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!

Calling all foodies! Here our some top eats just minutes away from DeskLodge 1 Temple Way

DeskLodge is based on Bristol’s busy Temple way, right next to Bristol’s newest creative quarter, Old Market, which is full of independent cafes, bars, music venues and art spaces.

Located just a 5 minute walk from the city centre Old Market is getting a name for itself as Bristol’s next big thing and a great place to go to fill your bellies, either on your lunch breaks or for after work drinks.

There are so many options in the area that we have narrowed the list down to our DeskLodge Top 5 Eats!!

The Old Market Assembly

A grand event space, theatre and music venue that see’s events from live music, DJs to local fashion shows.  It’s open planned bar area and restaurant has a mezzanine floor that offers a great view of the main bar area so you can see what’s going on, whether it’s live music or just a chance to do some people watching in the colourful Old Market area.

As part of The Sustainable Restaurant association, https://thesra.org/  The Old Market Assembly serves mostly vegetarian and vegan foods that are sustainably and locally sourced.

The seasonal menus offer eat in options from stews and curries to the most tastiest pizza ever, all served from 12.pm - 9.30pm (please check website for current lunch and evening times) at very reasonable prices ranging from £5 to £14!

The bar stocks local brewed beers, sustainable wines and ciders (of course there is cider, this is Bristol y’know!).

 25 West Street, Old Market, Bristol BS2 0DF


To The Moon  

Located just off the Old Market strip on Midland Road you will find the quaint boutique bar  To The Moon.  

This multi use venue space is a fashion boutique during the day and transforms into a bar by night. To The Moon is great for after work drinks or indeed a night out, with a wide selection of rums and cocktails on offer. “But what about the eats?” - we hear you say, well what’s better for these colder months than a comforting and extremely yummy Pieminister pie https://www.pieminister.co.uk/ and mash? With vegan, vegetarian and gluten free options available too. This cute little bar offers djs, events and has super friendly staff, it’s Old Market’s best kept secret!

Food is available Wednesday to Friday from 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays from 1pm - 7pm and Sundays from 1pm - 5pm with weekday deals of pie, mash, peas, gravy and a pint for a tenner!  

27-29 Midland Road, Bristol, BS2 0JT

The Exchange

 The closest eatery to DeskLodge 1TW has to be The Exchange Coffee Shop and Kitchen. Serving all vegan and veggie food from cakes to breakfasts and aTex Mex inspired menu that changes seasonally. The roasted coffee is sustainable and locally sourced with offers available for all DeskLodgers, just ask at the bar!

The Exchange is a well known music venue in Bristol that offers live music, club nights, flea markets, art exhibitions, recording studios and a record shop and if you are lucky you may even see one of The Idles https://www.idlesband.com/ hanging out there on your next visit!

The Exchange Coffee Shop and Kitchen is open for breakfast from 8am-11am and lunch from 12 noon - 3pm.

72-73 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ

Tiffin Time  

Based on Midland Road Tiffin Time offer a locally sourced (and mostly organic) delicious and exciting lunch time treats that change each week that change with the seasons. There are take away lunches and a delivery service options available, where the lunches arrive in the lovable Tiffin Tins minimising waste and keeping things sustainable and reusable.

The menu changes each week with Katsu chicken curry and vegetarian Japanese Tariyaki balls (vegan options available) being a sample menu available with prices ranging from £6.50.

13 Midland Rd, Bristol BS2 0JT

 

Two’s Company Studios

In the heart of Old Market you will find the multipurpose creative hub Two’s Company Studios and sitting comfortably on the ground floor in the middle of a working art studio and exhibition space is a  lil’ coffee shop run by Alex Does Coffee. https://www.facebook.com/alexdoescoffee/  Serving up tasty Extract coffee, https://extractcoffee.co.uk/  yummy cakes and bakes and lunchtime treats all locally and ethically sourced and perfectly crafted here in Bristol. Look out for the cutest in-house whippet dog too!

