Matthews Yard, a new business venture off Surrey Street which combines a cafe with “co-working space“, has set its launch date of April 21.
Matthews (note how they’ve abandoned the pesky apostrophe… how very Waterstones) Yard is sited between Surrey Street and Overton’s Yard, and utilises part of the site of the listed Surrey Street Pumping House, which was built in 1851. The business’s location is so new that Royal Mail has yet to assign a post code to the building.
In a 500 sq m space in the heart of the Old Town, Matthews Yard is offering a combination of flexible workspace, coffee shop, canteen and private members’ lounge and bar. Offering high speed internet connections, as well as office and meeting facilities, the owners hope to attract small businesses and the self-employed to make Matthews Yard the hub of start-ups, especially new tech businesses, right in the middle of Croydon.
“We want to offer everything a start-up might need, at rock bottom prices,” the founder, Saif Bonar, said.
The owners have already announced that an agreement in principle has been reached with Croydon Radio to make the hub its home.
To mark the opening, Matthews Yard is offering a range of discounts on membership and thousands of pounds-worth of prizes.
Anyone that visits the Matthewsyard.com website and takes out membership before March 31 get a 50 per cent discount on the usual fee, a potential saving of £500. The offer is limited and details are on the website.
To take part in the competition, you simply have to follow Matthews Yard on Twitter or “like” its Facebook page between now and the end of March. Anyone that does so will be entered into a draw to win the following prizes:
- One year’s full membership – worth £1,000
- Three months’ full membership – worth £250
- One of five “club” memberships for 12 months – worth £50 each
- One of 10 passes entitling the bearer to “One free coffee a day for a month”
The official launch party will take place from 9am to 4pm on April 21 with free access to the public and 50 per cent off all menu items. A number of “taster days” and other events are planned between now and the launch, details of which will be published online.
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