DeskLodger Of The Month

DeskLodger of the Month
Paul Bailey from We Launch

Meet Paul the Strategy Director at We Launch and one of DeskLodge Bristol's long-standing hotdesk regulars. Paul likes to write a lot, running and was a keen boxer!

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What do We Launch do?


Through strategy & design, we activate change by shaping tomorrow’s leading brands.
That’s the marketing line done, so what do we actually do... As an external brand specialist, we work closely with ambitious business leaders around the world to put the audience experience at the heart of their brand. We create ‘associated memorable moments’ that encourage attention, awareness and action from a target audience – helping achieve both short-term results and long-term, sustained commercial impact for a business.
We Launch were recently recognised in a leading brand award, the Transform Awards Europe 2018, for projects in three very different categories – British FencingThe Snaffling Pig Co, and Dr Ehrenstorfer – and are a Design Week Top 100 brand agency.

How long have you worked at We Launch / DeskLodge?


I’ve actually been working from DeskLodge pretty much since we moved to Bristol 2.5 years ago. Enterprise Nation was a client of mine and I came to an event they held here the first week we were in Bristol. It was handy timing really as I needed somewhere to work from, I had a chat with Jamie at the event and joined DeskLodge pretty much the next week. 
I’ve been Strategy Director at We Launch for 6 months now. As We Launch is a London agency I commute into London one day a week and work from Bristol the rest of the week. Prior to working at We Launch I founded my own brand and design agency (1977 Design), as well as working as a brand consultant under the Brand In Process name.

What's your favourite thing about your job?


As a brand strategist, a huge part of my role is to develop insight into a business or organisation that the people internally haven’t yet put their finger on. I spend a lot of time listening and researching, trying to get to the heart of what it is that makes a business and brand what it is. Being able to turn this into valuable insight, which then informs how we define and communicate the brand, is the favourite thing about the job. Sometimes a project might go on for a while, and you can sense a client is questioning what you’re doing. The look on people’s faces when you present their defined brand back to them, and they say something like "yes, that is us", is worth all the work.

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 


The staff. No, this isn’t me sucking up to the staff, I genuinely think that the staff here make DeskLodge an extremely welcoming place, and set the tone. A co-working space is just a desk in a room if the staff don’t create an atmosphere that people will want to be in. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?


I have very little spare time – I have a 1 year old son. 
 I used to enjoy boxing, going to Bristol Boxing Gym, and some people may see that I still try and go for runs some lunchtimes from DeskLodge. In what little spare time I do have (normally the travelling to London once a week) I write on brand for Branding Strategy Insider and Design Week, and wrote for Creative Review on moving to Bristol

What did you do over Easter? 
Spent some quality time with my partner and son, enjoying watching him grow up (all too quickly).

Thanks Paul, you rock as a DeskLodger! 

The adventures of a DeskLodger!

DeskLodger newbie Fiona Quinn is an adventurer, she is a record-breaking stand-up paddle boarder and also runs the Adventure Book Club encouraging others to plan their own adventures. Find out more below......

Have you ever tried to stand up paddleboard (SUP) on the sea?

Imagine strong winds, huge swell and challenging tidal conditions, plus a 4-day sea crossing over to Ireland and you'll have an idea of what Fiona's got in store on her next adventure. 

This April she'll set off from Lands End and paddle 800 miles up the British coast and into the record books, to become the first and fastest person to SUP the length of Britain (no one has ever attempted this before). In doing so she'll also become the first woman to complete a length of Britain triathlon, having walked and cycled LEJOG last year.

As if 3 world records weren't enough, before she heads down to Cornwall Fiona took on the Three Lakes Challenge. Similar to the 3 Peaks, she paddled the length of the longest lakes in England, Scotland and Wales! 

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If you follow Fiona on Instagram you’ll know that the pursuit of cake is usually at the forefront of her mind, but that doesn’t mean she’s one to shy away when the going gets tough.  Halfway through her 993 mile walk Fiona overcame tendinitis and 5 days off on crutches, then upped her daily mileage by 50% to cover 30 miles a day for 6 days straight in order to make up for the time off. 

When she's not adventuring Fiona runs Adventure Book Club, offering adventurous reads and a supportive community to help you plan your own adventures, and you'll often find her on the 5th floor at Desklodge. Having moved to Bristol just 10 weeks ago she chose Desklodge for it's social community and loves the chance to get to know more people locally.

