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A brilliant & insightful interview with DeskLodge founder Tom Ball

Following an inspiring blog post from Cat Johnson (https://catjohnson.co/) that focused on how storytelling can help to humanize your brand. Here at DeskLodge we are really good at telling you how great coworking spaces are and all the amazing things that happen at DeskLodge locations but you don’t really know much about the people behind the brand. Who could be better to humanise the DeskLodge brand than DeskLodge’s founder and creator Tom Ball!

 Cat Johnson writes content marketing for coworking spaces and communities and a weekly newsletter Coworking Out Loud.  https://catjohnson.co/subscribe/

Here is the influential blog post that taught us to humanise our brand through storytelling.

https://catjohnson.co/brand-storytelling-questions/

 What is the DeskLodge story?

The first thought of what has now become DeskLodge, was seeing a village that had won awards yet contained no pub or social space of any kind. This started a thought that daily commuting to send emails is insane. I believe we are social animals and full-time home working can be lonely. Therefore, I wanted to create great places to work near home and to reduce needless commuting, I do think coming together with colleagues is hugely important, just not every day. Ultimately these places would be in your ‘village’ not in city centres – but that’s a few years ahead.

The second was seeing Google’s new office (http://www.telegraph.co.uk/technology/2016/02/08/inside-googles-quirky-london-headquarters/ )open and wanting to have access to an inspiring office like that without needing to work for Google. That combined with wanting them to end up in villages created the thought about inclusivity, whilst we might have clusters (like tech and low-carbon in Bristol) I didn’t want cliques. I think having very different people, very different ways of thinking and working in a space is important.

Who are the people involved in the DeskLodge story?

In terms of building the space, our wonderful builders are where most of the ideas (and all of the work!) comes from.  Most of our builders, Skip, Martin, Wayne and Matt, I’ve known since I was two, when we grew up in the same village. Because we all have to travel to Bristol (We all live around Cambridge) we obviously stay over and go to the pub in the evening. This gives us regular time to think and reflect on what we’re doing, what’s working well and what doesn’t feel right. The Lego, tree and tent booths were going to be yellow, blue and red until a particularly good evening in the Blue Lagoon http://thebluelagooncafebar.com/ on Gloucester Road. That then gives the first version. The DeskLodge team are very good at sensing what is working, what people like and what needs to change. What could be better?

Have there been many lessons learned?

Where to begin! We started doing temporary spaces like a building due for demolition that we can use for a year or two. These are cheaper and allowed us to experiment much more but aren’t great long term as we would not be able to invest in a building or in growing a community if it was only temporary. We had a failed location in Hemel Hempstead, it was too far from transport links and was too small/too spread out to create a DeskLodge. We tried a few changes then realised we should either do it properly or not try. I think that focus on doing a few things well is really important in business, as well as tough!

What happened and is happening on the journey of building DeskLodge?

We keep trying to upgrade and improve the space. To make it more productive, friendlier and a nicer place to be. We are also thinking about how to make the space more inclusive to all, particularly to women, minorities and disabled people. Tiny changes like putting power sockets at table height not ankle height. We have much further to go in many ways.

What differentiates DeskLodge from your competition?

We try not to spend too much time thinking about the competition and defining them very broadly. I think I’ve learnt more from Wetherspoons https://www.jdwetherspoon.com/ and Thorpe Park www.thorpepark.com than most offices! I’m convinced that choice is a good thing, both of vibes and of different types of furniture. We watch which places get used the least and try to swap them for better places and create more of the most popular seats. We can’t seem to get enough of the bar height tables!

Why did you start DeskLodge in the first place?

I just wanted to enjoy my time in the office and I noticed that there were places I liked more and got more done and places I liked less and got less done. I normally have a few favourite seats in coffee shops I use often (I can’t always find a good coworking space).

What are your short, medium and longer-term vision and mission?

The biggest focus currently is just to improve what we’ve got. To get our systems/processes even smoother so it’s less dependent on our wonderful team having to run around to keep it all together! Basically, preparing for future growth.

Medium and longer term, I’d like us to open more DeskLodges, but I think that will have its own natural rhythm. If we are creating somewhere good to work and making it easy for people to enjoy it and get more done, I think we’ll naturally slowly grow.

 Who do you help? What have the specific results been to date?

