The Office Group (TOG) was founded in 2003 by co-founders and co-CEOs Charlie Green and Olly Olsen, fuelled by their desire to reinvent the office space market to improve the way people work. The first flexible workspace by TOG was located on City Road and opened to members in 2004.
TOG creates beautiful flexible workspaces, always responding to and considerate of the architecture, location and context of each space.
Today, TOG has nearly 20,000 members across the 40 office spaces currently in operation in London, Bristol and Leeds. In total, TOG has a portfolio consisting of 51 buildings covering 2.1 million sq. ft. of office space, the remainder of which will be delivered over the next 2 years.
In 2019, TOG opened six new buildings in London, two of which were fully pre-let, while 2020 will see a further six new buildings opening in London and Germany. TOG is excited to have secured five prime properties across Berlin, Frankfurt and Hamburg, totalling 325,000 sq. ft., which will see the business go international for the first time.
The Blackstone Group, one of the largest real estate private equity firms in the world, acquired a majority stake in TOG in 2017. This partnership has enabled TOG’s growth over the last few years and has given it the capacity and resource to expand internationally. Charlie and Olly remain shareholders and are active co-CEOs, present and involved in the business.
TOG is both an owner and operator of buildings with a substantial freehold asset base, reinforcing its position as one of the most innovative real estate businesses in Europe today. Its continued asset growth includes the acquisition of the Freehold of Chancery House in October 2019, the company’s largest asset deal to date.
TOG’s ambition is to reimagine, shape and improve the way people work. Each TOG building is individual and distinctive by design, with its own character and building-led branding that offers a platform for its members and their businesses. TOG approaches each location differently, understanding that all businesses and its members will be different too. A strong geographical spread of flexible workspaces around London means TOG members can benefit from drop-in workspace across the capital, encouraging a more flexible way of working that helps to increase workforce mobility, variety and productivity.
Wellness is at the heart of TOG’s offering, starting with how it allocates space; always considering acoustics and aesthetics throughout the design process, as well as ensuring an abundance of natural light. Wellness also informs how TOG curates the balance of workspaces within each building, with a combination of quiet and collaborative spaces where members can work - from meeting rooms, break-out space and private focus booths - to escapes from the desk such as green roof terraces and balconies with views across the city, gyms, cafés and recharge rooms, all of which its members can benefit from as they wish.
From the moment members step through the door, they should feel the many personal touches inspired by the best of the hospitality industry that TOG has instilled throughout the business and its staff. TOG creates each space so that those within it can feel it is their own, and that it is right for their brand, their workforce and their business.