The department is looking for founding members in the Leeds Dock Prolific North workspace

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Department, which already operates two managed workspaces and studios for creative, technology and media professionals in Manchester, is seeking founding members at its first Leeds location, which will be fully operational from October 2022.

Department Leeds Dock will operate on a four-storey former casino site at Leeds Dock. Among the founding members already confirmed is Glean, an educational technology company that moved its staff of 80 to join the Department’s community. Department Leeds Dock is now looking for more ambitious creative, media and digital businesses to join the community.

In the space that remains available in the Leeds Dock department, businesses with up to 70 team members can be catered for with flexible memberships, shared offices and resident offices to bespoke suites, meeting spaces and events, private work studios and state of the art. – artistic production and content creation studios. A dedicated community team is also on hand to help.

As part of the Department’s mission to achieve work-life balance, members will have access to the Condition gym in the Leeds Dock area with daily fitness classes, changing rooms and bike storage directly on-site, while the social element of the Department comes from Dept Coffee, a cinema, community events, Leeds Dock cultural festivals and the food, drink and retail space, Department Store.

Brands and businesses that wish to join Department will find themselves within a wider creative community at Leeds Dock. The area is already home to Sky Digital and Technology, Channel 4 and the daily newspaper Steph’s Packed Lunch.

Anthony Powell, Chief Executive of Department, said: “Relationships with workspaces are completely different than they were two years ago. Businesses today need adaptability, flexibility and a place that is more than a workplace. We have had great success in Manchester with Department Bonded Warehouse, forming communities of businesses who share facilities, and therefore ideas and creativity, and giving the workforce added value from their days of work.

The department will eventually operate nationally in the heart of three UK cities – Manchester, London and Leeds. Manchester is currently home to two operations – Department XYZ and Department Bonded Warehouse, with Department London Road expected to be fully operational in 2023. Department Leeds Dock will open in October 2022 and Department Savile Row, London will open in 2023.

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