Smorgon, Wingate buy into Hub  – A branch of the billionaire Smorgon Family has teamed with private Melbourne-based investment group Wingate to make a multi-million-dollar investment in the nation’s largest private coworking facility provider known as Hub Australia.

Co-working office operators are going after growth in the corporate market – Numbers crunched by Hub Australia indicate a 25 per cent difference in the cost of a traditional 60-person office, leased for five years, and a 60-person space co-working licence – $819,600 compared with $612,000 a year.

Co­working operator Hub Australia wants to expand its Adelaide presence in line with national growth – “Hub Australia has 1500 members nationally with about 200 in Adelaide. “It’s not just the freelancer or the founder that we’re catering to now, what we’ve actually discovered is the way we can most help that founder is by creating an amazing place to work where they can be proud to show their customers around”.

Coworking grows up – “Brad Krauskopf, one of Australia’s leading proponents of coworking and a key founder in the Australian coworking scene, says: “As one of the very first coworking communities, Hub Australia is proud to be a part of the entrepreneurial ecosystem, it’s amazing how diverse it is and how it continues to grow.”

It’s all happening at Hub Australia – “Brad Krauskopf, the founder of Hub Australia, plans to open another major facility in 2018. The country’s largest private co-working facility provider has more 10,000 square metres of co-working space in its national portfolio already. That includes hubs in Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide and an ambition to expand to Brisbane and Perth”.

Why co-working spaces are the cool new face of hot-desking – “In the Beaux Arts-style 1917 Mail Exchange opposite Southern Cross Station,  Hassell has refurbished two floors for Australia’s largest co-work provider, Hub Australia. Scattered around its core of desks and meeting rooms are high-tech spaces for podcasts and videos, breakout spaces with soft seating, couches, a library, gym, meditation room and cafe”.

Melbourne fills with start-ups, knowledge workers and hubs – “A start-up culture driven by entrepreneurial knowledge workers based in co-working hubs is becoming a larger part of central Melbourne’s economy and its real estate market. Another big co-working company in Melbourne is Hub Australia. Last year, it opened the CBD’s largest facility currently in the historic Mail Exchange on Bourke Street. In April, the operator launched an even larger hub near Hyde Park in Sydney”.

There are lots of coworking flavours: How to find one that will satisfy your startup – “Coworking has begun to be viewed as a long-term option, rather than a stepping stone. One of the key trends is bigger spaces that can cater to companies at any stage of their growth. There’s a real opportunity in coworking – Australia and globally –  for businesses with teams sized between 10 – 100.”

The Workplace of the future – We are seeing a movement in which people – especially the younger generations – affirm their uniqueness. The standard workplace and its rules, which masked the uniqueness of individuals in order to adapt to an organisation’s needs, is moving to one that instead will adapt to the needs of individuals. In this movement, everyone wants to be included. Hub Southern Cross – “This beautiful site offers all you need to get on with the job, plus an event space, café, full kitchen, gym and showers”.

Melbourne’s premium new event space“Located on the corner of Spencer and Bourke Streets, the co-working spaces will now be available to not only Australia members, but also the general public, to host a range of events, from product launches to staff events and board meetings”.

Five entrepreneurial sparks have found a new business home at Hub Adelaide – “Adelaide’s brightest innovators have moved into their new business home at Hub Adelaide after winning a place in Hub Adelaide’s Spark 2017 program. The coveted program, backed by the Renewal SA, aims to support South Australian entrepreneurship and drive business innovation”.

Hub Australia’s CEO on the next evolution of his business and the Coworking movement – When co-working space provider Hub Australia launches its second Sydney site, early next year, its national footprint will have nearly doubled. Founder and CEO Brad Krauskopf spoke to Dynamic Business about his vision for Hub Hyde Park, a 4200 square metre space at 223 Liverpool Street.

