With over 35 years’ experience, Oxford Innovation Space has been appointed to manage FBC Clerkenwell in the London borough of Islington. FBC Clerkenwell is an established family-run, flexible workspace that has been dedicated to supporting small businesses for the last 40 years, including Zego, Patch Plants, Karma Drinks, Deliveroo and Movember. The site is a former 1930’s printworks and also houses the London Metropolitan Archives. It was one of the first serviced office providers in London and has helped a variety of diverse and interesting businesses to grow and flourish over the years.
Oxford Innovation Space manages the largest network of innovation centres across the UK and Ireland, with FBC Clerkenwell bringing their current total to 28 managed centres, with a further four in the pipeline. Businesses within these centres directly benefit from their business support onsite, access to business angels and funding, as well as being part of the wider network of centres.
Jo Stevens, Managing Director of Oxford Innovation Space said, “I am delighted that Oxford Innovation Space has been appointed to manage FBC Clerkenwell. The Hudson family have run this centre for two generations and so it’s a privilege to have been entrusted to help continue the legacy by supporting small businesses and the local community. We are proud of our track record of incubating, harnessing and nurturing talent and innovation. We enable start-ups and entrepreneurs to push the boundaries in their field and thrive and are looking forward to supporting the current businesses at FBC Clerkenwell as well as attracting new businesses to the centre. I am confident that this centre will play an even greater role in helping the local area to become a flourishing hub of innovation and enterprise.”
Ideally located in Clerkenwell, one of London’s most historically creative areas, FBC Clerkenwell is home to a diverse range of businesses and now also boasts easier transport links with the addition of the brand-new Elizabeth Line station at Farringdon. Each of the 60 workspaces at FBC Clerkenwell are offered as blank canvases, so that members can customise them into their ideal environment to suit their requirements and individual style.
Owners Hugh and Ian Hudson took over running FBC Clerkenwell from their father, who transformed the building in 1983. The brothers painted the walls as children for pocket money and are passionate about enhancing the provisions for businesses within the centre. Ian Hudson explained: “We’re really pleased to be Oxford Innovation Space’s first London workspace. With their added layers of expertise, we can’t wait to get FBC Clerkenwell fully humming again, and maintain our presence as a thriving hub for business, innovation, and entrepreneurship in London.”