If you'd like to get in touch with Fiona drop her an email fiona.quinn@hotmail.co.uk or join her for a paddle at the weekend.

www.instagram.com/FionaLQuinn

www.SUPBritain.com

www.adventurebookclub.co.uk

Narnia Opening

Step into Narnia at DeskLodge Basingstoke!

DeskLodge are so excited to share our fantastical Narnia quiet room at our Basingstoke location. There was a successful launch party where we had some drinks and nibble with awesome people to celebrate, as our founder Tom Ball unveiled the amazing space on the 7th March.

Narnia - As you step through the magical wardrobe doors, you enter another world of lions and quirky decor with one person workspaces and standing workstations to ensure you have a hideaway to create your best work.

This quiet zone is designed to maximise productivity when you need to work through the email inbox or some headspace from colleagues.  Seeing is believing so come on in and relive your childhood while you actually work.

Coworking Spaces In The South West – One Community

Desklodge Bristol has been moving from strength to strength as more people join us for coworking, hotdesking and networking events. Coworking has been received with open arms in Bristol and the surrounding areas and we are not alone in our vision of coworking spaces becoming the future for all workplaces.

Here are a few of the great coworking spaces in Bristol and the South West area, all offering similar ideas to help small businesses, start-ups and freelancers with each space still having their own unique coworking style, find your local coworking space and perhaps pop in to one of these other amazing spaces when you are in their local areas.

Raw Space

Raw Space are a new coworking space based on Gloucester Road, located above a row of the shops on the infamous, ‘longest road of independent shops in Europe’! With a number of different spaces, from hotdesking to comfy areas to lounge and relax, created for individual working styles. Raw Space like to get to know their coworkers, using their input and ideas to guide the space. They hold many events from mindfulness evenings, accounting courses, yoga classes and a running club!

111 Gloucester Road, Bristol, BS7 8AT    https://raw-space.co.uk/

Redbrick House

In Bristol one of Bristol’s cultural quarters, Stokes Croft, you will find Redbrick House Coworking Space, as well as offering hotdesking and meeting spaces,  Redbrick’s niche is in the creative sector, with coworkers coming together in a  space for creatives from illustrators, photographers, animators, filmmakers, artists and craftsman. The centrally located space offers a relaxed and contemporary workspace with three floors of coworking, with both solitary and interactive working, open plan art studios. Redbrick House also offers fixed desks and creative meeting spaces.

York Court, 6 Wilder St, Bristol BS2 8QH          http://redbrickhouse.org.uk/

The Guild Bath

Centrally located in a historic area of Bath, this is a coworking space for both creatives and techies in the Bath area. The Guild is a vibrant has an exciting community of hotdeskers, it’s a real slick operation that is efficiently run, giving that coffee shop feel. The Guild encourage their members to run their own events, with perks that include free bike lockups, quirky meeting rooms and phone booths.

The Guild, High Street, Bath, BA1 5EB           https://www.theguildhub.co.uk/en 

The Stable

Supporting freelancers and startups in tech, digital and creative fields, The Stable brings coworking to Weston-super-Mare. Based in a striking three-story redbrick building in Weston’s cultural quarter The Stable is within walking distance of the beach, parks and local cafes. The Stable offers hotdesking, offices and meeting rooms with an online directory that acts as a platform for all members encouraging people to network with other local businesses and beyond, encouraging members to run their own networking events and network with like-minded people.

3-6 Wadham Street, Weston-super-Mare, North Somerset, BS23 1JY   http://www.thestableweston.com/en

Spike Island

From fun table tennis tables, inspiring art exhibitions and their own café, Spike Island is the creative hub for Bristol artists and makers. Housed in a former tea packing factory, Spike Island is home to large gallery spaces with over 70 artists and 50 businesses including artists, photographers, journalists, filmmakers and designers. The coworking space offers support and collaborative opportunities to all their members with benefits that include free hire of their conference rooms to one on one support for your business.

133 Cumberland Road . Bristol BS1 6UX      http://www.spikeisland.org.uk/blogs/2016/08/05/workspace-available-spike-design/

We know we have missed some other awesome coworking spaces in the local and South West region. We will be blogging again on more super spaces very soon!

