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.

Do you have your own business?

Have you started your own business which has progressed to the stage of needing your own premises?

Whether it's an office, workshop, studio, shop or food and drink outlet, we have a crate that matches the space you need for your business.

CRATE St James Street is currently fully let, however please fill in your details on the  apply form to register your interest and join the waiting list.

See the current pricing of standard units below. Food and Beverage businesses run on an agreed revenue share. 

CRATE also offers all businesses accross the UK business support with the CRATE BOOST platform:

Success story:
Pepe from No-Logo Hair started off hairdressing in salons accross the UK and Italy. Pepe joined CRATE St James Street in 2019 in a half unit and with his business dreams in mind and his strong determination, Pepe's success led to a need for an expansion and has since transformed his half unit into a single unit and taken on board more stylists.

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