I’m passionate that everyone should be very welcome. Corporates are very different to freelancers but the people aren’t nearly as different as we like to think. Especially the ones who like DeskLodge! And I think that diversity in every sense is wonderful, a freelance graphic designer can learn a lot from a corporate accountant and vice versa. I go back to that first thought of the missing village pub. I think grown-ups invented work so they could play together.

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Lift off at DeskLodge Basingstoke!

WE HAVE OFFICIALLY LAUNCHED IN BASINGSTOKE

We held our official launch party on November 9th at our new location in Basingstoke. It was a fantastic evening spanning over our 2 floors, with a beach and New York themes running throughout the space. From a sand covered welcome desk, to locally produced ale from Longdog Brewery, prosecco on tap, giant pretzels and of course, lots of amazing people and businesses from both local areas and from afar attending the event. 

It was a great success and we loved getting to meet and talk with people who were really interested in a new flexible and collaborative way of working from in and around Basingstoke. We hope everyone enjoyed it and we can't wait to see you all again! We offer 2 free hotdesk days if you want to change the way you work and you can register for that here

Check out some of the pics from the night and a video from founder Tom Ball below.

DeskLodge Socials - There ain't no party like a DeskLodge party!

Once a month DeskLodge Bristol holds a social event for all of our coworkers and residents. It’s a chance to network, let your hair down and to meet new and different people from outside your usual work/friendship groups.

We want to treat our lovely DeskLodgers and make everyone feel comfortable, happy and part of a team even though we are all from different companies and areas of business.

There is no hierarchy and with ageless boundaries, the DeskLodge socials are something to look forward to and a topic of conversation in the break out areas on our usual working days. Most importantly you can make new friends, network and have a good time.

Whether it’s just a trip to the pub, a games night, drinks in our indoor garden or a full-on pub crawl party, DeskLodge has it covered.

“I think they are always very fun, it’s good to meet new people and I like that, I just love them! You get free drinks and the themes are a great idea, like the quiz night, the Halloween, and Hawaiian night, it makes it more interesting and loads of new people have started coming lately, so I’ve met loads of cool people. The socials are really funny I’d never want to miss one! I love the massive dressing up box in the Oak Tree and the Games night was hilarious and for charity, which was a great idea. It’s the people around you that make it, I met my best friend at the DeskLodge social! You get to know your coworkers on a friendly basis, you can get on with them better because you have already socialised with them and now have things in common. Without the socials I wouldn’t have spoken to some of them, it’s a bit of networking, It’s interesting”. Beth Doherty, Fixed Desker, Media Street. https://www.media-street.co.uk/

“Desklodge socials are the perfect opportunity to meet amazing people. The socials are well organised by Jamie, Sam, Thanh & Emma. It’s a pleasure having them around, they know how to organise a successful get together. I think socials are great for co-working spaces because it is the opportunity we have to get to know the people that work around us every day”.  Claudia Loch. Hotdesker. Claudia Loch, Hotdesker, www.claudialoch.com

 “Oh, love them, it’s a great way to get to know your fellow DeskLodgers, it’s near your desk, you don’t have to go far! There are so many themes which help different personality’s shine through on different occasions. In many ways, it’s our like the other coworkers are our default team, it’s like a team bonding exercise, with no team away days and bonding exercises. The people I sit with on my fixed desk bank are more my team then people from my actual company. The socials make people more laid back and you find yourself networking your business without realising it as it’s on a more personal level. You find out about people’s interests and family life and create a bond that is deeper than just work”. Sarah Jane Freni,  Fixed Desker https://uk.linkedin.com/in/sarah-jane-freni-27915a13

See you at the next one!

Some reasons why coworking just works........

So, you have this new project to do. You really need to buckle down, concentrate and get some work done. The question is, where is the best place to work?

You're at home. You've made a nice little space just for you, but there are some dishes in the sink. Ok, get them done and then work. Well, give the dog a nice walk... then that's it. Work. Okay, NetFlix... just one episode...well, two episodes, just so you can see what's happening... you have just watched the entire season.

You're at the coffee shop. Decent WiFi, not too uncomfortable and good coffee. Expensive coffee but good. One cup should give you 45 minutes working time, maybe an hour. Then you order something else and you're good for the rest of the morning. Except for those toddlers running around. And those 3 people talking... yeah we get it, the football. And that music is definitely getting louder, plus that door opening is just causing a draft.

