Building A Community

Join our community......

Co-working isn’t just about shared space, free wifi and coffee, it’s also about creating a community: a mix of like-minded people who can inspire each other and make newbies feel welcome and comfortable from the moment they arrive.

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We love our community at DeskLodge, we love that we have both regular members and new faces each week. The DeskLodge space grows, moves and adapts as different people join us or move on to a new adventure. We are flexible and that attracts large companies to lone hotdeskers who want to experience a home from home vibe that is fresh and ever-changing.

Our community have a chance to network and socialise in our open plan areas, they can work and eat together, attend events and unwind in our weekly yoga sessions (Bristol only). One way we like to encourage our DeskLodgers to get to know each other better is through our social events.

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Inclusive Socials....

After organising many successful DeskLodge Social events, which usually consist of drinks, fun and  a chance to take time out from work life and meet new DeskLodgers, we recognised that not all of our DeskLodgers could attend the evening socials due to long commutes out of the city home. We also noted that not everyone (I know it’s hard to believe) likes to drink alcohol and despite us offering non-alcoholic drinks at the socials, some people are just not comfortable in those livelier situations.

Although every DeskLodger is welcome to join our socials we realised they were not quite as inclusive as we first thought. This is where the DeskLodge Breakfast Social comes in. DeskLodgers get to enjoy a free breakfast or pastry's, in a calmer atmosphere and still have the chance to network and socialise with fellow DeskLodgers.

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Inclusivity is a major part of creating the perfect coworking community. You need to recognise any areas that need more work and act on them. We want every DeskLodger to feel comfortable and to feel they can come to us with an idea that we may be able to help you expand or improve.

In the future we would love to see more in-house meet ups and collaborations that involve our community, created organically by the Desklodgers themselves and supported by DeskLodge. We want to put all of our skills, talents and friendships together and use them in a productive way that we can all benefit from. 

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If you have an idea for DeskLodge socials, meet ups, societies and groups or skills to share with our amazing DeskLodge community then get in touch and let us know your ideas. Let’s collaborate and get productive!

Supporting stress at DeskLodge for Mental Health Awareness Week 2018

It is Mental Health Awareness Week and The Mental Health Foundation have chosen stress as their main theme of focus for 2018. DeskLodge would like to help towards combating stress in the workplace and how working with other people, in a coworking space, can really help towards reducing stress.

Stress is something that builds up over time, the more worried you become about reaching those deadlines and get the best performance out of your work, the more pressure you put on yourself and the more stressed you become.

One way to deal with stress is to talk to other people, interacting with our fellow humans can really remove you from a stressed state. Not only will they take your mind off your worries, they may even be able to help you to solve your problems. We are not saying go and hang out with people that really talk and don’t let you get a word in edgeways but there are lots of considerate, caring, friendly and funny people at DeskLodge who may help you to calm down, talk things over and distract you for a moment, which may be all you need.

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If you work from home, you will probably be missing human contact. Meeting new people can help you realise what you do and do not want to be like, as well as influencing and inspiring you to do things you hadn’t considered before. Coming to DeskLodge takes you out of your box (or living room in your pj’s) and into a colourful but calm space, that may help relieve your stress, loneliness and even open up those inspirational blocks that you just can’t get out of in your home environment.

DeskLodge has so many spaces that you can hid away when you need to in our cosy corners and quiet rooms or hang out with other DeskLodgers in our open hotdesking spaces and there is always someone to chat to in the kitchen, a real home from home vibe!

Why not come along to DeskLodge or your local coworking space. Stay out of the cafes where the pressure of groups of people standing over you as you hog a table or having to buy another coffee to keep your seat, is just adding to your stress. DeskLodge has free coffee, which actually isn’t highly recommended for stress, so why not try a cup of calming Peppermint Tea?

DeskLodge offer many perks that help you de-stress from weekly yoga classes for you to relax and unwind, a sports message therapist comes in once a fortnight to tackle aches, pains and tension or perhaps relaxing isn’t what you need? DeskLodge Bristol also have our own personal trainer to help you find the time to get fit and feel healthier, which is great for your body and mind.