DeskLodger Of The Month

Jo Richards from Blu Wireless

Meet Jo the Office Manager at  Blu Wireless, one of DeskLodge Bristol's long-standing residents. Jo likes Pilates, badminton and has just started playing netball. 

What do Blu Wireless do?
Well, the techie explanation is: Blu Wireless is an industry leading system IP provider for high bandwidth communication systems for 5G, mobile edge computing and other emerging mmWave applications. But when people ask me, I always say: “Next generation, Ultra Fast Wifi”. I quite like this explanation too: “Enabling a new era of gigabit wireless connectivity for all.”

How long have you been at
DeskLodge?
Thanh originally agreed for us to stay for 3 months but we’ve been here 2 and a half years now!! We enjoyed watching the
5th floor hotdesking area being built and then Desklodge eventually built us our own home downstairs on the 4th floor. We have doubled in size since being here!

What's your favourite thing about your job?
The variety, the people and generally experiencing a small start-up grow.

What's your favourite thing about
DeskLodge?
The colourful fun environment, the people and the Desklodge team!

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Exercise, socialise and hang out with my 5
year old! I have also just started to learn Silks ( a circus skill) at The Island in Bristol.

Do you like the snow? 
I love it! (Although two days was enough thanks!)

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Thanks Jo, good luck with the circus skills!

Introducing DeskLodgers - Deathio "Don't settle for a boring funeral"

What made you come up with the idea for Death.io?

Funerals are sad by their DNA so why do we purposefully make them sadder? Wear grey, stand straight, sob into a tissue, sing a hymn no one knows a word to, have a plate of sausage rolls at the wake and head home. #sendoff

I know that sounds like I’m trivialising a difficult time but have you ever met someone who has wanted a standard, sad funeral? Probably not, so why is it the norm?

We came up with the idea for DEATH.io because we believe funerals are celebrations of life. They should be a great hurrah that reflects the person who has died and are woven with those unique specks of brilliance that will have everyone remembering it for years. 

That’s where DEATH.io comes in as we’re not about the off the shelf funeral ideas. We’re about everything else. 

Planning a funeral can be a taboo subject, do you think everyone should be more open about it and plan their funeral when they are younger rather than waiting until they are older or terminally ill?

Absolutely, we should all be more open about our funeral planning. The problem is we have a tendency to think that death is a thing for old people (it isn’t) and the irony is, we never truly feel old so we don’t always tackle this mortality matter when we’re in the best position to.

Death’s rarely fun but we’ve all got to face it sometime so it makes sense to get things in order sooner rather than later to help take the burden off loved ones in case something unexpected happens. What's more, it's easy to do and it takes just 3 minutes. Honestly. 

I know that because we created our Farewell Wishes tool to do exactly this. Just go to www.myfarewellwishes.com, answer ten multi-choice questions and we’ll email you a neat doc with your preferences to then store or share with a loved one. 

Oh and It’s 100% free so why wouldn’t you?

What are the ages of your clients?

We’ve only been live a few months but it’s starting to look like people who use death.io are more likely to sit around the 50-65 year mark but saying that, we get the full gamut of death positive customers. In fact, the oldest person so far to have recorded their funeral wishes on our Farewell Wishes app was 80 years old.

When did you start Death.io?

We moved in to Desklodge in September 2017, our website went live in October and since then things have moved pretty, pretty fast. It seems people can’t get enough of death… In that time we’ve launched our Farewell Wishes web-app, we’ve expanded our team and we’re about to launch a new service at the end of March. Xmas occurred somewhere in the middle but things moved too quickly to tell when. 

What made you choose a co-working space to expand your company?

In a start-up with a small team you’ve got an awful lot to know and deal with which can feel pretty overwhelming. In a co-working space, everyone around you is in the same situation albeit at different points on the jungle run so when you’re facing those pitfalls more often than not you can find someone nearby who can point you towards the best way of getting around it. Honestly, this is invaluable and has saved me a lot of time and money in problem solving. Big shout out to the guys at Huggg, Shiptheory and MySociety for all the help and support.

How does DeskLodge work for you?

Desklodge is just damn cool. It gives me a Google-esque space to inspire and grow a team (not to mention impressing a client or two) without the hefty overheads. Believe me, when you’re dealing in something like death, the BEST place to have a serious conversation is in a booth themed on Lego with the words ‘Everything is awesome’ emblazoned on the wall. 
Not having to deal with those disparate costs of running an office ourselves is lovely too. Plus, the coffee is pretty damn decent and had it not been for Desklodge I would never have discovered a love for Yoga. Awesome place. 