You're at the coworking hub. Nice choice of standing and sitting desks, that's good for the back. Decent coffee and a little selection of teas. Forgot the charger though! That's ok, they have a spare you can borrow. There are a few like-minded people sitting over there, You reckon you can work even harder than them! Midday already? 5pm already? So much done... 

It really can be that simple. For some people, it is WiFi, for some good coffee and for others it is networking. Whatever ticks the box for you is how you need to work, and finding a flexible working space can tick every box there is.

Thanks to our friends at NearDesk for sharing the post.

DeskLodge Bristol - Member Chats

Emma took some time last week to have a chat and catch up with some of our awesome members in DeskLodge Bristol.

Some new faces, some old and from different backgrounds and work industries. We love our relationships with our community, it's what makes us tick.

Check out the video and if your a member and want to get involved come and speak to the team :)

Thanks all for being interviewed!

Builders are back in Bristol town!

Have a word!

We are all about positive vibes at DeskLodge and we also really love sayings and quotes that encourage productivity. This week our builders have been taking a break from our lovely new Basingstoke office and have come back to Bristol to take down a wall here, add some new standing and normal desks with complete power/connectivity set up and put up our cool vinyl positive statements which will hopefully put a smile on a DeskLodgers face and inspire them to stay productive!

There are other interesting little quotes and words that can also be found around the office, look out for them on your next visit.

 

 

Quirky nooks and fun spaces

DeskLodge wants to create a home from home workspace using a variety of unique places and spaces mixing the original office ideals with quirky and engaging extras. Our Bristol office has large open plan spaces and small office spaces to cater for many the many coworkers that pass through each week, with other fun work areas to find across two floors of DeskLodge fun.

With Tom Ball’s creative eye and a big imagination, DeskLodge Bristol is a vibrant space with amazing little features that continue to surprise you with each visit.

Here are some of the little spaces, nooks and quirks that may go un-noticed on your first visit, see if you can find them next time you are here!

DeskLodge - Thanks to all who have loved and spread our story

DeskLodge Bristol has been really lucky to feature in some great articles over our first two and half years in Bristol, we're having an amazing time and it is always fantastic to hear what people think of us - especially when it’s so complimentary! Thanks Guys! You are Gert Lush!

Here are a few of our favourites…

The Telegraph - The15 coolest offices in the world

“Is it the future of working? Lego lovers will hope so.”

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/business/2016/09/08/the-15-coolest-offices-in-the-world/desklodge-tent/

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Techspark – Desklodge Bristol based coworking offices with a difference

“Undoubtedly the interior DeskLodge has adopted is very cool. A particularly attractive feature is a door entrance in the form of a Tardis which, as you may have guessed, leads to a much larger space behind it.”

https://techspark.co/company-profile-desklodge-bristol-based-co-working-offices-with-a-difference/

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Agent Media- 7 Office Design Ideas that make Bristol a Workspace Leader

“The facility’s innovative, inspiring design aims to boost morale by providing the perfect working environment”.

https://www.agent.media/life/bristol-offices/

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BCA UK – Imagination runs wild at Desklodge Bristol coworking experiment

“This imaginative kaleidoscope of workspaces might be described as an experiment, but there's nothing provisional or makeshift about it. It’s here to stay”.

https://www.bca.uk.com/blog/Imagination-Runs-Wild-at-DeskLodge-Bristol-Coworking-Experiment

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WTH- Finding Friendly Spaces

“It is bright, cheerful and has very friendly people on the front desk who explain the membership options – you can drop in for just an hour at a time which is very flexible and perfect for us”.

http://www.wthub.org/news/finding-friendly-spaces-desklodge-bristol/

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Bristol 24/7 – Bristol’s coolest offices

“In the heights of the Bristol Post building stands one of Bristol’s quirkiest offices”.

https://www.bristol247.com/business/features-business/bristols-coolest-offices/

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DeskLodge Socials

Everyone at DeskLodge works hard and needs time to rest their brilliant minds and chill out. Here at DeskLodge Bristol we like to throw a little social once a month for our DeskLodgers with a chance to meet other DeskLodge coworkers, network and enjoy themselves with a few drinks and nibbles added in to keep the troops morale up!