Stress can bring on other mental health problems including anxiety and depression, recognising that you may have a problem is the first step. Combat stress before it snowballs, by talking to people and considering lifestyle changes that may be contributing to your stress. Mental Health is still such a taboo subject, it is so important to add some selfcare and love into your life, so help yourself and others will follow.

Please do not suffer alone whether it is stress or another mental health issue, talk to people, get help and most importantly love yourself and don’t feel bad about it, you deserve time out, treats and fun, it’s time for a bit of self-care!

DeskLodge will be holding an event with Health Care specialists Simply Happy on Thursday 14 June. Keep and eye out on our social media and blog for more information

Link - www.simplyhappy.org.uk

For more information on managing stress read this article by The Mental Health Foundation

Link - www.mentalhealth.org.uk/publications/how-manage-and-reduce-stress

DeskLodger of the Month - Bristol

Genesis Self-Fordham from Ecotricity

Meet Genesis, who is a Developer for DeskLodge residents Ecotricity and likes cycling, climbing and watching cult movies.

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What do We Ecotricity do?
We are the world's first green energy company with the focus of always doing the right thing. We offer services for the home, business, electric vehicle and so much more. My team is creating brilliant software to make Britain green (and we’re hiring!)

How long have you worked at Ecotricity / DeskLodge? 
I started working for Ecotricity 4 months after coming from the states so since September 2017. I think I started at very exciting timing with the company because I have been there since the opening of our Bristol office
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What's your favourite thing about your job? 
As a developer, seeing the small things transform into complex projects with a larger purpose. I also really love it when I get stuck on something foreign to me. Once I understand it, I start to think about how a task can be transformed inside the project or into outside projects. 

What's your favourite thing about DeskLodge? 
The Desklodge staff are amazing and I think they do a great job making it have a collaborative and welcoming space. Love the events they host as well. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?  
I love long distance cycling and get into a state where my legs are only suppose to pedal in a loop. At some point, it would be great to cycle to other countries. Just got to keep practising when the weather permits.

What's your favourite film?
This is a bit of a funny question for me because I am notorious for falling asleep while watching films. But one I can keep my eyes open for is `The Warriors`. The fashion, the music, and the late 70's NYC grudge vibe is just entertaining.
  
Thanks Genesis, Good luck with the cycle practise! x

Keeping it sustainable

Here at DeskLodge Bristol, we strive to keep our business as sustainable as possible. To create our spaces we have sourced pre-loved furniture, charity shops and abandoned stage props over buying anything in new, we even have a meeting room named the Surf Shack made entirely of reclaimed wood. We source from local businesses putting money back into our city and lowering our carbon footprint on deliveries. We even use a local eco-cleaning company and distribute any waste through a local sustainable by a green waste recycling company.

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Our fourth floor is home to the Future Economy Centre, a hub for organisations working with low carbon goods and services, encouraging like-minded companies to collaborate and innovate together alongside DeskLodgers, Low Carbon South West.

We spoke to a couple of our big sustainability supporters and innovators here at DeskLodge, to find out what they do to promote sustainability and how DeskLodge helps their business.

“Low Carbon South West is a Community Interest Company (CIC) based in the Bristol-Bath hub, we support and promote the development of the low carbon sector throughout the South and West of England. Putting the community and the needs of our members and clients first we run networking, events and a range of initiatives and partnerships with businesses, organisations, local authorities and academia. Low Carbon South West has consistently supported organisations working in low carbon goods and services, encouraged additional businesses to realign their strategies, systems and processes to the low carbon sector and assisted businesses in increasing efficiency and environmentally friendly practises, as well as increasing their presence and impact in the region”.

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“Coworking spaces can allow businesses to grow flexibly within existing and often previously underutilised – office space, meaning that they don’t have to start with the purchase of essential necessary equipment or service contracts or consider fitting out new offices until they have grown beyond the boundaries the coworking space can fit. The additional level of shared facilities that places like DeskLodge have, such as video and phone booths, meeting spaces and superfast wifi, can also cut down on unnecessary waste and the central location also mean that there’s often less need to travel to do business, lowering the footprint of employees journeys and encouraging the use of public transport”.