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Basingstoke hits the top ten in Tech

Basingstoke has been recognised as one of the top ten up and coming cities that will dominate the tech industry in the near future.

Based on an article originally written by globenewswire.com with analytics from Joblift

London, Manchester, Bristol and Birmingham have dominated the tech industry for years but there is a new crop of cities that are giving them a run for their money due to the growth in the dominating industries being rather slow and the competition has increased at a rate of knots. The ten top cities with a population of under 200,000 people are predicted to dominate the tech scene over the next few years this includes Basingstoke, where we have recently opened our latest DeskLodge( which makes DeskLodge very happy!) All the other cities on the Top Ten list, get ready DeskLodge are coming!  

The Big Top Ten

Cambridge

Oxford

Guildford

Warwick

Peterborough

Gloucester

Basingstoke

Bath

Exeter

York

Here are a few interesting facts to do with the next top ten tech cities!

-          Most of the top ten cities are based in the South of England with only York and Warwick currently representing the North

-          70% are the homes to top Engineering and Technology universities, including Oxford, Cambridge and Guildford, home to University of Surrey (which is not that far from DeskLodge Basingstoke whose residents include SETSquared who support high start-up companies and are in partnership with Surrey University) and Warwick with up to 37% of jobs in the cities job vacancies were Tech based!

-          Innovation hubs Peterborough, Gloucester and Basingstoke are a major influence in tech despite not having top universities in the tech list, each having 25% of their job vacancies are tech-based.

In conclusion, the next top ten cities are certainly ones to watch out for tech in the near future, which is brilliant for the economy and really represents cities that have been previously overlooked where tech is concerned. Tech is a huge part of DeskLodge with well over 70% of our residents currently coming from the tech industry and that’s not even including our (over 1000) hot deskers who will be up there in tech majority. It’s exciting stuff!

Valentine’s Day at DeskLodge doesn’t need to be boring

Team huggg have decided to spice things up this year...

We love spending our days at DeskLodge.

From the friendly team who are always on hand to help us out and the large windows letting in all of the light to the creative individuals hiding around every corner and free fruit Wednesdays, we can’t think of anywhere else we’d rather build huggg.

Except maybe from a beach. Or a yurt.

But anyway.

As there are so many amazing humans hidden within these walls, and our app is about sharing all of the feels, we’re offering Bristol DeskLodgers the chance to pluck up the courage to send someone they like a little more than the average hot desker a cup of something warm.

You know, to let them know they’re awesome.

So, whether they’re your work-wife, lunchtime yoga partner, someone who’s got you out of a pickle lately or a full blown office crush, stop hiding behind your laptop or waiting for a DeskLodge social to roll around and tell them how you feel this February 14th with anonymous huggging instead.

Cool. So how does it work?

💘  Using the form below, provide us with the details of someone in Bristol you'd like to send a Friska hot drink huggg to.

💘  Let us know whether you'd like your Love Day huggg to be sent anonymously or if you'd like us to send it from your mobile number.

💘  On the morning of 14th February, we'll fire a Friska hot drink huggg, along with your message to their phone. No strings attached.

Sounds ace, right?

Let's go, Cupid.

Send a Love Day huggg

Alternatively, if you’d like your message to remain strictly confidential (ahem), download huggg and send your love note and huggg of choice directly via the app.

We don’t look at messages. Ever.

Download huggg to get started

DeskLodger of the Month - February 2018

Peter Helgosson from Prodtex

Meet Peter the Director of Prodtex Ltd who have recently created a robot that can build aircrafts, rumour has it that this technology is also being picked up by Shipyards too, Which is pretty cool!  Peter likes to play softball and build robots. 
Find out more in this case study

What does Prodtex do?
Prodtex design and build robots that build aircrafts. We work with aerospace companies to research and develop ideas, helping to improve their manufacturing processes. 

How long have you worked with Prodtex?
It started 4 years ago

What's your favourite thing about your job?
Innovation every day, doing something no one else has done before

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
The fact that there are so many different companies and people

What do you like to do in your spare time?
Mountain biking and I play softball for the Jets here in Bristol

Who is your favorite robot from film or TV? 
 Terminator

Thanks Peter, good luck in the next Jets game!