To keep our social events fresh, we like to change them up every now and again with fun in-house pub quizzes, hilarious games nights, Halloween celebrations, guest beer events and a good old fashioned British pub crawl. This Autumn we will be holding our End of the summer Hawaiian social, which will involve Hawaiian fancy dress (optional), fun tasks and of course a pub crawl around Bristol’s harbourside and beyond!.

It is so important to get to know your coworkers, not just for networking but to let your hair down and hang out with people you may not necessarily socialise with. Meeting new people can inspire you and increase productivity and Desklodge always wants to reward our coworkers with a few perks to keep them happy and productive, in a fun filled environment. By making everyone feel that outside their own business they are an important part of a larger coworking community.

We look forward to seeing you at our next social!

Hello From DeskLodge Basingstoke

 

DeskLodge has opened in the heart of Basingstoke in Belvedere House, part of Basing View’s dynamic Enterprise Zone. As well as becoming an innovation hub (home to the 5G emulator), Basingstoke’s fantastic connectedness makes it a great, mutually convenient meeting place. London Waterloo is just 45 minutes by train and Heathrow and Gatwick airports are close, as is the port of Southampton and the M25 and M3 motorways.

Our vibrant and collaboratively designed workspace is already attracting start-ups, small to medium sized businesses, freelancers and the worker on the move. Just a few minutes’ walk from the train station and close to Festival Place shopping centre with its 170 shops and eateries, this is an ideal setting for the DeskLodge brand of workspace. We’ve got hot desking, shared space, private offices, fixed desks, meeting rooms, event space and more, over 24,000 sqft of inspirationally-themed areas to drive awesome productivity inside and some refreshing, green “play areas” outside. We’re charged up with unlimited top quality tea & coffee and 1GB fibre internet just for starters. There are many reasons why we should be your business home. Come by car and park right outside or, if you prefer, bring your bike and leave it, covered and secure, right by the back steps to reception. Showers are available on entry if required or desired!

With flexible memberships and agreements to suit you or PAYG options that allow you the ability to scale up and grow within the space we provide, we have all you need to prosper and be part of an innovative community of like-minded people.

Check out our magnificent light and lofty atrium filled with DeskLodge quirkiness including the Watermill meeting room, Harlequin and Zen pods and beach huts, plus a second floor with a New York Skyline!

We’re so sure DeskLodge Basingstoke won’t disappoint, we’re offering 2 free days to give us a try. Here’s a sneak peek of the space and the amazing team putting it all together.

We can’t wait to see you soon!

Coworking - The Future Of Working

Part 2 - Looking at how a coworking environment can benefit your work productivity and inspire you!

At Desklodge we have created with love, a space that is fun and unusual with elements of surprise at every corner, providing companies and freelancers with a vibrant home to work from and run their business. You get the chance to work in different areas with people and environments that inspire you, which is much more productive than staring at the same four walls all day....every day.

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We have our Oak Tree event space with a large tree in the middle, themed offices including China Town and the Sweet Shop, The Surf shack meeting space and we even have a Tardis….complete with a massage chair. Some of our inspiration comes from children’s play spaces which have different areas to engage children and bring out their creativity and imagination so why not do the same for adults!

At DeskLodge we encourage sustainability and technology with the companies that join our teams through to up cycling old tired office spaces into creative, fun spaces to work. No new builds for us, we like to make use of spaces already available.

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The reception is the hub of the activity, it’s the beating heart of DeskLodge. At DeskLodge we have Hosts not receptionists, the idea of having one person sat on the reception seems alien to us and not a productive use of time. We want the person working on reception to be involved with everything, we borrow from hospitality, restaurants, and bars it’s not just an office, we want people to feel at home including our own staff.

Each Desklodge is wonderfully different but with the same ethos and vision behind it. We create a warm welcome from our hosts, Themed & fun work spaces, meeting rooms, booths & phone booths, great break out & quiet spots, excellent kitchen facilities with a relaxed & friendly vibe and a chance to meet like-minded people.

We hope to see you in a DeskLodge soon!

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Coworking - The Future Of Working

A two part blog post about how coworking can work for you.

The DeskLodge vision is to make coworking spaces the future of working, a space to network and encourage productivity through interesting spaces, conveniently located for commuters and locals, whether you are a start-up or an established company, DeskLodge aims to be part of the future of working in the UK.

