DeskLodge House Newbies - Carbon Law Partners

One of our new companies and now DeskLodge residents have recently moved in - and they’re awesome.

We have welcomed some great individuals from Carbon Law Partners into DeskLodge House with open arms.

We caught up with Joe, one of the Carbon Law team to ask how they have found life being a DeskLodger.

How has your company benefited by being a DeskLodge resident?

“The Carbon Law Partners in Bristol have benefited by putting us all in one place, in an environment which is innovative and different but also conducive to work. The work space and the meetings rooms are great for our needs and our clients really love the place. “

How has your productivity/staff satisfaction/work life balance been improved?

“Our partners and their staff enjoy coming in to work at DeskLodge it’s not a chore and it feels for us like a place where innovation and collaboration can happen. That’s important for us because our partners are all separate businesses in their own right and it’s great that we want to be in an environment together and this greatly benefits us.”

What makes a difference to every day at DeskLodge House?

“Pauline loves the hot chocolate! The variety of spaces are really useful for us and we use them to make sure we work differently and more productively; the phone booths give us places for confidential calls and the communal areas outside of our office allow us to get away from our normal desks for some head space if needed.”

How do you find the culture and community at DeskLodge House?

“The culture and community at DeskLodge are great and match our ethos. Our business model is to try and do law differently and DeskLodge allows us to do this whilst mixing with similar businesses. The staff are really helpful and friendly, nothing has been too much trouble in tailoring our office to how we want it.”

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Thanks for your time Joe, we’ll make sure the hot chocolate stays topped up to keep Pauline happy.

DeskLodger of the month - Basingstoke

Meet Carl Whitewood – A DeskLodge resident from 99 Boat

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The deck of a superyacht is the dream setting for many business meetings, but for Carl Whitewood, co-founder of 99Boat, it was a reality. As a yacht broker, he often found himself stepping aboard multimillion pound yachts in places like St Tropez, and Monaco, although admits that he became immune to it. Carl came up with the concept for 99Boat whilst in the middle of selling an 87ft motor yacht for a client.

What does your business do?

We are proud to be an online & fixed price boat selling portal.

How long have you been doing it?  

I started to create the idea and business about 12 months ago, so it has been going on for about a year now and I hope many more to come.

 

How long have you been at Desklodge?

I started with DeskLodge in October 2018, so it has been around 5 months now.

 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

I really enjoy the diversity you are met with everyday of the job. The scenarios and the people are very different and its being able to set your own goals.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

Within DeskLodge I find that the support given is a big plus. I also think that the community is great and can serve as a good tool towards working - I love feeling like a part of DeskLodge.


What do you like to do in your spare time?

When I’m not busy working you will definitely find me sailing on the Solent which is probably one of the busiest and most famous sailing areas in the world.

 Learn about 99Boat

www.99boat.com

Facebook.com/99Boat

LinkedIn- /company/99Boat  

#Making Waves

DeskLodge Company Profile - Blu Wireless

Here at DeskLodge we have really enjoyed chatting with our DeskLodger Of The Months and finding out new things about them. The DeskLodgers themselves also love to share things about their projects and businesses plus what they get up to outside of work, whilst giving their business a platform to promote their business.

With this in mind we wanted to shine a spotlight on why a company would choose a coworking space as a base for their business and how coworking works for them.

Our first DeskLodge company profile features our long term residents at DeskLodge Old Market and 5G wizards Blu Wireless who share their experiences as a growing company who have been able to organically expand within our space.

How long have you been at DeskLodge?

The Blu Wireless team have been at DeskLodge for three years now. They saved us when we were outgrowing The Engine Shed and had nowhere else to go. We originally planned to stay for only three months, with only 35 staff members back then, but we have now grown into the biggest company within DeskLodge. Currently we have 81 people and counting, and we continue to look for new talent.

Why did you choose DeskLodge and a coworking environment?

It was an easy decision to stay with DeskLodge when the CEO came to us with a proposal – he wanted to take on the 4th floor and suggested we could have a bespokeoffice, designed just as we wanted it - hard to resist really! The DeskLodge host team also serves as an extension to our team. It’s a great way to network, too.

How does it work for you and are there any successes?

It works for us and our commuting employees as DeskLodge’s location is right at the heart of Bristol, only a ten-minute walk from Temple Meads station. The breakout spaces and different booths serve as an extension to our offices and give us more freedom from our desks and prove to be excellent for meetings. DeskLodge have kindly let us expand our offices as our team continues to grow.