  Ps we like the matching shirt with our Surf Shack table ;)

Ps we like the matching shirt with our Surf Shack table ;)

PhD students joining coworking spaces

DESKLODGE CASE STUDY  - PhD students at DeskLodge

Coworking spaces are not just for freelancers, start-ups and registered businesses, they can work for anyone who is tired of working alone from home and in cafes or just need a break from the office. This includes writers, techies and creatives, in fact anyone who uses a laptop! DeskLodge has recently noticed a rise in PhD students using our spaces, we spoke to Anna Weston about why she chose to give coworking at DeskLodge a try and how it has improved productivity in her studies.

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Anna Weston

I’m a PhD student investigating why people disengage from digital behaviour change interventions when using health-based applications. Basically that means I’m interested in why people stop using apps and websites that are designed to help them change a health-related behaviour, e.g. weight loss or fitness. It is an interdisciplinary PhD which combines research in Psychology and Computer Science. I’m in my final year and so needed somewhere that I could focus and write.

It is very easy to become demotivated whilst working on a PhD. It can be lonely; your day lacks routine; and when you work from home you can go days without having a proper conversation with another human being. My brother recommended that I look for a co-working space – as he worked in one in London – as he thought it might help me stay motivated. Thankfully it has!

Why did you choose DeskLodge?

I tried out a number of other coworking spaces but Desklodge was the friendliest and seemed to fit my needs the best. The Desklodge staff are absolutely lovely and I can Skype my supervisors from the phone booths. The coffee is included, which is a big selling point for me! I’ve also just started going to Yoga on a Wednesday lunchtime which is a great way to relax and get some headspace.

Would you recommend DeskLodge to others including students?

If you are also struggling with a PhD or any studies, I would highly recommend Desklodge. It is great to have a space to go which you psychologically associate with work, and it has definitely increased my productivity. I come to Desklodge and work a normal 9-5 day; then when I head home I can relax and take a break from the PhD. I just wish I had done this sooner!

LinkedIn: www.linkedin.com/in/aw3g10

Email: aw3g10@soton.ac.uk

Thanks Anna, you're an awesome DeskLodger and all the best with the PHD - You will smash it!

DeskLodge does Yoga

Here at DeskLodge Bristol, we run weekly Yoga classes for our DeskLodgers. Every member from residents to hotdeskers are welcome to attend, tune in and relax.

The DeskLodge yoga classes take place every Wednesday lunchtime in our multi-functional Oak Tree space, with the lights dimmed and the atmospheric waterfall imagery, it’s the perfect ambience to chill and relax.

The classes aim to address the aches, pains, stresses and strains of busy life.

We spoke to DeskLodger and our Yoga teacher Jasmine de Savigny, about how yoga benefits a coworking space and how it can increase productivity. Jasmine is also the who is the Founder of Yogi-hub.com

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How does the Oak tree space work for the Yoga classes at DeskLodge?

 “It’s great. Loads of space and the mood changing lights really help to create a calm atmosphere”.

What do you think of coworking spaces?

 “I love it. There is a buzz in the air and I always feel a bounce in my step!”

Yoga helps you to keep fit and de-stress but can you tell us how yoga helps increase productivity?

“Yoga is a proven immune system booster, and in general physically healthy people are less likely to be easily “run down” by common colds and flu. Yoga is also known to reduce stress. Happy and healthy staff with fewer physical or emotional stresses are more likely to be highly motivated and driven to achieve, and with reduced stress levels comes the ability to focus and maintain a clear and productive mindset”.

How have the classes gone with our DeskLodgers?

“They have been a great success. I have welcomed a lot of students that were brand new to Yoga which is always great to see”.

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Coworking newbie?

You’ve done your research, you kind of understand how coworking works and think it might be for you. But is it? Maybe you have suddenly had to consider a coworking space because of an unexpected reason? Will you have to commit to a contract? Do you have to book your seat in advance? What about wifi, is that extra?

These are the type of questions that run through a potential hot desker's mind before giving it a try.

DeskLodge takes all the fuss and worries out of hotdesking and coworking. Our laid-back approach and home from home spaces make you feel part of the family as soon as you arrive.