Things have changed, we no longer need our own desk, it’s been a hard slog but people are now used to the idea of coworking and moving about each day, they do not need to see the same faces, be in the same office eacj and every day,. We have adapted to the change and the opportunity technology has given us to completely change the way we work.

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Collaborative and coworking spaces work really well for start-up companies who are hoping to grow and flourish their business. At Desklodge you have the opportunity to start small as a hotdesker and as your business expands you are given the option to move on into more permanent fixed desks and office spaces within the coworking space itself. We thrive on driving engagement and collaboration in our spaces, so we build communities by creating a great working environment, with a place to network, expand and recruit.

A coworking space offers you the chance to meet interesting people and network with other business including starts ups and established companies, sharing ideas and inspiring each other and helping your businesses grow, and make valuable new connections.

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We do things differently at Desklodge offering commitment free hot desking, very reasonable prices and simple billing & membership packages including pay-as-you- go, superfast free wifi, free coffee & tea, live bookable meeting rooms and a huge range of work spaces to suit your mood.

Another great reason to work at a coworking space is to get yourself out of your house, it can be so uninspiring to work from home every day, despite the home comforts. It’s great to leave the house and to feel you have achieved something by going out to work and meeting other people. The social side of working is so important as is a change in your environment.

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Read more in part 2 of the series where we look at how the DeskLodge environment can benefit your work production, inspire you and make you happy! 

Meet a few of our awesome DeskLodgers

This week we thought we would introduce you to a few of our lovely DeskLodgers!

As you know we offer a range of private offices, fixed desks and hotdesking opportunities at in our coworking environment, and these DeskLodgers are from all corners of the DeskLodge world!

From freelancers and start-ups to established businesses, we have it all at DeskLodge, as long as you are happy with a coworking space with a difference. Meet five of them and read their story…..

Emily from Oggadoon

OggaDoon is based on the simple idea that clever comms gets you reach and revenue. Who specialise in high impact campaigns that use a nimble and fresh approach to PR, brand and media.

Emily is OggaDoon’s Creative Content Manager, specialising in creative copy, branding, and process.

I joined OggaDoon a few months ago – one of those genuine offer-I-can’t-refuse, will-regret-it-forever-if-I-don’t, yes-I-know-that-means-moving-almost-100-miles, jobs. OggaDoon completely breaks the mould of communications, taking a guerrilla approach that is all about creating outstanding content that genuinely reaches the client’s customer.

But that’s not just why OggaDoon is so special. We don’t subscribe to the idea of a rigid work environment, which is why DeskLodge is so perfect for us. Flexible hours, hot desking wherever we want, tea and coffee on tap, and the chance to natter with any of the incredible creatives and techies that inhabit the DeskLodge world.

The team here (at DeskLodge) absolutely bend over backwards to make whatever we need to work a reality: from free fruit on Wednesdays, to ingenious paperclip creations to remove rice from phone ports (it’s a long story . . .). Our clients work in so many sectors and all over the globe, and it’s encouraging to know that DeskLodge is working just as hard for us as we are for them.

http://www.oggadoon.co.uk/

Paul from Brand in Process

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I came to DeskLodge the first week of living in Bristol, in November 2015. And I'm still here.

In London I had founded a design studio in 2002 which I ran until recently (1977 Design). Here in Bristol, I founded Brand In Process.

Brand In Process is a brand consultancy for a digital age. We help businesses understand that their brand isn't a static entity but is something which is in process. Helping business understand the ever-shifting business, social and tech landscapes ensures they remain relevant. We then help them shape and explain their meaning in order to best interest and engage people right now.

I write, talk, lecture, (some might say ramble on) a lot about brand so please do have a read on Brand In Process.

If you want to talk brand just say hi.

www.brandinprocess.com

Sarah-Jane from Shooting Star PR

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Shooting Star is a PR and marketing agency and storytelling is what we do best.

Recently, we got charity Marmalade Trust, which launched the UK’s first Loneliness Awareness Week, on BBC Points West and by the next day they had received over 40 offers of help. We’ve helped our clients SPCE and Hügge reach their crowdfunding targets by getting them coverage in online and print media. And Selectec received trade enquiries from Sweden after we placed the announcement of their Scandinavian launch in their chosen trade publication.