Henry Nurser  - CEO at Blu Wireless

“Since being at DeskLodge, Blu Wireless has grown and developed into a market leading, highly-skilled team. A workplace that most definitely influences work quality, DeskLodge has provided an excellent environment to encourage team building and nourish our talent so we can continue to achieve our goals.”

Thanks to Blu Wireless for letting us shine the spotlight on them and we wish them all the best as they continue there journey.

DeskLodger Of The Month - Jan - Bristol 1TW

DeskLodger of the Month


Dan Scott - DeskLodge resident and fixed-desker

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Meet Dan, the owner and director of The Homebrew Crew Ltd t/a FireFly hair brands and Wizard Brands. Dan likes exercising, Bristol Rovers and a gin and tonic! 

What do The Homebrew Crew Ltd and Wizard Brands do?
Both businesses are suppliers of male grooming, beauty and hairdressing brands to both the UK market and Europe. We sell via B2B and B2C and sell across 7 EU countries. We import from the USA and we are about to launch a huge new brand into the UK and Europe, which is currently selling Thousands of units per month in the USA....Watch this space!!!

How long have you been coming to DeskLodge?
I have been coming to DeskLodge for 5 months now. 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The best thing about my job is the fact I can drive the business In the way I see fit and be flexible, as the market changes on a daily basis. I love the freedom of owning my own business and I am proud that both businesses are over doubling each year since I started 3 years ago. 

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
The hosts and staff! They were the deciding factor in joining because as a business owner you need people around you for the good and bad times. The hosts are always welcoming each day and always are friendly. They make for a great atmosphere. It’s a great place to work, socialise and stay sane whilst growing your business!

What do you do in your spare time? 
I exercise, watch Bristol Rovers from time to time (for my sins), love eating out and generally being happy. It’s not often I am miserable! Oh! I love a good gin and tonic...... so if anyone is buying, I'm your man! 

What was the first album you bought?
My first main CD I bought was Definitely Maybe by Oasis, which still remains my favourite band and album to this day. I am a massive Liam Gallagher fan and the 90's scene in general.

Thanks Dan and good luck with the new brand launch!   

DeskLodge House - Launch Party!

Last night we celebrated the official launch of our awesome new coworking space, DeskLodge House here in Bristol!

With a golden ticket invite and an Alice in Wonderland theme, DeskLodge set the scale for this fun filled party of the year!

The party was just amazing! We were overwhelmed with the huge turnout of people and local businesses and supporters of DeskLodgers all revelling together, viewing our new amazing spaces, enjoying the yummy ‘Mad Hatters Tea Party’ inspired food and having a great time!

It was lovely to see lots of current DeskLodgers showing their support and joining in with the fun, as they know, there ain’t no party, like a DeskLodge party!

The drinks were flowing and the awesome Los Savages band kept the party vibes going, dressing up in different outfits from the infamous DeskLodge dressing up box and encouraging others to do the same! It was so great to see everyone getting involved in the dressing up and getting their glitter on provided by the lovely Georgia Powell MUA.

We are also really excited to see what local film maker Nim….  From Foldout Films produces for us from all the fun moments and happenings from the DeskLodge House launch party. Watch this space!!!!

We had a night to remember! It was the perfect way to showcase all the hard work we have put into the space, so far, and to build on the excitement for what is still to come in 2019!

What we thought was going to be a low key, chilled out affair turned into an amazing mad hatters house party with over 300 people. Guests quenched their thirst on over 3 kegs from Bristol Beer Factory, multiple cases of prosecco, jugs and jugs of Sea Breezes and a cellar full of wine.

Anyone of you lovely people who came and partied with us but hasn’t yet tried out working from the space are very welcome to take us up on our 2 free days and visit again.

“ Last night was our launch - but more than that, I hope the launch of many friendships and collaborations. It was wonderful seeing people combining work with fun. The whole point of DeskLodge is that most of us can't do our best work alone or in a world of magnolia." Tom Ball - DeskLodge Founder & CEO.

The Guests were taken on a journey through the Forest Lounge, getting a face full of glitter, stopping off at the caravan for a trick or two with the super impressive magician Warren Singer, getting heavily involved with the rails of fancy dress and then wandering through to Alice In Wonderland where Los Savages were playing an intimate gig.  It was a monster bash! “ Mel Joslin - DeskLodge House Centre Manager.

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - January

Zoe Taylor - DeskLodge resident & CEO at Sparkol

Zoe likes to keep active by mountain biking, running and skiing and is a busy mum of two! 

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What is your Job title?