  "I joined Desk Lodge around 6 weeks ago due to my organisation working remotely and feeling I needed to spend some time during the week in a more professional environment than home. The team here are great, they will go out of their way to assist you. The facilities and meeting rooms are fab and I have taken a great liking to the massage chair in the quiet space. I'd highly recommend Desk Lodge to anybody looking for a fixed desk space  or even somewhere to chill out and get creative one day a week." - Adam

"I joined Desk Lodge around 6 weeks ago due to my organisation working remotely and feeling I needed to spend some time during the week in a more professional environment than home. The team here are great, they will go out of their way to assist you. The facilities and meeting rooms are fab and I have taken a great liking to the massage chair in the quiet space. I'd highly recommend Desk Lodge to anybody looking for a fixed desk space  or even somewhere to chill out and get creative one day a week." - Adam

You will be amazed by our quirky spaces and places, that you are free to roam and explore until you find your perfect working spot for the day, the only trouble you will have is deciding which amazing bit you want to call home for the day, no worries though, you can try out another fun spot on your next visit!

If you are unsure if DeskLodge is for you, no worries! We offer a two-day free trial to try us with no obligation to stay or sign up to any contract. If you are happy with our spaces (which we are sure you will be) you can then add payment details and use us pay as you go, it’s as simple as booking an Uber.

If you find you are using our spaces more regularly then you can sign up to one of our hot desking packages where you can save money and know you will always have a productive space available to you on a daily basis should you need it – unlike that coffee shop you’ve been working in, we also don’t have any of those distractions and you can just keep drinking our free coffee!

  "Desklodge is a great place for me to work, I love the flexible commitment and it gets me in   an friendly   office environment which has seen my productivity increase! Added bonus is the great coffee!!' Liz

"Desklodge is a great place for me to work, I love the flexible commitment and it gets me in an friendly office environment which has seen my productivity increase! Added bonus is the great coffee!!' Liz

So that’s no contract, free wifi, a warm welcome, coffee and a relaxed and friendly vibe. What are you waiting for? We’ll see you very soon!

Check Out DeskLodge Basingstoke  & Bristol

Combating loneliness in the workplace

Coworking is a great way to get you out of the home office or the cafes and into an environment where you can network and socialise with other coworkers. However just because you have made it to the coworking space many people still find it hard to socialise or even just start up a conversation with other people.

At DeskLodge Bristol we have considered how lonely working alone can be and have tried to add many open spaces where you can work alongside coworkers, prepare and eat food together with a chance to network and socialise. We also hold The DeskLodge Social on the last Thursday of every month, where DeskLodgers can let their hair down and have a well-deserved drink, a good laugh and meet different people that they don’t necessarily have in their own peer groups out of work and make strong bonds with them.

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We want to make our spaces a home from home, we want you to feel comfortable and at ease and most importantly welcome. As we said earlier many people still find it hard to start up conversations and perhaps feel like an outsider when in fact everyone, especially people who are not working in a team, feel the same way too, at first.

Here at DeskLodge we are very proud of how many of our DeskLodgers successfully interact, network and socialise with each other and how welcoming they are to DeskLodge newbies. Our hosts chat with people, introduce them to new people and make them feel at happy from the day they start. Some people do prefer to keep themselves to themselves and we respect everyone’s privacy, however, don’t presume they are doing this as they want to be left alone. It could be as easy as saying good morning or asking them how they are doing.

Simple gestures can make people feel less lonely in the workplace and at coworking spaces, it can also increase productivity, inspire you and give you a lovely warm feeling inside.

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Read this inspiring article from one of our favourite coworking bloggers Cat Johnson

https://gcuc.co/checkyomate-dismantling-loneliness-destigmatizing-mental-illness-coworking-community/

 

January DeskLodge Of The Month

Siobhan Knight from DeskLodge

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Meet Siobhan, who has recently joined the DeskLodge team as the Assistant Centre Manager! Siobhan enjoys country walks and is a Pilates lover!

What do you do at DeskLodge?
Assistant Centre Manager for DeskLodge Bristol


What’s the favourite thing about your job so far?
The welcoming community and getting to know Desklodgers from all the different companies.


Where’s your favourite space at DeskLodge?
Grandma's House - definitely the cosiest meeting room ever seen!


What do you like to do in your spare time?
Going for walks in the countryside.


What was the best Christmas present you ever got?
Skiing lessons


Have you made a new years resolutions for
2018?

To learn to play the Cello again.


