What people are saying about PUBLIC Hall

Imogen Granger

25 September 2019

One month after moving in, the team at PUBLIC have settled in and are enjoying life in our new offices in Westminster. Here’s what people are saying about PUBLIC Hall. 

This summer PUBLIC and Huckletree embarked on a new challenge: to create a co-working space in the heart of Westminster which would be home to startups aiming to improve the public sector. The result is PUBLIC Hall, a ground breaking new space directly opposite the Ministry of Defence and just down the road from No.10 Downing Street. 

One-month in and PUBLIC Hall is now operating at 100% occupancy. Members (to name just a few) include companies such as  Apolitical, Futr, Caura, and the Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation, as well as PUBLIC itself. 

The PUBLIC team on the first day at PUBLIC Hall

Speaking on PUBLIC Hall, PUBLIC’s CEO Daniel Korski, said:

“We launched PUBLIC with the aim of bringing technologists and government closer together. Providing a physical space, such as PUBLIC Hall, in the heart of government where they can meet will greatly accelerate this happening.”

Daniel Korski, CEO, PUBLIC

“We’re thrilled to a part of the PUBLIC Hall community. Being permanently based in Whitehall puts us at the very heart of government and allows us to ensure that our vision for the future; making public services universally accessible through plain natural language is heard and adopted far and wide.”

Andy Wilkins, CEO, Futr

One of the huge benefits to PUBLIC Hall is the proximity to Whitehall, and the ease for public servants and politicians to visit and meet startups – without having to hop on a train to Shoreditch. Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health, launched the official opening party and said:

“Public services can benefit hugely from adopting new technologies. PUBLIC Hall will provide a space where government and innovators can work more closely together, and is a vital step towards a more technology-enabled state”

Matt Hancock, Secretary of State for Health and Social Care
Matt Hancock at the PUBLIC Hall official opening party

“Being able to attend exclusive members events and meet industry leaders like David Magliano who spoke to us about building our brand has been extremely valuable to us as we prepare to launch our product in the UK. Being able to build a community of like-minded people who want to change the world has sharpened our focus and boosted our missionism, and we are excited to continue in this journey with PUBLIC and Huckletree”

Bhavin Kotecha, Chief of Staff, Caura
PUBLIC Hall hosts a Roundtable with Mark Smith, MD for Health and Public Sector at Accenture

The view is echoed by Robyn Scott, CEO and co-founder of Apolitical. Apolitical moved from Mayfair to Westminster and Robyn believes the change of location has triggered a marked increase in the number of meetings the company has had with public sector employees. 

“Nothing says significance in the digital world like a presence in the physical world, ironically. Just think about Silicon Valley, Silicon Roundabout, Silicon Savannah. It’s really important that GovTech has got this physical presence for all these digital companies.”

Robyn Scott, CEO, Apolitical

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