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Video: Surface Plus Cafe to launch West End ‘co-working hub’ at St George’s Cross

By Ian Marland at

It could be an ideal location for a small business wanting affordable workspace – with a desirable West End address to boot.

Businessman Alan Kennedy is converting a mezzanine floor area above the Surface Plus cafe he owns on Great Western Road into ‘co-working’ space.

Co-working is the buzzword for a type of office let geared towards freelancers, work-at-home professionals and independent contractors.

Popular: Surface Plus cafe has been open for three years.

Popular: Surface Plus cafe has been a popular venue since it open three years ago.

It often involves several people sharing the same working environment, often an office, and working independently and for different employees – often themselves – hence the term co-working.

Alan told Glasgow West End Today: “We are planning to use the upstairs as affordable co-working space.

“It can either be rented out as a whole or as individual tables where you could then rent out affordable table space.

“That would be ideal for young architects, young designers, marketing companies.”

Mezzanine: A space currently used for meetings will be converted in to co-working pods.

Mezzanine: A space currently used for meetings will be converted in to co-working pods.

He added: “One big attraction is that we are located just minutes from St George’s Cross Subway and there is parking close by.”

Up until now, upstairs at the popular cafe has been a showroom for Alan’s core flooring business.

Surface Plus is a bespoke flooring company which also has a base in Denny, Stirlingshire.

Alan opened a cafe inside the flooring business’s West End premises three years ago, which has gone from strength to strength.

Relaxed: Claus O ad Alan Kennedy outside the Surface Plus cafe on Great Western Road.

Relaxed: Manager Claus Otto and owner Alan Kennedy outside the Surface Plus cafe on Great Western Road.

And now it is all change again for the evolving business.

According to wikipedia, co-working is “the social gathering of a group of people who are still working independently, but who share values, and who are interested in the synergy that can happen from working with people who value working in the same place alongside each other”.

So far, few places in the West End are offering this kind of flexibility to young businesses.

Alan says he will offer wi-fi and desk facilities.

The attraction of taking up a space at Surplus Plus would be working within a relaxed and informal cafe environment.

Alan said: “It seems to be a natural progression to make for the upstairs space.

Watch: Surface Plus Cafe has many sides to its character.

“The flooring company evolved when the cafe opened and I moved the flooring showroom upstairs.

“For the past three years or so, the mezzanine has been used by other companies as an inspiration space and meeting area.

“Now that I’m relocating the flooring showroom, it is time to change again and to use it as co-working space.

“I think it will really appeal to those people who work in an independent and flexible way.”

* Any business or young start-up interested in the cafe’s co-working space contact Alan or Claus on 0141 331 2791 or email