I’m CEO now but originally joined the company as Operations Director back in 2014.

What do Sparkol do?

Sparkol is a software company that creates engaging tools for businesses and education to present and share ideas quickly and easily, regardless of budget or design skills. VideoScribe is a whiteboard animation tool to create hand-drawn explainer videos and StoryPix enables you to create a short explainer video from a single static image. 

We also have a creative services team who make explainer videos for businesses who don’t have the time or resource to make their own. 

 

How long have you been at DeskLodge?

We moved here in December 2015, only intending to stay for 6 months!

 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

That’s a hard one. There are so many great things about being part of Sparkol. I love that we are based in Bristol but have a truly global reach, selling to over 160 countries; that no day is ever the same; that changes we make today can have an immediate impact with instant results; and the people of course, but that goes without saying. 

 

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?

It’s a great, fun space full of interesting, driven people and you never know who you will meet at the coffee machine!

 

What do you do in your spare time? 

Ideally something active; mountain biking, running, skiing, walking.... I have two kids, two springer spaniels and a busy husband so there is a constant juggle to squeeze everything in. 

 

Have you made any new year resolutions?

I need to work exercise into my routine to give me the clarity, focus and enough headspace to do all the amazing things we have lined up for 2019. 

 

Thanks Zoe - Have a great 2019

An overview of 2018 at DeskLodge!

Wow! What a year it has been! We have seen so many of you lovely lot passing through our doors in 2018 from the snowy beginnings through the Gromit challenge heatwaves to the arrival of a lovely new DeskLodge House! It’s all been happening!

The DeskLodge team are so proud to now have three locations in Bristol and Basingstoke and a team that has nearly tripled in size! We certainly have stayed productive!

Thank you to all you wonderful DeskLodgers from old friends, amazing regulars and residents to all  our DeskLodger newbies for making 2018 a year to remember xx

Here’s what happened….buckle in…

January

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A new year and a new start. We looked at Combating Loneliness in the workplace and how coworking can help. Alison Edgar also popped in for another inspiring Sales Coach Solutions workshop.

February

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In February we shared the DeskLodge love and welcomed the Womens Tech Hub Founders and Stephenson Law social media events. Whilst chatting to PHD students about how coworking can help their productivity.  

March

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With March came the snow and lots of it! We celebrated Easter with our annual DeskLodge Easter egg hunt and celebrated our first International Women’s Day with inspiring talks from local women, it was a successful and empowering day which we hope to celebrate again in 2019! Our Basingstoke location also started filling up with lovely new DeskLodgers, with more unique areas being built all the time!

April

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April was a busy month for events with regular meet ups including PHPSW joining us for another jam packed turn out! Natasha Ryan our amazing Sports Therapist also started her fortnightly massage sessions, helping our DeskLodgers to de-stress from all that hard work that they put in! We had a DeskLodge Quiz at the DeskLodge social and the big news of the month was the arrival brand spanking new coffee machine!

 

May

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The sun arrived and stayed for months! We celebrated with a secret social event (my gosh it was hard to keep it a secret) where we co-hosted a Sofar Sounds event in our Oak Tree space. With live and relaxed, accoustic performances and a very chilled DeskLodge Social. Find out more (link) 

 

We also focused on Mental Health Awareness Week, where we looked in to how to cope with stress in the workplace. Many DeskLodgers got involved sharing stories and starting a conversation about an often-taboo subject, whilst offering ideas on how they cope.

 

June

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In June we shared a few secrets on how we build a coworking space and the both the Bristol and Basingstoke Teams got together for the first time to discuss the future of DeskLodge and the very soon to be lauched (and a very big secret at the time) DeskLodge House!

  

July

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Summer was in full bloom and DeskLodge Bristol jumped head first into the Gromit Challenge where we asked DeskLodgers to join our Insta challenge to photograph and tag themselves and add the #desklodgegromitchallenge hashtag, with a chance to win £250 towards their chosen charity.

In Basingstoke the DeskLodge team sponsored and attended the inspiring Venus Awards, supporting and promoting Women in Business.

August

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By August the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge was in full swing and saw teams of DeskLodge residents and hotdeskers battling it out to capture selfies with as many Gromits as possible with their eyes on the prize for thir chosen charities.

DeskLodge was also growing, with a not so secret DeskLodge House on the horizon, the Bristol team started to grow and we welcomed the super efficient, Sabrina McCue to the Bristol DeskLodge Team and the lovely Siobhan Knight was promoted to Office Manager! Which was all very exciting!

