Become a Crater

Whether it's an office, a workshop, a studio or a shop, we have a space for your business. 
Unit sizes vary, so if you're just starting out or looking for a bigger space, you only pay for what you need. 
And as your business grows, you can expand without upheaval and leaving the community.

Plans and pricing

Half length

  • Monthly price (+VAT)
  • Suitable for up to 3 people
  • 13 square metres
  • L 5.9m, W 2.15m, H 2.4m
  • 5Mbps dedicated internet

Full length

  • Monthly price (+VAT)
  • Suitable for up to 6 people
  • 26 square metres
  • L 11.9m, W 2.15m, H 2.4m
  • 5Mbps dedicated internet


  • Monthly price (+VAT)
  • Two businesses sharing a half-Crate
  • Fully fitted out Crate suitable for 1.5 people
  • Desk, drawers and lockable cupboard
  • 5Mbps dedicated internet
We have a small number of CRATE modules that are available at a 50% discount to our standard pricing for social enterprises working in Waltham Forest - this includes Community Interest Companies and charities.

What's included

We combine fully-managed versatile premises and communal facilities with business support and on-site marketing. Whether it’s a desk-only option, a small retail unit or an office for your growing business, we have a space that meets your needs.

Premises and security

A 12-month license to occupy contract
24*365 access with security
Heating, utilities, WiFi and 5Mb/s dedicated internet connectivity (£60 one off cost for your router. Faster connectivity, landlines and handsets available at extra cost)
Buildings insurance, all-inclusive service charges and maintenance

Communal facilities and access

Social areas and communal facilities 
With a lift to the floor and WC
Below business rates threshold for the majority 
Wheel chair accessible throughout with a lift to all floors

Marketing services and events

Local scheme promotion in social media, print publications and the wider community

Signage, photography and video for your business usage 

Regular business and community events 

Access to the wider CRATE community

Business support

On-site CRATE site manager for advice, support and guidance
Bite-sized business planning 
Free on-site training workshops 
Access to business advisors and specialist support

Getting you up and running

Guidance and direction for local authority trading permits if needed 
Advice and support on fitting-out your Crate, including specialist suppliers
Rent free periods while you fit-out your Crate 
Advice on insuring the contents of your Crate and approved insurers

CRATE hours

Trading hours are 8am to 8pm or later depending on your business, seven days per week (subject to planning consent) 
Site access from 7am week days 
Tenant access (and public access for events) is available outside these hours