The Exchange

View of Somerset House and Victoria Embankment at night

Image courtesy of Marco Beck Peccoz

 

The Exchange is a membership, offering small businesses and freelancers working in the creative industries the opportunity to join the Somerset House community.

We have several dedicated Exchange co-working spaces which were created in 2011 as a direct response to a newer, more mobile style of working. Appealing to entrepreneurs, start-ups and freelancers, the Exchange soon became a popular option for those wishing to explore flexible, communal working - rather than a dedicated workspace - in a beautiful and unique setting. See our existing Exchange members here.

Membership is charged on a user tariff basis, billed monthly in advance and is on a monthly-rolling contract. Members have access to the wider Residents programme of events and the community at Somerset House. 

  

Criteria

 

As part of the Somerset House community, we aim to create an environment that stimulates creative projects and beneficial business for your organisation. Through collaboration and engagement, we encourage residents to work together; directly business to business or with Somerset House Trust.

Tapping into the wealth of talent within our community, we host a calendar of events which brings together residents to learn new skills, create valuable connections, be inspired or simply unwind after work.  It includes networking events, skills sharing schemes, talks, screenings, and social gatherings. We also strive to work with our community on our diverse and dynamic cultural programme.

We are therefore looking for companies that are willing to contribute ideas, services, and skills to the community, whether it is being a professional mentor or a pub quiz master!

Applications are welcome across all creative sectors. Having a multi-disciplined community is an important factor when selecting new residents. We do not seek to represent a specific genre of creative industry, but wish to house a range of talent and expertise.

 

Applicants who meet the above criteria should additionally: 

  • Be actively enthusiastic to share ideas and projects with a community of creative businesses
  • Have a UK presence
  • Have carefully read the criteria and feel that they would be a good addition to the community based here

 

Please apply via our website here.

 

Facilities

 

As an Exchange member, you will have:

  • Access to dedicated co-working spaces, with high-spec Wi-Fi internet
  • Access to shared communal break-out spaces and tea-point
  • Your own company profile on the Somerset House website
  • Somerset House postal address (please note that registering your business at Somerset House is not permitted through Exchange membership)
  • A dedicated Community Manager who can help you build your connections within the community and facilitates events and initiatives
  • The opportunity to collaborate with other residents through the Somerset House community programme
  • Opportunities to attend and initiate community events and socials
  • Access to subsidised private meeting room space (subject to availability)
  • Access to private event space at Somerset House at subsidised resident rates
  • Discounts across the Somerset House site including cafés, restaurants, shops and many Somerset House exhibitions

 

Pricing

 

Membership of the Exchange is charged on a tariff structure, depending on how often you plan to use our facilities: 

 

Membership Tariffs

20 hours per month (2 days per month approx.): £40.00
50 hours per month (6 days per month approx.): £100.00
100 hours per month (12 days per month approx.): £195.00
Unlimited access per month: £300.00

All prices quoted are excluding VAT.