Business incubator centres provide resources, space and an environment for startups and entrepreneurs to grow their businesses. Besides the major players below, universities across the country, including Oxford, Loughborough and Lancaster, have a wide range of incubation initiatives. Business incubation centres provide access to a range of resources from business angel networks to high-speed internet and low-rate central location space such as Google Campus Incubators.
Related: UK business accelerators list
Business incubators aim to develop high-growth potential businesses and help them to thrive, supporting entrepreneurship at a local and national level. It is important to research each of the different centres to find the right fit because it can be very competitive to get a space.
Business incubator list
Location: London (and International)
Description: Google Campus in London is a well-known hub for tech entrepreneurs in London. The cafe is a well-known meeting point, the events space is well known for quality and of course, the broadband is second to none. They also run a range of educational workshops and events for entrepreneurs! As a meeting point, events space or for being based there, the campus has a huge amount of benefits for entrepreneurs in London.
Location: 1 E Poultry Avenue, London, EC1A 9PT
Description: They also made our office list but we thought it was important to include Innovation Warehouse here again due to the sheer amount of services they provide. Based in the old fish market in Central London, IW as well as providing office space offers access to a sophisticated Angel Network. They also have a great event space and have Accelerator Academy, Capital Enterprise and City of London as partners among others.
Location: London and Manchester (4 locations)
Description: Started by James Layfield, a well-known British entrepreneur, Central Working is a well known entrepreneurial co-working and innovation space in the united Kingdom. CW work on a club model that’s focused on building a mix of events and awesome space/ environment. They also guarantee a great experience in the first 30 days or else, you get your money back!
Contact/Useful Links: You can set up a free appointment at a CW space here.
Description: White Bear Yard is one of London’s best kept entrepreneurial secrets, it houses some of London’s major startups including AngelList and Tide. It also houses one of the UK’s most prolific and respected early stage investors, Passion Capital. They have office hours, a range of events and always a lot going on. The monthly desk price includes super fast WiFi, shower rooms, full kitchen, free lunch once a month and much more.
Contact/Useful Links: You can contact them here.
Location: London, Swansea and International (Mentioned in other lists)
Description: Tech Hub is a well-known office provider and innovation space across the world, particularly in the UK and Europe. Founded by the editor of Tech Crunch and other co-founders, Tech Hub has become a great provider of network/ events space and much more for tech startups.
Location: Bedford, Luton, Potters Bar, Stevenage, Watford and Ware
Description: Wenta the overall company runs six incubators across the UK, they run a range of events, training/ educational seminars and much more. If you meet certain requirements you may get 3 months for free.
Location: London and International (Shown on other lists)
Description: Impact Hub, particularly in London, is well known for being a great space for freelancers and small businesses/ tech startups. They run tours at 3pm every Tuesday and at 2pm every Friday for anyone looking to check it out in Westminster.