DeskLodgers love coffee!

Coffee. Why is it so popular? Why are there so many coffee shops around the world?

Why do people lose it if there is no coffee? Perhaps they’ve had too much or just maybe, they like it and it helps them to stay productive! Whatever it is DeskLodge makes sure there is plenty of it. Lots of lovely free cups of coffee to help our DeskLodgers, wake up, remain alert and keep at it! It’s a hard slog running a business but coffee is always there when you need it!

Here are some DeskLodge coffee numbers, which may surprise you!

Out of the 300+ DeskLodgers who come to DeskLodge Bristol each day, between them they manage to drink a massive 319 cups of coffee a day, which is 1595 cups of coffee a week, approx 6380 cups a month and a staggering 76,560 cups of lovely coffee per year necked at DeskLodge Bristol! That's a whole lot beans :)

Stay productive!

    “I have 10, maybe 9 cups              a day, lots!”

   “I have 10, maybe 9 cups              a day, lots!”

 “I enjoy the Desklodge coffee, I like expresso!The coffee table chats at DeskLodge are good for networking too!”

“I enjoy the Desklodge coffee, I like expresso!The coffee table chats at DeskLodge are good for networking too!”

  “It gives me a bit of a perk up but i only have one cup                   a day”

 “It gives me a bit of a perk up but i only have one cup                   a day”

*quotes not necessarily from DeskLodgers photographed!

Meet our new DeskLodge team member!

DeskLodge are very excited to introduce you to Sabrina the latest DeskLodge Host to join the Bristol Team.

Sabrina loves her new Audi TT sport, eating and playing pool with her mates!

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How has your first month been?

I have really enjoyed my first month working at DeskLodge, everyone is so friendly and helpful. I feel that It has been a challenging couple of weeks taking in all the information but I am really glad that I am working at DeskLodge.

What have you enjoyed the most?

The thing I have enjoyed the most has been getting to know the DeskLodge team and also the DeskLodgers. Everyone has been so helpful and it’s such a fun space to work within.

What were your first impressions of Desklodge?
When I first came into Desklodge I was amazed with how warm the welcome was from the staff.  I was so speechless with how the space has been designed! It feels so cosy to work within and I just love the overall atmosphere of the workspace.

Fave moment so far?

My fave moment so far has to be the Desklodge social because this is where I really got to know the companies that work within DeskLodge and what their companies are all about.

 

Thanks Sabrina, it’s great to have you here!

Make your coworking space a brighter place

Blog written by: Jessie Doughty (Huggg)

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We all know that a day at the office can be made a thousand times better if you’re surrounded by great co-workers. We’ve all got a ‘work bestie’ or a ‘work wife’, and they’re arguably the people we spend most of our time with through the week.

Just take a look at some of your favorite TV sitcoms; the main crux of why so many of them are so entertaining are because of the relationships between the characters in them. Would The Office really have been so heartwarming without the blossoming romance between Dawn and Tim? Or would Parks and Recreation have been so hilarious if it hadn’t been for the friendships between each and every member of the department? And what about the work-bromance between J.D. and Turk in Scrubs?

We rest our case.

Sharing your working habitat with other businesses is really no different to your regular office. You still build connections with like-minded people - just people from other walks of work. Forming good relationships in the workplace helps to create a positive and motivating environment and can have a huge impact on your day to day life.

Desklodge is brimming with bright, friendly people and it’s a literal hive of creatives, entrepreneurs, and growing businesses. There are so many perks to co-working here - we get free coffee, a clean, inspiring workplace, and not to mention all the other great things going on like massages and yoga.

So, how can you thank them for keeping you sane?

Well, with everyone doing their own thing, and with each business within the building being so different and varied, there isn’t much we can do except ask ‘Anyone fancy a coffee?’, as we pry ourselves away from our laptop screens for a brain-break at the coffee machine.

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But there is another way...

We at huggg have created a platform which allows you to show your appreciation for the people around you, and to make their day when the coffee machine is broken, the toilets are blocked, or your card doesn’t work.

And it’s called huggg.

It’s a platform (or series of apps) which allows you to put a smile on your coworker’s face from the comfort of your very own smartphone/desk. A little something to say ‘thanks for giving me a lift to the office’, ‘you make coming into work ten times easier’, or even ‘I know we’ve sat across the desk from each other for the past six months and only know each others first names, but I think I’m in love with you’... although, perhaps proceed with caution on that one. Might be a bit weird.

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It goes without saying that everybody loves a coffee, but when that coffee has been paid for and sent to you by a friend, it becomes that little bit more special.

Coworking in Bristol and want to make the most of huggg?

Download the huggg app and send your work bestie/wife/neighbour/crush a huggg before midnight on 8th July 2018. Once you’ve sent it, share a snap of your sent screen, tagging us @huggg_uk on social and we’ll ping one right back at you.

