Coworking and business support expert TownSq has enjoyed a period of rapid growth following major new finance for the business and a number of high-value contract wins during 2021.
Over the last eight months, TownSq has won six new contracts resulting in additional revenue of £15m over the next five years. These include three new spaces in London and hubs in Llanishen, Rhyl, and Chester.
The new contracts and investment have allowed the company to almost double its team, with an additional nine members of staff joining across the UK. These will be followed by a further six posts over the next few months as further coworking spaces come online.
The six-figure finance from Triodos is some of the sustainable bank’s first lending through the Government’s Recovery Loan Scheme, which is designed to provide financial support to businesses across the UK as they recover and grow following the coronavirus pandemic. The lending comes as the bank looks to support the growing number of ethical businesses in Wales, having already increased its loan book in the country by 45% between 2017 and 2020.
Like TownSq, Triodos is a B Corp, meaning it is certified as meeting the highest standards of social and environmental performance, public transparency, and legal accountability to balance profit and purpose. Rob Keegan, business banking regional manager for Wales at Triodos Bank UK, said: “We believe that values-based entrepreneurs and small businesses have the power to make a positive impact on local economies, people and the environment. TownSq offers a valuable support network for these kinds of organisations and we’re pleased to be able to support its expansion through this lending.”
In what has been a record-breaking year for TownSq, Chief Operating Officer, Mandy Weston said the experience of more than ten years in coworking has meant the company is more than ready to press on with its rapid expansion.
Mandy said: “We’ve doubled in size, which might be surprising when you think that our business is primarily based around sharing space with other people – something that has been restricted these past 12 months. In fact, it’s a reflection of the genuine desire and need from partners and entrepreneurs to create supportive business communities, to facilitate the new way of working, and to support town centres and high streets, offering local workers an alternative to the traditional office commute.
“Embracing an ethos of business for good has also been an important part of the wider blueprint for TownSq – not just in terms of ethics, but also as a business model. Our new contracts come with social goals, and the fact we are a certified B Corp has certainly played a role in us securing nationwide partnerships.
“Although we are growing quickly, we are doing so in a sustainable and profitable way. By continuing to work with partners and stakeholders such as Triodos, we expect 2022 to be just as fruitful as this past year.”
TownSq currently operates hubs in Wales, Oxfordshire, West Sussex, Devon and Cheshire, and can support people from an initial idea right through to founding and growing a business.
TownSq is also a gold-accredited organisation through the Committed 2 Equality programme and a Living Wage employer. Many of its locations have high environmental standards and good public transport links, including its coworking hub in Bicester, which is the UK’s first PassivHaus Plus workspace, based in a zero-carbon eco-village.
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