Tell Us Your Story!

Have you got an interesting story to tell? Is your business unique? Have you won an award? If so, let everyone know!

If you’re the first, the last, the biggest or the best, or if you simply excel at what you do, why not let us share your story?

Shooting Star – sarahjane@weareshootingstar.co.uk – 0117 4038200

www.weareshootingstar.co.uk/

Alice and Paul from Huggg

We’re launching Huggg this week - the app that enables you to message a real-life coffee, lunch, cake or cocktail to a friend in your phonebook at the tap of a button. The recipient doesn’t have to wait for the item to be delivered, they can go and collect the Huggg immediately, completely at their own convenience.

Available on iOS & Android for all those times you wanted to act in the moment, or do something a little extra than a text message. A Thank you coffee, a Congrats flute of prosecco or even a Happy Birthday lunch. There are thousands of reasons!

We started building Huggg just over two years ago, but only took up office space in Autumn 2016 - previous to that I was working in my spare room for a year and Paul was working in the evenings in and around his day job. There are just two of us working on the app full time in Bristol so we were looking for office space that didn’t smell like dust, had some natural daylight, AC but also wouldn’t financially ruin us! You should have seen some of the places we viewed.

We chose DeskLodge because it was the most interesting office space we visited (and least corporate by far!), with the most genuine staff and feel. DeskLodge is run professionally, but feels relaxed. Back then we were so new to the whole concept of working in an office together, we wanted flexibility to change/expand if we needed to and some other humans around so it wouldn’t feel like we were working in a cupboard!

One of our favourite spots in DL is in “the LandRover” on 4th Floor - the gents who built it shared with us that they drew a specific route on the map that’s from a famous film.. Not obvious at a glance, but it’s the little touches like this that make DL the best place to work in Bristol! Mainly the rhino wearing a fez :)

https://www.huggg.me/

Emma at Modular

Modular design and build bespoke integrated apps (think bespoke software systems, but replace software with digital products). We partner with client’s long term and help them embed digital strategy into their organisation. Our core team are based in Bristol, but we work with partners, clients and suppliers across the UK and internationally.

The first time we clapped eyes on DeskLodge, we knew we had found our spiritual home.

We luckily bagged a fixed office (six desks, fantastic views over the city and The Mendips) with all the benefits of a serviced space; 24 hour access, wifi, reception. DeskLodge offered so much more than just a space, it gave us the opportunity to meet with other technical, digital and creative agencies and freelancers. It’s great for networking, we have sourced partners and suppliers during our short time here. The events hosted in the space offer great scope for meeting people and sharing ideas and helping each other grow.

The best thing about DeskLodge is the wide range of flexible space available. We really are spoilt for choice and can match the space to the type of meeting; the garden area is great for a quick catch up, booths work well for those longer more detailed meetings and for complete privacy and longer sessions with clients, the Benn Room or Oak Tree Room are amazing. Being able to operate outside of our office without having to leave the building, has made a massive difference to our business.

But it would not all be possible without the amazing team who make everything happen; so really the answer should be the DeskLodge team; Jamie, Thanh, Sam and Emma..who have made us welcome from day one and really make sure we can "stay productive" always friendly, helpful and on hand to help with even the weirdest of requests.

https://thisismodular.co.uk/

Catch our next blog soon :)

DeskLodge - Social networks & why we love them!

In the past six months, DeskLodge has been working on our social media platforms to engage, promote and network with the world. We advertise events, share DeskLodge and DeskLodgers news and successes, showcase our fun spaces to entice new DeskLodgers to join us and generally tell everyone what a great place DeskLodge is. DeskLodge can help you and your business to network and expand in a friendly, collaborative and inspiring environment with brilliant people!

Please check out our social media platforms, follow, share and like and if we aren’t doing the same for you already then we soon will! Let’s connect and share the DeskLodge love!

Instagram

Our Instagram gallery is full of fun and colourful images from different events, people and spaces in DeskLodge. Showing off our unique and inspiring spaces and the variety of interesting people and companies who work with and visit us. There is no better way to show off DeskLodges creative spaces without Instagram! Follow us and tag yourselves and don’t forget to take your own Insta pics whilst you are here!