 

A tiny amount of time spent on your phone can have a huge impact on someone else’s day.

So, go on

Download the app and #sayitbetterwithhuggg

 

DeskLodger of the Month - Basingstoke - July

Kerrie Fraser from Chronyko..

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What do chronyko do?

chronyko provides immersive training events for organisations who empower their employees to solve complex problems. Our mission is to teach and exercise key business skills through innovative methods. We use a unique combination of storytelling, technology and challenges to create immersion and engagement with the learning outcomes. The events develop and exercise skills in a wide range of areas including leadership, team working and specialist technical disciplines.

 

How long have you worked at Chronyko/Desklodge?

I've only been officially at chronyko for the past 3 months, however, we have been working as a team on similar projects for much longer.

 

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

No idea is ever too crazy! In fact, bonkers ideas for storylines, puzzles and challenges are encouraged! I love that essentially we use fun as a framework for learning.

 

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

It's such a creative space! I just love all the little details that aren't obvious at first but the more time you spend here, the more you see. For an innovative business such as ours, being in this environment really helps get the creative juices flowing. It's also great being around other start-ups; having that network of diverse skills around you day-to-day is really helpful. It's a great community.

 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I love cooking and baking (and therefore eating!) although I try to balance out copious amounts of cake with the odd yoga session :) I'm an avid reader, particularly psychological thrillers, although I read anything and everything. My goal is to read 52 books in a year but so far my record is 37.

Venus Awards - The National Finals

12 July 2018

Thanh Quan-Nicholls – Co-founder DeskLodge

There is something special about women’s events –and the Venus Awards Nationals Finals did not disappoint – colourful, glamorous and life affirming.  We were lucky enough to be sponsoring our first Venus Awards and I presented the Customer Service award to the marvellous Nikki Butler, a medical tattooist. 

Tara Howard, our host and creator of “The Venus” is vivacious, inspiring and fills the room with her passion to help celebrate and empower business women to succeed.  Tara has created a movement for women leaders and the room was filled with the most brilliant women.  There are too many to name here but check out the Venue Awards National finals if you want to find out more about the 2018 winners. 

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Tara asked everyone to share an inspirational “nugget”. And of course, with this calibre of women, we heard the most amazing stories. I laughed, I cried and most importantly I learned and was inspired. Life is grand!

The words of wisdom from these awesome women were too good not to share.  So here are my favourites:

1.       Not every day is good, but there is something good in everyday

2.       Don’t let anyone tell you, you can’t do it – believe in yourself

3.       Keep true to your values

4.       Dream, believe, achieve

5.       Know what you are good at

6.       Diversity of thought at the top

7.       If you don’t ask, you don’t get

8.       Magic happens when you take yourself out of your comfort zone

9.       Be flexible, be open: life is a river, so go with the flow, but be alert

10.   Try to understand before being understood

11.   Be happy

12.   Drink more wine

13.   Take risks

14.   Ensure that you care but do not be afraid to show your backbone

15.   Celebrate success

What did I say when it was my turn?  “Break the rules and have fun”! Oh yes, I think we live by THAT at DeskLodge".

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DeskLodge Gromit Challenge

Get involved with the DeskLodge Gromit Challenge on Instagram this summer!

DeskLodge want to see as many DeskLodgers as we can, as a team or as a lone DeskLodger taking on the #desklodgegromitchallenge. With a chance to win £250 towards your chosen charity or indeed to the Grand Appeal.

All you have to do is take a selfie or get your photo taken with as many of the Gromit Unleashed 2 sculptures over the summer and share on Instagram (business or personal is fine!) and remember to tag @desklodge_bristol on Instagram and #desklodgegromitchallenge #gromitunleashed2 so we can find your lovely posts. (boomerangs and films are also welcome as long as you use the tags). 

Please note that each photo will need to be with a different sculpture to stand a chance of winning, so no double ups or taking lots of photos with the same sculpture! You can however post as many selfies with different sculptures as you like on the same day.

The team/ DeskLodger with the most selfies over the summer (challenge ends Sept 1) will win!

The winner will be announced during September!

 

Good Luck,  have a Grand Day Out and don't forget to say 'Wensleydale' when you get your photo taken.

Catching up with DeskLodge Bristol in 2018

January

A new year, a new start and a time to focus on taking care of ourselves and others around us we looked into combating loneliness in the workspace and meeting up with some coworking newbies to find out their experiences at DeskLodge.

With a flash of her magic wand, The Entrepreneurs Godmother, Alison Edgar returned with a film crew and another inspiring, Sales Coach Solutions workshop.

Combating loneliness blog,

Coworking newbie blog 

https://alisonedgar.com/

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February

February came with hearts and flowers and girl power with events from the newly launched Women’s Tech Founders and a social media marketing event from the all-female team, Stephenson’s Law.

