TalkTalk are steaming ahead with their plans for what they referred to as a “business incubator”. It has opened a new set of offices in London’s Soho to accommodate several dozen entrepreneurs in various businesses. The offices will of course include high-speed Wi-Fi and internet access from the telephone company.
The former Tiscali headquarters, which is a substantial seven story office building, will be TalkTalk’s first major lone venture since it was spun off from Carphone Warehouse just a few weeks ago. The ground floor has become what they refer to as a “customer experience centre” which will serve as a showcase where the public can come and see the latest innovations in digital media; there will be a big emphasis on the companies other new baby, TalkTalk TV.
The media have pointed out the strong similarities between the new enterprise and the recently opened Regent Street offices-retail outlet operated by Apple. On the second floor there will be free Internet connections as well as meeting rooms, which will be available for hire, as well as a member’s area
Where this company has departed from the Apple model is that the other five fours will not be occupied by company staff, but instead will be offered to an array of small start-up companies. These companies will be selected in a manner similar to the TV show Dragons’ Den.There will be a total of 155 desks available for the lucky winners selected. As well as a place to call home the companies may also gain access to potential investors and other helpful contacts through the influence of their landlord.