A place to work where you can be yourself.

The Skiff's a Coworking community for individuals - freelancers, remote workers and solo business owners.
You miss the best bits of sharing an office with supportive coworkers. But you love the freedom of being able to work from home.

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"One day I realised I hadn’t spoken to another human being in 48 hours..."

That's a quote from one of our members - we hear it far too often.

You want to find the perfect balance of getting stuff done and enjoying Brighton at its best. Focused, productive time and relaxed, social time. Growing your business and gaining a real sense of community.

But it feels impossible...

  • "I always get dragged in to household chores."
  • "I'm going crazy with only the cat to talk to!"
  • "My back's killing me after a day at a coffee shop table."
  • "The WiFi connection always plays up at the worst possible moments."
  • "I'm isolated from professionals like me."
  • "Everyone I live with is bored of me talking about work."
  • "I feel like an outsider in Brighton."
  • "Why don't I feel the sense of community everyone talks about?"

You're struggling to find the work-life balance Brighton is renowned for. But worst of all you're lonely. You're in one of the most densly populated cities in the world. Yet you can go days at a time without having a proper conversation with another human being.

You always manage to take some quality time with friends and family before things get really bad. But they all have traditional jobs. They're surrounded with work colleagues most days. How will they ever understand what you're feeling?

What if your time with friends and family was more focused on them and their needs?

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"...The Skiff’s laidback atmosphere and vibrant social scene was exactly what I needed."

"I had been working from home for about a year and I was scarily close to going crazy. One day I realised I hadn’t spoken to another human being in 48 hours and that’s when I knew I needed to shake things up. After researching a few co-working spaces, I decided The Skiff’s laidback atmosphere and vibrant social scene was exactly what I needed."

Lizzie Davey

Lizzie Davey View profile
Skiffmate since November 2016

How much better would you feel if you had an office on your doorstep, filled with people who really understand you and your work?


  • There wouldn't be any household chores to distract you.
  • You'd always have someone to chat with when you need a break from your screen.
  • You'd have a proper desk to spread your work out on.
  • Your Internet connection would be the rock solid kind that only big businesses can afford.
  • Every week you'd learn something new without travelling to a conference or paying for a workshop.
  • You'd have a direct line to professionals whose opinions you respect.
  • You'd have your own clubhouse to welcome others into.
  • Your business grows as a result of the community you have around you.

And, since we're dreaming, what if you didn't have to give up any of the freedoms you currently have. No scary multi-month commercial property contracts, no need to take on the huge responsibility of employing someone and no rules and policies that make you feel like you're back at school. A space you can call your own and a community you can participate in as much as you need to.

What if your office was a place you looked forward to going to?

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"If you find yourself endlessly procrastinating at home or debating deadlines with your dog, check out The Skiff"

We started our business working from home ourselves. And we caught all kinds of cabin fever.

That's why, when we took on an office of our own in 2007, we opened it up for others to escape the isolation of working from home. 18 months and one office move later we realised it wasn't our office any more, it was our community's.

When you join The Skiff to escape the isolation of working from home, you get the benefit joining a community of over 200 like minded individuals. They include freelancers, consultants, micro-business owners, remote workers, accountants, artists, designers, developers, engineers, illustrators, journalists, marketers, masseuses, photographers, musicians, scientists, writers, videographers and more. You'll fit right in.

Together we share an ambition to:

"Office parties, the jokes over the coffee machine, and just being around productive people. That’s what first attracted me to the Skiff."

Dan Young

Dan Young View profile
Skiffmate since January 2015

"The Skiff has been a brilliant place to work and meet people. After just 8 months of working from home and coffee shops, The Skiff was exactly what I needed to stop myself going crazy."

Matt Oakes

Matt Oakes
Skiffmate since January 2017

Make working independently in Brighton better than employment anywhere.

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... in addition to sharing a workspace with all the facilities you've to come to expect of a modern office:

  • A choice of different areas to match your mood.
  • Large desks you can spread your work out on.
  • Comfy chairs you can spend a day working from.
  • Standing desks when you need to change position.
  • A meeting rooms with room for 2 to 10 people.
  • Evening and weekend event space for upto 30 people.
  • Enterprise grade boardband and WiFi you can depend on.
  • Meet your coworkers at social and professional gatherings every week.
  • Slack chat room giving you an instant direct line to coworkers.
  • Email discussion list for announcements and longer discussions.
  • Keyfob and mobile app for self-serve access.
  • Free printing for your urgent and occasional prints.
  • Storage space so you can leave your equipment in the space.
  • Stationery supplies in case you urgently need to post something, stick something, laminate, staple...
  • Relax in a dedicated social space when you need time away from your screen.
  • Free tea, fresh coffee, fruit and ocassional treats to keep you energised.
  • Fridge space, microwave, toaster and hot/cold water filter to keep yourself nourished and hydrated.
  • Dog friendly for friendly, well behaved dogs.
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No surprise "addons" or "extras". One, simple, predictable monthly Coworking membership. That's it.

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"What a great place! Very friendly and welcoming people, plenty of events happening for members and a choice of spaces to suit your working style."

Caroline Beavon

Caroline Beavon View profile
Skiffmate since June 2016

After joining The Skiff members report that they feel:


more productive


fewer distractions


less isolated

But it doesn't stop there.

  • 43% say The Skiff has increased the growth of their business.
  • 62% say The Skiff made solving business problems easier.
  • 77% say The Skiff has improved their work/life balance.
  • 91% say being a member of The Skiff helped them feel part of a community.

95% say The Skiff makes working independently in Brighton more comfortable, more sustainable and more productive.

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"I can't imagine being freelance w/out being a member of such a great community!"

Peter Cook

Peter Cook
Skiffmate since September 2012

"I was dismayed that I couldn't find any serviced offices or a coworking space in Haywards Heath."

Thomas Buck

Thomas Buck View profile
Skiffmate since October 2017

"I was working from home, and sometimes upstairs all day in the Jubilee library."

Cath Lloyd

Cath Lloyd View profile
Skiffmate since November 2014

"The Skiff offers a perfect refuge!"

Simon Popple

Simon Popple View profile
Skiffmate since October 2014

"I wanted to meet people both for work contacts and moral support and The Skiff has provide plenty of both."

Izzy Crouch

Izzy Crouch View profile
Skiffmate since April 2015

"The Skiff seems unique in offering a more inclusive and collaborative experience."

Andy Mattock

Andy Mattock View profile
Skiffmate since November 2015

"It's a great space with a range of different rooms depending on how much noise/music you want around."

Mike Hadlow

Mike Hadlow
Skiffmate since July 2012

"The folk are friendly techies & creatives, and you can find out what they do at the weekly Show & Tell, which are fund and educational."

Conrad Brunner

Conrad Brunner
Skiffmate since January 2017

"The space is dedicated to freelancers, not small businesses, so we don't get crowded out or treated like 2nd-class members as can happen in other Brighton co-working spaces."

Margaret Ousby

Margaret Ousby
Skiffmate since January 2017

"The Skiff really understands what people what from a shared / collaborative workspace and provide it at a great price. I'm extremely happy here :)"

Steve Green

Steve Green
Skiffmate since November 2015