The coffee shop is open Monday to Friday from 7.30am - 4pm and includes eats from seriously tasty cheese or vegan cheese toasties from £3.50, soup of the day or waffles and maple syrup. Yum!

61 Old Market St, Bristol BS2 0EJ

 Let’s eat!

 

DeskLodger of the month – Basingstoke – October

Gareth Riddy – Movement Therapist

Meet Gareth, a hotdesker at DeskLodge BSK who runs his own movement therapy business and loves to do brazilian jujitsu in his spare time!

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What do you do as a Movement Therapist?

I run my own business Gareth Riddy Movement Therapist. It helps empower people so they don't feel trapped in their body/mind. From written & digital products, seminars, to one to one work involving neurological based therapeutic techniques.

How long have you been running your business?

In its current guise around 5 years, including exercise based 12 years.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

My favourite thing is the open plan, beautifully jazzed up decor downstairs (The Atrium). It helps me create. Obviously, the staff are banging!

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time I love to do Brazilian jujitsu.

 

What would be your chosen costume for a Halloween party?

Probably some kind of wizard or something magical.

 

Thanks Gareth! Have a great month!

Bristol Giving Day - The Great DeskLodge Bake Off

We were so impressed with the entries for our Great DeskLodge Bake Off which saw DeskLodgers bringing in their culinary baked masterpieces to raise money for Bristol Giving Day

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Lots of DeskLodgers got involved bringing in unicorn shaped cakes, colourful macaroons, layer cakes, Guinness cakes and cheesecakes to Grandma’s Chocie Cake (made from a loved family recipe).

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The initial idea came from DeskLodger Rob Eveleigh who told us about the Bristol Giving Day charity and how we could get involved, one of his ideas was a cake sale and the Great DeskLodge Bake Off idea grew from there.

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Knowing how well our lovely DeskLodgers respond to charity events, following a very successful Gromit Challenge, we just had to get involved with Bristol Giving Day.

The Bristol Giving Day is a day to spread generosity across Bristol through fun charity events fundraising to support local community causes from women’s refugee groups, organizing trips out of the city for inner city kids to supporting people with mental problems and isolated older people in our communities.

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With donations also going to the HPC Bristol Community Fund who support disadvantaged young people with education and training opportunities to the Bristol City Funds ‘No child goes hungry’ campaign or even contributing to Bristol Giving Day with your own charity-based groups and ideas. All money raised goes to supporting our community to help everyone thrive in our ever-growing and successful city!

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Bristol Giving Day is run by the Quartet Community Foundation who bring together like-minded people who want to improve and support their local community. 

On Wednesday 10th October, dressed up in our Bristol Giving Day t-shirts, the Bristol DeskLodge team held the Great DeskLodge Bake Off event. Each baker donated money to enter the competition and all DeskLodgers were invited along to become part of our judging team at £2 a pop, tasting the fabulous cakes and judging them on both creative appearance and most importantly, taste!

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We also welcomed along BBC Coast presenter Miranda Restovonikoff, who joined us for some guest cake judging alongside the Quartet Community Foundation team. It was great to meet Miranda and the team behind Bristol Giving Day.

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Following the cake fest that was the Great DeskLodge Bake Off judging event and a few extremely over-excited sugar rushes and the inevitable sugar crash (hey, don’t judge, there were a lot of cakes to taste) we found our first ever Great DeskLodge Bake Off winner, drumroll please……….

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For her amazing and truly scrumptious Chocolate and caramel cake (smothered in caramel Swiss meringue buttercream with homemade honeycomb bites, covered in chocolate!) yes, it was as heavenly as it sounds – Hayley Yates from Nudge Digital took first place!

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Coming in at a close second with her gorgeous and super sweet cream filled layer cake tower was Hannah Grenfell from Sparkol! Well done ladies!

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It was so great to see so many DeskLodgers getting involved whether as bakers or judges and we are very proud to say that we managed to raise £257.27 for Bristol Giving Day! Go DeskLodge!

