First tenants announced at new Leamington business co-working complex

Photo shows: From left, Alan Heap, Nigel Shanahan and Jack Gibson

A co-working complex in Leamington has announced two new tenants ahead of its opening later this year.

The landmark Victorian building, on the corner of Mill Street and Leam Terrace, which has been completed refurbished, now offers flexible offices, dedicated desks and hot-desking, a video and sound studio, The Muse Coffeehouse, meeting areas and events space. 

The two Leamington businesses which have signed up to take offices at 1 Mill Street are marketing agency Gibsonhaus and creative engagement agency Purple Monster.

This is Gibsonhaus’ first venture into commercial premises after the business was formed by Jack Gibson and his wife Jorina from home in 2015, and now serves clients across the medical, housing and IT sectors.

Jack said: “We’ve grown over the past five years – including during the recent lockdown where our workload increased by 50 per cent as more of our clients had time to assess their marketing needs – and moving into Mill Street will aid our business’ development further.

“While we have a spacious office to work from at home, I’ve seen first-hand from my time working in London how impactful collaborative working can be for a business’ development, and I’m really excited for what the future holds.”

Purple Monster – which works with clients across the globe – is making the move to 1 Mill Street from its premises in Spencer Yard after celebrating its 25th birthday.

Alan Heap, managing director at Purple Monster, said: “Once Covid-19 took hold, my staff realised they were just as productive while working from home, which led me to downsize our office space, and 1 Mill Street was just the perfect fit.

“We can now develop relationships with other businesses and community groups to develop our business further, all whilst allowing our staff to drop by the office or use 1 Mill Street’s additional work and event spaces whenever they need to.”

1 Mill Street is the brainchild of Kenilworth based businessman Nigel Shanahan, whose team has undertaken a 12-month renovation and refurbishment of the 12,000 sq ft building.

Nigel said: “Gibsonhaus and Purple Monster committing their future at the facility is a brilliant early vote of confidence in a project that we think will enrich various parts of the town’s community – be it for business, charity work, or performances from community groups.

“All being well, we are looking forward to officially opening the facility to the public in November.”