Inspired Spaces North 2018 winner revealed at wrap party in Manchester

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The Inspired Spaces North initiative - the search for the most inspired workspaces in the North - came to an end last night with a wrap party at Windmill Green in Manchester attended by 120 people.

Once the judges' comments and public vote - which attracted an incredible 6,000 votes - had been taken into consideration, the winner was revealed as Proactive Property, owner of Liverpool-based creative hub The Tapestry.

The full top 10 is:

  1. Proactive Property - The Tapestry
  2. Peak - Peak HQ (Neo Building)
  3. Sorted Group - Sorted House
  4. Buffalo 7 - The Treehouse Suite
  5. Manchester Science Partnerships - The Bright Building
  6. Engage - Engage HQ
  7. Workspace Design & Build - Oxford House
  8. Citypress - Citypress HQ
  9. Zeal - Zeal Office Space
  10. Thoughtworks UK - Thoughtworks Manchester at Federation House

You can see profiles of all the shortlisted entries here.

Watch the full reveal video here:

Watch the 10-1 countdown revealed at last night's wrap party

The Inspired Spaces North initiative, in association with Active Profile and Prolific North, was backed for a second year by headline partner Sheila Bird Group, with supporting partners Zut Media, GVA and Windmill Green.

Atul Bansal, co-founder of headline sponsor Sheila Bird Group, said: “I think the competition is really important because people care much more about where they work than they ever did, I think companies are trying to talk to their staff, their communities and we consume spaces as individuals – we go shopping, we go out to eat and we are very vocal about what we are unhappy with and businesses in that sort of sector respond to it which doesn’t happen in a place of work. It’s about to happen.

It's a wrap - the Inspired Spaces North party 2018

"That’s why employers are trying to engage with their staff, there’s a talent war out there and when you want to employ people who are the best of the best, they have a demand in their soul they want to love where they work and I think competitions like this help to support the wonderful things that happen and it doesn’t have to be a big thing it could be small but they are all making noise about communities and what people want which is why Inspired Spaces North is a good thing.”

Jason Abbott (left), of winners Proactive Property, with Atul Bansal, co-founder of headline sponsors Sheila Bird Group

Jason Abbott, of Proactive Property said: “It’s been amazing to win the Inspired Spaces North award and this win really is for the communities that are growing in The Tapestry and the Fabric District; The Fashion Hub, DoES Liverpool, Sample Beauty, No Face Tattoo, they’re all growing their individual communities and businesses – this is for them and for everyone who are looking to come to the fabric district.”

See inside the winner of Inspired Spaces North 2018

Another big year for Inspired Spaces North