Hub Australia has secured a second Sydney coworking site to focus on catering for growing businesses – “Local coworking pioneer, Hub Australia has secured a significant 4,200 square metre site located at 223 Liverpool Street, on the east side of Hyde Park. The site, in addition to Hub Australia’s existing Hub William Street location, brings its Sydney footprint to over 5,000 square metres and over 10,000 square metres nationally”.

Hot Venue: Hub Southern Cross, Melbourne“Coworking pioneer Hub Australia has unveiled premium event spaces available for hire at its landmark Hub Southern Cross location. Housed in the historic Mail Exchange building in the heart of Melbourne, on the corner of Spencer and Bourke Street, the event spaces overlook Southern Cross Station”.

Hub Australia secures Hyde Park site to deliver new Sydney Coworking opportunity – “The new site, Hub Hyde Park, was chosen for its close proximity to Sydney’s CBD and size and will have a strong focus on catering for growing businesses with a variety of private, dedicated and flexible workspaces.Hub Australia will also provide customisable spaces for larger teams of up to 100 people, offering larger companies and organisations flexible workplace solutions while also leveraging the benefits of being in a coworking space such as connection to a broader and diverse business network”.

Designing the workplace experience – “So for an office to be successful in driving individual and business performance, it must be become the preferred place to get work done. This comes down to the workplace experience – how it empowers and inspires people, where technology is seamless and integrated, and connection and collaboration is intuitive and innate. “We need our talent to choose the office because they know they will perform and achieve their more there than anywhere else.”

Designing the workplace experience – “Hub Australia’s new 223 Liverpool Street site is consistent with this trend and will be a welcome home-grown addition to Sydney’s buoyant coworking landscape,” Mr Preece said. According to CBRE, modern workplaces have not adapted at a pace equal to technology, and the inability of real estate to keep pace is prompting many occupiers to think differently about how they plan and allocate their space.

Co-working operator Hub Australia to open new Sydney facility – “Co-working operator Hub Australia has expanded in Sydney, taking over almost an entire building on Liverpool Street on the east side of Hyde Park. The provider will take four of the five floors – or 4200 square metres in all – at 223 Liverpool Street, which is owned by European investor ST Real Estate”.

A Hyde Park home for co-working operator Hub Australia – “For Hub Australia, the tenancy is a significant addition on its existing William Street facility, taking its Sydney footprint past 5,000 sq m. With facilities in Adelaide and Melbourne, Hub Australia now has more than 10,000 sq m of co-working space in its national portfolio. The larger sites allow Hub Australia to bring in more amenities. At the Hyde Park hub, which is being fitted out by Hassell, there will be a cafe, a rooftop terrace, meeting rooms and a gym”.

Bright Sparks Rewarded at Hub Adelaide – The program, supported by Renewal SA includes 12 months sponsored use of Hub Adelaide, a spot on New Venture Institute’s Venture Dorm program and facilitated mentorship through Hub Australia’s national and international networks.

Co-Working Gains Momentum as Larger Companies Move In – “The biggest attraction for businesses with larger teams is mostly driven by the desire to tap into what co-working ecosystems like Hub offer (community, creativity, connectivity and networking), with the added benefit of being able to leave the studio as it is and lock up at the end of the day”.

Co-working grows 35% in year – Melbourne’s co-working culture is the biggest in Australia, occupying 56 per cent of the 116,955sq m of space in the main capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Co-working grows 35% in year – “Many corporations are looking at the benefits of shared, collaborative workspaces and are bridging the gap between what small businesses, freelancers and employees want in the workplace and what traditional landlords offer,”

Co-working grows 35% in year – Melbourne’s co-working culture is the biggest in Australia, occupying 56 per cent of the 116,955sq m of space in the main capital cities of Sydney, Brisbane and Melbourne.

Five Must-Haves for an inspiring Coworking Space From Brad Krauskopf – “Coworking has evolved from its start up and freelancer roots to a go-to resource for many growing business and even large corporates looking to connect to innovation. With so many coworking spaces available, Brad Krauskopf, CEO & Founder of Australian coworking pioneer Hub Australia, has put together his five top things to look for, to ensure you find a space that really helps your business flourish”.