Matt Tudge LCSW

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“Here at Strategic Innovation, we have 15 people in our core team across many locations and using Desklodge as our hub is ideal. We use technology to connect with ourselves and our clients, and being located in Bristol City Centre, near Temple Meads is perfect for sustainable transport links when a screen is not enough. Looking forward, we’re keen to start socialising and networking with our fellow Desklodgers to see how we can help each other and really get the most out of co-working”.

“Strategic Innovation work with clients to deliver a positive and impactful innovation that makes a difference. An innovation isn't going to succeed, or last, if it isn’t sustainable. It needs to both make economic sense to our clients and to their end customers and provide a positive impact on society and the wider environment – and that is what we strive to deliver”.

Nick Haigh Strategic Innovation

If you are a sustainable business looking for office space with like-minded individuals or would like to attend one of our many sustainable events or even hold your own event here at DeskLodge then get in touch.

 

LCSW - https://www.lowcarbonsouthwest.co.uk/

Strategic Innovations - http://strategic-innovation.co.uk/

 

Holding Events At DeskLodge

Holding an event at DeskLodge gives you the opportunity to grow and network with DeskLodgers, new businesses, and like-minded people.

Our events come in all shapes and sizes from putting on mini pop up events from food stalls to Christmas markets, to helping charities to grow their awareness in our spaces and sponsoring workshops that also offer (often free) perks and advice to our residents, whilst promoting the company hosting the events too.

These types of events help to promote and support our residents and partners, whilst sharing our space with lots of new faces, who often end up joining us too and putting on their own events, as well as giving us that lovely glowing feeling that we have helped them in some way!

The best way to receive your own little piece of DeskLodge love is to get in touch with us! Use us as a platform to promote your events, share your latest news stories and get your name out there!

Share the love by promoting your event on social media too, by tagging DeskLodge and creating events on Eventbrite and Facebook, it all helps to make the most of the opportunities that are available to everyone, from established companies to a lone freelancer or startup. Don’t forget you can just use the good ol’ fashioned word of mouth to get more people to join the fun!

If you have an idea for an event from networking, meetups to workshops and advice sessions then get in touch, we have amazing spaces and a great platform to share your events and the DeskLodge love!

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DeskLodge Of The Month - Basingstoke

James Belchamber from Opsfactory 

What does Opsfactory do?

I am a DevOps Transformation Consultant and Operations Engineer, which is a fancy way of saying that I consult on helping software developers and the people who deploy their software work together more effectively, and then work with them to do exactly that. It's really interesting if you're at all interested in software development, and anyone in DeskLodge is welcome to come ask me about it (when I've not got my headphones on, of course!). OpsFactory is the brand that I and another consultant use to Blog, release Videos and generally evangelise about what we do.

When did you start?

I've been doing this work for nearly four years now, but we set up OpsFactory in 2017. I've been working in DeskLodge since (before) it was open!

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I've always been a problem solver and a troubleshooter (typical SysAdmin), and what I love about DevOps is that I can apply these skills to people, too. DevOps is all about breaking down silos, getting people to work together instead of pitting departments against each other, and delivering little and often. It's very satisfying to see organisations work more effectively, with more satisfied employees, because of something you've done.

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

DeskLodge is like having an office full of people even though I'm just a solo worker. I can have a chat with people over coffee, pick someone's brains when I'm stuck, then shut myself off from the world (in Narnia) when I need to focus. It has all the mod cons you'd expect from a Google-style office space, without having to actually work for a big company. I'm a big fan.

What do you like to do in your spare time?

In my spare time, I try to build the local tech community (The Basingstoke Tech Scene, which DeskLodge is kindly supporting). I'm also active politically (this year I'm running as a candidate for borough council!) and I have gotten into lifting some pretty heavy weights at Elite Bodyworks, an excellent local strongman gym. When I get some free time I cuddle my cat and play computer games.

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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 ;)

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