool Street, want to support startups as well as big companies.
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