Where We Work: Spark Studio

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by Charlie Spargo

Spark Studio is the North West’s first Live/Work scheme, giving creative entrepreneurs what they need to grow their businesses and succeed in one of the fastest growing cities in Europe.

It’s situated within a Grade II-listed Georgian building with separate ground floor office space - just an elevator ride away. What’s more, there’s high-speed internet access, as well as the use of a sleek communal kitchen, reception area and impressive boardroom.

It’s close to MediaCityUK and within walking distance of Manchester city centre. Priced at £799 a month, the Live/Work scheme combines a spacious and high-spec one-bedroom apartment with a separate office space.

Spark Studio is a vibrant, creative community with all the right connections for any developing business. It allows flexibility for creatives to further their careers and SMEs to grow.

Prolific North heard from long-time resident and owner of KULT, Samuel White, about why Spark Studio is a valuable asset in the context of the UK’s rapidly changing jobs market.

Samuel runs a clothing brand and has had success in growing the label since taking space at Spark Studio, getting access to both affordable housing and studio space.

He said: “I first started my business aged 16, from my bedroom at my mum and dad’s house in Middlesbrough. It was only when I launched the website, around a year later, that things really started to ramp up. 

“I turned down my place at Manchester Metropolitan University and focused my attention on building KULT into the brand it is today.

“Just after I turned 20, it became impossible for me to balance living at home with my parents and managing each aspect of the business efficiently - design, production, logistics, social media, and customer service. It was clear that I needed access to my own space, beyond just my bedroom, and I knew that finding a dedicated workspace that wasn’t extortionately priced would be quite a difficult task. Then I found Spark Studio.

“Spark Studio’s Live/Work package was the perfect opportunity - an affordable apartment and my own studio that could become a hub for the growth of KULT. 

“Honestly, it’s the best choice I’ve ever made. Not only is it so close to amenities in Salford and Manchester city centre, but Spark Studio means my commute is literally 30 seconds in the lift. It really suits my lifestyle.

“There’s enough space for me to manage every element of my business. I can be a bit of a night owl, so I’ll sometimes have a lie-in in the morning, but then I’ll work through until the early hours. That’s not often an option in a standard 9-to-5 office or co-working space. 

“Plus, I don’t have to worry about getting myself home; I can be tucked up in bed just a few minutes later!

“I couldn’t recommend Spark Studio enough for someone who has a creative business like mine. There’s so much freedom that comes with Live/Work solutions - time, money and lifestyle being some of the most obvious. It’s a great place to base your business and focus on the aspects of your life that matter most to you.”  

Spark Studio currently has two remaining Live/Work spaces available to rent. Arrange your viewing now at thesparkstudio.co.uk.