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We would also like to give a great big thanks to local cake makers Deocraft who kindly donated an amazing cake with an edible image of the Bristol Suspension Bridge and balloons with a layered velvet and lemon sponge and beautifully piped cream! Our DeskLodgers have really enjoyed the cake and donated even more money for Bristol Giving Day! Well done Bristol!

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DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol - October

Chris Lock  - a Freelance Application Developer

Meet Chris, who is a hotdesker at DeskLodge. Chris likes to play board games, is an improv performer, a writer and is a self confessed Geek! 

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What do you do as an Application Developer?
I mostly work on contracts for companies who need help with whatever their current goal is. I do this mostly with web technologies like PHP and Javascript. Currently, I'm working for a Financial Tech company based near Frome, who are currently integrating their tech with a much larger firm who allow me to work remotely from time to time.

What's your favourite thing about your job? 
It allows me to be creative and satisfies my engineering biased mind. Being a contractor I also get a lot of flexibility, but with that comes the uncertainty of having a job for any length of time.

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 
It gives me a space that I can have no distractions and just get on with stuff. The people who run the place are awesome, they have tea and are based 15 minutes cycle from my house. I've been coming here since 2016.

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
Quite a bit...
I write articles for a website GeekOutSW that is also a meetup group. They meet once a month, play board games and basically get to "Geek Out" amongst other geeks. No judgement, no expectations, just a safe space for geeks to be geeks.
 I am an active member of the Bristol Improv scene and you might also see me doing random poetry nights and generally trying to get on stage. 
I  love board games! I write reviews about them and I'm actually trying to design a card game with a friend of mine.
My new project is due to launch (officially) at the end of September 2018. I am starting a Podcast called Rough Sketch the aim is to merge the world of Improv and the Artist sketchbook together and ask artists to create something with someone who can't draw.

Trick or Treat?
Can't I have both?

 Thanks Chris, good luck with the new project!

DeskLodge Basingstoke - A small slice of the story so far

The story so far in Basingstoke…..

DeskLodge has been here in Basingstoke for around 18 months! As always we had an initial plan for our build, and then have continued to build and add more to our creative workspace.

Set along a silicon suburb coming out of London, Basingstoke is regularly coming up top in quality of life rankings, has a lively tech scene and an emerging start-up community.  Basingstoke punches well above its weight in Tech Nation’s Report 2018 ranking 4th in the UK for digital density and 5th for digital productivity (£256,000 per year per employee in tech)– oh yes well above Reading, Southampton and many others!   

We are so proud of all of the lovely businesses, freelancers and drop in members that have used our space since we’ve been here - making DeskLodge BSK an exciting and productive environment to be in.

This year has seen many fun events including the fun filled Secret Art Basingstoke, to regular meet ups from 5G to our weekly Yoga sessions with Yogana Flow, you are all the pulse of DeskLodge BSK and we look forward to another exciting year of bringing fun coworking spaces and networking events to Basingstoke!

Before and after

We would like to share a few before and after images of the DeskLodge Basingstoke space to show you just how far we have come and how we create our amazing spaces! And there’s more to come.

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We're growing – 6 floors of DeskLodge awesomeness in central Bristol

DeskLodge Expansion In Bristol

We are very excited to announce that we have taken on our first whole building venture, which shall be known as the mighty - DeskLodge House. Situated on Redcliffe Way in Bristol, DeskLodge House is a only 3-minute walk from Temple Meads Station making it ideal if you’re a regular commuter!   

Coworking Space Of The Year Winners!

DeskLodge has been providing freelancers, contractors, SME’s and anyone who wants to work somewhere different, with coworking, private offices, meeting rooms and event spaces in Temple Way in Bristol city centre since the summer of 2015. This has been super successful and so well received. We have had great fun meeting lots of amazing and influential people, who have inspired us along the way too. Since arriving in Bristol we have also won the best coworking space of the year award.

