TOG is home to one of the most creative, exciting and forward-thinking working communities in the UK.
We pioneered the concept of the shared workspace in Britain. TOG launched in 2003, when the global economy was beginning to be radically reshaped by new technology and new ideas. Our aim was to reconfigure the modern British workplace to bring it into line with a fast-changing world.
When we founded the company our vision was this: to create beautifully designed buildings with a wide variety of spaces, and to offer tenants progressive membership schemes and short-term leases to allow for growth and change. Each building has its own unique identity, but all have an excellent range of facilities and vibrant communal areas to foster an open, collaborative working culture.
Today, TOG has over 15,000 members working across 33 buildings, 31 of which are in London, with 6 more opening next year. We house one of the fastest growing and most diverse workforces in Britain: app creators and advertising agencies; makers and media companies, financiers and foodies; artists and architects; and a smorgasbord of startups, entrepreneurs and freelancers.
Whatever your goals, you can achieve them here — and you can find collaborators to help you.
We (Olly and Charlie) worked for both property companies and serviced office providers before starting up The Office Group in 2003 with the backing of Bridges Ventures, a socially aware Private Equity Fund.
The concept was driven by a desire to create buildings that would stand apart from the competition. That were simpler, much more design-led and generating a real sense of ownership (as well as being greener). By delivering this we believed we would get much closer to meeting people’s expectations from office space.
In September 2010 – when there were 7 buildings in the portfolio - Lloyd Dorfman CBE, the founder of Travelex, serial entrepreneur and leading philanthropist, funded the management buyout of the previous private equity shareholders and became the majority shareholder and the company’s Chairman. He was already running 4 buildings very much along the same ethos as ours, so we joined the two groups together under The Office Group brand.
In late 2011, we completed a deal with Network Rail to form a 50:50 Joint Venture vehicle to refurbish and run empty office space in 5
mainline stations in London. In addition, we created drop-in working areas in the Stations.
Fast forward to today and we have committed further funds to continue to grow the business. In June 2017 Blackstone (a global leader in Real Estate investing) acquired a majority interest in the business, beginning a new era for TOG. We are very excited about what the future holds in terms of opening new locations and defining innovative ways of addressing how people wish to work.
We love it when our members work together. The Communiteam works across all buildings to ensure TOG members are as connected as they want to be. Get in touch by emailing [email protected]
Erica is not only a friendly face at TOG but she was also on TV quite a bit in her teen years. She is creative on all parts, from drawing and poetry to dancing, especially when she can smell a Guyanese Roti and curry on the way. Erica is a fun loving, go-getter with an incredible eye for detail and is always a pleasure to be around.Erica Rutherford Community Manager Contact Erica Rutherford here
Heléna is a creative and cultural gem. She has an eye for streetwear, a wanderlust for Madagascar and a passion for DJ’ing. She has DJ'd across the globe, from London to Ibiza. One of the bubbliest people you’ll ever have the pleasure of meeting, we definitely recommend sharing a coffee, beer or general chitter chat.Heléna Thomson Community Manager Contact Heléna Thomson here
The main cog of the communiwheel. She loves meeting new people, finding out what your company does and connecting people. She’s a happy Canadian who takes way too long to settle on an Instagram caption.Alessa McNally Community Manager Contact Alessa McNally here
Gemma crochets for fun and is the planet’s biggest fan. She volunteered in Greece to help the Refugees, is a Love Pixie for LoveSpecs at Festivals and may very well save the world one day. She’s excitable and passionate about everything.Gemma Simmons Community Manager East, South & the City Contact Gemma Simmons here
Sustainability is important for the environment, for our Members and for us. We do what we can on sustainability within the constraints of each building. It’s not just about a recycle bin in reception (although we do have them…); sustainability is a key part of the design process for each building, from the lighting to the loos. Each building is different but we try to include as many innovations and creative ideas within our designs to inspire green behaviour from our staff and members, helping everyone to do their bit for a clean, green future.