We also chatted with one of our PHD students about how coworking at DeskLodge has helped with productivity. Read our blog to find out more

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March

In March, it snowed! DeskLodge managed to soldier on and remain open, even when the buses had stopped running, anything to help our DeskLodgers stay productive.

We celebrated International Women’s Day with a very successful event that saw women from many different backgrounds, from DeskLodgers to Bristol-based female collectives and businesses, talk about their empowering females, equality and how they got to where they are now, as a strong, independent woman! It was very empowering, and we shall definitely be holding this event again next year!

Wellbeing was a big focus for March. Bristol-based, Core Strength Studios held a workshop on posture and stress levels and DeskLodgers Deathio got straight to the point in their guest blog post on 'Not settling for a boring funeral'. 

GDPR started to rear its ugly head and Stevenson’s Law and LCSW were there to help us out with events on how to prepare your business (and yourself for the hundreds of emails you were about to receive!).

Our annual Easter egg hunt went down a storm with some very happy DeskLodgers finding themselves a chocolate treat or two, it was an all-around sociable, mad and fun month!

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April

April saw the end of the longest winter ever! In April? Really?

To celebrate we launched our Breakfast socials, a morning social event for early risers, people who can't attend the evening socials and those who really like a free breakfast, to get you started for a productive day! Remember the Breakfast Socials are on the first Thursday of every month from 8am-9am in the Indoor Garden.

The PHPSW meet up group returned to DeskLodge for their monthly meets and have been filling The Oak tree space ever since with this popular event.

Not content with giving our DeskLodgers just the Breakfast Social in April, we also turned up the DeskLodge perks to the max by introducing bi-weekly sports massages with Natasha Ryan (book in with the DeskLodge reception for your next massage) and we got a brand spanking new coffee machine as a big thank you to all of our coffee loving DeskLodgers!

The month ended with a fun-filled Quiz night ran by Dyson resident Liz Darville, the challenge - to beat Blu-wireless (our previous champions) and a mash-up team of hotdeskers and residents won! A great night had by all!

Why not read our blog post on holding an event at Desklodge?

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May

Finally, the sun turned up, better late than never.

This month we focused on Mental Health Awareness Week and how we can bring this into the workspace, focusing on stress and wellbeing. It was a positive time where so many DeskLodgers opened up to start a conversation about their own personal issues with mental health and stress and how they cope. Please read our blog to find out more on dealing with stress in the workplace.

We had to say a fond farewell to our residents Dyson who have now outgrown our space and moved on. We are very happy to have been a part of the journey!

The month ended with our secret social event (you cannot imagine how difficult it was for us to keep quiet about the event) brought to us by Sofar Sounds who curate secret gigs in interesting and unusual spaces, which include live and relaxed, acoustic performance in our Oak Tree space. It was the most chilled out DeskLodge social ever! Find out more about what happened here.

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June

We started June with a little staff away day, for a bit of team bonding and to discuss the future of DeskLodge, which is all very exciting.......but we can’t divulge any more info just yet!  If you would like to know more about how we build a coworking space, then read our latest blog post.

We are very excited to announce that we now have a DeskLodge Drawing Club, where people of all drawing abilities can get together and doodle alongside resident and graphic designer Rory Walker from Quadrotech. Join us, get creative and meet new friends!

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Lastly, let's celebrate our DeskLodgers of the month so far in 2018, what a bunch of amazing DeskLodgers! You never know, next time, it could be you!

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DeskLodge would just like to thank all of our DeskLodgers for being an outstanding group of people and look forward to more joining us for the second half of 2018.

DeskLodger of The Month (June) - Basingstoke

Meet Stuart Wright, he works for Sapphire in our Basingstoke DeskLodge branch. He is the lead within their Southern Sales team. Lets hear what he has to say!..

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What do Sapphire do?

  • We provide Information Security services and solutions to organisations across the UK. We have over 40 services and product lines but as a snapshot we have a team of penetration testers (ethical hackers) who are authorised to work on behalf of UK Government and we can also accredit companies to standards such as Cyber Essentials. 

How long have you worked at Sapphire/Desklodge?

  • I’ve worked for Sapphire for over 5 years but helped setup our Basingstoke office 2 years ago to help the development of our company in the south. We’ve seen some really good growth in the last year – over 40% - and our bosses are keen for that to continue this year. We moved into Desklodge at Easter as it provided us a good mix of private office space, shared areas to work and meet in but also social elements that a private office couldn’t offer. It’s also flexible for us as we grow and have to employ more people to support that.

What’s your favourite thing about your job?

  • The security industry is very tightly-knit and its nice to work with so many people over a long period of time. Even though Sapphire’s staff of 50 is dispersed across the UK it really has a strong family feel and we enjoy getting together. I hope we can keep that ethos as the company grows.

What’s your favourite thing about Desklodge?