Sydney and Melbourne’s co-working trend on the rise – Hub Australia opened Victoria’s largest co-working space, Hub Southern Cross, in Melbourne, while New York-based WeWork launched its first Australian site in Sydney.

Co-working grows 35% in year – “The volume of co-working space in Melbourne grew 35 per cent in the past year” with Hub Southern Cross claiming the biggest space which more than doubled the space it occupied when it relocated into 3900sq m of space at the Mail Exchange Building.

Co-working grows 35% in year “The biggest of those is Hub Melbourne, which more than doubled the space it occupied when it relocated into 3900sq m of space at the Mail Exchange Building on the corner of Bourke and Spencer streets last November”.

Co-working spaces expand across Melbourne – “The amount of space occupied by co-working hubs in Melbourne has increased a staggering 750 per cent in the past three years”. Hub Australia opens the largest space in Victoria almost four times the size of the old site.

Melbourne’s largest co-working Hub opens – “A fully-fledged flexible office sector has emerged. It includes various kinds of space and a diversity of users, from freelancers, to start-ups, to major corporates looking to house a project team”.

Knight Frank: Sydney’s co-working culture October 2016 – “Moving away from the origins of traditional hot-desking for freelancers, coworking offerings now include small and large private offices, dedicated desks, onsite cafeterias, premium meeting spaces and childcare”.

Onyapreneur: Brad Krauskopf, Hub Australia Founder “What sets us apart from other coworking spaces is our focus is on growing businesses and also the diversity of our members”.

Hub Australia boosts Melbourne’s co-working scene – “We are privileged to be at the forefront of the co-working evolution, helping our members and their businesses grow and we look forward to seeing this continue in a new business home at Hub Southern Cross”.

Bookmarc: The opening of Hub Southern Cross – “The design celebrates the heritage building and features curated pieces to create a comforting sense of belonging and a home-like feel- it’s a home where businesses can grow”.

Diverse co-working ecosystems generate innovation and huge amounts of B2B trade – “Co-working spaces affords businesses a great deal of flexibility, which they wouldn’t get if they were just leasing office space”.

Inside Victoria’s Largest Coworking Space  – “The flagship Hub Southern Cross coworking space leverages years of learning by Hub Australia, combined with design-driven, state of the art facilities that have traditionally been the domain of large corporates”.

At home in the Hub: Melbourne’s largest co-working space – “It’s about connecting everybody, it’s part of the value we offer our members. They become part of an ecosystem of many different industries. It’s amazing how much trade there is between our members”.

Join the Community Manager at Hub Sydney for part 2 of the podcast –  “We ourselves subscribe to being a B Corp, we see ourselves beyond profit, profit isn’t our number one metric, we value how sustainable the business is, mental health our environmental impact”.

Victoria’s largest co-working space opens in Melbourne – The space triples Hub’s footprint in Melbourne, occupying 3900 square metres and two floors of the historic Mail Exchange building on the corner of Spencer and Bourke streets. Providing space for up to 700 members, Hub Southern Cross has a variety of private and open plan offices, as well as flexible seating. For larger company members, bespoke spaces can be customised.

Co-working finds a Hub in Melbourne’s Mail Exchange building – “As their businesses have grown, they don’t want to leave the co-working space but they do need more amenity, more privacy in order to keep attracting and retaining their staff. At the new space we will be able to cater for teams of up to 20 people”.

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5 tips from an industry pioneer for choosing the right coworking space for your business – “The workplace and way people work has changed considerably in the past ten years and this is reflected in the demand for flexible work solutions such as coworking offices”.

Sky News Business, the Future of Work: – Imagine if the person working on the desk next to you was employed by a completely different company.

“Where small businesses and staff of much larger organisations pay a membership fee month to month to access a coworking space, but it’s not so much about the space it’s more about the learning and the connections and the business opportunities the members get by being part of a coworking community”.