Facebook

Everything that happens at DeskLodge gets added to our Facebook page, even the other social media platforms get added to it, just in case you missed them! Follow us and keep up with the DeskLodge news!

Twitter

Our Twitter page is the most popular of all our social media platforms. It is the most interactive platform where Desklodgers and visitors can share their DeskLodge experiences and we can share everything from links to events to daily updates, in quick, informative little tweets.

Blog

The DeskLodge Bristol blog launched in March this year as part of the www.deskLodge.com website. Here you will find honest articles written by us at Desklodge with our lovely members input, there is no copy and pasting articles here! The blog will keep you up to date with DeskLodge news with info fuelled articles that give you more scope into the DeskLodge world than Facebook and Twitter can. Do you have a story for the DeskLodge blog? Get in touch!

Slack

DeskLodge Slack chat brings all Desklodgers together in one place even if you are out of the country. You can check in and share messages and find out what’s happening at DeskLodge at the moment. If you are a DeskLodger and you are not on our Slack chat then get in touch, get involved and join our community.

See you again soon - The DeskLodge Team :)

DeskLodge - Growing & why it works

DeskLodge is expanding. With two coworking spaces up and running in Bristol and Hemel Hempstead and a third space about to launch in Basingstoke, DeskLodge is aiming to take over the coworking world, one workspace at a time!

The DeskLodge vision is to make coworking spaces the future of working, a space to network and encourage productivity through quirky spaces, conveniently located for commuters and locals, whether you are a start-up or an established company, DeskLodge aims to be part of the future of working in the UK.

At DeskLodge we encourage sustainability and enjoy upcycling old tired office spaces into creative, fun spaces to work. No new builds for us, we like to make use of spaces already available. We also have many environmentally friendly businesses and meet ups within DeskLodge promoting sustainability for the future!

When you start to build it doesn’t always work out the way you originally thought it would, you have to be ready to adapt and change. People are not always happy with change or the idea of not knowing exactly what is we are going to build until we build it. We love to experiment with space and ideas at DeskLodge!

We have come to the conclusion that the reception is the hub of the activity, it’s the beating heart, the hubbub of being a part of DeskLodge.  We have found it works great next to a kitchen area where you can meet, greet and chat with colleagues and network whilst you get your morning cup of coffee. At DeskLodge we have hosts not receptionists, the idea of having one person sat on the reception seems alien to us and not a productive use of time. We want the person working on reception to be involved with everything, we borrow from hospitality, restaurants, bars it’s not just an office, we want people to feel at home including our own staff.

We want to make our spaces a fun place to work too we even look at kids play areas, they have different activities in different areas to stimulate and inspire, we do this for young children so why not for ourselves?

Watch this space!

DeskLodge - Before and After

We are often asked at DeskLodge what the space in our Bristol office was like before we started working on creating our amazing spaces. Check out a few of these before and after shots, from work on Floor 5 of DeskLodge Bristol started in May 2015.

Thanks to our amazing builders for transforming the spaces you now enjoy and work productively from. We are keeping this short and sweet and take a peek at the images below :)

The Lego Booth!

The Lego Booth!

The Tardis!

The Tardis!

Reception!

Reception!

The Garden

The Garden

The phone booths!

The phone booths!

And of course, thanks for adding fun, colour and even more personality to our amazing spaces DeskLodgers!

DeskLodge Bristol 2017 so far......

We are halfway through 2017 DeskLodgers and we would like to take this chance to say thanks for being such a great bunch of people to work with. We have really enjoyed having you here and sharing our creative spaces with you.

Let’s take a look at the first half of 2017 and what you have all been up to!

Jan saw the beginning of the work on our one person pods which were inspired by old cowboy Westerns, the theatre and Punch and Judy Shows.

After the pods you will find new offices Chinese emporium, retro gas stations and a toyshop which are now home to DeskLodge newbies Made In China, Performance In and Revoco.

March DeskLodge Bristol launched their new blog with a mini-series on being happy and productive at work, followed by the launch of our Instagram account. Follow us and keep up with all the DeskLodge fun!

March also saw a new seating area in the 4th Floor kitchen which has been used for hotdesking and staff meetings as well as it’s original purpose for a lunch space. Which is a brilliant example of how a coworking space should work!

Our newsletter got an update too and included new features including a monthly DeskLodger of The Month! Who will be next??