  • My first thought was the Coffee - but really it’s the breakout areas where I can meet informally with the team and our partners who come to visit. We’d probably all love not to have to work and just do fun things all day – so its nice to come to a place that can help work remain fun - I get to sit on a Pirate Ship – what’s not to like?

What do you like to do in your spare time?

  • I have 2 active sporty boys so most of my spare time is wrapped up with them. However, when I get a minute I like to play the piano. I’m also writing a book but its taking longer than I anticipated. At this rate it will be 2020 before I finish it.

Building a coworking space & a little on how our's works!

You start with a space and you look at it like a blank canvas, you know you need basic amenities kitchen areas, desks and chairs, but beyond this you consider what you want to achieve, and what spaces/experiences you want to add, from open plan coworking spaces, break out areas and offices, a few meeting rooms and phone booths perhaps? Then the creativity begins.

To keep things interesting, DeskLodge choose different themes for each new build, each nook and cranny gets a special quirk or a certain themed style from the Tardis quiet room (yes, it’s bigger on the inside) or the astro grass floor in our indoor garden spaces. We like to create exciting spaces that are aesthetically pleasing and tactile, to inspire your senses and in turn influence and encourage your productivity.

 At DeskLodge we like to think anything is possible. We have added no skype zones and quiet rooms and equally balanced this out with private, soundproofed phone booths. We have office spaces varying from 1 to 70 person spaces, we have even been known to remove and add new walls to accommodate our latest resident DeskLodgers needs.

One thing you need to know about a coworking space is that things can change, often! DeskLodge offers short-term licences, so there are always new DeskLodgers moving in and out which keeps things fun. We encourage and help companies expand and grow by offering them bigger or extra spaces. Many companies will outgrow our spaces and that’s Ok, we are happy to have been part of their journey and we then look forward to seeing who will replace them as our new DeskLodgers. Like Dr who we regenerate too!

At DeskLodge we listen to the view and opinions of our staff and DeskLodgers and strive to make DeskLodge the best coworking experience ever! We are always improving our tech from software to wifi as well as getting in the best coffee machines and adding soya milk to our shopping list for all our none dairy DeskLodgers.

We want our spaces to be comfortable and fun, with lots of different seating and working options from regular desks, standing desks to garden benches for casual group meetings and comfy home from home sofas. The best thing about this is that you can move around as much as you like and sit in an area that suits you, your mood and what you are working on at that point.

One very important thing about building a coworking space isn’t just having the coffee machine near the reception, or the most expensive furniture, the most important thing is the team. We have worked really hard on having an awesome team to make it all happen. Having friendly and sociable staff on hand to help you out, keep you productive, make you laugh and even give you a shoulder to cry on is a really big thing for us. We are super friendly and love to hear your stories and what’s going on in our DeskLodgers lives. Of course, there needs to be a balance, we are there if you need us but not in your face, there is no hard sell on a tour and we are laid back and the complete opposite of corporate but still professional.

We are a family. We are DeskLodge.

DeskLodge Bristol hosts Sofar Sounds secret gigs!

Something very exciting happened at the May DeskLodge social when we were joined by the secret gigs heroes Sofar Sounds and three live music acts including Canadian singer songwriter Ursidae, BBC Introducing’s Aaron Douglas and Liverpool based duo Deliah.

The mystery behind what was going to happen at this DeskLodge Social Special had baffled many DeskLodgers, who, as the nature of a secret gig, we couldn’t tell exactly what was going to happen! Sofar Sounds event was well received!

Sofa sounds made themselves at home in the oak tree space and dressed the stage (thanks to their videographer) using props and plants found around our space to create the most homely and welcoming dressed stage ever!

First up was Ursidae, a laid-back Canadian who writes sad songs for relatively happy people! Ursidae performed a surprising cover of Mariah Carey’s Heartbreaker and chatted to us about how she has never been asked if she was ‘Alright?’ so much since being in Bristol! ‘Alright me babber?’

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Next up was Aaron Douglas, a charismatic singer-songwriter who had toned his rock vibes down to a more folky sound for the Sofar Sounds semi-acoustic set, claiming this song really sounds like a Foo Fighters song whilst working his way through many regional accents in between sets through several different accents, a habit that is both humorous and endearing.

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The final performance came from Deliah, this super sweet duo played an full acoustic set without a microphone or an amp in sight, belting out harmonies and stories about friends, whilst telling us how they had missed the acoustic side of performing, well they certainly got a chance to play a beautifully raw set as a finale to the Sofar Sounds evening.

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The vibe was chilled with all attendees from the Sofar Sounds followers mixed with DeskLodgers, lounged on the floor, enjoying the music and drinking a glass of wine or a beer or two. This had to be one of the most chilled DeskLodge socials ever and a welcome change.

Thanks to Sofar sounds for choosing DeskLodge as one of your amazing spaces!

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