We also found out the shocking stats on how much coffee our DeskLodgers consume. Find out why DeskLodgers Love Coffee

DeskLodge House was certainly starting to make an impact and our amazing residents Sparkol created this super-cool scribe for us.

 

September

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As the summer ended we threw our annual DeskLodge End of the Summer Party! This years bash was festival themed so we covered our DeskLodgers in facepaint and even had a surpirse dressing up party (thanks to DeskLodge creator Tom Ball buying out a fancy dress shop that day!) Find out what happened here.

The Gromit Challenge came to an end and saw three teams manage to get selfies with every Gromit Unleashed 2 Character which was just amazing! Residents Sparkol managed to get to the finish line first and donated their winnings to The Grand Appeal! It was a grand summer out!

We were so excited that DeskLodge House was well on the way to opening too and expanded our team to include Justin Sanders, who is currently based at DeskLodge House! How time flies!

October

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In October we launched the Great DeskLodge Bake Off and invited DeskLodgers to bake cakes to raise money for the Bristol Giving Day. We were so impressed with how many DeskLodgers got involved in the Bake Off and we managed to raise £257.27! Find out who won the Bake Off in The Great DeskLodge Bake Off blog post.

It wouldn't be October without Halloween so we threw another party with more facepainting and dressing up and ended it with a gruesome Bristol pub crawl! It was, of course, spooktacular!

Things started to get even busier at DeskLodge Basingstoke and the super-fun Emma Mears joined the team just in time for a DeskLodge Team get-together and a round of crazy golf!

 

November

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November saw the offical opening of Desklodge House with the big launch party due in January 2019 (Watch this space!). DeskLodge House has already created a buzz in Bristol and has it's own local celebrity (like our very own Gromit) The DeskLodge Cockral, who guards the doors to our magical new space!

With a new coworking space comes two more members of the team including the lovely Ellie Cheetham and Mel Joslin who are rocking the fun vibes at DeskLodge House, alongside Thanh and Justin.

We also bigged up the area local to our original DeskLodge space in Old Market, Bristol this month, read our blog post on our Top Eats in the area.

 

December

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December dropped in with its DeskLodger's Advent calendar and Basingstoke's Naughty Elf causing mischief on social media. With Christmas Jumper Day and our Mulled Wine and Mince Pie socials in Bristol, the end of 2018 has certainly been a very busy and fun time!

With plans for a big, fun-filled, magical launch party for DeskLodge House in January 2019, we certainly aim to start 2019 with a bang!  

Merry Christmas and Happy 2019

Love from Team DeskLodge xx

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - December

Bharat Kunwar - a hotdesker at 1TW


Meet Bharat who is a Cloud software engineer for the hotdesking team StackHPC. Bharat enjoys walking, travelling and Hacking.

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What is your Job title?
Cloud Software Engineer for StackHPC

How long have you been coming to DeskLodge?
Since February 2018

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
The sheer variety of things I’ve had the chance to work in!

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
Great staff, the facilities and the standing desks!

What do you do in your spare time? 
Hacking on personal projects 

What do you want for Christmas?
Spend time with family and friends

Thanks Bharat  - Have a great Christmas & best wished for 2018!

Christmas At DeskLodge

We are so excited that the infamous DeskLodge Advent Calendar has returned for 2018.

For those of you who weren’t with us last Christmas here’s the run down on how it works.

Each day on the run up to Christmas we will randomly select a DeskLodger to open the envelope of Christmas dreams on that day. Simple! All you need to do is to make sure you are tapped in on the software and be in the office to collect your prize!

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The advent calendar was such a success last year that we had to bring it back, especially since we have had so many lovely new DeskLodgers join us in 2018!

Good luck and have an amazing Christmas you lovely lot!

 

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - November

Liz Ward - a DeskLodge Resident at Blu Wireless 
Meet Liz who works for Blu Wireless Technology, they create intelligent wireless communications systems for 5G networks. 
Liz likes Yoga, reading and the DeskLodge socials!

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What is your Job title?
Office Administrator

How long have you been at Blu Wireless / DeskLodge?
9 months

What’s your favourite thing about your job?
Every day is different 

What is your favourite thing about DeskLodge?
The socials! They are always fun and it’s great to talk to different people over a few drinks. I like the indoor garden area, it’s always a nice atmosphere!

What do you do in your spare time? 
Yoga, reading, and appreciating the existence of dogs

Big night out or Netflix and chill?
Netflix and chill 

Thanks Liz  - Have a great November!

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