Chamber Member Spotlight: The Network Hub
On a sunny Friday afternoon, we wander through the entrance of Chamber member, The Network Hub’s local space. Their offices overlook New West’s trendy River Market; a great place to wander around on any given afternoon in downtown New West. Jay, one of the local coworking space’s co-founders, shows us in through the front entrance. We walk past the front desk into one of the shared office spaces where people are working away quietly in unison.
The Network Hub has a beautiful view of The Quay, and Fraser River. Just outside, a tugboat sits, docked. We take a peek into one of their dedicated fully furnished working spaces up for rent (a private office), complete with a couch, some tasteful decor–even an office plant. Jay refers it to as a “consultation office.”
“You can refer clients to each other, and everyday you’re networking and getting to know new people in different industries, so everyone benefits from each other.”
Jay, Minna, and John started the company in 2006 when, fresh out of college, they were looking for a space for themselves as a group of web developers. There didn’t seem to be any workspace options downtown Vancouver for them that didn’t involve expensive real estate space–“and a suit and tie”. “We work in jeans”, Jay adds. They opened their first coworking space in Vancouver’s Gastown, priding their space on its ability to house an array of experts in different industries. “You can refer clients to each other, and everyday you’re networking and getting to know new people in different industries, so everyone benefits from each other”. Today, the Network Hub has housed some seriously noteworthy names such as Instagram, Google, Facebook, and Microsoft.
Space options at The Network Hub include a dedicated fully furnished working space for extended hour usage, a weekday coworking space pass, or a drop-in hot desk. They also rent meeting rooms, and event spaces. Jay points out that their drop-in section can be converted into a workshop space; one that the New Westminster Technology and Business and Meetup recently used for an event of theirs. He says that coworking passes seem to be the most popular option in New West right now. Probably because they start at just $5/hour, with no commitment. This seems to efficiently beat buying your hours at a crowded coffee shop through lattes and biscotti (only to discover that the wifi connection is just at crowded).
As a member of The Network Hub, you have access to all of their locations. So, you’re not joining only one space, but rather a network of workspace options in Vancouver, Richmond, Nanaimo, Victoria, Whistler, and beyond. They even have an agreement with other coworking spaces worldwide, through which you can get up to three days of free workspace in cities like Montreal, New York, and Tokyo.
As the largest coworking space in BC, The Network Hub claims their spaces are fit for businesses all over the map. Whether you’re a solopreneur, a startup with smaller, tight-knit team, or a larger organization, they can provide a space for every company dynamic.
You can book a tour with The Network Hub through their website to pick out your very own office space. They’re always interested in hosting events, and collaborating with local companies to support meetups. To see their upcoming events, click here.