Ethical Property Company promises part-time office space for charities

Hive Network planned for London, Manchester, Brighton, Oxford and Bath

A third sector landlord is planning to help start-up social enterprises and small charities to escape from working in cramped coffee shops and draughty village halls.

The Ethical Property Company is launching a scheme to offer the sector affordable part-time use of meeting rooms, conference facilities and shared spaces.

The Hive Network, to be launched in June, will initially have buildings in Oxford and Bath. More are planned for London, Manchester and Brighton.

"Many people find themselves working from home or from corners of other people's offices," a spokeswoman said. "They wait in all day for a registered post delivery, or have to hold meetings in a house with kids running around.

"We want to offer good quality office space for a few days a week, or maybe just a couple of days a month."

The costs are likely to be about £1.40 an hour per desk. The company is also planning similar facilities in Antwerp, Paris and Cologne.

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