With April came many events and the DeskLodge Easter Egg Hunt. Check out the Lucky winners below

DeskLodge regulars Women's Tech Hub have been joining us every Friday with meet ups and events, it’s always buzzing in the office when WTH are here!

Credit - Mind Doodle

Credit - Mind Doodle

By May the first companies had moved into the one-person pods including Karen from LCSW and Finn from Firsty Group. We are really happy to announce that all the pods now have residents!

There have been plenty of great events at DeskLodge over the past six months including Sales Coaching Solutions, SW Mobile meet ups and who could forget the visit from Camden Beers?

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Lastly, let’s not forget the DeskLodge socials every last Thursday of the month, and remember, get there early before Blu Wireless turn up! Cheers!

See you all soon :)

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DeskLodge - Member Perks

Have you taken advantage of the DeskLodge Perks?

We are so lucky to have so many great local businesses supporting each other in Bristol and DeskLodge have teamed up with many of them to bring our lovely DeskLodgers a few discounts and perks!

We have searched high and low for the best perks from local businesses for you to take advantage of taking into consideration your requests. If you have any recommendations or think there is something missing from our perks then give us a shout!

Whether it’s discounts on food for your lunch or catering requirements, savings on gym memberships, stationary, cycle & bike goodies, DeskLodge have it covered. Please follow links here http://desklodge.com/member-perks for all perks and check our DeskLodge boards in the kitchen areas for all perks news and updates!

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Food Perks include

The Exchange Coffee co. https://www.exchangebristol.com/

Tiffin Time https://www.tiffintime.co.uk/

Sandwich Sandwich http://www.sandwichsandwich.co.uk/

Office Pantry  https://www.officepantry.co.uk/

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DeskLodge - Listening to your feedback

Over a month ago we sent out a survey to all of our DeskLodgers to ask them what they thought of our space and the service they have received. We are always striving to offer the best service, in a friendly and productive environment, so your opinions count!

Firstly, we are proud to hear that 95% of you were happy and impressed with DeskLodge on your first visit, the information given on your first day with us and a great introduction to the team. It is so important that your first visit to DeskLodge leaves a good impression so this makes us very happy!

“Colourful, imaginative, quirky, effortless sign-up and account management, and an oasis of calm that is highly conducive to thoughtful, detailed work.”

We have taken notice of your views on the kitchen areas with ‘not enough space to eat’ being a highlighted point. We have added extra high bench seating areas on Floor 4 which have become very popular for casual company meetings and hotdesking too. Bringing a much more sociable vibe to the Floor 4 kitchen. Don’t forget you are still welcome to eat lunch in The Oak Tree and the indoor Garden on Floor 5. We would like to restrict eating hot food at your desk, keeping food spills and empty dishes on desks to a minimum and create a more social lunch area where you can make friends and network

“It's nice having a communal space to meet others - and the coffee queue can get quite sociable”.

We have had positive feedback for our wifi and internet connectivity, your feedback on any issues is always very valuable to us and we are always striving to improve our services. We have heard what you are saying and have invested in a new system that has now been installed and is up and running!

When asked which areas of DeskLodge you found the most productive 85% of all residents said they were most productive in their own office/ fixed desk spaces with only 15% of you venturing out to other DeskLodge spaces. We are creatures of habit after all!  Working in your own office makes sense if you are part of a team, that’s the great thing about DeskLodge it is up to you lot how you want to work,. We just want to make sure that there is as much opportunity for your business to thrive with the option to change the location of your office for the day if you wish.

“It really depends on what I am doing, one of the attractions of Desklodge is the variety of environments that it offers”.

The most popular words to describe DeskLodge were Fun and Productive with “Idiosyncratic. In a very, good way!” being our favourite way to describe us.

You told us that you found the NearDesk sign up process straightforward with a few of you getting help from a member of the DeskLodge team. We are taking your comments on board and don’t forget to ask a DeskLodge host for help if you need it in the meantime.

100% of you declared you would recommend DeskLodge to a friend. Thanks we love you too 😊

“Friendly, very reasonable and flexible, very welcoming staff”.

“DeskLodge is a great space; offers huge scope for creativity, interaction with a wide range of businesses large and small, plus great support from a well-manned team”.

“It's an environment that highly optimised for people working in tech, design and similar knowledge-based sectors”.