Thanks Siobhan, Happy New Year and good luck with
the cello practice xx

A Review Of 2017 At DeskLodge - We Can't Wait For More Fun In 2018

January saw the DeskLodge builders starting work on our very popular, one-person pods which are now full with a mix of people using them! We had many successful and busy events including Enterprise Nations Start Up 2017 event and celebrated Chinese New Year with Make it China who moved into our newly built China Town which is now home to our resident's Performance In.

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In February we introduced Members Perks for our DeskLodgers with deals and discounts in collaboration with local independent companies local to us from cafes, bike shops to the gym. We also introduced DeskLodger of The Month into our newsletter and social media platforms to celebrate all the great people who join us each week at DeskLodge. Our first ever DeskLodger of the Month was hotdesker Jade Wicks from Doeth Marketing.

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March was a busy month and saw the launch of the DeskLodge Instagram profile where you can step into DeskLodge Bristol’s world! We had plenty of events including Festival of Female Entrepreneurs,  we also launched the DeskLodge blog featuring the latest DeskLodge adventures and promotes positive vibes for amazing coworking spaces and community.

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By April we had a beautiful balloon mural decorating our walls in the Indoor Garden on Floor 5, created by local artist Damien. We celebrated Easter with a fun-filled Easter Egg Hunt with the DeskLodgers and our one-person pods were finally ready to hire!

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In May we held the very successful Meet The Journalist event with Enterprise Nation and DeskLodge residents Pure Planet launched their renewable energy app. To add to the excitement Camden Beer arrived and gave all of our thirsty DeskLodgers some free beer which was very well received! The Entrepreneurs Godmother and DeskLodge regular Alison Edgar also joined us with her Easy Peasy Sales workshop, which is always very much enjoyed by the attendees.

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In June DeskLodge resident Sarah-Jane Freni held a scrumptious charity cake sale in The Oak Tree promoting Loneliness Awareness Week alongside Marmalade Trust. To keep things healthy, we introduced the weekly Office Pantry Fruit box for all our DeskLodgers to share (which is usually empty within the hour!). The DeskLodge Socials were also starting to become a big event with more and more DeskLodgers networking and socialising each month & had seen many new friendships, collaborations and even relationships grow.

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In July UCD BRS joined us with their first monthly meet up and have joined every month for their meetups, ever since and DeskLodge residents Slide celebrated their first birthday! Our VR Greenroom pod was also ready to hire and has been used by YouTubers and DeskLodge residents Performance.IN as a promotional tool The DeskLodge Social found itself in knots at DeskLodger Chris Lock’s alternative games night, a lot of laughter and fun was had by all!

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By August the lovely Constance from Women's Tech Hub joined us as our Lodge Host temp and has been recognised as a big personality and colourful lady who lights up the office with her bright clothes and dry wit! DeskLodge were also pleased to be named as one of the Top 10 coworking spaces changing business in the UK by Company Check which was awesome! There was also a very popular quiz night as part of the DeskLodge Social with lucky winners from Blu Wireless coming out on top (which only seems fair as they have attended every DeskLodge social since they joined us two years ago!).

In September we introduced Yoga to our weekly agenda which has been very popular with our DeskLodgers and a great way to take time out, unwind and keep fit. To celebrate the end of the summer we held the DeskLodge End Of Summer Extravaganza where DeskLodgers were encouraged to dress up in Hawaiian shirts and floral garlands and join us for the first ever DeskLodge pub crawl which was a huge success!

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By October Pure Planet celebrated a year at DeskLodge and we celebrated Halloween with the Fright Night DeskLodge Halloween Party in The Oak Tree with a guest make-up artist and lots of spooky fun! A very sociable month!

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In November we Launched a new DeskLodge in Basingstoke with New York themes and a grand atrium, following the quirky and fun DeskLodge style.

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This December DeskLodge Host Sam created a large advent calendar in the DeskLodge reception, each day a lucky DeskLodger got to open a door for festive and fun treats. DeskLodge are also very excited to introduce and welcome our new Host and Assistant Office Manager Siobhan Knight to our growing team! We will end this successful and productive year (and all those Christmas parties) with a mince pies and mulled wine get-together wearing our Christmas jumpers and exchanging Secret Santa gifts to celebrate a year well spent and raise a glass to a brilliant year in 2018!

Thanks DeskLodgers, you have been amazing.

Here's to a productive 2018

 Love the DL Bristol Team :)

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