Powering Creativity

It’s hard to find the right space for your projects, it’s even harder to find a community of people as passionate and motivated as you. Join us and a more enlightened way of working. Welcome to Spark at Friar Gate Studios, a coworking space in the heart of Derby's creative community. get in touch and see what we do.

Rocket Fueled

Whilst working from your kitchen table or local coffee shop is fine (and even liberating) for a while, it's hard to beat the buzz you get from working alongside other like-minded people. Together we're better and are more creative when we can share ideas, feed off each other's energy and combine our talents to create a strong collaborative community.

Terms of Use

We offer independent workers the environment they need to connect, collaborate, exchange ideas and share experience. We provide the conditions, tools and support needed to allow people to work at their creative, productive and innovative best.

We are committed to the values of collaboration, openness, community, accessibility and sustainability. These values permeate everything we do. If you're happiest working in a cubicle or behind a closed door then coworking is probably not the right thing for you.

We believe that coworking plays a key role in the creation of a more sustainable, healthy and vibrant city; it is, we think, simply a better way of working. Because coworking provides a platform for community among independent workers we believe that all sorts of good things can happen. When you cowork new business opportunities are discovered, resources you didn’t know existed are suddenly sitting at the next desk, personal relationships are formed and the rest of the local community grows stronger.

Getting Support

We're flexible! Just need a place to park your laptop for a few hours? We have an amazing cafe (trust us, it's won awards) and so long as you buy a coffee or two (it helps keep Sarah happy) feel free to soak up the atmosphere and enjoy our fabulous Wi-Fi.

For those that want something a little more permanent in the way of accomodation we've tried to keep it simple and all our prices include VAT. We firmly believe that commitment should have its rewards, but unlike most relationships ours doesn't have lots of strings attached.

One day each week

Sometimes you need a change of four walls, or maybe you're only in town for a day a week but still need somewhere decent to work. If this sounds like you then for £36 a month we are all yours - for one day a week anyway!

Two Days each week

It's good to see you again! If you're staying overnight in the city on a regular basis, or are just in need of a bit more creative company then £72 a month gets you the use of the space for two days a week.

Three Days each week

If you're planning on being here more often than not, then our £108 a month, three days a week plan might just fit the bill.

Full Time

Call the place "home" for £180 a month. You get your own desk and chair and what's more we promise that no one else will sit there even if you're not here!

Our Spaces

When we started to think about how to fit out our spaces we had one goal in mind, to create the sort of places that we wanted to work in. Getting the basics right is important, and we understand that you need a decent desk and a really good chair, so that's what we provide. We also think that art on the walls is rather nice, so we have that too.

All our workspaces benefit from fabulously fast internet connectivity; and when we say it's fast we mean it - our backhaul runs at 1Gbit/s.

We have a really nice A3 colour printer (she's big and she's curvy and we call her Betsy) and more importantly we don't charge for everyday printing. All we ask is that you play fair and if you do need to do a very large print-run that you have a word with us first. We won't say "no", but we might want to charge you a couple of quid to cover paper and toner.

We mean what we say about collaboration, openness and community, and if you think that we have missed a trick, or that an extra little something would make your life complete; tell us! No promises, but we will see what we can do.

Opening Times

Our core opening times are 8AM to 6PM Monday to Friday, but we do appreciate that sometimes you have deadlines to meet, or that the creative juices are really flowing. If you're on a roll or up against it we will do our very best to help you out and are happy to hang on and keep the place open for you. Just try to avoid Friday nights (we have homes to go to too).

Mentoring and Business Support

Because we are part of the Derby City Council's "Connect" initiative all our members have access to our mentoring and business support programme.


We run a year round programme of activities, including workshops, guest speakers and "how to" (or "how not to") events specifically for start-ups and growing businesses. All of our events are free for members. You can stay up to date with what's going on by following us on Twitter @SparkDerby or on Google+

Getting in Touch


We are based Friar Gate Studios. Pop in and visit us, drop us an email at hello@sparkderby.com or give us a call on 01332 258300.

Stay up to date with what's going on, follow us on Twitter @SparkDerby or Google+ or join our Community