The sun has been out so instead of sitting for lunch and discussing web design things, we headed out across Manchester to capture our favourite place in the world… Manchester ūüôā

РCaptured our senior developer Mark on a two step

Following a series of unfortunate events, which I won’t go into here, we have decided¬†to relocate.¬†Bamboo has run from rented office space for over ten years now, and it’s never been as simple as it should be – Landlords take note, your tenants are NOT on-site maintenance staff, estate agents or fire marshals.

We decided to try¬†some kind of co-working space instead. This would allow us to do be based where we wanted¬†and hopefully cut costs and meet more like-minded people. Having¬†viewed a few options, we decided that the Northern Quarter in Manchester was the place for us. It’s where we felt most comfortable, and it’s full of similar, exciting¬†businesses.

We had heard of Ziferblat before, a strange, but simple concept ‘Everything is free inside;¬†Except for the time you spend’, so we gave that¬†a go. The principle is very simple, it looks and feels a bit like a cafe, except you server yourself. There¬†are plenty of drinks – tea, coffee etc, and lots of snacks available – cake, biscuits, cereals, that kind of thing. The big difference is that all the food and drink is free, as well as the superfast¬†WiFi, all you pay is eight¬†pence a minute for the time you spend there.

The first time we tried it we were hooked,¬†it is such a fun, cool place to work that nothing else came close, so after speaking to very friendly people who run it we signed up for a co-worker account which means we get unlimited access and get to use it as our postal address. Now the last bit might sound a bit odd, but¬†in our industry location is everything¬†(Google ‘web design Manchester’ to see what I mean), and this has allowed us to ‘relocate’ Bamboo to the Northern Quarter in Manchester, without moving anything physical and more importantly without signing any kind of lease.

So after ten years of being based in an office in Bury, Bamboo is now based in the Northern Quarter – and we love it!