Rise In Tech And Demand For Office Space In Bristol

Due to the high demand for space at DeskLodge and keeping up with the fast rise in Bristol’s tech and creative scene, the desirability of the city and the rise in people moving from London to Bristol - as one of the best places to work and coolest place to live -  the demand was higher than ever for flexible, creative space.

We needed to grow to meet with the demand for office and coworking spaces in Bristol and just had to take up the opportunity to take on and build on our vision with DeskLodge House.

Read more success stories of ours here,

Top 50 coolest offices in the word – source The Telegraph

Productivity Hot Spot – source ThinkProductive

It’s Here - DeskLodge House, Our Biggest Project Yet

DLH, as it’s known, will have plenty of the famous quirky DeskLodge décor, with lots of amazing spaces spread over six floors of DeskLodge splendour! We will still offer our fantastic flexible memberships, hotdesking, fixed desking, private offices, meeting rooms, host events and meet ups and generally making DLH a great place for people to network and socialise.

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There will be enough room for everyone from large businesses, freelancers to start ups and hotdeskers, who are looking for a new place to be awesome,  and insanely productive. DeskLodge attracts talent, people want to work from an inspiring place and we want more of it!

Book A Tour And Be One Of Our VIP DeskLodgers

We expect our first Desklodgers to be with us in November which is really exciting! There will be some super early bird offers to take up. And……for all of our current DeskLodgers, yes, of course, there will be an infamous Desklodge party to look forward to. Some sneak peek pics below.

So why DeskLodge?

DeskLodge was built to meet the demand in cities for coworking spaces. We have created positive work spaces and a new culture with our quirky décor and unique spaces offering contemporary teams the opportunity to move around the spaces and use them their own way, there is no structure, no stuffy office, people are happy to come to work at DeskLodge, it’s infectious!

We’re a laid back, modern and non-corporate space, you don’t have to book any spaces in our collaborative hubs, you are free to use the space as you need to. Whether it’s a casual team meeting, important conference calls or just a quiet space to knuckle down, everyone is catered for.

The home from home feel mixed with the creative vibe offers you a chance to meet new people and take time out with perks including free fruit, massages, yoga and even an art club, there is always a buzz at DeskLodge and that’s what makes us unique. With so many options you get to decide how our space can work for you, every single day!

DeskLodge helps to build collaborations between entrepreneurs and ideas people who, until discovering our coworking communities, didn’t have the opportunity to meet like-minded people to collaborate with! Our DeskLodgers influence each other and help inspire you to make your dreams a reality. By connecting people and encouraging them to share skills and ideas DeskLodge have created a space for productive and friendly communities of influential people, to bounce ideas off of each other and help to solve problems, build their business and to reach their goals. It’s inspiring stuff!

See you soon!

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The Great DeskLodge Bake Off

Calling all bakers! Join the Great DeskLodge Bake Off!


In support of Bristol Giving Day on 10th October, DeskLodge will be throwing a Bake Off.

Each participant/ expert baker pays £5 to enter and brings in their amazing baked treat for judging on Weds 10th October!

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All of you lovely DeskLodgers will be the judges, paying £2 to eat the wonderful cake and vote for their favourites on the day, in a Yummy cake filled social event to find our first ever DeskLodge Bake off winner!

 

All the money raised on the day will go to the Bristol Just Giving Day charity event.

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 Bristol Giving Day is run by the Quartet Community Foundation who give grants to local charities and community groups, helping to change peoples lives from helping children living in poverty, adults with learning disabilities to servivors of domestic abuse and loney elderly people. Bristol Giving Day was set up to encourage businesses across the city to get involved too!

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 To find out more about our Great DeskLodge Bake Off event come and have a chat with the DeskLodge staff and get your name on that Bake Off entry form!

 

Could you be our first ever DeskLodge Bake Off winner?

 

All the money raised will go to the Bristol Just Giving Day charity.

So get yourself signed up at the DeskLodge reception and get baking!

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